So it was for Bette Lee Crosby.
“My Mom was an awesome storyteller,” says Crosby. “She could mesmerize a room full of children with her fantastic tales. Listening to her helped me to discover the magic in storytelling.”
No doubt having parents with Southern heritages influenced Crosby’s writing. Some of her books have a distinctive Southern flavor. Her books are not necessarily set in the South but her characters retain a touch of Southern charm and faith.
Crosby admires all writers with the courage and determination to write. “Authors are a special breed,” says Crosby. “We are both dreamers and doers. We battle windmills every day and we do it for the joy of telling a story.”
Like most authors, Crosby loves to read. She reads across genres, favoring literary and women’s fiction. “What I truly enjoy is finding a book where I honestly care about what happens to the protagonist. When that happens, it’s a magical experience that takes me into another world.”
A USA Today best-selling author, Crosby is no stranger to the writing process. “I start with creating the characters long before I start writing the story. I make myself think like them and that enables me to gauge how they will react in any given situation.” Crosby’s characters are composites of people she knows or has known, making them characters to which a reader can relate.
Compelling characters in sometimes adverse situations lend a good deal of authenticity to Crosby’s stories. Ordinary people overcoming fears, helping someone in need, climbing a mountain that people said couldn’t be climbed: these are the characters found in Crosby’s novels. They also depict people that most of us know or would like to know which contributes to the popularity of her books. All of her books have a rating average of 4-star or above.
Writing for business made the transition to writing fiction virtually inevitable. In 2010, being unhappy with her current publisher’s pricing policies, Crosby and her then-retired husband formed Bent Pine Publishing through which Crosby’s books are published.
Currently, Crosby is working on The Memory House, a prequel which connects to several previously published works, a delightful project because, “I got to revisit some of my favorite characters and meet some charming new ones.”
An author she would love to meet is Harper Lee, if only for the opportunity to ask why she wrote no other book after To Kill a Mockingbird.
Find Pen’s review for Spare Change here.
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