3 Questions Wednesday with Leeann Betts

This week we hear from Leeann Betts, who writes contemporary romantic suspense. Pique your interest? Read on.

Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. Missing Deposits is the 11th title in her cozy mystery series, and together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Christian Authors Network, and Sisters in Crime. Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC.


Our first question for Leeann, if you could give a novice writer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Leeann: I think it would be the same piece my husband gave to me, although it wasn’t advice so much as it was a question: “If you knew right now that you’d never be published, would you quit?” My answer was “no”. And he said, “Then it doesn’t matter how many rejections you get.” I think if my answer had been, “yes”, he’d have said to me, “Then you’d better move on now and do something else.”

Staying power! Authors have to be ready for the rejections and the acceptances. Next Leeann described her writing space.  

Leeann: I write at a desk in my home office in my basement. My husband sits about five feet away. Every day. My space is uncluttered, most of the time, because I can’t stand piles of stuff. His space looks like Mount Kilimanjaro about to collapse under its own weight, because he likes to have everything close to hand. But once a week, I have an appointment at a local coffee shop to write with friends. Or by myself. Doesn’t matter. I just need to get out and be around people once in a while. Not to actually interact with them—the introvert in me shrinks at the thought—but just to be able to pretend I’m a little normal.

A little time out and about with others sometimes spurs writing ideas. Last question, were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?

Leeann: I was a late bloomer. In most things. I graduated college at 36, got married at 40, wrote my first novel at 44, published my first book at 57. Now, at 61, I’m just hitting my stride.

Click to Tweet: Advice I would give a novice writer would be the same piece my husband gave to me, although it wasn’t advice so much as it was a question: “If you knew right now that you’d never be published, would you quit?” My answer was “no”. And he said, “Then it doesn’t matter how many rejections you get.”

Thanks so much, Leeann, for dropping by!  If you would like to connect with Leeann, here’s how:


About her book Missing Deposits

Carly looks forward to a vacation when Mike is hired to assist a rancher family in western Colorado catalogue their various mineral rights following the discovery of a large copper field on their property. However, Carly soon learns that the real wealth—and the real danger—aren’t below ground. Someone is out to keep a secret bigger and more profitable than copper. And they’re willing to kill for it.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Donna Schlachter

aaaSchlachter DSCF1330_DonnaHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes  author and story teller, Donna Schlachter. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Donna: Analytical. Justice-oriented. Child of the Living God.

A mind for details makes a great writer.  Now about travel…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Donna: England. For the history. And it needs to be at least a month long. Maybe two. No, six. Six months in England, to tour old castles, ghost towns, and cemeteries. Yes, cemeteries. I love dreaming up stories to go along with inscriptions such as “Mother of 10”, “Love of my life”, and “Infant daughter of J.C. and E.M. Clements”.

What a interesting answer! Last question:

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Donna:  I had no idea, so I went online and did a crazy quiz. Answered 7 seemingly unrelated questions, and presto! The answer: Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams. Apparently, I wish it were still the good, old days. They say I’m not much for change, which is true. As for the rest of their conclusions, don’t know that I agree, but then again, they came up with the theme song when I couldn’t. If you want to try the quiz, here’s the link: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=What-song-tells-story-your-life-1

Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams

You wish it were still the good old days.  You are not much one for change, because it never seems to work out for you.  You love to look back and reminiscence on all the great times you have had.  Your friends are faithful and pals you have had for most of your life.  You have their backs, and they have yours.  Life is pretty much the way you like it, so you see no reason to change it.  Things are just better when you let everything unfold the way it should.  Who knew the story of your life would be the worst export Canada ever sent to the USA?

Change is a struggle for me too… why mess with a good thing?!  Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Author and Story Teller Donna Schlachter talks about writing and a giveaway. #DonnaSchlachter #amreading #MissAdventureBrides

What would be the theme song of YOUR life? Feel free to use the quiz mentioned above, or choose your favorite song. Leave a comment and enter to win a random drawing for a free print copy (US Only) of MissAdventure Brides Collection.


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The MissAdventure Brides Collection

These seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back from adventure.

About Detours of the Heart: A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?


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Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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