My name is Betty Housey and I am the sole owner of Mystery@Large. I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin one of two girls. I’ve always wanted to write mysteries. I’d save my pennies until I had a dollar and then run the twenty blocks to Schuster’s to buy the latest Nancy Drew book. I bet I read each book at leas ten times. I have two children, my daughter lives in Denver Colorado with her beloved cat, Pooty, and my son in Beijing China with his beautiful wife Xiuli. I now live in Coral Springs, Florida with my husband and my second beloved Chihuahua. My husband wishes to move but I’ve become a tropical girl. I’ve professionally published three books and one short story, but I’ve written many more. I’ve been busy resurrecting my first set of characters and with amazing speed have completed three books. I love these characters. I am a founding member of the Coral Springs Writers’ Group. As they haven’t had a chance to critique the latest book, I’m enjoying writing that book immensely.
What inspires you to write?
I love my characters. They are always in my head. And I write for them when I’m not planning to. I’ve written whole scenes, swimming in the pool.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually have two or three chapters in my head when I sit down to write. I don’t outline the whole book as my characters may take me in different directions.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. They will lead me where they want to go.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do what works best for you. Some writers must have a detailed outline before they can began writing. I’ve written last chapters when only half way through the book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It is now hard to get a publisher. I decided on this last set of books to go self publishing. If an established firm would want to pick them up, so be it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is getting harder and harder to go the standard route. I think most books in the future will be self published.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
I stick to mysteries and magic.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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