Beth Mitchell is a reader, a writer, and the mother of two boys (ages 12 and 7).
She reads all kinds of children’s books from picture books to young adult novels. She also enjoys mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, romance, and 19th century novels. She occasionally reads non-fiction too, especially writing, parenting, and business books.
She’s currently writing a trilogy for early middle grade (2nd-4th grade) readers about a ten-year-old boy who travels back to 1977. And no, before you ask, she’s not listening to Da Doo Ron Ron on an endless loop and staring at a poster of Shaun Cassidy. That never happened.
In her previous career, she was a lawyer. She worked in Heller Ehrman’s intellectual property litigation group, specializing in patent litigation for software companies. Later, she served as general counsel of CodeSourcery, her husband’s software company.
Since becoming a mother, she’s done all sorts of things she never expected to do, including coaching a Little League baseball team, leading an after-school Science Club, and riding Rock-o-Plane at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
She collects retellings of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Thanks to her world-traveling college roommate, she also has an extensive collection of pigs.
She loves to hike and gets 10,000 steps almost every day.
She received an undergraduate degree in English & American Literature and Women’s Studies and a law degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Sussex in England.