Friday, November 17, 2006

Ask Five with....Heidi Betts!!!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Heidi Betts writes some awesome stories for Silhouette Desire. This month she has BEDDED THEN WED, which I highly recommend readers picking up at the store. You can read the review for BEDDED THEN WED here.

Now it's time to get to know Heidi and learn more about her and her stories.

What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?
BEDDED THEN WED is out this month from Silhouette Desire and is the story of wealthy rancher Mitch Ramsey, who's never given much of a second look to his neighbor, Emma Davis--until an unexpected encounter leads to a night of unbridled passion. Mitch figures the affair can be a discreet diversion, one they're both going into with eyes wide open. Then Emma's father makes him an offer he can't refuse--marry Emma and Mitch will inherit what he's always coveted: the entire Davis ranch. But Emma can never know...

I really loved writing about Mitch and Emma. Partly because of the emotional intensity of their relationship, and partly because I got to return to my western roots a little bit with this story. Mitch is a tall, dark, and rugged rancher, and it was fun to work with that type of character for a while again.

What is the hardest part of writing?
Well, I just finished a set of revisions that made me want to pull my hair out, so at the moment I would have to say that's the hardest part of writing. But it really depends on where I am with a story when you ask me. Sometimes plotting out the book is really difficult. Sometimes a story gives you trouble just trying to get it started...or tying up all the loose ends...or keeping things going through the middle. Nah, it's revisions. *g*

Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?

Oh, my heavens, so many. A book by Rebecca Brandewyne caught me by the heart when I was in junior high and still hasn't let's one of my favorite novels to this day, and was probably one of the biggest factors in why I became a romance writer myself. And then there are simply other authors whose work I love--Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Suzanne Brockmann, Lisa Gardner, Sandra Brown, Maureen Child, Leanne Banks...the list goes on and on. And, yes, I've been lucky enough to be influenced by some of them personally, as well as through their writing. When you're in trouble or simply having a minor breakdown, It's a wonderful thing to be able to turn to a friend who's been there, knows how to handle the situation, and can help you through.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

What spare time? LOL Lately, I really haven't had any. But when I do, I love to sit and read. (Of course!) There's nothing better than curling up with a great book and getting lost in the story. I also like to pop in a DVD once in a while, or go out shopping and to do lunch with friends.

What’s coming up in the near future for you?
In February 2007, the second book in my unofficial "Bed" trilogy will be released: BLACKMAILED INTO BED (Silhouette Desire #1779). It's Chase's story, Mitch's brother in BEDDED THEN WED. Then in June, I'm doing the last book of the "Dakota Fortunes" continuity series for Desire, FORTUNE'S FORBIDDEN WOMAN, and in July I'll be teaming up with Stephanie Bond and Leslie Kelly for the sexy beach anthology HEAT WAVE from Harlequin. (No final title for my novella yet, though I've been calling it "Shaken and Stirred." :-)) And skipping ahead a bit, CHRISTMAS IN HIS ROYAL BED will be the third book in the "Bed" trilogy, and is currently scheduled for October.

Whew, I've got some busy days ahead of me, haven't I? :-D

Heidi..thank you for chatting with us!!!

Be sure and check out Heidi's website or catch her at her blog.

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