Tuesday, April 13, 2010
He has definitely been at work and I am so blessed and grateful! RODEO SWEETHEART is my third novel with Steeple Hill Love Inspired and I also have a Christmas novella with Marta Perry releasing Christmas 2010 that I am very excited about. We’ll see what else from there!
Tell us a little about your family.
I am married to my hero, Brandon, who is a fireman and the love of my life. We have one daughter, who I affectionately nicknamed Little Miss, and she will be two years old in July. Hard to believe how fast the time flies!!!
Has your writing changed your reading habits?
If so, how? Yes, unfortunately. I have less time to read now since I am working toward my own deadlines, but that’s a good thing!! I think the only negative way that my reading habits has changed because of my writing is that the more I learn and grow in the craft, the harder it is to turn off that internal editor when reading other books. Things that used to never bother me in stories now do!
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on several proposals that I’m very excited about. More info on that to come soon! =)
What outside interests do you have?
I love shopping and spending time with my family. Watching movies, the usual. Plus, I adore kickboxing. It’s the best workout and since having my daughter, I haven’t had the time to get into it again like I was, but I hope to one day!
How do you choose your settings for each book?
It’s whatever the story needs. If I have a hankering to write about a cowgirl, like in RODEO SWEETHEART, then obviously she needs a ranch, so Texas seemed the perfect fit. With my first two Love Inspired novels, RETURN TO LOVE and A VALENTINE’S WISH, I set them in New Orleans because of my family heritage and my love of the city. (my husband proposed there!)
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Jane Austen. I think she’d be fantastic to meet in person. I’d love to interview her about her own books!
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I would say discipline. He’s really been moving in my life and I’ve been juggling my writing with my family time and being a homemaker and wife. It’s a good balance and I’ve learned a lot about how to make the most of my time – including my time with Him.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
WRITE WRITE WRITE. If you don’t write, you’ll never get published. Don’t spend too much time on blogging and Facebook and other communities that suck writing time for your schedule. Prioritize. Those avenues are important for promoting and marketing, but keep a good balance. Allow yourself a set amount of time per day or week for those things. Also, don’t give up. Again, if you give up, you are guaranteed to never meet your goals or dreams! (And a fourth – attend writers conferences and join the ACFW!) =)
Tell us about the featured book?
RODEO SWEETHEART is a story about a cowgirl named Sam who is determined to save her family ranch. Once a breeding farm, her beloved farm has been turned into a Dude Ranch in order to make ends meet. Sam wants to bring back the breeding farm in honor of her late father, who died bull riding in a local rodeo. To earn the money, Sam must ride in the same rodeo—except she knows nothing about bull riding! To make matters worse, city boy Ethan comes into town with inside knowledge, hoping to buy the property out from under Sam for a cheap price for his own family’s company. This story of opposites attracting and romance guarantee a fun, exciting ride from start to finish!
Sounds like a fun read. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can contact me through my website, http://www.betsystamant.com/ , find me on facebook, or read my blog at http://www.betsy-ann.blogspot.com/
Thank you, Betsy, for visiting with us again.
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