|Betsy Love, LDS Author|
Tina: That’s a good girl. Now, what’s your favorite bit of writing advice?
Betsy: First, I just want to thank you for interviewing me today. It’s such a—
Tina: [presses her hands to Betsy’s cheeks.] Focus. Favorite writing advice. Remember?
Betsy: Oh posh! I’ve been given so much advice.
Betsy: Let me finish [frowns] … Like I was saying, my favorite is: write what you know. You'll find tidbits from my life (or my life as I choose to remember it) in my stories.
Tina: [scrunches eyebrows together] Write what you know? As opposed to writing, say, about Vietnamese chickens? [looks quizzically at Betsy] Or do you know about them? No, no. That’s a story for another day. Have you experienced writers block?
Betsy: DUH! [throws hands up] Who hasn't, unless you refuse to write? I experience it a lot!
Tina: What is your solution?
Betsy: One of my favorite things to do to un-stump me is to interview a character. Or to go for a plot walk where I'LL LITERALLY TALK OUT LOUD TO MY CHARACTER. [smiles slyly] People seeing me probably just think I have a Bluetooth. Nope, that's me chatting with my imaginary friends. I have a t-shirt with this on the front "Writer's block-when your imaginary friends quit talking to you.”
Tina: [whispers off stage—imaginary friends? Isn’t the writer’s therapy session two doors down the hall and to the left?] Okay, moving on. Do you snack when you write?
Betsy: I love dark chocolate or Cheetos. When I'm feeling healthy, I'll slice up some fruit or veggies.
Tina: Dark chocolate and Cheetos? With fruits and veggies? [chews fingernail] It might work. Tell me about your genre. What do you write?
Betsy: Currently YA general fiction. That's where I see myself heading.
Tina: [leans over table] Your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Betsy: [jumps up] YES! [sits back down, and looks around, red-faced] If I have to pick one it would be Cherry Chocolate Bordeaux
Tina: Bordeaux. Okay. [writes in a notebook] Favorite writer’s memory?
Betsy: In high school I had a creative writing teacher who loved everything I wrote. She always gave me such positive feedback.
Tina: [Nods] Sounds nice. Favorite way to get the word out about your book/s?
Betsy: The one I use the most is Facebook. But my favorite is to hand out bookmarks.
Tina: Do you have a new book coming out?
Betsy: Soulfire was released around the first part of April.
From my blog http://soulfirenovel.blogspot.com/
In the City of Nephi, ruled by a drunken king, and lorded over by wicked high priests, who delight in lasciviousness, Zephenia must stand firm for all she knows is true. She vows she will not succumb to the temptations around her, or to the handsome high priest with his arrogant ways and lustful desires. After the martyrdom of Abinadi, the prophet, she will not abandon her belief in his teachings, nor deny her faith, even at the peril of her life.
Follow this remarkable young woman in her struggles to remain righteous as she confronts a multitude of trials--a proposition of marriage from a wealthy, but lustful landlord, terror at the hands of his evil henchmen, and the lewd advances of an enticing puppet master to King Noah. Join her as she rescues a Lamanite prince and his sister, which threatens the life of another believer, the one she might find happiness with.
Tina: Fess up, did you have this book written before your first one came out?
Betsy: You’re right. I finished Soulfire in 2003.
Tina: I thought so.
Betsy: When the publishing world wasn't taking any more Book of Mormon novels, I put it on the shelf and went on to write Identity, a mystery/suspense, which is different than anything I ever intended to write. [Leans over the table] You look strikingly like my socialite neighbor.
Tina: Why thank you. I guess.