**Author Peek** Interview with Leeann Betts, HIDDEN ASSETS (By The Numbers Series Book 6)

**Author Peek** Interview with LEEANN BETTS


Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

I am the alter-ego of author Donna Schlachter, who is a Canadian by birth and an American by choice. Donna refers to me as her “cute and perky” counterpart, and she likes to get me to do things she wouldn’t do herself, being the oldest sibling of five and raised as always having to set the example. Being the alter-ego is kind of cool, because I can get away with things—sort of like being the youngest, which I think Donna likes. In addition to writing, I/we also edit and ghostwrite professionally. An accountant by training, I/we love numbers because, as Carly says, “people might change, but numbers never do.”

1. How did you get started writing?

I think I’ve always liked writing, but I wrote my first full-length novel in 2002 for a National Novel Writing Month Challenge.

2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?

I like mystery because it makes my brain work and I have a strong sense of justice. I write cozy mystery because I don’t like a lot of blood and gore.

3. What is your favorite part of writing?

Typing “The End”, although coming up with the idea and writing the synopsis is fun, too.

4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?

Work in a library so I could surround myself with other people’s books.

5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?

Dinner, because that’s a meal where you can eat steak and not feel guilty or gluttonous.

6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?

I like to write the male characters, because it seems like I can hear their voices better, and I really like writing villainous males, like stalkers. Creepy!

7. Are you an avid reader?  When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?

I do read a lot. My favorite genre is cozy mystery, romantic suspense, and historical suspense/mystery.

8.  Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?

I’d love to have a small house on a beach where it’s warm/moderate temps year round.

9.  If you were a color, what color would you be and why?

I’d be teal blue. It’s a happy color for me.

10.  Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

Hidden Assets is book 6 in the By the Numbers series, featuring Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant. It releases June 30th, and it’s set in a small town in Wyoming where Carly and Mike are visiting an old college friend of Carly’s, who is in the midst of a sticky divorce and suspects her husband is trying to hide assets from the divorce court.


Be sure to come back to learn more about Leeann’s novel, HIDDEN ASSETS, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.


Links to Leeann’s website, blog, books, etc.

Website: www.LeeannBetts.com

Blog: www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://bit.ly/1pQSOqV

Twitter: http://bit.ly/1qmqvB6

Books: http://amzn.to/2dHfgCE


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Leeann will give away an ebook  or print (U.S. ONLY) copy of HIDDEN ASSETS to one reader who comments on her **Author Peek”” and Book Bench blogs, answering the following question: What kinds of deadlines do you give yourself?  Thanks, Leeann, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

6 thoughts on “**Author Peek** Interview with Leeann Betts, HIDDEN ASSETS (By The Numbers Series Book 6)”

  1. Good morning, Leeann, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Like you, I have a strong sense of justice which is why half of what I write is suspense. I can mete out justice in my own way. Well, within legal means, I mean. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us today!

  2. Thanks for the introduction and interview, Karen and Leeann. I like the premise of forensic accounting because following the money tells all! (Inset elliptical statement here 🙁
    Thanks again.

  3. Thank you for the interview and letting us get to know you Leeann. I do love cozy mysteries!! I used to read the harder thriller types, but I kind of grew tired of the gore.

  4. I like to think I have lots of them, but I don’t really stick to them sadly. 😞
    Great interview and your book looks really good. 😀
    Thanks for sharing with us. 👍💝😁

  5. I enjoyed reading about you. I also have graduated to Cozy mysteries which are now my favorite genre. I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s blog to hear more about your book.

    Although I’m not a writer, I’m involved in a number of volunteer organizations as an officer. I select a specific day I need to complete a task and give myself a reminder on my phone. That usually works for me.

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