About the Author

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Since I’m relaunching this blog after a long hiatus it seemed like a good time to introduce myself and put a face to the words. It’s also my birthday today so it seems fitting to make it all about me!

OK, just kidding, although it really is my birthday.

I’m Bethany Smith, an aspiring writer currently on the fourth round of edits on my first completed novel and around a quarter of the way through writing book 2. The series will be titled The Cauldron Born (hence the blog title) and it follows the misadventures of witch and reluctant heroine Cardinal Carrow. I write Urban Fantasy fiction, set in a parallel universe where magic and supernatural beings exist out in the open, alongside the regular human world. But more on that later.

As of today I’m 25 years old. I consider myself a typical Aquarius, I like to embrace my originality and unique, quirky side, I’m very independent and I have a strong dislike of injustice. I’m also a witch, gradually inching my toes out of the broom closet.

I’ve always loved to write and dreamed of being an author throughout my teenage years. Unfortunately, teenage me was a lot better at starting projects than finishing them so I have a desktop folder full of random scraps of stories but, up until finishing The Cauldron Born much later on, hadn’t actually managed to finish anything. Once I’d started college my interested in writing drifted away and moved onto film. But upon moving out in my early twenties and finally having my own space to get stuck into creative projects, my writing muse piped up and made herself known again and The Cauldron Born was…err….born. And so, two years later, here we are with a finished book. Exciting, huh?

I’m a major bookworm and love nothing more than getting lost in a good story. My favourite genre is fantasy, particularly urban fantasy but I’ll read pretty much anything. I’ll try to post the odd review on here. I’m doing the Goodreads challenge again this year and I’m hoping to keep up with last years goal of reading 50 books this year. Progress so far: 7 down, 43 to go!

I’m a garden nerd and get unreasonably excited about growing my own flowers, fruit and vegetables. This also fuels my love of cooking and, more importantly, eating! I’m researching and learning a little about herbalism at the moment and beginning to experiment with herbal medicine. One of my garden goals this year is to grow more medicinal plants to use at home. Watch this space to see how that goes!

For my day job, I work as a studio camera operator for our local BBC news station and freelance as a production assistant on a variety of projects, from documentary to short film and corporate video. I live with my boyfriend of 6 years in Nottingham, England, home of Robin Hood.

I can most often be found at my writing desk, drinking coffee, hunched over my tarot cards or, in fair weather, covered in mud out in the garden.

Please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments as I’d love to connect with fellow writers and bloggers.

Blessed be! x

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