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 Orkneys, who were kicked out of their cottage by a new landowner. Mac, 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 drafting the third book in the series, Rivers of Stone, set in the 1840s in the Pacific Northwest.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy The Mermaid Quilt & Other Tales, a short story and poetry collection that is my first experiment in e-pubbing.
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The Mermaid Quilt & Other Tales
by Beth Camp
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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- 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!
on Nov. 20, 2013
Immediately engrossing, RIVEN offers an exciting story and empathetic characters. Kait Nolan deftly introduces the paranormal into a gritty, contemporary urban fantasy, as Marley, a young woman who was abandoned by her father, acquires a protector -- Ian, a shadow walker who no longer believes he is capable of human emotion. Readers are in for plot twists that keep tension high, but the story line does not sacrifice the developing relationship between Marley and Ian. While my review is of an advance review copy, I enjoyed reading this intriguing, appealing, and engaging story. I'm ready for the next in this series!
- 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!