Inspired by authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and Madeleine L’Engle, Beth determined to become a writer when she was still in grade school. That path meandered through an attempt at astronomy, a linguistics degree, and a brief flirtation with anthropology, but during it all, she worked on her writing, producing numerous short stories and a couple of novels. Beth’s ideas are sparked by music, artwork, and designer coffee, and she and she also sings, plays guitar and harp, and writes songs. But it is her three sons who keep her striving for excellence, so that she can make them proud of her.