Welcome to Beth Anderson

November 30, 2011

Mystery We Write Blog Tour

Beth, thank you for visiting my blog today and sharing your thoughts on Inspiration, Author Enjoyment, &  Reader Wishes

Beth Anderson is a multi-published, award winning author in several genres including romance and  mainstream crime fiction. A full time author, she now lives in Washington state. She has appeared on Chicago’s WGN Morning Show, The ABC Evening News, as well as numerous other radio and cable television shows. She has guest lectured at Purdue University, Moraine Valley College, and many libraries and writers’ conferences. She loves music, particularly jazz.

Author Beth Anderson

Hi, folks! Madeline has asked some great questions, and I’m happy to be able to answer them for her blog readers.

Inspiration? Just about anything and anyone. A newspaper clipping about the murder of a young woman in Chicago where the police could find no clues was the inspiration for MURDER ONLINE. My inspiration for NIGHT SOUNDS was a night out at Chicago’s Ravinia, where I listened to a jazz band and was enchanted by the star-shaped lights in the ceiling. There were no side walls, just the great outdoors and that dark ceiling with tiny artificial white stars twinkling down. Watching fog roll down the mountains in Valdez, Alaska, and a low woman’s voice that I heard speaking the first words in the book was my inspiration for my current novel, RAVEN TALKS BACK.

Every book has had a basically insignificant beginning that somehow turned, in my mind, into a complete mystery novel. Not that I mean to imply the book just came to me like magic and I wrote it. For anyone who wants to write, be aware that there’s a LOT of time and work involved between the idea and the finished novel. I did the work and my books all got published by good publishers. My first book, by the way, which was a Harlequin Superromance, took eight years of hard work, writing evenings and weekends while I was learning to write a publishable novel.

Author Enjoyment? Oh, there’s a certain cachet to it because so many people want to write but don’t want to actually do the work involved, once they find out to their complete astonishment how much work it really is. Newspaper and radio and TV interviews are fun (but if you ever do a TV interview be sure and have your makeup professionally done, because the end result if you didn’t do this is NOT fun to look at). My first TV interview was not fun because of that. In fact I lived in deadly fear that anyone who knew me would see it and recognize me. I had no idea TV lights could make me look so awful, but I learned from it.

Now that I’m retired, writing is fun for me when you consider that the alternative is afternoon bingo or the penny machines on the gambling boats and God knows what else most normal retired people do. I feel I never really retired because I had been writing quite a while before I retired. I’m exactly as busy now as I was then, for whatever that’s worth. As far as real fun in writing, I love getting to that sweet spot in any manuscript, about halfway through, when a lot of plotting problems have been worked out over time and it almost feels as though the book is writing itself.  That part I DO like, because it tells me that yes, there’s a viable book here.

Reader Wishes? I want my readers to sit back and think, or even say out loud, “That is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” I want to make them laugh and I want to make them cry and I want to make them as mad as I am occasionally over situations all over the world,  and I want to have reassured them that there is decency in this world as well as the injustice they see every day on television news or in newspapers they read. I want them to remember my name and watch for my next book.

I want my family to be proud of me, and they are; I’ve always said that when I’m gone, I want my family to remember me and smile, or even laugh out loud. I’m not egotistic enough to think I’m writing Pulitzer Prize winning, world-shaking novels, but I am egotistical enough to at least believe my readers will be entertained enough to finish reading my book after they pick one up, and be happy that they did.

Raven Talks Back

RAVEN TALKS BACK by Beth Anderson

Krill Press, ISBN 978-0-9821443-9-8

Beautiful Valdez, Alaska. Home of twenty-three-inch snow in the wintertime, but in the summertime, gorgeous mountain scenery where the early morning fog rolls down the mountainside, bringing soft whispers of the past with it. And this year…murder.

Valdez Chief of Police Jack O’Banion’s take:

Voices.  Visions.  A sadistic killer running around loose, a hysterical woman, two teenagers on the verge of home-grown terrorism, everybody including the Alaska State Troopers and out-of-town media driving him berserk twenty-four hours a day. And now Raven wants him to arrest someone, anyone, because she thinks her husband is about to be charged with murder and she just can’t face it.

Raven Morressey’s take:

She knows nothing she’s saying to Jack makes any sense to him because it doesn’t to her, either. After all, it’s not every day a newly murdered, tattooed, headless and handless body is dug up in your back yard and then you start hearing voices of your dead ancestors and seeing things that never happened–at least yet. She just wants to keep her home together–at first. She’s not trying to butt in and solve the murders in Valdez. But she just can’t help it.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beth-Anderson/e/B000APMRR4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Barnes & Noble:  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Raven-Talks-Back/Beth-Anderson/e/2940012515407/?itm=1&USRI=beth+anderson#MeetTheWriter

Also available at your favorite independent bookstores nationwide.

Beth’s links are:

Website:  http://www.bethanderson-hotclue.com

Blog:  http://www.bethanderson-hotclue.com/blog

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/bethanderson43

Thank you, Beth!

If you leave a comment, your name will go into the drawing for a free copy of Reticence of Ravens (three copies in total, randomly selected by Buster!)

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10 Responses to “Welcome to Beth Anderson”

  1. Great post, Beth. I’m practicing saying val-deez. Doesn’t sound right to someone from New Mexico, but I’m working on it.

  2. W.S. Gager said

    Great post Beth. I love the idea of fighting against injustice through a mystery. Another book to add to my next buying frenzy which is about to hit.
    Wendy
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  3. Loved your post, Beth. I hate to admit it, but I’m rapidly falling into the category of people who want to have written a book, but don’t feel like doing the work! I’m sure I’ll get over it 🙂

  4. Beth, I’ve long admired your fierce fight against injustice. I have admired your opinion posts on FAcebook, and now I look forward to seeing how you make your views known through your fiction. Onward…

  5. Your work certainly does elicit emotion, Beth. I loved reading RAVEN TALKS BACK and look forward to reading more of your books. I’m with you. Retirement shouldn’t consist of playing dominoes and watching the grass grow.

  6. Great interview, Beth. “So many people want to write but don’t want to actually do the work involved.” Ask any writer how many people have told him or her that they could write a great book if they just had the time. I always want to say, “No, you couldn’t,” because the odds are 500 to one that they’d never finish it, but of course, we just nod politely and say, “Well, try to get around to it some day.”

  7. I would love to read these books, especially those inspired by times in Chicago. Thanks for the introduction to another interesting author, Madeline.

  8. mmgornell said

    Welcome, Beth! So glad to have you here at my “stop.” I love your answers and attitude. Have a wonderful day (though a busy one!) High praise for your daughter’s work…

    Madeline

  9. Folks, I’ll be gone all day and into the evening, working at my daughter’s special ed class, where she teaches almost a dozen wonderful kids how to survive on their own as much as possible, so I won’t be able to respond to comments until late tonight. But I will respond first chance I get. Meantime, thank you so much for stopping by. See you soon! XOXO, Beth

  10. Hi, Beth, I loved your answers. Like you, I’d much rather write than do what the retired people are up to here which is attending club meetings and volunteer work (I did all that much earlier in my life), and a lot of them hang out at the country club (which I can’t afford and wouldn’t like either.) Oh, and there is the Indian casino which I write about but only visit for a meal once in awhile. Keep on writing, Beth, it’s a lot more fun.

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