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by Leeann Betts
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while
Welcome, Leeann. How do people react when they find out you write?
Most people react in one of two ways: they move on to another topic, like they’re afraid I’m going to ask them to buy one of my books. This usually happens when the person is a writer. Or they ask if I’ve been published. When I tell them yes, and then offer them a card, now they take me more seriously. Usually I figure out what genre they prefer, and tell them about the books I’ve written in that genre.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I have had times when I didn’t want to write, but that’s different. I think sometimes writers experience a not wanting to write and call it writer’s block. I look at writing like this: could I call up my boss and say, “Sorry, I don’t feel like coming in to work today. I have banker’s block (or whatever job you do to pay the bills).” It wouldn’t work with an employer, and so it doesn’t work for me.
There are times I don’t have any words in me. That happens if I haven’t been reading enough or refilling my tank through movies and videos, which I find is a quick way to top up the tank.
And then there are times when the project I’m working on isn’t inspiring me, or I’ve reached that middle muddle where I feel like I’m drowning in the book and won’t ever finish it. Sometimes I’m struggling with writing a scene that dredges up deep emotions or painful memories, and I don’t really want to push through.
In all cases, my solution is to write. I can pick up another project and get it off my desk. Write a few blogs and schedule them. Start writing at a different point in my story. Write a character sketch and ask tough questions.
But what I always finds unsticks me is to pray, breathe, think, and act—in other words, type.
What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Never written erotica, probably never will, because it goes against my deeply held religious and moral beliefs. I believe erotica is simply pornography by another name. Women are very relationship-based and emotion-based, and erotica really doesn’t help. It might make us feel titillated for the moment, but just like one-night stands and casual sex, it leaves us wanting something more. I prefer to show committed characters in marriage relationships who experience romance and physical intimacy without spelling out every move. What happens behind closed doors is a lot more interesting to most women readers than what is paraded out in the open.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Gluten free dinner roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug, although teacups make me feel sophisticated
Please tell us a little about your novel, Hidden Assets.
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, responds to a call from her friend, Anne, who is in the middle of a nasty divorce, and travels to Wyoming to help find assets Anne thinks her husband has stolen. But the mystery begins before Carly even arrives when she sees a man thrown off a train. Except there’s no body. Husband Mike uncovers an illegal scam in a computer program he has been asked to upgrade, and then Anne is arrested for her ex’s murder. Can Carly figure out what’s going on, and why a strange couple is digging in Anne’s basement? Or will she disappear along with the artwork, coins, and money?
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase Hidden Assets?
Amazon (digital and print) after June 30th
Smashwords (digital) after June 30th
Any parting comment?
Thank you to all who dropped by here today. Your support makes all the hard work worth it.
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Leeann, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Leeann is offering winner’s choice of a print (US only) or eBook copy of Hidden Assets to one commenter to this blog post.
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The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Defiance by L.R. Burkard is Debra. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
My latest book has released – Unraveled, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.