03 May, 2012

#Interview with Beth Trissel, #Author of The Lady and the Warrior

DDS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Deb. Me in a snippet; married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration.

DDS: What got you into writing? 
BT: Research into my early American ancestors, and further back into my English Scots-Irish roots, was the initial impetus behind my writing, and in many ways, still is. My passion for the past and those who have gone before me is an ongoing inspiration.

DDS: Tell us about your books
BT: Where do I begin?  I’m multi-published in both historical and light paranormal romance with time travels and tales with a ghostly theme. The one common thread in my work is the past. My settings vary from the rugged colonial frontier with Shawnee warriors, to Charleston, SC, and the American Revolution, to Georgian England, to the early 17th century Scottish Highlands….  The sequel to my NA historical romance, Through the Fire, entitled Kira Daughter of the Moon, is due out later in 2012. And a Christmas historical romance, also out later in 2012, A Warrior for Christmas. Both from the Wild Rose Press.
I’ve branched out a little and am doing some releases on my own.  My latest, The Bearwalker’s Daughter, cover by my talented daughter Elise who also did the cover for The Lady and the Warrior, is a historical romance novel interwoven with an intriguing paranormal thread, set among the clannish Scots in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies. The story is similar to others of mine with a frontier flavor and also features Native American characters. Both are available for .99 at Amazon in kindle.

DDS: What was the hardest part about writing a book? 
BT: Actually writing it. I can research forever.

DDS: What are your writing pet peeves? 
BT: I get a lot of interruptions and have to doggedly persist despite them all.

DDS: Who is your favourite Character? (one of your own creation – published/unpublished)
BT: Wicomechee, the hero in my historical romance novel Red Bird’s Song. He’s based on a Shawnee warrior who really lived and sounds quite amazing.  I have ties to him through our family.

DDS: Now time for some fun facts about you. If ‘Red Bird’s Song’ was to be turned into a movie – which Actor/Actress would you like to see playing the characters?
BT: That’s a tough one because a Native American actor who could play the part of Wicomechee has yet to come to mind.  A young Nicole Kidman could have played my Scots-Irish heroine, but now… I need a fiery redhead in her late teens/early 20’s…I’m open to suggestions.

DDS: Who is your favourite author & which is your favourite book? I know it is beyond difficult, but you can name only one in each category!! 
BT: Not as difficult as you might think. CS Lewis, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, has been my favorite author/book since I was nine and I am ever loyal.

DDS: One thing readers would be surprised to know about you…
BT: I’m an armchair adventurer. 

DDS: Besides writing, what else do you enjoy? 
BT: I have many dear small people in my life (thus all the interruptions) and am an avid gardener…pet owner.  I’ve been known to read. Love my Netflix, especially the British productions.

DDS: What’s next? 
BT: Wherever the muse takes me.  I’m supposed to be finishing the sequel to my time travel romance, Somewhere my Lass.

DDS: Anything else you would like to say to your readers/fans? 
BT: If you haven’t read any of my books (or all of them) why not?

Thanks again for having me~!

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