Interview with Beth Trissel

Today I welcome author Beth Trissel to tell us about her new release, Somewhere My Love (available tomorrow at The Wild Rose Press) and more!

 

Welcome.  Your new release sounds wonderful. Can you please tell us about Somewhere My Love?

Yes, and thank you for having me as a guest.  Somewhere My Love is a murder mystery/ghost story romance with flashbacks to early nineteenth century Virginia.  More unusual are the Hamlet parallels woven into the story. Quite a kewl touch, I think, but I’m not entirely objective.  J

 

What inspired the story?
The idea for the story came to me while my mother and I were touring old Virginia plantations along the James River.  I’ve also ever been inspired by my family’s gracious Virginia home (circa 1816) in the Shenandoah Valley, a historical landmark called Chapel Hill and named for a nearby chapel that burnt long ago.  A pewter communion service (used for slaves) was saved from the fire and is still in the house. Chapel Hill and other old homes are filled with fascinating antiques and portraits.  These old paintings of early American forebears also worked in my thoughts to help conjure the plot for Somewhere My Love.

 

Can you tell us about the series? 

It’s simple really, to describe anyway.  The idea is that the story opens in the contemporary world, and being a Virginia author I favor settings in the Old Dominion, and then the reader is transported ‘Somewhere’ else.  That other place plays a vital role in the story.  The trick, of course, is carrying this off. J  

 

What is your favorite part of being a writer?  Least favorite?

That’s easy, the answer to both questions is Writing.  Good some days, wretched on others.

 

Who has influenced you as a writer? 

Great storytellers from all walks of life including film makers.  My father is a retired English teacher and as I was growing up I’d go to his bookshelves and read, read, read.  The trouble I discovered when I began writing novels 12+ years ago is that people don’t write like Dickens and Du Maurier these days.  So I read some current authors to get the idea of where novels, especially romance, had gone.  I don’t read nearly as much as I would like. My tbr pile is obscene, I’m so behind.  I put more effort into doing research. 

 

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Write, write, write, join critique groups and enter contests.  Learn to take constructive criticism cause you’re gonna get a lot.  The first RWA chapter contest I ever entered, a bemused judge told me I broke all the rules. My response, there’s rules?  I entered that same chapter contest again this past year and double finaled.  I’ve come a long, long way.

 

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Tenacious sled dog.  I’ve kept at it, writing what I love, when nobody was buying Colonial American romance or my paranormals either.

 

What do you like to read?

I like historical romance and light paranormal, also a good mystery and suspense. If the writing is superb I’ll read most anything.

 

What is next for you?

I’m working on the next ‘Somewhere’ story, and finishing up the sequel to Through the Fire.  I’ve plotted out much of the sequel to Enemy of the King too.  I have a lot of ideas.

 

Is there anything you’d like to ask readers? 

As a predominantly E-book author, I’d like to know which are your favorite E-readers—cause I don’t have one yet and Christmas is coming.  Do you download E-books to your laptops and read that way, as I currently am?  Any other ideas for reading digital download?

 

Thank Beth! 
Readers, you can learn more about Beth and her books at: 
http://www.bethtrissel.com
 
 So, do you have any advice for Beth about E-readers?  Or can you answer her other questions?
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18 Responses to Interview with Beth Trissel

  1. Ladytink_534 says:

    I’ve never read one of her books before! Ooo! I’m intrigued! I don’t read e-books too often but when I do it’s always on my laptop.

  2. Liza says:

    Sounds like a great book and series Beth. I don’t have an e-reader yet, I just download ebooks to my laptop for now. I’ve looked into both the Sony and Kindle readers, but the prices are just so high right now and I don’t know anyone who loves either.

  3. Jolene says:

    thank you for coming and sharing with us. I dont have a lot of ebooks as i find it hard to sit at the computer and read.. i dont have a laptop.
    Hubby wants to buy me a kindle, but im back and forth between the kindle and the Sony.. target now has the sonys and they are a bit cheaper than kindles. and my daughter works there so i would get a 10 percent discount..

  4. Great inteview! Tenacious sled dog? Love that!
    I’m fairly new to e-books myself, so don’t have any favorites as of yet, but I have read some great stories by my fellow TWRP authors.

  5. Amy says:

    Congrats on your release, Beth! I’m sure you’re excited. I also love the plantations along the James River and Colonial Williamsburg is a favorite of my haunts. Any hope one of your Somewhere stories will take readers there?

  6. C.J. Redwine says:

    Beth, the series sounds very cool. Love the touches of Hamlet! You know I can’t wait to read ALL your books.

    As for readers, two of my friends own Kindles and love them. Having had the opportunity to play around with theirs, I have to say they’re pretty cool pieces of technology. I don’t know much about Sony’s yet.

  7. hywelalyn says:

    Wonderful interview Beth and many congratulations on your new release.

    By the way I’d like to mention that Beth and myself are just two of the participating authors in the Wild Rose Press Sony E-Reader give away. One lucky purchaser will receive an E-reader and other goodies. To find out all the details go to http://www.thewildrosepress.com – now is the time to buy Beth’s great new book and be in for the chance to win an E-reader at the same time! (Hope you don’t mind the advert Jennifer but it’s a great opportunity not only to buy a great book but possibly win a reader as well)

  8. Can’t wait for this release tomorrow. Enjoyed the interview and learning more about the author and the book.

  9. How exciting! a book available for readers? Color me excited, impressed, and a little envious!

  10. Sue Mason says:

    Hi Beth,

    Congratulations on your big debut! You will be the first author to tempt me into reading an e-book. This is a whole new world for me.

    I have a couple of questions: when you’re finished an e-book, I presume if you like it enough, you’d save it to your hard drive. Is against any copyright laws to pass on to a friend, like I would a paper copy?

    Also, I know e-books usually come out in paperback. How long after does this happen?

    Thanks, Beth! Hope you get lots of sales!

    Sue

  11. Beth Trissel says:

    Thanks ladies for all the kind comments and enthusiasm. And for the advice about E-readers. I’m sure we will all learn more as this relatively new gizmo becomes standard fare. And cheapter. 🙂
    As for where my Somewhere series may go, who can say? But I love the Williamsburg, Jamestown area and heard the kewlest ghost story set there…hmmmm….

  12. Lynn Raye Harris says:

    Hi, Beth! Tenacious sled dog. I LOVE it!!!!! Congratulations on your first book!!! When I read e-books I use my computer. I think I’d love to try a Kindle, though!!!

    The touches of Hamlet sound awesome, and I love your setting. My ancestors are Virginians. Beautiful place, lots of fabulous history. Hope you have a stellar release day! 🙂

  13. Jane says:

    Hi Beth,
    I don’t have an ebook reader, so I’m reading them off my my laptop. I’m hoping the Kindle will be cheaper soon.

  14. Helen says:

    I don’t have an e-book reader I had a couple of short e-books on my computer then the computer crashed and I lost them so I haven’t got anymore yet but they sound very good.
    Beth
    the book sounds great

    Have Fun
    Helen

  15. Beth Trissel says:

    Thanks. Maybe we can all get E-readers from Santa.

  16. Jennifer Y says:

    Sorry, I didn’t chime in sooner…great to see so many “new” faces.

    I have an ebookwise ebook reader and love it. However, it doesn’t read PDFs without conversion (which I have done with most of my PDFs) so that is the only negative. I would love to get a Kindle one day though.

  17. A huge congratulations to my fellow Pixie Chick on her release! Can’t wait to read it, my friend!! The consensus amongst my friends is that the Kindle is the best e-reader. But don’t spend too much time with it if you get one for Christmas. You have more books to write!!

  18. Congratulations on your release, Beth. Sounds like a wonderful story.

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