A big PP welcome to Beth Shriver
and she's giving away a book!
Take it away, Beth.
How did you get from your day job to writing romance? When we moved from Colorado I had a hard time adjusting to Texas. When my friend, Shelley Shepherd Gray, published her first book, it encouraged me to write one. I’d written in magazines, papers and devotionals so I had a non-fiction back ground that helped in writing a full length novel.
What are your three favorite books of all time? The first two books in Francine Rivers the Mark of the Lion Series and Gone with the Wind.
Morning, afternoon, or evening person? I used to be a definite morning person but the older I get the less sleep I seem to need, and I end up staying up way too late.
Music--with or without? What kind? I usually listen to Christian artists, but I like the oldies from the 70’s and 80’s too. I just aged myselfL
First or third POV? I like to write first person but publishers aren’t crazy about first person POV. I’ve written four of them; Benford Peavey is a Good name, Love at First Flight, Funeral Hopper, and The Least of These. I really enjoyed writing each and every one. Two are published and I hope to find homes for the other two someday.
How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects? No, I can’t imagine! I get down pretty deep with my characters and because I’m a seat-of-the-pantser I never know where I’m going next. That would be tough to keep up with two wayward storiesJ
What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? Definitely the beginning. I have to get to know the characters just like meeting a real person. Once we go deeper I can predict what they’re going to do and say and things start to roll!
Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em? No one likes to have all of their mistakes there in front of you in black and white, with red slashes all over them, but I have to say that the editors at Charisma House are fantastic! They make my story so much better. I am very blessed to be working with them.
How did you come up with that title? Best advice anybody ever gave you? For my latest book, Annie’s Truth, it fits her journey in her quest to find out who she really is after finding out she was adopted. My titles depict some aspect of the story, not just something random or flowery.
Best advice I’ve heard is not to take rejections personally. This is a business and you have to try and put your emotions aside and learn how to take the comments as a critique to improve your writing. Believe me I knowL
Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter…if I was the princess bride in SHREKJ
What's your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate, do you have any?
Do you write at home or someplace else? Usually at home because I have a great office to work in and everything I need, and my two cats and dog keep me company. I go to a great French bakery about once a week to people watch and feed my muse, and my stomachJ
What's your favorite type of hero/heroine and why? I usually like strong women characters, but I surprised myself with the present story I’m writing where the female character is very timid and shy. But I don’t think she’ll stay that way for longJ
Excerpt from Annie's Truth:
Annie ran a finger along the small wooden likeness of John and wondered if she shouldn’t dismiss him so readily. As a friend, she adored him, but the thought of marrying him annoyed her. But did that feeling come because of him, or was it her?
Hanna’s sigh brought Annie back to the moment. Hanna looked from her Bible to Annie’s. “That’s odd, isn’t it?”
Annie turned a crisp page and stared at the words again. “I wonder if Mamm simply didn’t remember to fill in the day.”
“It’s not like Mamm to forget to do anything like this.”
Annie didn’t want to believe that Mamm forgot, and Hanna was right in that their mamm never left anything undone, especially when it came to her children. “I’m sure there’s a reason.”
“The only thing left to do is ask.” Hanna closed the Bible and handed it to Annie.
Annie took the black book, its pages lined with light gold.
“Don’t you want to?” Hanna grasped her hands together and set them on her knees.
“Jah, I do.” Annie stroked the top of the golden pages with her finger. “And then I don’t.”
Hanna grunted. “Well, that’s silly.”
Annie stopped and took the Bible in both hands. “But I have a strange feeling.” Annie squeezed the good Book. “Maybe it’s better if I don’t know.”
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