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.
Why do you write? How long have you been writing?
I started writing short stories when I was in second grade. I have a couple of them tucked away for chuckles. Words are fascinating to me, the way you can manipulate them into saying exactly what you want to convey (most of the time). I write because I must, to give life to the stories and characters crowding my thoughts. As far as professionally, I also worked as a technical editor/writer, and freelance columnist for a local newspaper, and other freelance articles. Now I’m focusing solely on fiction.
Tell us a bit about your current project(s).
This year has been a busy one for me. My debut novel, Traces (Ghosts of Roseville Book 1) released in April, followed by 3 more in October: Remnants (Ghosts of Roseville Book 2), and Emily’s Vow and Amy’s Choice (Books 1 and 2 in A More Perfect Union). The 3rd book in the second series is Samantha’s Secret, which is due to release early 2015. So the next steps are to draft the next books in each of those series, and I’m starting a new series of historical women’s fiction.
What genres do you write? Which do you read?
I write contemporary paranormal and historical romance, as well as women’s fiction. I’m an eclectic reader: mystery, romance, fantasy, classics, women’s fiction.
Do you self-pub, have a publisher or both?
Both. The Ghosts of Roseville series are published digitally by a small press that’s digital-only, so I retained the print rights and have self-published the paperback editions. The A More Perfect Union series and a YA historical fiction book, Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure, are all published by ePublishing Works, which is a hybrid publisher. I paid them to format the book and design the covers, then they publish and distribute the books like any traditional publisher would, taking a small percentage of royalties earned.
Is there anything special you’ve got going on right now (or in the near future) that we should know about? Promotions, sales, etc?
Through the end of December, Emily’s Vow is on sale for $.99 in any ebook format. I’m participating in a 2 week virtual book tour to spread the word of the sale. The complete schedule of virtual stops is on my web site at www.bettybolte.com.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
With so much to know in order to be a successful writer, I believe it’s imperative to find a professional writing-based organization in whatever genre(s) you want to write to have access to the information you need to succeed. For instance, a writer’s first concern is the product (book, article, etc.) and making it a high quality piece, so you have to hone your craft through education and experience and feedback from others who write similar material. But you also need to understand how to establish a social media platform/presence to connect with your audience.