Greetings and salutations from my writing cave. I barely poke my head out with so much on my plate. One of these days I'll talk about formatting your own novel. I have little dots before my eyes. My DH and I have managed to squeeze in a couple of firepit burns but next week I'll be camping with the grands! Huzzah! There's nothing better than sitting around a fire, sipping on a beverage, and catching up. Today we'll be catching up with one of my fellow Wild Rose Press authors. Beth Henderson writes romantic suspense, a bit of paranormal and seasons her work with humor.
So, Beth, while I pour us some refreshments, please let our other guests know Who you are other than your bio?
Well, this could be answered in more than a couple of ways because I go by many names and write in more than one genre. While the Henderson name covers romance, I’m J.B. Dane for urban fantasy PI mystery comedy, and Nied Darnell for Weird West Steampunk adventure, 1920s Dieselpunk adventure comedy and Victorian Gaslamp Fantasy mystery comedy. Under my real name, Beth Daniels, I’m a genre fiction writing online workshop presenter for SavvyAuthors.com and several RWA online chapters, too.
I hail from Ohio, spent 22 years living between southern California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tucson, Arizona as I followed first one husband then another from one job to another. Returned to Ohio when I shed husband #2, was a 24/7 caregiver to my parents and moved to Kentucky after their passing. I have a BA in American History and an MA in English Composition and Rhetoric and did time teaching Comp at the college level.
Had stepsons but no children otherwise so no one calls me for babysitting, thank goodness. I have no hobbies unless you count creating graphics for my social media posts and covers for the things I release as an Indie publisher. Otherwise, I’m a voracious reader of both fiction and history and plan to be an even more voracious reader when I finally put my pen aside and retire from being a novelist in the future.
I currently belong to two writers’ groups where we get together once a month to critique. Love Marvel movies and The Minions. Currently I live in a small town in a neighborhood of small houses, but all my friends, be they local or in Louisville (nearly an hour’s drive away) are writers these days.
Otherwise, I’m really rather boring.
Wow, I had no idea you did so much under so many pennames. I love Marvel and Minions too. Guardians of the Galaxy are my favorite. The sound track to both GOTG movies is fantastic. Speaking of music, if you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lennon and McCartney’s “Paperback Writer”, of course!
LOL! Worst household chore
Any household chore qualifies but the one that gets done infrequently is the floors. One of my friends hasn’t written in weeks because she’s been doing a thorough Spring cleaning. Honestly, I’ve never ever done that! Totally lacking a domestic gene.
I can relate. I despise housework. If you could time travel, where would you go and when? Why?
The post-Civil War US and Britain would be my time period and countries of choice, but I’d have to get back in the time machine to head back to my own time period to eat. They ate some really weird stuff back then and refrigeration was next to non-existent. But that’s the time period I’ve settled into for my stories, and it would be nice to do jaunts to visit for research on the spot rather than read about it.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve met and talked with?
Well, I married a disc jockey first time out the marriage gate and then dated a few others. Through them I met Ann Margret in Vegas and Dolly Parton in Tucson. But at writer’s conferences I’ve shared elevators with Sandra Brown, a taxi with Janet Dailey, met Nora Roberts, none of whom would remember me, and have been holiday card exchanging friends with Mary Jo Putney for decades.
I've only met one famous person and didn't even know who he was. I'd love to meet Dolly. What was your first job?
Considering my mother told me I broke her heart my senior year in high school when I announced I was sick of school and didn’t want to go on to college (I waited until I was in my late 30s and early 40s to get my two degrees), the only thing I knew how to do after graduation was type. My first job was incredibly boring. I worked for the Dayton Daily News in the classified ad department where every day, other than answer phones for people who were out of the office, I had to count how many ads were under each category. It really made me more interested in training for something much better, though that training was as a key-punch operator (data entry clerk is what it’s called today) and that wasn’t much better excitement-wise.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Absolutely! I only quote the good parts in social media postings though. Readers often don’t agree on things. One reader gave a book 1* with the very short “Boring” as the review. The same book has gotten 5*s, one claiming, “One of the gentlest, most tender romances I've ever read." It’s all a matter of a reader’s taste.
What was your hardest scene to write?
It’s always the love scene because my characters are giving me the stink eye for watching them and jotting down notes.
You are so funny. Before you head out, could you leave a bit about your latest book. I'm sure reader would like to know where to find out more about you and your work.
Jace Hastings, rising music star, is presumed dead in a vehicle collision, courtesy of a stalker with deadly designs. Ten years later, P.I. Gaelen Wyndom can’t believe someone wants her to find him.
Pelham Flannery rejoined the world from ICU, fully aware someone had tried to kill him. To live, he went under the radar, distanced himself from music, and disguised everything that would give away his identity as Jace. After a decade, is it safe to come out of hiding?
Gaelen, delighted to be trained as a professional investigator by her new husband, continued in her new career after he was killed. Assigned to locate Jace Hastings, she isn’t told who wants to find him, but she puzzles it out. If she’s right, it’s the man who tried to kill him before. Which means she needs to find Jace Hastings and save him.
Beth Henderson has been a published novelist in romance since 1990 when her first romantic suspense/romantic comedy novel was published. Since then, she's had a long list of titles released through various publishing houses, and also under a variety of names. In 2021 she launched a 4-volume paranormal lite cozy mystery romantic comedy series, the Whichur-Wolfe Detection novels, all of which swept up 5* reviews. Her latest release is GHOST NOTES, a romantic suspense released by The Wild Rose Press. She also writes Old West historical romantic mysteries.
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