Betty Bolté writes both historical and contemporary stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. In addition to her romantic fiction, she’s the author of several nonfiction books and earned a Master’s in English in 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Authors Guild.
Get to know her at www.bettybolte.com
Zak Markel journeys to Roseville in the desperate hunt for the missing ingredient for the Elixir of Life he hopes will save his brother’s eyesight and career. But he discovers more than he bargained for when his search turns up the gorgeous woman of his dreams, distracting him from his focus at the worst possible time, even though she staunchly refuses to allow him past her defenses.
Can he convince Paulette to open her mind to possibilities and follow her heart to true happiness before it’s too late?
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
As I wrote Traces, the first book in the Ghosts of Roseville series, I knew that Paulette needed her own story. As the prodigal sister, she had much to make up for with her sister, Meredith. And Halloween provided the perfect backdrop for her romance as her baby is due in the fall. The inclusion of alchemy, Zak’s love of chemistry and curiosity about this ancient practice, stemmed from a college course I took on the history of science, and the resulting paper on the historiography of alchemy. Those two made some great music together, too!
Q) How long did it take you to write?
From first draft to submission, 2.5 months. Then came several months of revisions and fine-tuning.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Painting pictures on the page with words by crafting sentences that portray the setting as well as the emotions of the characters through their actions and dialogue.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Multiple rounds of edits with different editors who don’t necessarily agree on punctuation placement. (Commas…)
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Wow, that’s a hard question! Meeting a famous person would be a different thing from being that person. I think if I could be anyone, I’d like to be Barbra Streisand so I could sing some fabulous songs on stage and people would actually want to hear me!
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I’d have to say a jar of Hoisin sauce that is at least 8 months old. Guess I need to make some stir fry soon!
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More love stories with a varying basis in history but also with nuances of the inexplicable and curious. I believe we can’t explain everything that occurs in our lives, so why should our fiction be any different? I’ve also begun doing the research for a new series of historical women’s fiction. I guess you could say, I like variety!