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Betsy Cornwell

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in New Hampshire, The United States
July 07, 1988





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Betsy Cornwell is a New York Times bestselling author living in west Ireland. She is the story editor and a contributing writer at Parabola, and her short-form writing includes fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation and has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Zahir Tales, The Violence Prevention Initiative Journal, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Smith College.

Mechanica was published in 2015 and has featured on several best of the year lists, including’s Best Young Adult Books and USA Today‘s Must-Read Romances. In a starred review, Kirkus called this retelling of Cinderella “a smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes.” Mechanica is a YALSA Teen

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Betsy Cornwell Hi Krys, thank you! Mechanica is very much an open-ended standalone; my hope is that the ending will be satisfying in itself, but I definitely have so…moreHi Krys, thank you! Mechanica is very much an open-ended standalone; my hope is that the ending will be satisfying in itself, but I definitely have some future plans for the characters and their world. I think I have trouble writing totally wrapped up, no-room-for-sequels endings anyway; those always seem unrealistic to me.

Thanks for your question! I really hope you enjoy the book!(less)
Betsy Cornwell Thank you so much! Favorite retelling of Cinderella is a wide category and a big honor. :) I just sent half the sequel manuscript to my editor yesterd…moreThank you so much! Favorite retelling of Cinderella is a wide category and a big honor. :) I just sent half the sequel manuscript to my editor yesterday, so hopefully it won't be too long before you read more!(less)
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Smith TenTalk: Parenting in the Arts

Smith College’s reunion is virtual this year due to the coronavirus. I gave a quick talk on making art while parenting as part of my class’s ten-year reunion program, in a webinar called TenTalks. You’ll be able to find a recording of all the talks here, with topics ranging from texting Buddhist nuns in Myanmar to running an ultramarathon and seven things your vagina wants you to know.

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" Trudy wrote: "Do you see yourself in any of your characters?"

I think it's impossible for a writer to create a character that isn't at least a little b
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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
“These are the Things that Make a Man

Iron enough to make a nail,
Lime enough to paint a wall,
Water enough to drown a dog,
Sulphur enough to stop the fleas,
Potash enough to wash a shirt,
Gold enough to buy a bean,
Silver enough to coat a pin,
Lead enough to ballast a bird,
Phosphor enough to light the town,
Poison enough to kill a cow,

Strength enough to build a home,
Time enough to hold a child,
Love enough to break a heart.”
Terry Pratchett
“As dew leaves the cobweb lightly
Threaded with stars,
Scattering jewels on the fence
And the pasture bars;
As dawn leaves the dry grass bright
And the tangled weeds
Bearing a rainbow gem
On each of their seeds;
So has your love, my lover,
Fresh as the dawn,
Made me a shining road
To travel on,
Set every common sight
Of tree or stone
Delicately alight
For me alone.”
Sara Teasdale
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“Those of us who embrace the feminine know its strength.”
Betsy Cornwell

“It's the colors that will make you stray. They sing to you, the not-blue and the searing light, and no matter how tightly you tie yourself to the inbetween, eventually you will break free.
No one swims only in the shallow water.”
Betsy Cornwell, Tides

“Where once I prayed for forgiveness from a father God who held up huge palms and said “Thou shalt not,” now I find peace with a sister god who takes my open hands in hers and says, “You will.”
Betsy Cornwell

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“It is the mission of each true knight...
His duty... nay, his privilege!
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go;
To right the unrightable wrong.

To love, pure and chaste, from afar,
To try, when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star!

This is my Quest to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far,
To fight for the right
Without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause!

And I know, if I'll only be true
To this glorious Quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this,
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable stars!”
Joe Darion, Man of La Mancha

“Funny how "question" contains the word "quest" inside it, as though any small question asked is a journey through briars.”
Catherynne M. Valente, Under in the Mere

“I believe home is where the heart can be open and loving with a sense of security. It must not be a place of fear.”
Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem, Questing Home: A Safe Place for My Holy Grail: Personal Growth Through Travel

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don't need a ting. Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble. Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.”
C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
C.S. Lewis

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Savannah Betsy, thank you for the friendship.

VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, Betsy! If you ever need a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy fix then I recommend you check out my blog! I've started doing giveaways for great series to my followers:

Happy reading!

Kathryn Hey Betsy! Thanks for the friendvite!! I look forward to discussing books with you!!
I also want to invite you to my blog that I do with two other book loving friends...

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Sarah Hello Betsy, thank you for the friend request! (=

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