Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth lives on a farm surrounded by her children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, her love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into her work. Fascination with the past and those who have gone before us is the driving force behind her writing…
Since I could hold a crayon. But I didn’t seriously pursue writing until later in adulthood.
What is your genre, age group/audience?
I write historical/paranormal romance and nonfiction. My audience is mostly female, but men have also written me fan letters.
The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.
On the couch with my laptop and tiny (bratty) pom-poo, Sadie Sue and noble Tabby, Percy. Other kitties perch above or around me, and the larger dogs bark in the background. So it’s not always peaceful. Sometimes I retreat to my bedroom. I also listen to music as I write, prefer stirring film soundtracks.
How do you maintain characters and ideas?
I’ve gained much inspiration from all the research I’ve done into family genealogy—I’ve uncovered lots of fascinating stuff—plus historical research in general. And dreams. Many of my stories were prompted by dreams.
What is your future goal as a writer?
To hit the NYT bestseller list, of course. Many of my books are published by the Wild Rose Press. I am also getting into Indie publishing.
Are you a night-writer, or do you write all day?
I write whenever I can direct the voices in my head.
In your opinion, what makes a good writer?
A combination of innate talent, honing the craft, and having a story to share.
Do you have a favorite author?
My favorite author has always been C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia—of immense inspiration in my childhood and my life. I’m still looking for Narnia.
What advice do you have for novice writers?
Write from your heart. To that I add, because you’re going to be revising and editing that story for a very, very long time. I encourage new writers to continue to better themselves, and don’t give up.
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