For the third year in a row, Senior Editor of the Pulteney Street Survey Bethany Snyder has been named the people’s choice for Best Local Author by CITY Newspaper of Rochester. The newspaper awards superlatives across 100 different categories.
Snyder writes short stories often set in Penn Yan, N.Y., and along Keuka Lake. She has had 15 short stories published, most notably in the spring 2018 issue of The MacGuffin.
Born and raised in Penn Yan, Snyder says she enjoys writing about people “you could meet in the street. Everyone has an inner life you know nothing about and that’s what I like to bring to the surface.” In previous works, Snyder has explored fictional interactions between residents of Penn Yan and tourists. In order to unpack socioeconomic differences, Snyder delves into the “misunderstandings and miscommunications between them.”
While influenced by location, Snyder also finds inspiration in the everyday, memories and the people in her life, saying that there are “shadows of people from my life in each of my stories.” In her work, Snyder often provides emotional closure, but refuses to neatly wrap up a plot, allowing her readers to “imagine the lives of the characters on their own.”
Snyder runs a creative writing group in Penn Yan called Keuka Writes, as well as the literary magazine Bluff & Vine, a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry by writers living in Penn Yan or inspired by the Keuka Lake area. The latest addition of Bluff & Vine features Snyder’s most recent short story, The Boogeyman, and can be purchased on Amazon. Snyder’s personal website features her writing, photography and voice over work.