Friday, January 12, 2018

An Interview With Leeann Betts ~ Win a copy of Petty Cash!

Today Suspense Sisters welcomes cozy author, Leeann Betts, who has a new release, Petty Cash. If you leave a comment after the interview, you'll be entered in the drawing for a free copy. 

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?  I am cute and perky and all the things my real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, isn’t. (At least, that’s what she always says J)

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies? I wear several hats, including wife, mom, grandmother, accountant, and proofreader. I also love to help writers move their story to the next level, so I judge in writing contests, facilitate a critique group, and offer editing/critique/publishing services.

What was your favorite book as a teen or child? Anything with animals, particularly horses. Think Misty of Chincoteague, Black Beauty, Call of the Wild.

Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers. I am a Canadian by birth, an American by choice, and I once danced with a gold medal figure skater.

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not? I started out writing children’s stories, because I stupidly thought that would be easier. Not. Then I started writing devotions and greeting cards for the same reason. Not. Short stories. Not. Once I asked myself if I had at least one book in me and set out to prove or disprove that, I found my favorite writing place.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? I was once told nobody wanted to read about accountants because accountants are boring. The best compliment was one of my recent books, Hidden Assets, reminded the reader of Agatha Christie on her best day.

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why? I’ve written contemporary suspense, cozy mystery, and historic suspense. I’d love to try my hand at an historical mystery series a la Murdoch Mysteries.

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be? If I could go back in time, I’d start writing sooner and listen less to the critics.

What is the most important piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors? Keep writing. Keep submitting to contests and critique groups. Listen to what folks are saying. Don’t take it all to heart, but look for a pattern.

Tell us about Petty Cash
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, is headed off for another mystery. Or two. Or three. She and hubby Mike head to Cape Cod as emotional support for their daughter Denise and her dentist husband Don who finds himself in the middle of a potential practice dissolution. But when their host fails to make an appearance, and a tropical storm blows through the area, things are topsy-turvy. Then when their host's body washes ashore, Don is suspected. After all, they'd had several arguments witnessed by a number of people, not to mention a sizable partnership life insurance policy--with Don as sole beneficiary in the event Mo pre-deceases him. Add into the mix a local ghostly legend that keeps appearing in a haunted lighthouse, a local fisherman with a costly secret, and a blossoming friendship between her grandkids and a local named Sammy, and Carly has her hands full. 

Tell us about yourself:
Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released six titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, and Petty Cash released in December. 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.

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Leave Leeann a comment for a chance to win a signed print copy of Petty Cash. You must leave your email address in order to win the drawing.

Thanks, readers, for dropping by Suspense Sisters.   ~  Mary Ellis 


  1. I'd like to know who the gold-medal skater was! Loved lerning more about Leeann!

  2. Wow! This looks so good and I love the title.

  3. Looks like a great read. Love the title.
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  4. Sounds like a winner! I would love to read it!

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  5. This my kind of story! I won Hidden assets last year. It’s time to dust it off and get reading. Thanks for the chance to win! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

  6. I so love a good mystery! Love to read.

  7. Sounds like a good read. I enjoy contemporary suspense even more. What are some titles of this type that you have written?
    dawn dot nicol at gmail . com

  8. Loved reading about both author Leeann Betts and her book "Petty Cash".

    "Petty Cash" is very much a book I'd like to read. There is nothing better than a great mystery!

    Thank so much for the opportunity to win a signed copy of this book!

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  9. Great interview! The book looks like a winner!!
    Susan Simpson

  10. Glad you finally found your writing style. Also glad to have a non-boring accountant. Sounds very Page turning!

  11. "Petty Cash" sounds like it has a lot happening in the storyline. Would like to read more about the ghost and the haunted lighthouse.

  12. A fun interview thank you.


  13. "Petty Cash" sounds like it has a lot happening. I want to read more about the ghost in the haunted lighthouse.

  14. Sounds good

  15. Enjoyed reading the interview. "Petty Cash" sounds like an interesting story that I would enjoy reading.

  16. This sounds so good!!! I've never read a book by this author. Thank you for a chance to win.
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  17. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the interview and introducing me to Leeann!