Meet Author Betty Carlton

Posted on August 25, 2011


Tell us a little about yourself. After a few nasty years in the frozen north I swore I would never live north of the Mason- Dixon Line again. North Carolina is as north I intend to go.

Tell us something few know about you. For years I managed an Insurance office. Which I loved until I was caught in the first wave of the unemployment crisis. Once without a job I discovered how burnt out I was. The idea of me with time on my hands lead
me to writing.

I was sixty years old and getting ready to retire in a few years when I lost my job and learned that age discrimination is not only alive but doing very well. However, it worked to my advantage and I was able to find me. The me life seems to bury us under the making a living or career, having a family and such things as these.

What genre(s) do you like to read? American historical romance is my first choice. I rarely read anything with a contemporary setting. I also enjoy an occasional BDSM.

What is your favorite novel and why? Years ago I discovered Kathleen E. Woodiwiss I loved everything from her. My all time fave is Wolf and the Dove. I wouldn’t be surprised now that I said that if her alpha male heroes are the seeds for what I like to write about. That I will be in control male.

When did you begin writing? I am totally new to writing so the term struggling writing describes me to a T. I am learning ‘how to’ when others have been mastering their skills for years. I have been writing for 18 months.

What genre(s) do you write? According to others I write dark eroticia. Since so far they all had HEA endings I call them erotic romances, but they really don’t fit the normal romance label at all. I have started with another sub-gene with a not heavy handed male hero.

Where do your concepts for your novels come from? Little snippets of a story just pop in my head. Thankfully, it’s not full up there so there is plenty of room for pieces of stories to form.

How long does it typically take you to write a book? This one needs two answers. Last year I finished six. This year one and half. The difference is also a two reasons. First, last year I was marketing. THE part nobody told you about when you sat down to
write your great masterpiece. With today uncertain market and the direction of eBooks and print you must market your books and yourself night and day.

Second, in my marketing I tripped over Facebook and Twitter. Mmmm, now I spent hours and hours playing- Eh- Marketing on the social networks.

Tell us about your latest book? My latest effort is “His Fifteenth Victim.” A heavy handed alpha male assassin who decides not to do in his latest victim. Instead he abducts her and teaches her to be completely submissive to him. Until a tragic accident frees her from his grasp. Thinking him dead she rebuilds her life… thinking him dead should be enough for you to know there are twists and turns.

Where can readers purchase your latest book? If you live in the Amazon US: If you live in UK you can find my books on Amazon UK.

What other titles have you written? Sizzler Editions: has Mine Alone…The Kincaid Way and His
Fifteenth Victim.

Amazon self-published has: Dance With Me…The Procurement and A Dinner Invitation

If you could change one thing about your writing career thus far, what would it be? I would have  taken English and writing classes years ago to be better equipped to know what I doing instead learning things after the fact. Which I hate by the way.

What do you find to be the best and worst part of being a writer? Craft wise… Commas where do the commas go? I’m
old so I keep forgetting. Other than that, finding out your little thoughts now on paper and read are considered good/funny/sexy by someone other than yourself..

What do you have on the burner for the next year? First goal is to focus on writing. I am working on a motorcycle gang story. Along the way I still have my baby at home a Native American story which is the one I would like to see in print if it’s to be someday. Baby’s not prefect yet.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors? The same advise as every writers and publisher out there. Write, Write and write some more and never stop.

How can readers reach you?

Twitter @betcar1

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