Betsy discovered the book The Wizard of Oz when she was in third grade. She learned two things: that the book was different from the movie and that it was the beginning of a series. With the help of the library, she read all of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books; after that, she wanted more fantasy and moved on to The Chronicles of Narnia. That was the beginning of her life-long love affair with the fantasy/science-fiction genre, but her love affair with books is not limited to one genre. She also collects Pulitzer Prize–winning novels, reads Harlequin romance novels, and has a large portion of her bookshelf dedicated to Stephen King novels. However, Betsy’s husband knows that if he loses her in a bookstore, the best place to find her is still the science-fiction/fantasy aisle.
Betsy is also a writer and has been into creative writing ever since she could hold a pen in her hand, but she did not take herself seriously as a writer until she moved to the Twin Cities after completing her master’s degree at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Since it did not occur to her to study writing during her academic career, she takes classes at the Loft Literary Center every chance that her budget and schedule allow. She has an ebook of poetry that can be found on Amazon Kindle, Tears Fall into Waterfalls (published under her maiden name, Betsy Dreier). She is currently pitching and polishing her first novel and has numerous unpublished short stories and poetry.
She loves living in the Twin Cities—Minneapolis and St. Paul are full of amazingly talented people and there are so many fun things to do. It’s a safe bet that if dogs, sushi, opera, or musicals are involved, Betsy will make a priority of going. When she is not on the town, she is likely watching something like Super Girl, The Flash, Outlander, or Stranger Things if she is not reading a book or working on a writing project. She loves geeky TV shows and owns every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel on DVD. When she was first getting to know her husband and he mentioned that he had also been obsessed with Star Trek: The Next Generation when he was in high school, she knew that their relationship would get pretty serious.
Articles by Betsy
- Grim Lovelies Is a Fantasy Quest for Humanity and Justice in Paris Feb 4, 2019
- My Own Devices Explores Dessa’s Relationship with Love, Heartache, Science, and Music Nov 7, 2018
- City of Ghosts Is a Perfect October Ghost Story Oct 25, 2018
- Lost Gods Is the Captivating Story of an Assassin’s Mythic Quest Sep 8, 2018
- Spinning Silver Spins a Complex Tale of Debts Aug 13, 2018
- Free Chocolate Is a Sci-Fi Novel That May Cause Cravings Jul 18, 2018
- Circe Revisits the Odyssey and Other Greek Mythology from a New Point of View May 22, 2018
- Children of Blood and Bone Succeeds as a Fantasy Novel and a Call to Action Apr 22, 2018
- Minnesota Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill Writes Captivating Stories for Adults Mar 9, 2018