Positively Medieval--and Loving It!
I first met Barbara Bettis some years ago at an Ozarks Romance Authors meeting. Before their monthly gatherings, this group has a roundtable critique and Barbara had offered up a few pages of her WIP. I was bowled over by her singing prose and attention to historical detail. Now I’m thrilled to report that her first novel is now available!
But before we get to that, I’d like for you to get to know Barb. We sat down and had a little cyber-chat recently. Here’s your chance to listen in:
Barbara: Hi Mia. Thank you so much for having me here today to talk about books. One of my very favorite topics.
Mia: Mine too, but you’re delusional, m’dear, if you think I’ll let you skate by without talking about yourself a little too. So, if you could be anything but a writer what would you want to be?
Barbara: I can’t think of anything I rather do, honestly, but as a college undergraduate, I did harbor a serious desire to be an archeologist and took several courses toward that end. One of my two favorite professors was an Egyptologist. (The other was an English professor, of course.) I still love the study of ancient civilizations. That must reflect in the fact I write historicals. Although right now I write medievals, and am working on a Regency, I enjoy all eras. I’m especially fascinated by the similarities of certain myths across civilizations. But I’ve been so fortunate. The careers I’ve had, I’ve enjoyed tremendously—journalism, teaching English, and writing fiction.
Mia: Ok, now we’ll get to the books. What were your favorites growing up?
Barbara: No surprise—I read historicals predominantly. Not exclusively, of course. I had my ‘phases’: gothics, mysteries, sci-fi (Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein), mythology. And I remember Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden. When my uncle married, he gave me his westerns. I discovered another box of books he’d left at my grandmother’s and I called to ask if I could have those, too. He said if my mom didn’t mind. Mother wasn’t a reader, and she didn’t realize that the collection of Mickey Spillane thrillers probably wasn’t the best reading for a seventh grader. I learned a lot of new words that way. ;-)
One of the books I discovered in a library sale years ago has remained in my mind, Prince of Foxes, an old Samuel Shellabarger tale of the Italian Renaissance. The hero was the best—a peasant who hid his origins to work himself up to a position of authority with Cesare Borgia, then met the heroine and began his journey to redemption. Oh, and a maybe-villain turned sidekick. Great character. If it sounds like I didn’t watch a lot of TV—I didn’t. I’ve always preferred books.
Mia: Not into TV, huh? Ok, what movie from a book was so bad you wish they hadn’t made it?
Barbara: Actually, I saw the movie of Prince of Foxes on a classics late show ages ago. Tyrone Power played the hero—that’s how old it was. I don’t know if the movie was actually as incredibly bad as I remember, or if it was just that the actors didn’t match the descriptions in the book and the images I’d created in my mind.
Mia: I know just what you mean. I guess they made a movie of MM Kaye’s The Far Pavilions, but you’d have to tie me to a chair and tape my eyes open to make me watch it. I KNOW it couldn’t live up to the book.
Now we’re going to play the lightning round in this little interview. Just say the first thing that pops into your head:
– Favorite Food?—Grilled salmon.
– Favorite Vacation Spot?—England
– Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc)—Non-lethal vampires.
– Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?—Tea and coffee, dead heat.
– Favorite Fruit or Veggie?—Blueberries
– Favorite author?—Too many to list.
Mia: I can predict readers will have a new favorite once they try Barbara Bettis’ Silverhawk. Here’s the blurb:
Sir Giles has come to England to kill his father, who seduced and betrayed his mother. First, however, he’ll seek sweet revenge—kidnap the old lord’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.
Lady Emelin has had enough. Abandoned in a convent by her brother, she finally has a chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape
Rescuing the intrepid lady—while hunting traitors—is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate. But the greatest challenge to Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them.
For he’s everything a proper lady should never want, and she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.
Buy it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1bQX3td
This title will be available in other formats in November.
Mia: I downloaded it to my Kindle last night and can’t wait to dig in!
Leave Barbara a comment or question and you’ll be entered in the random drawing. Two winners will be chosen: one to win Barbara’s Silverhawk and one will receive my medieval, Silk Dreams! I bet Barbara would welcome some questions about what life and love was like in Medieval times (or even in Ancient Eqypt!)
We look forward to hearing from YOU!