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?
Readers, you can learn more about Beth and her books at: http://www.bethtrissel.com