Betsy Thorpe studied folklore and ethnic anthropology at the University of Oregon and is a scholar of early twentieth century Southern culture and history. A free-lance writer Betsy specializes in reflections on historic and current events. She is also a long-time waitress. She lives in Nashville Tennessee with her daughter and three granddaughters.
Thorpe is an honorary member of the Bellevue Harpeth Historical Association and the Nashville, Chattanooga Preservation Society. She is also a member of Nashville Historic Inc and the Cowan Railroad Museum. She is most proud of her awards in 2011 and 2012 of a private individual Writer's Room at the Nashville Public Library, an honor bestowed by the library on a select number of authors. In 2014 she was honored again when she was invited to contribute to the Nashville Encyclopedia. This on-line project is creating an important resource documenting Nashville history and culture.
When Betsy's not writing, serving food to customers or day dreaming about the past, she and her three granddaughters enjoy watching prime-time soap and crime dramas on TV, bicycling, cooking Rachel Ray 30 Minute Meals, and taking Greyhound Bus and Amtrak Train adventures together.
The Day the Whistles Cried; the Great Cornfield Meet at Dutchman's Curve is her first book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media!! Facebook and Twitter have been very good to me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Springfield Oregon. Ken Kesey lived down the road. "Sometimes a Great Notion" was one of the first "grown up" books I ever read. His way with words helped me realize the power of a good story.
Two steam locomotives collide head-on in a cornfield at the edge of Nashville on July 9, 1918, taking the lives of more than a hundred people and injuring at least 300 others. This tragic tale, set against a backdrop of wartime urgency and human error, unfolds in the midst of the racial and societal divisions of the early twentieth century: a riveting story of decided historical impact.