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Bethany C. Morrow

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Sacramento, California, The United States
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Ralph Ellison, Orson Scott Card, Toni Morrison

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July 2015

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A somewhat-recovering expat living in the American Northeast (with one foot still firmly planted in Quebec), Bethany C Morrow writes speculative fiction for both the adult and the young adult market.

Her adult debut, MEM, was an ABA 2018 Indies Introduce pick, and a June Indie Next pick, and was featured/reviewed in: Locus Magazine, the LA Times, Buzzfeed, Book Riot, Bustle, and Tor.com, among others.

She was editor and contributor to TAKE THE MIC: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, which released with AAL/Scholastic in October 2019.

Bethany's YA debut,, A SONG BELOW WATER is a contemporary fantasy, and releases in June 2020.
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Bethany C. Morrow I sometimes feel like this is a trick question ;) - or at least one with a tricky answer.

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I sometimes feel like this is a trick question ;) - or at least one with a tricky answer.

A lot of us have been writing fiction or poetry since we were really young kids, which is lovely and definitely shows it's been a part of who we are for a long time, but I think the more honest answer to this question (or at least the more relevant one) is about how long I've been writing for the marketplace. In my case, despite having queried projects before then, I've been seriously working since 2010, which is the year I wrote *and* researched the industry and kept abreast of agent blogs and contests and revised and rewrote, et cetera. (less)
Bethany C. Morrow Having finished the follow-up to LLoA, I'm currently working on a co-write project involving magical black girls, the Pacific Northwest, and sisterhoo…moreHaving finished the follow-up to LLoA, I'm currently working on a co-write project involving magical black girls, the Pacific Northwest, and sisterhood! <3 (less)
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My YA Book Deal!

Hi all! It feels like a long time coming, but earlier this month I was finally able to announce the BEST news - my 2-book deal with Tor Teen!

The first book is currently titled, The Sound & the Stone, and will release in Winter 2020. It follows play-sisters, Tavia and Effie, as they grapple with their supernatural identities (literally magical Black girls, yeessss), teendom (can you say failed roma Read more of this blog post »
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“I'm not a monster because I live in a world that gives me impossible choices.”
Bethany C. Morrow, A Song Below Water

“We should all speak like sirens. Use our voices to make a difference, because all of them matter.”
Bethany C. Morrow, A Song Below Water

“The danger is as much a part of home as community is. The fear gets quiet, but it doesn't disappear, and that might be what sets us apart. When we smile, or we dance, or we march, or we win, it isn't because we didn't have a reason we didn't have a reason to be afraid. It isn't because the uncertainty is gone. It's because we did it anyway. Because we cannot be exterminated.”
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