Betty Byers


A long time native of London I now live and work in Singapore with my zoo of pets. Some would say I ran away from high tax and gloomy weather. I would say their powers of deduction might well be accurate. But you know low tax, low crime and hot weather every day can make a woman yearn for the edginess and excitement of London enough to bring it to life in the written word.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and the imagination flourish.

Betty Byers is not just my pen name but was my mum’s name and I use it in tribute and memory to a woman who gave me my love of books.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all around the world. My dad was in the army so I've lived in Hong Kong, Germany, London and went to school in Edinburgh, Scotland. So far, it hasn't influenced my writing, although I am tempted to send Lola abroad on a case one day!
When did you first start writing?
I've always written. When I was ten I went to boarding school in Scotland. My aunt gave me an old typewriter and I would type up stories for my school friends. They would be waiting for me to get to the end of the page and pull it out the typewriter! We were restricted in watching TV but had unrestricted access to books. I would also tell stories at bedtime when the lights were turned off.

When I got older I wrote a lot of poetry. Then, having a family and career delayed my creative juices for a long time. I've always wanted to write a novel, and one day I realised that the only thing that was stopping me writing it was, well, me. So I sat down and wrote it.
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Where to find Betty Byers online


Don't Shed A Tear
Series: Lola Hussey Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,170. Language: British English. Published: September 13, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.82 from 11 reviews)
When Lola Hussey, newly fledged Private Investigator, was on a night out at a ragga party in London she spotted someone who looked like her long lost brother, Marley, on the dance floor. As she pushed through the crowd to reach him, two shots rang out and there was alarm as screams replaced the boom of the music. Lola's second case had begun - and this one was much closer to home.
Don't Call Me Baby
Series: Lola Hussey Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 79,450. Language: British English. Published: July 27, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.91 from 22 reviews)
Lola Hussey, 24 years old, no boyfriend, still living with her mum on a London housing estate and stuck in a going nowhere job in a third rate Private Investigation Agency. Life had to get better surely? When Derek Lewis, rich Australian playboy, is found dead after falling from the roof of his office in salacious circumstances, Lola's opportunity to flex her investigative muscles had begun.