About Beth Trissel:
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my human family and furbabies. 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. I’m especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to historical romance, I also write time travel, paranormal, Young Adult/New Adult fantasy romance, and nonfiction.
What inspires you to write?
Research into family genealogy was my initial inspiration, and continues to be an important influence. Our family has well documented lines leading back to the Middle Ages. Research in general gives me guidance, as does a strong connection to the past. Characters I meet in my dreams, or have a sense of, also lead me. Stories may nudge at me for months or years before I write a word.
Tell us about your writing process.
I need hot tea, the right music, my writing buddies–two dogs and four kitties–chocolate to use as a bribe/reward, and a moment’s peace for the words to flow. I curl on the couch with my laptop. Candles or small white lights are also essential. I like a snugly atmosphere.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m a character driven writer who has a deep sense of the story, more than a plotter. I listen closely to the characters and write as they direct or they’ll sulk and stop speaking to me. There’s no flow until they talk again. Knowing them well, what they would and wouldn’t do, where they’ve come from and their hopes for the future, are all essential to the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Listen deeply to your innermost sense of the story. Write from your heart.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a publisher, The Wild Rose Press, and am also indie published in some titles. If I want full control over a story, I self-publish. If I want it to be a joint effort with the benefits a publisher can offer, then I turn to The Wild Rose. I have not pushed beyond them yet.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there’s room for both indie and traditional publishing. I expect publishing to continue in digital and print formats. I see digital continuing to expand.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: historical romance, paranorma romance, time travel romance, Young Adult urban fantasy romance, nonfiction about gardening, herbs, and country life
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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