Sunday, May 9, 2010

Beth Trissel in the Author Spotlight

Cate: Please welcome Beth Trissel. Beth, will you please share a short bio with us?
Beth: Thanks for having me on your lovely blog, Cate.  I’ll try to be succinct. :)
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals.  An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration.  In my first English historical, Into the Lion’s Heart, I more deeply explored my British ancestry. I also write nonfiction about country life and recently self-published a work entitled Shenandoah Watercolors, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Cate: Tell us about Into the Lion’s Heart and where it's available.
Beth: The English historical mentioned above, Into the Lion’s Heart, is due out some time early summer, release date TBD. The
Wild Rose Press is debuting a new historical romance series this summer called Love Letters that authors were invited to participate in by invitation only and my story will launch the series. I’m delighted with this honor.  The idea behind the series is that a letter must be the impetus in bringing the hero and heroine together.  Into the Lion’s Heart opens with the hero, Captain Dalton Evans -- fought in the American Revolution -- journeying to Dover to meet the ship carrying a distant cousin, Mademoiselle Sophia Devereux, who’s fleeing the French Revolution. Only he resents the French, partly because of their aid to the Americans during the war and some of the Frenchmen he fought during that lost cause, plus he thinks French aristocrats are arrogant.  The young woman he rescues from the sinking ship is nothing like he expects and rocks his world. 

Cate: Congrats! Very cool. Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Here’s the blurb: As the French Revolution rages, the English nobility offer sanctuary to many a refugee. Captain Dalton Evans arrives in Dover to meet a distant cousin, expecting to see a spoiled aristocrat. Instead, he's conquered by the simplicity of his new charge. And his best friend Thomas Archer isn't immune to her artless charm, either.
Cecile Beaumont didn't choose to travel across the Channel. And she certainly didn't expect that impersonating her own mistress would introduce her to a most mesmerizing man. Now she must play out the masquerade, or risk life, freedom – and her heart.

Cate: Can you tell us why we're going to love your hero?
Beth: Wry, witty, war-hardened Dalton Evans isn’t looking for love, just trying to survive on his newly-inherited estate in Cornwall and provide for his eccentric aunt, part of his inheritance, while doing a little rum smuggling on the side.   
Losing the American colonies was a bitter pill and he’s wistful to return to active military service, but the unique young woman he recovers from the ship turns everything he thinks he wants on its head.  Used to comprising battle strategies and planning campaigns,  he’s challenged to the extreme by the unexpected, overwhelming emotions he has for Sophia, whom he suspects isn’t who she claims to be.  Deeply masculine, gruff on the exterior, he doesn’t realize the depths of feeling he’s capable of.  He’s also damn good looking, did I mention that?

Cate: I can see he is – very! Tease us with one little thing about your fictional world that makes it different from others.
My fictional worlds are different from others partly because I feel them so deeply and follow my ancestors and go where they’ve been before me.  I never write about characters that I couldn’t find somewhere in my genealogy. It’s a rich wealth I tap into and the initial and ongoing inspiration behind my work.  I also do a heck of a lot of research to back it up. 

Cate: What's next for you?
Beth: When I drag myself back out of the garden—all-consuming this time of year—I plan to finish a historical romance novel entitled Kira, Daughter of the Moon, the sequel to my Native American historical, Through the Fire, and the next in my colonial frontier trilogy.  I also plan to work on the sequel to my time travel romance Somewhere My Lass.  Which reminds me; I wrote and have submitted to my faery rose editor, a Christmas short entitled Somewhere the Bells Ring, the next story in my time travel/light paranormal ‘Somewhere’ series. 

Cate: Very cool. What inspired you to draft your first story?
Beth:  The connection I feel to the past and those who’ve gone before me, especially after doing a lot of research into family genealogy.  I come from a lot of well documented English/Scots-Irish people, with a smidgeon of French in the meld (a Norman knight who sailed with William the Conqueror).  One line of the family goes directly back to Geoffrey Chaucer, all fascinating and compelling to me.

Cate: Do you have a writing routine?
Beth: I used to.  Now with all my grandbabies coming and going, darling but wearing, and the garden, it’s fallen by the wayside.  I just write whenever I can.

Cate: Sounds all too familiar! Where can readers find you on the web?
Beth:  My blog is the happening place:
I also have a website:

Cate: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Beth: If you haven’t read any of my work, why not? :

Cate: Great question. Hopefully this will help spread the word.
Readers, Beth is giving away a copy of Into the Lion’s Heart to one lucky commenter... so start commenting. She'll pick a winner and announce the winner here. They’ll have to wait a while, but it will be well worth it!
Thanks again for being my guest Beth! Best of luck to you.


Cate Masters said...

Welcome Beth! Happy Mother's Day! :)

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks Cate. Wow, you did such a super job with my spotlight. Thanks so much! Happy Mother's day to you too.

Vonnie Davis said...

How exciting! A new release from Beth. I love her books. Happy Mothers Day to both of you lovely ladies--and to the rest of you who will comment over the course of the day. Beth, much success with book sales.

Barbara Monajem said...

This book sounds WONDERFUL, Beth. :) Happy Mother's Day!

LeeAnn Pratt said...

I cannot wait to get ahold of all these books to come out...very exciting!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks so much guys. I heartily appreciate your enthusiasm. Keeps me plugging along.

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks so much guys. I heartily appreciate your enthusiasm. Keeps me plugging along.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

I am looking forward to reading this story. You are a fantastic writer, Beth, and I hardly ever miss your blogs. Best of luck to you with a great success with your novel.

Happpy Mother's Day!

Mary Marvella said...

This is fabulous, Beth! So exciting! Go,Beth!

Mona Risk said...

Happy Mother's day ladies. Beth, I enjoyed the premise of your new book. A French heroine is a heroine after my heart.

Judy said...

Beth and Cate - what a wonderful blog! Beth, your stories are always so wonderful. I Love the sound of this new one (love where someone impersonates another)and all the others you have planned...
Congratulations on another great story!!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks so much, Judy. Very kind of you to say.

Mary Ricksen said...

The best of luck on your wonderful new release. We are all so happy for you! Especially me!
Great blog ladies!!

Autumn Jordon said...

Congrats, Beth, on lauching the new series and for publishing your book. I can't wait to take a peek at both. Happy Mother's Day!

Angela Johnson said...


Loved learning more about you. Your new book sounds wonderful. I love stories with switched identities too. And the rivalry between the friends sounds like an interesting twist.

Margaret Mallory said...

I enjoyd the post. Congrats on your new release & Happy Mother's Day to all!


Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Cate and Beth! Happy Mother's Day to you both!

Lovely post as always, Cate.


I want to wish you the best for your new release and a new series! How exciting!

I love your blog posts, too. I enjoy the tidbits of history about herbs and plants--heck, just about all you post. lol

Take Care, both of you!

Anita Clenney said...

Great interview Beth. The story sounds wonderful. Happy Mother's Day!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks for all the high fives on my upcoming release. Glad to hear you enjoy my blog too. I put a lot of effort into my posts. :)

Caroline Clemmons said...

Beth, how exciting your new release sounds! I also use my genealogy for my inspiration and names. Isn't it great to have all that built-in inspiration?

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Beth and Cate, great interview ladies, hope you both have a wonderful Mothers Day.
Your latest work sounds like another triumph Beth.



Helen Scott Taylor said...

Congratulations! The new book sounds wonderful, Beth. And such a lovely cover.


Beth Trissel said...

Thanks! Yes, isn't the cover great. And Caroline, we are indeed blessed by such rich ancestry.

Michelle Daly said...

What a great interview, Beth! Oh, to be so multi-talented!

Pat McDermott said...

Lovely blog, Cate. Beth, congrats on the latest flower in your garden of books. Sounds like one romp of a read!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks. My 'multi-talents' are straining my wrist so I'm in a wrist wrap for carpel tunnel as type.

Scarlet Pumpernickel said...

Beth, congratulations on the new book. It sounds like something both my daughter and I would enjoy reading. I'll definitely download this one when it is available! Love sailing ships and sea captain!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks Scarlet. That's super.