Thursday, June 15, 2017

Leeann Betts, Cozy Mystery, Contemporary


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HIDDEN ASSETS
by Leeann Betts


Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while
Leeann Betts
her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released five titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, with Hidden Assets releasing the end of June. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe here to her newsletter or follow Leeann here.



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.

Lighting Round:
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? 
Blog
Website
Facebook
Twitter

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.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren’t required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Leave a suggestion for the setting for the perfect cozy mystery.

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.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 20, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


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.


33 comments:

  1. I am intrigued by Leeann's book. Thank you for a great interview!

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  2. I always enjoy a good mystery :) Hidden Assets sounds like a goodie! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway! ~Alison

    Jo, I am also a follower.

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Hi Jo and LeeAnn. I enjoyed this interview and Leeann, I especially agree with your comment about erotica. I want to imagine how a couple might act and feel and not have it graphically spelled out.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    Jo, I follow you.
    Connie
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  4. I love cozy mysteries. This one sounds great! I hope I win.
    Bonnie
    bengstrom@hotmail.com

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  5. I really enjoy cozy mysteries and this one sounds like a good one. I'm a follower.

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  6. Sounds like a fun book to read. Thank you for the good interview
    I'm a follower of yours.
    debralindquist1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Sounds like a series our readers would enjoy. Thanks for featuring.
    library (at) nhopc (dot ) com

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  9. Another new-to-me author. Love it! Book sounds intriguing.

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  10. i think Austrailia would make a great setting for book! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. i am a follower as well! Shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. My suggestion for a setting for a cozy mystery would be life in an English village where a priest solves mysteries. Wait, I think that sounds just like the "Father Brown" Mysteries that I enjoy watching on tv.
    Janet E.
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  13. HIDDEN ASSETS sounds like a very good read. I enjoyed the interview with Lee Ann Betts. I would very much like to be a winner. Fingers crossed.

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  14. Hidden Assets sounds like it's just what I like to read.
    A setting for a cozy might be a historical village where the people dress and talk in character for the time period. Thanks for the chance to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  15. I'm a follower, too. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  16. Sounds interesting. A new author to me. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

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  17. Thank you for the giveaway, the book sounds like one I would love to read. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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