Jen: We’re pleased to welcome Beth Trissel to Book Talk this week. Beth, will you please share a short bio with us?
Beth: I’ve been writing historical romance novels with an emphasis on the colonial frontier, think The Last of the Mohicans, and the American Revolution, my version of The Patriot, and now, light paranormal romance, for 12+ years. I’m a long time resident of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where my family has lived for well over 200 years. Fascination with my early American ancestors and the Shawnee Indians initially inspired my writing journey.
Beth: Somewhere My Love, a murder mystery/ghost story with flashbacks to early nineteenth century Virginia, is my first light paranormal romance and debut novel, coming to the Wild Rose Press in digital download on Sept. 26 2008, in print March 27 2009.
Beth: I’ve been journaling since elementary school, was a dramatic poet in high school, wrote vignettes about country life in my young adult years and took up historical romance novels with a passion at 40. Life truly does begin at 40. I’ve had more than one exciting ‘call’ with major contest finals and from an excellent agent, Pema Browne, who tried to sell my American based historical romance novels to NY without success. Then I was invited to submit to the Wild Rose and received with great enthusiasm and requests for MORE! At the ‘the call’ comes in the form of a much sought after email and I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderfully exciting, growing like wild fire, romance company. I’m writing for two lines there, the American Rose and Faery Rose.
Beth: Historical/Paranormal Romance
Beth: Hot Earl Grey tea and music—just the right soundtrack/composer for a particular scene
Beth: Ideally, I write in solitary bliss. In reality, I have a lot of interruptions, so I scurry back to my laptop like a mother dog with new pups.
Beth: Yes! Dinner with the fam at our favorite restaurant and my older daughter gave me an “I’m kind of a big deal” T-shirt.
Beth: Mystery. I already incorporate a lot of mystery into my writing as in Somewhere My Love.
Beth: Shakespeare, the ultimate story teller, other classic authors and the English Romantic poets. My father is a retired English professor and I read avidly from his book shelves as a young adult. Katherine, by Anya Seton, was the first romance I ever read. I still vividly remember portions of it.
Beth: Gardening, I love old heirloom flowers and herbs, drives up into the mountains, watching Netflix with my family, and playing with my grandbabies. I’ve also been known to read.
Beth: Hands up any of you who loved The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day Lewis! Are you a fan? I began writing my colonial frontier trilogy, Through the Fire being the lead story, before I ever saw this movie. I thought, Wow! My time period! Only to discover New York editors weren’t on board. But that didn’t deter me and Through the Fire finaled in the 2008 Golden Heart® Contest. My Wild Rose Press editor loves it.