It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. - Seneca

Monday, April 20, 2009

The SPOTLIGHT is on, Author Beth Trissel ...


I’m a Wild Rose Press author of historical and light paranormal romance and 2008 Golden Heart ® Finalist.
My first release, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE, a murder mystery/ghost story romance with flashbacks to early nineteenth century Virginia, won first place in the 2008 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for Best Romance Novel and was reviewed on Barbara Vey’s Blog at Publisher’s Weekly, April 1st, 2009.

I am married and live on a farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with children and multiple animals. The beauty of the valley is an inspiration, as are my roots which go well back into Virginia’s history.

My fascination with the colonial frontier and the Shawnee Indians is an early and abiding one. My English, Scot-Irish ancestors had interactions with this tribe, including family members taken captive. Intrigued with all things Celtic, much of my writing features the Scot-Irish who settled the valley and spread into the surrounding mountains and the Carolinas.

This absorption with early America also extends to the high drama of the Revolution and ancestors who fought and loved on both sides of that sweeping conflict. My research into the Southern face of the war was partly inspired by my great great great grandfather, Sam Houston, uncle of the famous Sam, who kept a journal of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, 1781, used by historians today.

ENEMY OF THE KING, coming to the Wild Rose May 2009, grew out of my passionate interest in the Revolution. I’ve researched extensively and consulted with members of the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band to ensure authenticity of the Native American aspects in my work.

THROUGH THE FIRE, my Golden Heart ® historical entry, also coming to the Wild Rose Press May 2009, is set in the colonial American frontier with a strong THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS flavor.

My light paranormal release, DAUGHTER OF THE WIND, is a suspenseful historical romance set among the clannish Scots-Irish in the Alleghenies two years after the revolution. The Celtic flavor of these early Scots is a unique twist on stories set in the Old Country with an intriguing paranormal element in the form of a 'bear walking' Shawnee warrior and a mystical necklace. The Ohio Shawnee confided this ancient belief/practice of bear walking to me and they are long known for their belief in the power of amulets.

Come back Wednesday for my interview with 2008 Golden Heart Finalist, Beth Trissel!
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Pat McDermott said...

Beth, you sure do keep busy! Filtering all that research into your stories has to be a rewarding process, especially when the end results are published books and making lots of new friends. Congratulations on your releases, and good luck with your writing.

Hywela Lyn said...

Great interview Bess, congratulations on your latest releases. I too love all things Celtic and love learning more about the Native Americans and their ways and beliefs. I envy you living on a farm - that's always been a dream of mine!

Good luck with your new Golden Heart entry.

Julie Robinson said...

I feel exhausted, Beth!! That is so fascinating about being related to Sam Houston. It sounds just lovely where you live. Peaceful. But never boring!!

Congrats on your released.


Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Beth, anyone who enjoys research that much, I give you credit. That much 'work' would suck all the fun out of the book for me. I guess that's why I stick with contemporary, where my research is much lighter.

Best of luck with your upcoming releases!

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks ladies for your lovely comments. I agree that you really have to love a time period to become as engrossed in it as I've been. Otherwise it's just overwhelming.

Lisa M. Campbell said...

Your sunroom sounds idyllic....

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