Thursday, December 12, 2019

Talkshow Thursday: LeeAnn Betts

Missing Deposits: 
The Story Behind the Story – with giveaway
By Leeann Betts

Readers—and writers, too, for that matter—often ask me where I get the ideas for my stories. Well, in this case, I wanted to set my story in Colorado so I could enter several state-based writing contests that require a Colorado setting.

As I do with just about every book in this series, I made up a fictional town based on a part of the state I’d recently visited and which I thought readers might like to learn more about. The Grand Mesa/Mesa Verde National Park area on the western slopes of Colorado is a world unto itself. The scenery is spectacular, the weather is iffy, but the people are warm-hearted and compassionate.
Well, most of the people.

Not the villain in my tale, of course. He—or she—is anything but warm and compassionate. Think the Grinch when his heart was three sizes too small. Yet, like every villain, this one has some good qualities. He or she knows how to show love. He or she is ferocious about what they believe in. And he or she isn’t a sociopath or a psychopath. They know right from wrong. They simply don’t like being backed into a corner.

I also wanted a politically conservative setting, because while not exclusively so, politically conservative folks also tend to be church-goers, and I wanted both Carly and Mike to be slam-dunked into a situation where they had to re-examine their spiritual beliefs. Throughout this series, a little here and a little there, Carly and her husband have been introduced to the Christian faith.

I don’t think that most folks make a huge decision about their spiritual journey the first time options are presented to them. It didn’t happen to me that way, either. So I’m using the entire series to take them along that path to deciding where they stand regarding their faith. And no, I haven’t decided what that is, yet, either. I’m hoping Carly will show me in the next book, which will come out in June 2020, Risk Management. If you want to know the answer, you’ll need to read that one.

The couple who hosts Carly and Mike on their working vacation are named after very good friends—first names, only. Their last name came from a desire to design a brand that I could draw. A Lazy L, in brand terms, is one that lies horizontally.

The details about the black-footed ferrets are mostly true. Not about the truck accident that dropped several of the critters on the western slope, but they were transported down I-25 into Arizona and New Mexico. At the timing of this story, 2005, they were on the “extinct in the wild” list, although they have since recovered are now on the “endangered” watch list.

Leave a comment, and I will draw randomly for a print copy (US only) or ebook version (winner’s choice) of Missing Deposits.

About Missing Deposits:
Carly looks forward to a vacation when Mike is hired to assist a rancher in western Colorado catalogue his mineral rights following the discovery of several large deposits. However, Carly soon learns that the real wealth—and the real danger—aren’t below ground. Someone is out to keep a secret bigger and more profitable than gold and copper. And they’re willing to kill for it.

About Leeann:
Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. In the Money is the tenth title in her cozy mystery series, and together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, and Sisters in Crime. Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC.

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  1. Thank you, Linda, for having me on your blog today.

  2. Thank you for sharing. Sounds like a good one. Merry Christmas 🎁🎄