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Mystical Press Editing Service’s Grand Opening–Beth Trissel

Greetings and Salutations!

Many thanks to Beth for hosting us on her blog today! We’ve got some really exciting news to share with everyone so grab that cuppa and let the blogging begin!  Welcome ladies. Glad to have you.

September 1-15th marks the official Grand Opening of Mystical Press Services!!!

This means 50% Off all our classes and services through September 15thhttp://mysticalpress.com

In case you haven’t yet heard about our website, allow me to introduce you to a place where you just might find the fulfillment of your dreams. That’s right! The talented folks at Mystical Press want to help you reach your publishing goals!

How do we do that? I’m glad you asked!

Mystical Press is the culmination of an idea that came from two authors and professionally trained editors—Arial Burnz and AJ Nuest—where we help authors bridge the gap between the form rejection letter and publication. In fact, we believe in this venture so passionately, our tagline is “Helping authors achieve their dreams.”

At Mystical Press our primary goal is to help writers. As authors, we understand the frustration of not receiving constructive and useful feedback, the aggravation of navigating the murky depths of the publishing industry and that, sometimes, authors just need a place to vent. Well, we’re here to tell you, the insanity can end!

Like-minded individuals can gather online at Mystical Press to work one-on-one with professional editors who help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission. Whether you are looking for a Manuscript Evaluation, Submission Evaluation, or a full story edit, we will give you honest, encouraging feedback and work diligently with you on your story to make sure it’s ready to land on an editor’s desk. No project is too big or too small and all receive the same precise attention to detail.

Perhaps your submission is ready but you need assistance with smaller editing projects like a query letter and synopsis? Have no fear! Mystical Press is here! We offer a full edit of query letters and synopses with comments and suggestions that come directly from AN EDITOR! TAH-DAH!

And don’t worry! If your goal is to write your very own dynamite synopsis, at Mystical Press we believe in “teaching a man to fish”. Our Power Class, How to Write a WINNING Synopsis, is designed to easily guide you through the process of crafting your very own synopsis! Yes, that’s right. I used “easily” and “synopsis” in the same sentence!

The self-paced course curriculum at Mystical Press can assist in tackling those pesky problem areas as well (e.g., show vs. tell, POV shifts, realistic character and story development, etc.).

If you’ve read books, articles and/or taken workshops and are still in search of that elusive contract offer, perhaps Mystical Press can help. Take one class or take a whole series—our online classes are designed to meet each writer’s individual needs.

Is your next project of the self-publishing variety? Mystical Press has a selection of pre-made covers we guarantee will only be used once! No one will have the same cover! Or, if you’d like, we can design a cover specifically tailored to your vision—you will work one-on-one with our talented cover artists! We are also happy to edit your baby and can even format the document to meet the specifications of most popular self-publishing platforms.

Remember to mention Mystical Press to all your friends and fellow writing pals – here’s why. Mystical Press offers a free Referral Program. Just register on the site and we will assign you a Referral ID. If anyone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you earn a referral fee! Whether you choose cash or a credit for products or services on the site, consider this our thank you for helping us spread the word.

Oh! And before I forget…we offer a wide range of gift certificates designed specifically with the writer in mind. Tired of searching for the “write” present for your author pals? Maybe that next birthday calls for an eGift from Mystical Press!

So now that you know all about us, please tell us all about you! Head on over to Mystical Press and register free on the site. Everyone who does will be entered into our drawing for fabulous gifts and prizes! Join our celebration and together we will strive to get your voice heard!

Seriously? The Cost of a Small Latte is too much for an ebook?

The state of ebooks in general and kindles in particular is a turbulent sea these days.  Amazon chummed the waters and authors are in a frenzy giving or practically giving away their hard-won books in an ever-increasing attempt to capture readers.  Temporary sales and giveaways are fine–I’m all for that and am very generous as many recipients can attest–but not as a perpetual state.   And that’s what I see happening.  Readers buy the kindle fire or whatever electronic reading device they’ve sunk money into, and have come to expect free or nearly free books to load it with.

My novels took years to research and write and rewrite and agonize over at much personal sacrifice.   My shorter novellas also required a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears to complete.  And  they aren’t even worth the price of a cup of coffee?

Maybe I should just give up and watch the Big Bang Theory and Grimm, my current obsession.  And gardening, of course, I always garden.  And read cheap books written by other talented authors.   Writing?  Well, I can always do that for my own amusement.

I’m Up For Book of The Month at ibookbuzz!

My Native American historical romance novel RED BIRD’S SONG is one of four books chosen to be in the running for October’s Book of the Month!  I welcome your votes at:
You have to register first on the site before voting, easily done.  The four titles in the running are featured here:  http://www.ibookbuzz.com/Vote-for-Next-Book.html

Where To Buy Beth’s Books

Because I’ve had emails from people in various parts of the United Kingdom including Wales, as well as Australia, New Zealand, India…asking where to buy my books, I’ve put together a list of online booksellers.  Obviously I can’t include everyone, but I’ve taken a stab at it.  With the growing interest in ereaders, my work  becoming is more and more available internationally.  Some online stores offer the print and digital download forms of my books, some only carry print or ebooks.  I’ve listed the major booksellers. As to local bookstores, I have no way of knowing which ones carry my books, but few do.  Some will order them in for you if you ask.  So will your library.

THE WILD ROSE PRESS:  ~ My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, has all of my books (published by them) in print and ebook format unless a title is only available in digital download.  I love the Wild Rose Press, they’re open to authors writing outside the box and wonderful to write for.  They accept major credit cards and paypal, have periodic sales  and offer FREE READS. I also have a few independently published titles not at the Wild Rose Press, but at Amazon.

KOBO has some of my titles. Do a Find. Here’s their link for Red Bird’s Song.

itunes Book Store has some of my titles. These would be listed under The Wild Rose Press.

AMAZON:  Carries all of my books in print and/or kindle ebooks.  I also have an author page at Amazon.  My books are available in Amazons all over the world.  AMAZON UK has my books in both print and kindle format. Some of my titles are only at Amazon.

BARNES & NOBLE: Carries many of my books at their online store in print and digital form in Nookbooks.

Another UK company, Fantastic Fiction, carries all my books, looks like in both print and digital download.

FICTIONWISE: Offers man of my books as ebooks

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS: Carries many of my books as ebooks

SONY: Has many of my books.

DIGI BOOKS CAFE: Has RED BIRD’S SONG AND SOMEWHERE MY LASS as ebooks and offers a 20% off discount code you can apply to your purchase.

INFIBEAM:  Has my paperback books for sale in INDIA

BOOKS A MILLION: Their online store has some of my books.

BETTER WORLD BOOKS:  Raises funds for literacy & libraries and carries both new and used books.  They have some of my print books.

BORDERS: Has most of my print books.  I don’t know why they don’t carry my ebooks.  If you shop there, ask.

Indie Bound: A new site to me.  Sells most of my books & helps visitors locate Indie bookstores that might carry them.

I know I’m missing a number of stores.  If there’s one you’d like me to mention please leave me a comment.

Spotlight On Daughter of the Wind~

Autumn, 1784: A tragic secret from Karin McNeal’s past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman who longs to know more of her mother’s death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in her life among the Scot’s settled in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies. Jack McCray, a wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother’s death, holds the key to unlocking the past. Will she let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive grandfather? Is it only her imagination or does something, or someone, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?


I loved the plot of this story, oh and the setting was wonderful. I just can’t believe how much detail the author went into without being boring about it. Ms. Trissel is great at creating believable and loveable characters. She’s also great at giving us a happily ever after…kind of a bittersweet ending…No, I can’t tell why, you’ll just have to read the book for yourself to figure that out. I just love book covers, usually they are the first things I notice about a book. If the cover can draw my attention than I’ll normally read the book.

The cover for Daughter of the Wind is absolutely gorgeous. Whoever the cover artist is did a wonderful job. And to me the book stood out as well. It was a great read and one any romantic suspense or Beth Trissel fan should read. Beth Trissel is a new author for me and one I will be looking for in the future as well.

Rating: 4.5 Smacks
Heat Level: Sweet
Reviewer: Ruby Lee, Reviewer for Mistress Bella Reviews


Gentle, protected Karin McNeal stood on the porch while her birthday celebration continued inside. The voices in the wind were calling again, and Karin hoped that she would finally be able to decipher them. She leaned forward eagerly, so close to solving the puzzle, when her grandfather burst out the front door and summoned her back inside. Karin obeyed instantly, as a proper woman of the 1780s would, and rejoined the festivities. The dancing, drinking, and feasting continued but everything ceased when someone pounded on the door. A man, bleeding from a shoulder wound, came staggering in the door.

Though the McNeals did not know him, they began caring for him and were shocked when he looked at Karin’s step-grandmother and said, “Hi, Mama.” Sarah’s son Jack had been taken by the Shawnee many years before when he was only eight, and Sarah was thrilled to be reunited with her oldest son. Jack’s reappearance caused some rumblings in the settlement, but since the McNeals were a prominent family, they expected no trouble from the settlers. Within the family, however, Jack and Karin’s attraction to one another was creating a rift.

Jack McCray had been sent to bring Karin to her father, a Shawnee chief who had adopted him after he and Karin’s mother were abducted. Jack had a bargain with Shequenor: once Jack delivered Karin to Shequenor, he would keep the chief’s stallion. Jack was certain he could easily fulfill the bargain…until he met Karin. Their instant attraction both stunned and confused him. Jack was determined to do everything in his power to keep Karin safe, even if that meant fighting against the settlement, the McNeals, and Shequenor’s magical powers.

I found this book fascinating. The descriptions of the settlement made it easy to imagine, and the characters were believable and well developed. The reaction of the McNeals to Jack’s war record – fighting for the wrong side – was exactly how I would expect a family, proud of their own service, to feel. The family’s attitude towards the Shawnee was also realistic for the period. Though Karin was presented as a well-bred, gently raised young woman, she demonstrated her strength of character when Jack was threatened. I can definitely recommend this book, especially for historical fiction fans and all true romantics.

This is a great story, and I am looking forward to reading more from Beth Trissel.

Mary, Reviewer for Bitten By Books~


Daughter Of The Wind by Beth Trissel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Genre: Fantasy / Historical
Length: Full (258 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia, Long and Short Reviews

This fabulous historical fantasy story doesn’t hesitate from word one. It sweeps the reader into an emotional whirlwind that disrupts life in the McNeal clan, a well-to-do family that is well established in the Allegheny Mountains in 1784. The haunting, sometime scary, happenings bring about breathtaking moments that make Daughter Of The Wind a true page-turner.

Karin, the much loved and protected granddaughter of the McNeal clan, knows she is different, not just because of her olive skin, black hair, and blue-grey eyes, but because she hears voices in the wind—voices that touch her soul. When Jack McCray appears, she feels a connection with him. “His eyes scorched her like a strong wind” and her emotions are a “cauldron of confusion”. When they are near each other “an emotion as explosive as gunpowder and contagious as fever” pulsates. She feels he is the inviting summons she hears in the wind.

Jack McCray, Sarah McNeal’s son taken away by Shawnees at age eight, returns a well-honed frontiersman. Bent on accomplishing a mission for his adoptive brother Shequenor, he runs afoul of the McNeal men. Jack, a magnetic character that knows himself for what he is, accepts what has been and reaches out to grasp what can be for the future. Beth Trissel creates a memorable character as flaws are acknowledged and greatness is shown to make him worthy of the naïve but gifted Karin with the mysterious parentage.

The secondary characters are well developed and some have strong influences on the hero and heroine’s lives. John McNeal, Shequenor, and Neeley are especially notable. Their insight and faithfulness to their beliefs are remarkable and so ably shown with Ms. Trissel’s alluring style of writing. She invites the reader into a world of fantasy and makes it so believable it is spellbinding.

After reading Daughter Of The Wind, I will probably find myself listening when the wind howls around the eaves or whispers through the live oak leaves to discover whether it is voices I hear.


DAUGHTER OF THE WIND is available in print and digital download

At The Wild Rose Press:

At Amazon:

At Barnes&Noble:

At: All Romance E-books

Which Ereader Is For You?

Being an author with The Wild Rose Press, a publisher predominantly focused on digital books, (they also offer longer novels in print), I’ve gathered information on the various ereaders you can download ebooks to (in addition to computers of course). I’m also making this study for myself because I’m still reading on my laptop.  How to choose an e-reader?  This is a rapidly changing industry with improved technology emerging all the time.  The digital world is exploding, making this an exciting time to be an author and a reader.  For purposes of this post I will focus on the top readers but there are others and new ones on the horizon.  Let me know if you prefer another. Bottom line, ebooks are cheaper than paperbacks and ereaders are handy, transportable and hold a virtual library at your fingertips.

Amazon’s Kindle remains the giant in the e-reader industry, although others are closing in on that market.  Kindle has a huge range of book titles to choose from, upwards of 250000, and growing.  That’s a vast selection.

Pros and Cons of the Amazon Kindle 2.0 From this site:

The Amazon Kindle 2, released in February of 2009, is more curvy and symmetrical than the original, and its new screen displays 16 shades of gray. Amazon says page turning is 20% faster and the Kindle 2 model features a 5-way joystick to help navigate the pages. Kindle 2 also talks to you (if you want it to), featuring a text-to-speech function with your choice of three reading rates and a male or female voice. In July, 2009, Amazon lowered the Kindle’s price from $359 to $299; and just three months later, the price was further reduced to $259.

Kindle: The Pros

  • Downloading: Books from the Kindle store are downloaded via Sprint’s EV-DO (Evolution/Data Optimized) network. It means you can order and download content from most locations in the US. And there’s no charge for the wireless connection: It’s built into the cost of the books. With other portable readers, you must download books to your computer and transfer them to the readers via USB. The Kindle 2 is now available in an international wireless version for $279.
  • Battery: Kindle 2 uses the E-Ink screen, which produces no light and thus uses no power. The newest version of Kindle will give you four days of reading with the wireless connection on. Turn off the wireless and the Kindle 2 will work for two weeks without a ccharge.
  • Capacity: With its built in internal memory, Kindle can hold about 1,500 books, and accepts an external 4GB SD memory card. Other readers take up to a 2GB SD card.
  • Readability: Kindle’s E-Ink Vizplex screen is designed to make the page look like it’s from a real book. It’s effective in most light levels and it’s easy on the eyes.
  • Content: The Amazon connection brings you the easy-to-use Kindle Store, offering 230,000+ titles, the largest eBook library anywhere. You can also subscribe to major newspapers and magazines and read blogs on the Kindle. Amazon also allows you to download samples of books and periodicals to help you decide whether you want to buy them.
  • Controls: The Kindle’s page turners are on both left and right sides.
  • Search and Notes: The built in keyboard allows both functions.
  • Compatibility: Accepts lots of file formats; and lets you convert your own writing to Kindle’s proprietary AZW format.

Kindle: The Cons:

  • Cost: No longer a factor, since Kindle’s repricing to $259. It’s now the same as competitive models.
  • Readibility: While we pointed out it can be read at most light levels, Kindle can’t be read in the dark. To do that, you would have to purchase an accessory reading light.
  • Ergonomics: Greatly improved in Kindle 2. Controls are better designed and are in logical places.
  • Black-and white screen: Don’t expect an iPhone-like display on your Kindle. Color is not yet within the capabilities of the E-Ink technology.
  • Screen: Screen size is relatively small–meaning more page turning than with real books.

Sony’s Reader Touch:  info from this site:


What I love about the reader touch is that you can add your own books from any source unlike the Kindle, which restricts you to only books purchased off of Amazon. The reader touch supports many formats, including the two most popular, PDF and Epub.

If you’re reading a book for class, you may know how important it is for highlighting and annotating in your books. The reader touch offers the aforementioned capabilities right on the device. Aside from being able to highlight and annotate your books, there’s also a built in dictionary. This is my favorite feature of the whole thing.

Another feature that I love about the reader touch is that you can upgrade the memory by purchasing a memory stick and inserting it into the provided slot. This allows you to hold even more books in case you’re an avid reader.

The reader touch itself is extremely thin weighing only 10 ounces. The weight is great for traveling. Most people who travel for business can go through several books. Carrying around all those books can be extremely cumbersome. With the reader touch, you can store all those heavy books into this lightweight device.

The battery life is amazingly long. Fully charged, the reader touch lasts up to two weeks. This is great for short business trips because you won’t have to worry about carrying around a charger that will take up extra space.


What I really dislike about the reader touch is that you have to provide your own internet connections. Unlike the Kindle and Nook which both come with a built in wireless connection, you have to purchase your own wireless connection through a service provider. What this means is you’re paying extra for the convenience of being able to purchase books on the go. In order to store books onto the device, you’ll need to purchase it from your computer and then load it onto the reader.

Barnes&Noble’s Nook: Pros and Cons from this site:

nook: The Pros

  • Color touchscreen: Like other wireless readers, nook has a black-and-white E-Ink screen for displaying books and magazines. But underneath the reading screen is a smaller color screen that lets users browse their collection and choose what to read. The 3.5″ color LED screen also features a keyboard for navigation.
  • Share your books: This is the first ebook reader that lets you “lend” books to family and friends. The lent books can be accessed through computers and smartphones. You can lend a book for two weeks, during which time it’s unavailable to you. At the end of the two weeks, it reverts back to the owner.
  • Android operating system: The nook is the first portable reader to operate under Android, Google’s OS for mobile devices. Since Android is open source, outside developers will be able to customize special applications for the nook, a la Apple’s iPhone apps. Nook also allows users to access existing apps for Android devices.
  • Wi-Fi access: Besides being able to download books over a wireless 3G connection, the nook also lets you do the same via Wi-Fi. For now it only works on the Wi-Fi systems at Barnes & Noble stores, but plans are to offer it on other systems.

nook: The Cons

  • Battery life: The nook can operate for ten days on one battery charge. The Kindle runs up to 14 days.
  • No text-to-speech feature: Nor does the nook include a web browser. Both features are available on the Kindle.

nook: The Bottom Line

Priced at $259, the same as Kindle, the nook should give Amazon a run for its money. And Barnes & Noble, which has almost 800 retail locations, has the advantage of letting prospective buyers eyeball the devices before purchasing.

E-reader comparison from this site:

Tech It Out

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 8:52 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010, 8:51 AM EST

MYFOXNY.COM – Tech experts say the e-reader is one of the hottest gadgets of 2010. Sales are expected to double this year, but there are still a lot of people wondering just what an e-reader really does.

The interesting thing about e-readers is that they really do appeal to people who are not really gadget hounds. If you read a lot of material and love having it available to you whenever you want it, e-readers are fantastic.

Some of the most popular e-readers on the market right now: Amazon’s Kindle 2Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Sony’s newest e-reader the Daily Edition.

The Kindle is the clear market leader. It accounts for about 80% of e-book sales and until a few months ago had very little competition. The kindle has the largest selection of new books and bestsellers…

The Kindle also has more newspapers and magazines than the competition, but for now you’re pretty much limited to what’s available in Amazon’s bookstore. The same is true for the Nook. In this case, it’s the Barnes & Noble bookstore.

You can walk into any Barnes & Noble and use their WiFi to read any e-book they have, the entire thing, just like you were reading a book in the store. Nook users can also lend their books to each other.

The Sony bookstore is not as impressive as the other two but this e-reader has a neat trick up its sleeve. The Daily Edition, is the first Sony to have 3G wireless and you can borrow books from your local library.

As for the physical differences among these three devices, the Kindle is probably the simplest. The Nook has two screens — on top it has a screen like the Kindle that uses e-ink technology — which is thought to be much easier on the eyes than a computer screen — but the strip on the bottom is a touch screen.  It looks neat but it can get a little confusing to use.


Some people also read digital books on their ipod Touch and iPhones. For more on using these devices visit: http://www.readyaimread.com/

I’ve also heard mention of reading Ebooks on your palm pilot.  Others use their Blackberry.  For more on turning your Blackberry into an Ereader visit this site.

Are you swimming in techno information?  I am, but this should give you something to consider.  I’m still pondering which I prefer.  Maybe even a lighter weight laptop.

All of my books are available in digital download from The Wild Rose Press,Amazon , Barnes&Noble, Fictionwise, Sony, All Romance Ebooks and many many more online booksellers.  If you’ve never visited The Wild Rose Press you’re in for a treat.  Their online store is constantly expanding, adding new features and additional download capabilities for digital books.  Their newest and most exciting advance is that all 2010 releases will be available in MOBI format recommended for your KINDLE eBook Reader.  And if you wish to read a MOBI file on your computer, just download it free from MobiPocket.com

More on the Kindle from Amazon:

*Note: Somewhere My Lass came out in May and Red Bird’s Song will come out September 10th.  Also, get yourself some kind of Ereader because Somewhere My Lass is exclusively available as a digital book–not quite long enough to meet the minimum print word count for The Wild Rose Press.  And if I do say so myself, it’s a super story you won’t want to miss. 🙂

BREAKING NEWS as of June 22nd! Amazon lowered their price on Kindle! Lower than Sony’s e-reader now.

*You might also be interested in a more recent related post: ‘Which Ereader is Best, Kindle or Nook?’

An Interview I Did With A Local Student Writing Club

How did you write a decent description without boring your readers?

My cardinal rule since the onset of this writing journey has been, Never bore the reader. I write adventure, mystery, and suspense and make my descriptions pretty gripping while adding enough detail for readers to feel they’re ‘there.’

Why did you decide to write historical romance? How did you start to write books?

I’ve always been fascinated with the past and love books with historical settings. Period movies are also my favorite. I’m a natural born romantic so combining history with a love story came easily.  I made the decision to take the leap into writing novels after commenting to my mother that my favorite books were historical romances of some sort and I wished I could write one.

She said, ‘why don’t you?’  And I said, ‘do you have any idea how much research I’d have to do?’  And she said, ‘Begin.’

I was also inspired by family accounts of ancestors taken captive by Indians during the French and Indian War and others who fought in the Revolution.  With all the rich history surrounding us here in Virginia and my early American roots, setting my novels in Virginia and the Carolinas also came naturally. Now I’ve reached further back into my Scot’s roots with my upcoming release, a unique Scottish time travel Somewhere My Lass.

How do you get over writer’s block?

I have what I call my thinking times, when I scheme and dream. Certain movies or music inspire creativity, like The Fellowship of the Rings…

How do you come up with your ideas?

Some stories stem from accounts I’ve read, including family genealogy, and others come from dreams.

Do you ever have problems not going over the top details and plot lines? No, I’m perfect in every way. 🙂  OK, sometimes I have to rein myself in.

How did you find a publisher?

After years of writing books set in early America which New York didn’t want, I was invited to submit to the Wild Rose Press, a small but fast growing company that publishes novels in both digital download/E-book and print.  The Wild Rose Press is eager to build its American historical line, but considers all romance categories.  If you’re interested in submitting, check the submission guidelines on their website.

On average, how long does it take to write your books?

Far longer than it should.  I agonize over research and fuss over every word.  An average time would be six months, although I’ve written a novel in three, while some have taken years.

How old were you when you finished your first book?

Ten years older than 30.

Have you ever killed a character? How do you do it?

Oh yes. I’ve killed a lot of them, sometimes even envisioned individuals who’ve annoyed me in their place.  In the fort Assault scene in Through the Fire I killed one of the refs from my daughter’s basketball games (gave him the name Hutch, an abbreviation of his last name).  He was particularly aggravating.  That story is set during the French and Indian War and he’s a frontiersman attacked by a warrior who ran a knife up under his ribs.  Hutch probably also got scalped but I didn’t stick around to give those details. Some of my characters have been shot by muskets, pistols, had their throats cut, been tomahawked, poisoned…

How old were you when you really got interested in writing?

I’ve written since elementary school, diaries, short stories, poems, and non-fiction pieces before moving onto novels.

What was it that made you want to be an author?

I love to read and think the story tellers are vital to society.  Where would we be without them? They preserve history and inspire as well as teach and entertain.

Do you have a person in your life that you would consider to be your inspiration?

Many. I come from a creative family with parents who encouraged me in that direction.  I admire anyone who strives to achieve their dreams.

Were you ever interested in writing in other genres than historical romance?

I also write light paranormal as I’m intrigued by ghosts, time travel and fantasy. My stories have a lot of mystery and adventure in them so if I were to let go of the romance genre, I’d focus more on those elements.

How many total books do you have published?

Four novels and a Christmas story in an anthology that came out this past December, plus I’ve signed for another historical and light paranormal.

What would you consider to be your favorite book you’ve written?

My favorite is the first novel I ever wrote and the next one coming out, a Native American romance set in the colonial frontier, Red Bird’s Song.

How did you first attract enough attention to be published?

I finaled in a number of writing contests, even won a few, and that helped a lot.

Who’s your favorite author to read? Favorite book?

Ever and always my favorite author is CS Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia.  He’s been a great inspiration to me.

How do you cope with rejection?

First mope then try to learn from it; see if any suggestions were made I can apply to my writing.  If not, then let it go and forge ahead.  I’ve had hundreds of rejections over the years, used to throw weekly rejection parties to cheer myself up.  I had treats and jigged around the kitchen with the dogs.  A good sense of humor is a must.

Do you base your characters on people you know?

Some are based on individuals I know, while others are drawn from historical figures I admire or even detest.  I’ve also been influenced upon occasion by an actor.  Captain Vaughan in Enemy of the King was inspired by the character Sark in Alias.

How do you determine the goals of your characters?

My stories are strongly character driven.  I have to know them well and consider what they would or wouldn’t do in any given situation…ask them what they want.  I listen to my characters. I can plot all I want but they have a way of asserting themselves and altering the story, usually for the better.

*When Rebecca challenged Tonkawa in the cavern scene in Through the Fire, I hadn’t planned on her enraged response and had to scramble. I tried to persuade her to calm down and await rescue but she refused. I wrote the scene her way.  It’s times like this I sound a bit skitzo.  I have a saying that ‘I talk amongst myselves.’  It worries my mom.  Highly creative people are a little crazy, I think.  Here’s to crazy creativity!

For more on my work please visit: www.bethtrissel.com