Today I'd like to welcome Leeann Betts. Hello, Leann. How does faith play a part in your writing?
Before I start to write, I always pray, “Lord, thank you that I am the first person to see and hear this story. Keep me on track as I transcribe Your story.” If I don’t do that, I start to get the big head, thinking I can do this without Him. I am only fooling myself when that happens.
Great reminder, Leeann. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
Even as a child, I loved to read and to tell stories. When I got to the age where my parents felt I should understand the difference between the truth and a lie, they didn’t want me “telling stories” anymore, particularly when I told them as though they were the truth. So I learned to embellish and make the names so fantastical that there was no doubt I was telling a story and not a “fib”. In school, I was that student every teacher loved and every kid hated: the one who writes 2 pages when asked to write 1; who includes footnotes when others are struggling with sentence structure; and the one who writes stories and poetry for fun, not because it was an assignment.
So you loved to write from a young age. I can relate. :) Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, anything in the mystery genre.
Ahh, so you're a mysterious person. Chuckle. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I hope my readers see themselves somewhere in my stories. I am a product of second. . . and third. . . and fourth chances from a God of forgiveness and grace, and so I write about flawed characters who are given the chance to change. I am also a product of a family of rules, obedience, and good works, which also comes out in my characters as they try to balance grace and mercy, forgiveness and consequences.
I'm thankful that God gives us second chances. Tell us about your new book.
Five and Twenty Blackbirds is the fourth in the By The Numbers series, featuring Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant. Carly can’t stand to let a mystery or a murder—preferably both at the same time—slip past her. While she joins hubby Mike at his 25th college reunion in Arizona, she is drawn into both a mystery and a murder which includes an explosion, a bag of money, the Chicago mob, and a very unlikeable teaching assistant.
Sounds like a lot of excitement and intrigue. :) Is there a book you read that you had wished you'd written?
I am sure there are many, but most recently, Road to Terminus. Compelling, filled with suspense, three characters telling their story in the 1960’s during a road trip on Route 66.
I don't think I've ever heard of that one. Thanks for being with us today, Leeann. Could you tell us how readers can find you?
5 & 20 blackbirds Buy: http://amzn.to/23oIAjE
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