MEET AUTHOR BETTE LEE CROSBY
Thank you Bette Lee Crosby for sharing some wonderful personal and professional thoughts with Lindas Book Obsession and readers.
Linda’s Book Obsession – Bette Lee Crosby Guest Post
Five-Minutes of Fun & Facts…
Before I get started telling you about myself, I’d like to thank Linda for having me as a guest on her Book Obsession Blog. Writing is a rather isolated occupation so I always celebrate the opportunity to get together with other book lovers.
Now a bit about me; I am a wife, a sister, a dog-mama, a terrible cook, a USA Today Bestselling Author and an award-winning novelist. Although I often spend long hours at the computer, I consider myself fortunate because I am doing what I love to do…tell stories.
I am from a family of Southerners, and we are by our very nature—storytellers. At family gatherings it is a given that my elderly aunts will regale us with new renditions of the same stories, but each time their story gets bigger and better. Over the years a plain woman is seen as beautiful, an ordinary man as heroic and a summertime frolic somehow morphs into a memorable adventure. With a history such as this, I was obviously destined to be a novelist.
Most of my novels began with the character, not the story. They start out with a person who could easily enough be one of my aunts, or a friend, or a neighbor. Once I have the character in mind, I let my imagination run free to conjure up all the catastrophes that might befall such a person. The other elements, such as the Keeper of the Scales in Silver Threads are born of my belief that there is a power greater than we are, and there is an inherent goodness in almost everyone.
Now a few fun facts about me: I am a dog lover, which if you follow me on Facebook is no surprise. I go for long walks to think through a story then hunker down in my office and write until way past what would be a normal person’s dinner hour. My favorite television show is This is Us. I don’t have a favorite song and I have way too many favorite books to list them. Dessert is my favorite part of any meal and when we go out to dinner, I’ll choose ambiance over cuisine any day of the week. I love chatting with readers and have written two novels based on the stories fans have shared with me. My guilty pleasures are gooey chocolate and late night Facebook chats with friends. If some night you are stricken with a bout of insomnia, stop by my Facebook page and say hi.
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More information on Bette Lee Crosby
USA Today Bestselling Author and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.
A Note from Bette Lee…
Welcome. I’m delighted that you’ve stopped by for a visit. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore my website, browse through my books and get to know a bit more about me.
First off, I’m a Southerner; and Southerners are born storytellers. In the South stories are handed down from one generation to the next, and often told while sitting on the front porch or gathered around a potluck picnic table. With every telling the characters grow bigger, braver and definitely more memorable. So it is with my characters—each one born of a tale that started long ago.
Every writer begins as a reader and this is also true of me. But ignoring the gift of storytelling that my mama passed down, I majored in art and started out as a graphic artist. Fate stepped in and when one of the salesmen said to make up some sell copy for the back of a pantyhose package, I did. Before long I realized my niche was creating images with words rather than pictures and a new career blossomed.
After two decades of writing for business—magazine articles, corporate reports, marketing plans and the like—that storytelling heritage kicked in and I began my first novel. I began writing the story in longhand using sticky notes, cross outs, and asterisks for editing and then handing my messy papers over to my secretary to be typed. (Remember, I studied art, not typing.) Several chapters later, I admitted defeat, bought my first laptop and taught myself to type.
I wrote two full-length novels (which will never see the light of day) before I wrote The Twelfth Child and entered it into the National Pen Women competition as an unpublished manuscript. It won and that tiny taste of success spurred me on to make this a full time career.
Now, I write almost every day and consider myself blessed to be doing this thing that I love so much. I look back and smile thinking if Mama were still here she’d recognize bits and pieces of the stories she once told.
This is Me…
I am a wife, a sister, a grandma and a dog mama
I am also a 30-year survivor of Lymphoma
For 17years I taught Kindergarten Sunday School
I took Flying Lessons on a 4-seat Piper Warrior
I do my best thinking on my 3-mile morning walk
My hair is naturally curly (Spring into ringlets curly!)
I am a night owl who dreads the thought of getting up early
I can often be found trolling Facebook in the wee hours
I am a big time dog lover, which comes as no surprise to anyone
In Spare Change, Scooter Cobb is named after my friend’s dog
We live in Florida because I love sunshine, hate cold weather
My favorite television show is This is Us
My favorite drink is red wine (Pinot Noir)
In restaurants I almost always order seafood
My guilty pleasures are ice cream and candy