About Betta Ferrendelli:
Betta Ferrendelli is the award-winning author of the Samantha Church Mystery Series featuring reporter Samantha Church. Her most recent novel is “An Invincible Summer.” Many of Church’s adventures come from Ferrendelli’s own experience since 1989 as a prize-winning journalist for newspapers in Denver, Seattle and Albuquerque.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write when I see people engrossed in the book they are reading. Years ago, I was working out one evening while I watched a woman reading a book while she exercised on an elliptical machine. The more she had become engrossed in the book the slower she went on the elliptical until she stopped completely. She stayed there on the elliptical not moving for at least 10 minutes until she start to exercise again. I don’t know what book she was reading, but that must have been some chapter! It was good enough to make her stop exercising until she finished reading. I often think about that when I am writing and would love to think that my writing could do the same thing for a reader.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I start a novel, I always know the beginning and the end, which includes the first sentence/paragraph of the first chapter as well as the last sentence/paragraph for the last chapter. I have an idea what comes in the middle, but much of that unfolds as I write. As I am about to start a project, I still enjoy going to the library to start the initial process. I do several drafts for the scenes I know will be in the book as well flesh out each of the characters on what I expect them to do during the book. I don’t write this using my computer, rather it is hand written in a notebook, as I still enjoy using pen and paper. If it is for my mystery series, I will do a review of what I’ve already written as well as flesh out continuing storylines and what I want to happen in the new book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them and I watch what they’re doing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write and write, even if you don’t like what you’re putting down on paper. It is so much easier to edit a story when you have something down on paper.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am very happy with my decision to self-publish. I believe I have been able to reach far more readers with ebooks and print-on-demand books than had I gone the conventional publishing route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The book industry is like the newspaper industry, there will always be books, just like there will always be print newspapers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Mystery, mystery series, thriller, suspense, legal, contemporary, family drama, family life
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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