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Betsy Ashton

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in Washington, DC, The United States
January 16

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Find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betsy.ashton and on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00AXZXUKE.

Born in Washington, DC, I was raised in Southern California where I ran wild with coyotes in the hills above Malibu. I worked in the military-industrial complex, academia, as a consultant, and now as a full-time writer. I am the author of UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, UNCHARTED TERRITORY, and UNSAFE HAVEN, Mad Max mysteries. My stand-alone psychological suspense novel, EYES WITHOUT A FACE, features a female serial killer, that oh-so-rare creature. OUT OF THE DESERT is a piece of literary fiction, a coming-of-age novel which follows a group of children growing up in the Mojave Desert. They leave and return in search of a way to chart
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Betsy Ashton Oh, Lynne, you've shone the spotlight on one of the biggest bugaboos writers face either in a single book or a sequel.

First, I create a timeline for …more
Oh, Lynne, you've shone the spotlight on one of the biggest bugaboos writers face either in a single book or a sequel.

First, I create a timeline for every chapter. I know when action took place and where. That timeline also fixes the story in a specific year so I can make sure I have the technology right. Wouldn't do to have a character using a Kindle five years before they were launched.

I have a second table with ages so I can grow a character without goofing up the age (too much).

I have a character list so that I know what each character looks like (hair and eye color, height, weight, general build. I know what they keep in their pockets/on their chests of drawers/in the bathroom. I won't use 99% of these details but they help me stay with the character.

Do readers have the right to be picky? YOU SURE DO. Sorry, I didn't mean to shout. Some of my favorite conversations with readers concern oopsies in a story. Hint: In Unintended Consequences, there are two. Did you find them???(less)
Betsy Ashton What a great question, Lorena. My first favorite is Agatha Christie. I'd read all of her books before I started high school. I love her quiet language…moreWhat a great question, Lorena. My first favorite is Agatha Christie. I'd read all of her books before I started high school. I love her quiet language, her love of poisons, and the intriguing recurring characters she created. I wish she'd written more Tommy and Tuppence stories.

On the darker side, I love police procedurals. Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series is a particular favorite. He's complicated and conflicted but has a strong sense of honor and right and wrong.

I read most of the Scandinavian mysteries. They are so violent yet again produce strong characters with well defined sense of justice.

As you can guess, I no longer read many cozies. Maybe it's time to visit some of the newer cozy writers.(less)
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message 12: by Deborah

Deborah Harper Thank you, Betsy, for the invitation! Looking forward to getting to know you and reading your work.

Blessings,
Deb


message 11: by Betsy

Betsy Ashton Glad to see so many people accepting my friend invites. Thank you one and all. So great to belong to such a supportive group of writers and readers...


Alexandra Bogdanovic Hi, Betsy!
Thanks for becoming a fan. I appreciate it.
Best, Alexandra


message 9: by C.J.

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Hello Betsy,

It's such a pleasure having you for a friend. I am looking forward to reading your work! Thank you and best wishes to you.

Warmest regards,
CJ


message 8: by Betsy

Betsy Ashton Okay, what is my kitty doing on your web site??? We share fawn-colored kitties and keyboards frequently covered with fur and pawprints.


Roxanna Rose Hi Betsy,

Thank you for the friend invite. I am always eager to meet new people, especially ones that love cats. You should check out the page on my website by my cat. She is a very amusing writer. ;)

http://www.take2creativestorywriters....


message 6: by Betsy

Betsy Ashton William wrote: "Betsy, thanks for the friend invite on Goodreads. I have been shamefully lacking in participating on Goodreads despite the fact I knew I should have been on it. I tried to put my first book on ther..." Well, Bill, so far I've been able to balance writing, promoting my book and getting on social media. I did so by limited the sites where I'd participate: FB, Goodreads, LinkedIn and Twitter, although I don't really think I use Twitter to its advantage. Glad I jump-started you to get more involved with Goodreads. I'll check out your author page.

Betsy


William Marden Betsy, thanks for the friend invite on Goodreads. I have been shamefully lacking in participating on Goodreads despite the fact I knew I should have been on it. I tried to put my first book on there but then I lapsed. I've self pubbed three novels since then under two names but I've restrictd my marketing to the readers I already have emails for. I've talked to writers who have used goodreads correctly, so I know what I shoudl be doing. But I've had a hard enough time just writing what i've written and there's so much more I want to do. I keep promising myself I'm going to spend a few days just diving into goodreads and updating my info. Your invite served as a reminder. thanx. and I hope your writing efforts have been as much fun, and more successful, than mine have been.

bill marden


message 4: by Beth

Beth Hi Betsy,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow mystery author!


message 3: by Betsy

Betsy Ashton I have a wonderful interview in Smith Mountain Eagle written by Rebecca Jackson. She introduced me and my character to about 10,000 readers around the lake...

http://www.smithmountaineagle.com/soc...


message 2: by Betsy

Betsy Ashton I was really touched by this review from Sally Roseveare, author of the Smith Mountain Lake Mystery series. I think she liked Mad Max. http://smithmountainlakemysterywriter...


Maureen Mullis Hi Betsy! It's great to connect with you here! Looking forward to reading your reviews and recommendations. It should be fun!


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