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We’ve visited with Leeann Betts a couple of times previously, when she shared her novels Broke, Busted, and Disgusted and Five and Twenty Blackbirds. I’m happy to have her visiting again today to share her latest story, Hidden Assets. Before we begin, here’s a quick look at the story. (This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. You can see my full disclosure policy here.)
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, responds to a call from her friend, Anne, who is in the middle of a nasty divorce, and travels to Wyoming to help find assets Anne thinks her husband has stolen. But the mystery begins before Carly even arrives when she sees a man thrown off a train. Except there’s no body. Husband Mike uncovers an illegal scam in a computer program he has been asked to upgrade, and then Anne is arrested for her ex’s murder. Can Carly figure out what’s going on, and why a strange couple is digging in Anne’s basement? Or will she disappear along with the artwork, coins, and money?
As an accountant, I get it when Carly says “most people think accountants are boring”. And she sets out to prove otherwise. Eyes glaze over and folks look for someone more interesting to talk to. But we’re not boring!
LOL! With some people, she may have her work cut out for her! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
Chose this setting because the next book was supposed to take place on an Alaska cruise, but I haven’t been on one yet. I like to either know the place through experience or have recently visited, so yes, I’ve recently been in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. And I make up my settings, so that also helps.
It would be hard to write about a cruise without experiencing one, I would think. Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Carly is very autobiographical – she’s an accountant, although a forensic accountant whereas I’m a run-of-the-mill accountant. If I had my time back, I’d have specialized in forensic accounting, but the field wasn’t well known back when dinosaurs roamed, and so there weren’t many job opportunities. Carly is an introvert who gets her exercise by jumping to conclusions, rolling her eyes, and passing the buck—much like me. Mike is a computer programmer, as is my husband. I use a lot of things we say and do and incorporate them into my stories. I warn family and friends to be nice to me or they’ll see their loosely-disguised name in my book.
I can handle that form of exercise, although I do try to restrain myself. Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
I loved anything with a mystery. Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children. And stories with animals like dogs and horses. I am very justice oriented, so I always wanted to see the bad guy get what’s coming to them. And at one point, I wanted to be a veterinarian, because I love animals.
Animals are much more fun to work with than numbers, but at least numbers don’t bite you. Usually. What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading Cec Murphey’s book on Ghostwriting, because I’m getting ready to start a huge project for a client. I really admire Cec, and I think he’s one of the best writers I know because of the breadth of his ability.
Great mentors are worth so much! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Leeann!
Your turn! Would you rather work with animals or numbers? (There really are advantages to both!)
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released five titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, with Hidden Assets releasing the end of June. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe at www.LeeannBetts.com or follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com All books are available on Amazon.com in digital and print.
‘Hidden Assets’ Giveaway:
Leeann has graciously offered to give away a print or ebook copy (winner’s choice) of Hidden Assets. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.