H. Lovelyn Bettison was born into a creative family with a strong tradition of storytelling. From an early age, she wrote stories. Some of her first works of fiction involved talking trees and magical creatures.
She started writing flash fiction in her early twenties. Before she knew it her flash fiction started turning into novels. Though the trees in her current stories don’t usually talk, she has remained true to her childhood interest in the magical aspects of life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Have you ever felt like you have a message to share? I have a story to tell and for me the most important thing was doing what was necessary to share that story.
There was a time when I dreamed of getting published by a big publishing company because I thought that was the way things were done. That's the only way I knew and I thought it was the right way. I wasn't very committed to that way though. I think I queried three agents before deciding to publish my novels myself. I actually hadn't looked into self-publishing at all until I started looking into traditional publishing. When I learned about self-publishing I felt like it was the answer I was looking for. It looked like the best way to share my stories with the world.
I don't really have any desire to "stick it to the man" or "buck the system" or anything like that. I just want to share my stories and I'll use whatever tools are available to me to do so.
When did you first start writing?
Ever since I could hold a pen I wrote stories. My earliest stories were in crayon and involved talking trees and animals. I would staple together sheets of paper to make books or write my stories in composition notebooks. Making up stories always brought me joy. There is something about creating a world of people and relationships that makes my heart sing. I can't imagine not being able to write.
Sadie always wanted the perfect family: a husband, a son, a dog, a house in the suburbs. For a little while she had it all. Then after an accident one afternoon, her son starts acting oddly and displaying strange new abilities. His new behavior threatens to bring to light a secret that she's been keeping for years. Will she be able to hold her family together or will the truth tear them apart?