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About bettysrants

Betty Cross has published a sci-fi novel called "Discarded Faces." It is now available both as a paperback on and as an ebook from Double Dragon Ebooks. It’s a dystopia with a happy ending. Her second novel is a fantasy named "Mistress of the Topaz." She has signed a contract with Double Dragon for this one also. It should be available for sale by early 2012.Both will have sequels. In April 2010, after 3 decades in the computer field, she became a full-time writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy. She writes every day, and records her daily word count on a spreadsheet.

Why Write Dystopian Fiction?

Why write dystopian fiction? Why write about an imaginary culture were everything has gone wrong and all the good things have been taken away? Isn’t it very depressing? I get asked this a lot. I have my reasons. I’ve loved … Continue reading

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My August-September-Wrimo

You need goals to keep you moving, no matter what your task is. The completion of a great task, such as a book length manuscript, is not the only kind of goal. To maintain steady progress toward the goal, you … Continue reading

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How I Respond to Getting One Star out of Five

It finally happened. By “it” I mean somebody didn’t like one of my books. Someone named Hannah that I’ve never heard of awarded Discarded Faces one star on Goodreads. That’s the lowest rating I’ve ever gotten on any of my … Continue reading

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G’day, mates!

No, I haven’t moved to Australia, but I recently submitted Discarded Faces to HarperCollins Australia, which is accepting submissions in the genres I write in, but only on Wednesdays, though a form on their website. This is a part of my … Continue reading

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A Post for NaNoWriMo Participants to Read on December 1.

NaNoWriMo starts in a few days. Thirty days later, it will be over. Once you’ve finished your first draft, then what? This blog post is for those brave souls who have completed their first draft and face the daunting task … Continue reading

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What happened to

I’ve decided to give up my author website, and move all information about my writing to my blog here at wordpress. This is, the blog of science-fiction and fantasy author Betty Cross. There is also a and a … Continue reading

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How I Came to Write “Discarded Faces”

Recently a reviewer of my YA novel “Discarded Faces” asked what inspired me to write it. The story begins in the late 1970s, a period of rising racial tension, sluggish economic growth, and painful increases in the cost of living. … Continue reading

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