Beth Camp


Egypt. Turkey. Scotland. Brazil. My fiction reflects a love of world culture and international travel, whether I'm writing short stories, thrillers, or historical fiction.

Before beginning my writing career, I worked as an international banker, a social policy analyst, an English teacher -- and a number of jobs (ER admitting clerk, hospital lab assistant, writing tutor) on my way through college.

Once I began teaching, those summer vacations meant travel began in earnest -- first to Mexico and Guatemala. Then, a sabbatical to Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, and England, with a month in each country. Unforgettable.

My first book, Mother's Don't Die, a thriller about a kidnapping, now sits in a drawer. My second book began as a short story about selkies off the coast of Scotland and morphed into Standing Stones, historical fiction about a fishing family living in the Orkney Islands, who were kicked out of their cottage by Lord Gordon, the new landowner. Mac McDonnell, arrested for protesting evictions all over the island, is transported to Van Diemen's Land. Thus begins Years of Stone which follows Mac in mid-19th Century Tasmania.

Standing Stones also won second place in historical fiction (2010) at the Pacific Northwest Writers literary contest. I'm currently revising the third book in the series, Rivers of Stone, set in the 1840s in the Pacific Northwest. In this story, Catriona follows one of the McDonnell brothers to Canada -- disguised as a boy.

Readers, enjoy! Writers, write on!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grrew up a city girl in a gritty, blue-collar neighborhood in the wilds of Seattle's Magnolia Hill. Today, that's a pretty fancy address, but when I was young, the town dump filled that area between Magnolia and Queen Anne hills. I felt then that one day, I would be a writer. I left home early, worked my way through college, attending many schools along the way. My writing, I hope, conveys sympathy for the underdog, for I yet remember shoving up the sleeves on my sweaters so the holes would not show! College opened my eyes to international travel, cross-cultural issues, and history shaped by how people actually lived (social history, I think), rather than economics and war. I like to think my characters are survivors, regardless of the twisted plot they face, capable of transforming themselves and their world.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote stories and poetry as I was growing up, but not until high school did I slide a short story in a pile of assignments for my English teacher to read. She fanned through the papers and came to a complete stop when she saw my short story. Little did I know then that one day I would teach writing as well.
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Where to find Beth Camp online


My Selkie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set in a small island in northern Scotland in the 1840s, this short fantasy tale introduces Maggie, a young woman who falls in love with a supernatural creature from the sea, and her brothers who make their living as fishermen.
The Mermaid Quilt & Other Tales
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,870. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
A mermaid argues with a scholar. Two young girls purchase a carved mermaid at a garage sale. A mermaid finds respite in a tree. A cowboy falls in love with the last mermaid, and we discover what mermaids like to eat. From the Arctic to Mexico, Scotland, Russia, Brazil, and the suburban United States, these 8 short stories and 10 poems celebrate the culture of mermaids.

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Smashwords book reviews by Beth Camp

  • One Promise Too Many on Sep. 22, 2011

    One Promise Too Many follows the attempts of newly appointed, red-haired Detective Roger Stark as he tracks down clues to find a missing girl – and exactly who murdered the wife of a prominent businessman. As the mystery unfolds, expect conflict. Stark’s training and his innate tendancy to heroism cause him to protect a prime suspect who struggles with schizophrenia, and Bylina’s writing skills twist the story and add depth to the characters with insight and sensitivity. I liked the good guys and the bad guys in this story, brought to life with telling details. There might just be another book about Detective Stark. Bring him on!
  • Kirk's Landing on Nov. 29, 2013

    Kirk's Landing introduces readers to a small community in Northern Canada, fraught with hidden issues that are further complicated by Dave's own reluctance to face his Native heritage. I was hooked from the first page and found the story fascinating for it took me to a place I've never been -- a small community in Manitoba, where the winters are beyond cold, quite capable of dropping to minus 40C. The story begins dramatically and keeps the reader wondering how conflicts can be resolved. I also enjoyed the authentic relationships between our hero and a potential lady friend, and also for the very real picture given of small town conflicts, especially when folks in power have something to hide. Kirk's Landing was fun to read. The people, the beautiful yet harsh back country, and some of the issues between predominantly white and predominantly native cultures stay with me. A fine first book to this planned series!