Interview with Betty Thomason Owens

Published 2014-05-01.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the idea of giving people pleasure by leading them down the path of a great adventure.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the reason I continue to write. I love their comments good and bad. Both spur me on to improve my craft.
What are you working on next?
I have contracted with Write Integrity Press for a historical series called "The Legacy Series". The first book, "Amelia's Legacy," should be out later this year. The second, "Carlotta's Legacy" is in progress. I am also working on a few other ideas, including a prequel for the Jael of Rogan novels.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up reading the classics, like Austen, the Brontes, and Dickens. My contemporary favorite would be difficult to pin down because I have a lot of writer friends, you know?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love mornings! My first cup of coffee gets me going. After quiet time studying the Bible and praying, I get down to the daily routine of marketing, networking, and writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Family, gardening, long walks, visits with my mother. My husband and I love to go to the movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually search the sites, though I hate wading through books I have no interest in. I have a couple of friends who do the footwork and publish a blog pointing readers to the best new stuff and the best freebies.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a western romance! I still have it, hidden away. I think it was actually two novels, part 1 & part 2.
What is your writing process?
I'm basically a seat-of-pants writer. I usually begin with a character and see where she takes me. But once I get started, I will usually map out the route. I hate outlines. But I will use a timeline and set up "quarters" of my story with a short summary of what I want to happen in that quarter. Sometimes it works.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Cat in the Hat, according to my mom. I loved it! I read it to her over and over. Still love Dr. Seuss.
How do you approach cover design?
I look at photos on the web, get an idea of what I want, or perhaps a theme. Then I hire a designer. I can't do it myself, or I would. Don't cut corners on a cover design! Find a professional.
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Books by This Author

A Gathering of Eagles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,120. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Christian » General
Sent on a mission to reunite the war-torn kingdom of Coldthwaite, Lady Jael and Prince William will face a darker enemy than either has ever encountered. Will their love survive?
The Lady of the Haven
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,850. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Christian » Historical
Jael of Rogan, a young woman with a past shrouded in mystery, fights for a future with the Prince who promised to protect her. Can she, an outcast, ever hope to gain the heart of the prince?