Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interview with Betty Bolte

Today, my interview guest is Betty Bolte, who writes both historical and contemporary stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. 

No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. In addition to her romantic fiction, she’s the author of several nonfiction books and earned a Master’s in English in 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Authors Guild. Get to know her at www.bettybolte.com.

1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write using my laptop on my lap in the family room, with the TV turned on as background noise. I don’t currently have a desk where I could work, but this arrangement is comfortable, and I love old westerns for their wonderful soundtrack!

2. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Mostly read and research, but also needlework (crochet and counted cross-stitch), play my guitar, or take a long walk. Creative endeavors to help me relax and recharge. Of course, there’s always watching TV or movies with my supportive hubby, always with an eye to the story and the romance. I call it research as well!

3. What do you like most about writing?
The flexibility of where I work and when. Although I do have deadlines, some that force me to keep to the keyboard, there are also lulls when I can take a day to read and research. Or take time away to handle family obligations and needs. In other words, it’s the kind of job you can do and still have a fulfilling life.

4. What do you think makes a good story?
Strong characters who are striving to overcome some emotional hurdle to achieve their goal. Each character should have both an internal and external goal they must reach before the story ends in order to make the tale complex and satisfying.

5. What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive of my desire and effort to write books. However, I do occasionally get ribbed for writing “dirty books”; not that I DO! It’s the same kind of teasing I heard at work when folks found I write romances, and they called me “Dirty Betty” until I put my foot down. Just because a book contains sex does not make it porn, after all!

6. What is your guilty pleasure?
A dry gin martini with one olive after a long day. Or any day, for that matter!

7. What movie best describes your life?
The Incredible Journey, because it’s been filled with animals, caring friends and family, as well as many mountains to climb.

Emily’s Vow

Emily Sullivan’s greatest fear is dying in childbirth, as did her twin sister and their mother. Then she’s thrown in a loyalist prison for her privateering father’s raids on the British, and her accuser--a former beau--promises to recant if she will marry him.

Frank Thomson always loved Emily despite her refusal to return his affections. A patriot spy posing as a loyalist officer, when Frank learns of Emily’s plight, he challenges her accuser to a duel.

Freed from prison, Emily ponders returning the affections of her rescuer--the only man she's ever loved and who married her twin to save the Sullivan family's reputation. But Frank cannot afford to be discovered. For the sake of young America, he must deliver his secrets.

Amy’s Choice

Without a goodbye, Amy Abernathy's childhood sweetheart, Benjamin Hanson, leaves to fight in the American War for Independence. Amy chooses to pick up the pieces of her heart and leave Charles Town to help her sister who is with child.

Benjamin knows he hurt Amy, but he plans to make it up to her after his mission is completed. Then he learns that Amy has been captured by renegade soldiers. Now Benjamin faces his own choice: free the sassy yet obstinate woman he's never stopped loving or protect Charles Town from vengeful British occupation.

Social Media Links
Twitter: @BettyBolte


Melinda Jane Harrison said...

The writing life is so wonderful. Nice Interview. And such an interesting time period for a romance. Will check it out.

Betty Bolte said...

I love the Am Rev period, and I hope you enjoy the stories! Thanks, Melinda, for stopping by!

Patricia Preston said...

I love that time period, too! Good luck with your books, Betty!

Betty Bolte said...

Thanks for having me today, Patricia!