Monday, September 23, 2013

Author: Beth Trissel

I would like to introduce Historical Romance author, Beth Trissel.

Welcome, Beth.  I'm so excited for you to share information about your latest book.

Tell us something about yourself.
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. 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. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

Author Awards
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor's & Editor's Readers Poll for Best Romance Novel
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2010 Best Romance Novel List at Buzzle
Five Time Book of the Week Winner at LASR
2012 Double Epic eBook Award Finalist
2012 Reader’s Favorite Finalist
2013 Won Book of the Month at LASR

That's impressive.  For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
History, mystery, time travel, ghosts, adventure, and above all romance. The unifying element, thus far, either in my historicals, or time travels, is the past.

It sounds like you have it all covered.  How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?

It’s difficult. I don’t have a job away from home, but a clamoring family, busy farm, and weedy garden all beckon to me.

Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

If at all possible, I work in the morning before the craziness descends. If I’m exceedingly fortunate, it doesn’t.

I imagine a cozy writing area.  Can you describe your writing space for us?

On the couch with my laptop, coffee table crowded with books, and small bratty pom poo, Sadie Sue, at my side. Cats roam nearby and sometimes deign to sit with me.

What are you most passionate about outside of writing? Gardening, when my allergies don’t do me in.

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write historicals, time travels, some paranormals, and nonfiction about gardening, country life, and herbal lore. I’m passionate about history, plants, and the beautiful Shenandoah Valley where I live, so those are the driving forces. Also fascinated with ghosts.

You have my interest.  Do your characters come to you first, or the plot, or the world of the story?  
I often dream parts of my stories and meet characters there, although I’ve conceived many ideas from historical research and family geneology. Characters do speak strongly to me and drive my stories.

What sets your books apart from other authors?
Often, my time period, and unique voice.

How do you go about developing your characters?
I do a lot of research into the time period in which they live so I’m familiar with what the expectations and possiblities are, then when I depart from it, I can justify why this character isn’t following the norm.

Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
Wicomechee, the Shawnee warrior hero from my historical romance novel Red Bird’s Song, is based on an actual warrior I have family ties to and whose story deeply affected me.

This is all very fascinating.  Can you share a little of your current work?
I am at work on the sequel to my award-winning historical romance novel Enemy of the King, set during the American Revolution. The research is a killer. Then I plan to write the next in my Somewhere in Time series, the sequel to Sci-fi, Fantasy, time travel romance novella, Somewhere in the Highlands. Although challenging, that story was a lot of fun to do because the very unlikely hero, Fergus, is a brilliant geek.

You sound very busy.  Where can readers find more information on you?
For more on me, my blog is the happening place:
Also, catch me on: Facebook, My Website, Twitter

Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Romance Titles:
The Bearwalker’s Daughter (The Native American Warrior Series)
Through the Fire (The Native American Warrior Series)
Red Bird’s Song (The Native American Warrior Series)
Kira, Daughter of the Moon (The Native American Warrior Series)
A Warrior for Christmas (Also in audio)
Somewhere My Love (Somewhere in Time Series)
Somewhere My Lass (Somewhere in Time Series)
Somewhere the Bells Ring (Somewhere in Time Series)
Somewhere in the Highlands (Somewhere in Time Series)

Nonfiction Works:

Amazon has ALL of my titles: Amazon Author Page
Barnes & Noble has some of my titles:
Other online booksellers also carry some of my books.

Would you be kind enough to share a little from your latest book?
Blurb from award-winning historical romance novel Red Bird’s Song:

Taken captive by a war party wasn’t how Charity Edmondson hoped to escape an unwanted marriage. Nor did Shawnee warrior Wicomechee expect to find the treasure promised by his grandfather’s vision in the unpredictable red-headed girl.

George 111’s English Red-Coats, unprincipled colonial militia, prejudice and jealousy are not the only enemies Charity and Wicomechee will face before they can hope for a peaceful life.  The greatest obstacle to happiness is in their own hearts.

As they struggle through bleak mountains and cold weather, facing wild nature and wilder men, Wicomechee and Charity must learn to trust each other—or be destroyed.

Excerpt from Red Bird’s Song:

Charity swiped angrily at a tear. She’d run away, if she had anyone to run to. It wasn’t right they were all dead.
On impulse, she jumped to the ground. “I’ll go anyway,” she muttered. “Eat nuts and berries and live in the woods.”
“Will you go alone?” a low voice asked.
Sucking in her breath, she whirled around. Less than twenty feet away, grasping his musket, stood a tall young brave. Stripes of red and black paint blurred his striking features. His dark brown eyes riveted her in place. This warrior was like no other and the most savagely handsome man she’d ever seen.
God help her. She should flee now, but could only stare, open-mouthed. She swept her disbelieving gaze over the loose black hair brushing an open buckskin vest that revealed his bronzed chest and shoulders molded into contours of muscle. An elkskin breechclout left a great deal of his hard thighs exposed. Despite the dread hammering in her chest, a fiery blush burned her cheeks. But it was the sheathed knife hanging on his left side and the lethal tomahawk slung on his right that snapped Charity from her near-trance.
In a rush of memories, she recalled the stories of her father’s death under the scalping knife and neighbors who’d suffered the same violent fate. No Indians had been spotted in their settlement since the Shawnee grew hostile and war had erupted nine years ago, but the warfare had ended. Hadn’t it?
Clenching ice-cold fingers, she dug her nails into her palms. “What in God’s name are you doing here?” she forced past the dry lump in her throat.
“Watching you.” ~

*Sigh*  What a great snippet. Beth, thanks so much for sharing with us today.  I can't wait to read more of your work. 


Beth Trissel said...

Thanks for doing this lovely interview, Carol.

Susan Horsnell said...

Hi Beth
I haven't read your books at this point but they are on my Kindle waiting. It was great learning about you, so many awards, you are obviously very talented. I wish you all the best for future sales.