Let me introduce Author Barbara Bettis. Barbara says, " I love creating stories of other times and places, of heroines ‘to die for’ and heroes to live for. And, of course, happy endings."
Barbara, thank you for being my guest today. Here are some questions that will help us get to know you better:
1. IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, What would be the name of my last book or upcoming release? What genre and length. Do I have a tagline for that book?
If you were me, you’d be doing the happy dance, as I am over my latest book, which is my second and another medieval. This one is set in the weeks after King Richard I (the Lionheart) dies. It’s called The Heart of the Phoenix. Here’s the tagline: Some call him a ruthless mercenary; she calls him the knight of her heart.
2. IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I be doing lots of research?
As you can see by the era in which my books are set, you’d be doing a lot of research! But I love it, perhaps a little too much. It’s fascinating, and so easy to get wrapped up in reading about different eras, in searching out their customs, dress—oh, and the politics! Sometimes it’s disconcerting to learn how ruthless and conniving people in power (or wanting power) could be. I can get so immersed in the world I’m investigating, I have to make a concerted effort to stop researching and—write.
3. IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I belong to any writing groups, if so, why?
You would belong to several online historical interest groups, an RWA chapter (four hours away), and your local writers group, a growing organization of talented authors writing in a variety of genres. You’d also belong to a small, weekly critique group that has been together for six years. We meet at one of the member’s homes and read the pages we’ve produced in the last days.
The group began with three people who were determined to finish a book by the end of the year. We did. Not long after, we added a fourth member. The four of us have remained the core, although a couple or three others have come and gone during the years. When anyone new is invited, it’s with the understanding that they are serious about writing and completing their stories. (From the outside, it appears we may be just a social group. We’re not.) We try to maintain the number at five—six upon occasion.
We call ourselves the Tuesday Writers and we’ve grown quite close, as you might imagine. Everyone has published at least one book or short story. Ironically, we all write in different genres, although two of us may be setting stories in the same era very soon. We’re looking forward to that.
4. IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Would I get excited over seeing my book cover for the first time?
Yes. A simple answer to describe a complex reaction. Except, my real excitement came with seeing the actual book. When my first one was published last year, the Tuesday after the the paperback version was available, my critique group surprised me with copies. I arrived at the meeting a bit late, rushed from work. When I walked into her home, the hostess said, “Before we begin, Barb, here,” and handed me a copy of the book. I hadn’t even had time to receive my own—this was my first look at the hard copy. I truly was stunned. I held it and just looked at it, and tears came. (Allergies, you know! J ) It was such an incredible experience. Then they all made me autograph their copies. Wonderful support and friendship like this is priceless.
5. IF I WERE YOU AND WROTE BOOKS, Do I have a favorite writing spot inside/outside my home, such as a chair, corner, desk, patio area, etc.
You do have a spot, an alternate to the desk. But first, thanks for walking along my writing path with me today. Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Now let’s settle down in a favorite non-office writing spot here in the living room near the bay window. A warm fuzzy to cover your feet, a cup of hot tea at your elbow—happy writing.