Monday, April 29, 2013

Meet Author Bette Lee Crosby

Hello, Bette, thank you for stopping by today to share your thoughts about books and writing. I’ve read a couple of your books and plan to read some others. I noticed that you worked in Advertising before you began your career as a novelist, and that your mother was quite a storyteller during your growing up years.

Q: Your way of making characters come alive and stick in the reader’s memory is unique. Spare Change had some unforgettable characters. Tell us about Ethan Allan and Olivia. For example, Olivia was extremely superstitious. Did this characterization come from your southern roots?

A: Most likely. Southerners are by nature believers in folklore and superstition. I almost always give my characters some kind of quirky twist, such a superstition or habit, I think that’s why they stand out from the crowd and are more fun to read about.

Q: My heart went out to the little boy in Spare Change, who came from a very dysfunctional family. Even though this book is not listed as a Christian book, I found Christian overtones throughout. Tell us about this aspect of your writing.

A: Let me start by saying I am a staunch Christian, in fact I teach Sunday School to First Grade children. But I am also a realist. And, the truth is that people come from all walks of life and they are not always perfect, nor are they always cognizant of God’s word. In Spare Change, Ethan Allen came from a very imperfect household and he used cuss words. But the important thing about this story is not where he started, but where he was going. After Olivia took him in, she gave him a love he never knew and that changed the boy. We’ve all heard it said a million or more times—God works in mysterious ways. If there were no sinners, there would have been no need for Jesus Christ to give his life for us. We are all imperfect, some more so than others.

Q: Thank you so much for your testimony, Bette. I appreciate it greatly. As I read Spare Change, I could see how Olivia’s love changed a little boy who desperately needed a person to love him. I saw children like this during my career as an elementary teacher. Children can't choose who their parents are, and many times they start out at a huge disadvantage, as Ethan Allen did. Each of his parents had their own agenda, and it was NOT raising a child.

Q: What drove you to write Cupid’s Christmas? 

A: It started out to be a very different story, then somewhere along the line I decided that Cupid would be the best and most fun storyteller. Cupid is, as you can tell by the story, an angel who reports directly to The Boss, who you come to realize is God.

Q: And it was fun. Which type of book do you write most often?

A: Heartfelt stories that enable readers to close the book with a sigh of contentment.

Q: Tell us about your new book “What Matters Most”.  I understand the main character in this story is a quilter who doesn't want to leave the ladies in her quilting group. 

A: What Matters Most, released on April 15 is a fun story that deals with a middle-aged husband who wants to retire and move to Florida and his wife who wants to remain right where she is. It’s a fun read about how different people view life-altering changes and how sometimes the very thing we dread is the thing that brings us the most happiness.

Q: What do you want readers to take away from this book?

A: A smile, a few giggles, a new acceptance of different types of people and perhaps a look at how they might react if standing in Louise Palmer’s shoes.

Q: As a multi-award-winning author, what advice do you have for people who are trying to get started today as a writer?

A: Read constantly. You learn something from every book you read and you can’t possibly be a writer unless you are a voracious reader.

Q: Thank you so much, Bette, we appreciate hearing from you. I hope many people will be checking out your books to see what they think about them.

If you'd like to learn more about Bette and her books, look for her at Enter her name in the “search” box and you will find a listing of all her books.

Bette's new book, released on April 15, can be yours if you comment on this interview, or if you just sign in and say you want to win it. Don't miss this opportunity to get a free autographed copy of What Matters Most.

Winner will be announced on May 10. Be sure to get your name in the drawing. Bette offers the winner her choice of Nook, Kindle, or paper version. It will be sent directly to your device if you choose an electronic copy or mailed to your address if you want a paper copy. Leave your email address so I can know how to reach you if you are the winner and ask you which version you want.

"Subscribe" or "Follow me" for extra entries in the drawing for the book. Mention in your comment that you have done this, and you get an extra entry for each. You'll have a better chance at winning the book.


  1. Thank you for having me Juanita. I really enjoyed doing this! If anyone has a question or comment I'll check back to respond.

  2. Thanks for checking in, Bette. I appreciate you, too.

  3. Sorry for coming in so late. It's been one of those weeks. . . i have to say that I see Bette's name all over the place! :) SO how do you keep producing the books that you do and work on your marketing too? Any ideas to share? :)

    1. Hi Margo! Great question and I have to say I've come to the conclusion that a writer needs to concentrate on writing and they should leave the other work to people who specialize in that job. So you have a cover artist do your cover and an editor and another person who formats your book and my husband is very supportive in the marketing.

  4. Enjoyed the interview - haven't read any of Bette's books & would enjoy winning a copy of her book, thanks for the opportunity!

    I am a follower & subscriber.

  5. Thanks Bonnie. Tell your friends about it--the contest is extended for one more week. Winner will be chosen on May 12.

  6. thanks for the chance to read this story...

    i'm a follower & email subscriber, too

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. Hi, Karen, nice to have you visit. Be sure to come back tomorrow (May 6) for ANOTHER interview and free book offer.

  8. What Matters Most sounds like a book that I'd really enjoy. Bette is a new author to me. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I just subscribed by email (different email address).

  9. Great to have you stop by. Hope you'll come again. I have your name on the list of commenters-- Winner will be announced on May 19 by email.