Today we welcome our own crew member, Betty Thomason Owens, to talk about her latest novel, Amelia’s Legacy.
(1) Have you always wanted to be an author?
Betty: The desire to write hit me in my thirties. It took me by surprise, because I had never really thought about it, though I had written stories all my life and I’ve always loved to read.
(2) What’s your favorite method for keeping a story’s middle from sagging?
Betty: That reminds me of my grandma’s porch. It was sagging, so they used concrete blocks to prop it up until the cotton harvest, when they’d have money to fix it. Sorry, that’s what popped into my head. Sometimes it takes a concrete block. But it’s best if you tear it out and start over with new wood. Looks better, smells better, and you know you won’t plunge through when you walk on it. A strong story sometimes has to be torn down to the studs and rewritten to strengthen a sagging middle. But concrete blocks in the form of fresh conflict can also help, if the rest of the porch is sound.
(3) Do you write every day?
Betty: Almost every day, I’m writing something, whether it’s my work-in-progress, or a blogpost, or other articles.
(4) How will you market your book?
Betty: The usual channels around the internet, but also through friends, word-of-mouth, and reciprocal marketing with other writers. I’ll be attending a couple of state and regional gatherings for writers and I’ve made some connections through locally-owned bookstores who will carry my books.
(5) Have you ever had a funny experience connected with being an author?
Betty: I was at a regional book signing event for local Kentucky authors last year and was honored to share the table with author Virginia Smith and her mother, Amy Barkman (also an author). As the day progressed, Amy, sitting next to me, began to empty her purse on the table, looking for something. Whatever you’re looking for in your purse, it’s always going to be on the bottom. Hers seemed bottomless. It mounded up into quite a pile. I don’t need to go into detail, but let me tell you, she was fully prepared for whatever may come. It’s a good thing we were in the back of the room. We would definitely have created a disturbance, giggling like schoolgirls.
Thanks, Betty, for joining us! Leave a comment to be entered to win a print copy of Amelia’s Legacy.
It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes! Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy. Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge. As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?
Betty Thomason Owens loves a grand adventure, especially when there’s humor involved. Raising three sons has been her greatest humor-filled experience. Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming Love Boat Bachelor. She has two fantasy-adventure novels in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.