Mine Alone 

I'd like to welcome the lovely Betty Carlton on my blog today...

About Betty

Betty Carlton is from North Carolina USA. She lives with her husband of seventeen years. They live with a beagle of four years.

She is a grandmother who has only been writing less than a year. Who discovered on a writing site after she posted her great new book for the world to see, that you can't put commas just anywhere you want. It upsets people.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

As an unexpected unemployed person, I reread every book in the house and found that I was bored with the romance novel format. Boy meets girl instant love. One tells a lie or has a secret that divides them and the rest of the book won't exist if someone didn't tell the first lie. I wanted more. I wanted growth and depth of character. And I had this story in my head for a long time. Guess it was time to let it free.

What is your latest novel?

My latest published one is called Mine Alone. It's set in the 1800's in the wild west. Charles Kincaid is a man no one tells no to, especially women. He lusts after Penelope when he sees her and he takes her. It's their journey together as they come to terms with each other and how lust can turn to love if you let it.

The one I am working on is unnamed at the moment. It's about two stepbrothers that hate each other, and how one decides to have his revenge on the other. Again set in the west, Clint will abduct his brother's fiancée with the intent to dishonoring her to make his brother experience some of the pain that Clint has felt at his hands. In revenge not every thing goes the way it is planned.

What’s your favourite part of writing a novel?

Actually, I love writing the first draft when you see the story take shape and become a whole adventure.

Are there any aspects of writing you struggle with?

Grammar, grammar, oh, and comma's.

Where do you get your ideas from?

The scary thing is they pop in my head. Like a scene in a movie, then another and another. Then my imagination takes over, and I have a mental outline of sorts.

How long does it take to complete a novel?

My novels are short - 40-60,000 words. So I have whipped one or two out in a couple of weeks. Most take longer. It takes me longer to rewrite and edit and edit and edit.

Did you query agents or traditional publishers before self-publishing?

Only a handful. I may have to eat this words someday, but I found most agents just wanted the 'Guaranteed profit author.' An example: a famous person writes a book-- instant profit. Or the non-fiction works are hot with agents now.

How did you handle the rejection letters?

I received only one rejection that was a form letter. The publisher's letter were full of advice. Advice that I took. Their rejection gave me direction.

What’s your writing process?

I sit alone at the computer desk and start Chapter 1 and go till first draft is done. Outline in my head, so sometimes I find myself in an unexpected scene. I usually just go with it.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish?

Ready for this: bad communication. Those rejection letters showed me I needed writing credits since my first efforts were not in the strictest sense romance but mainstream. Twice I was told to find a mainstream publisher, and they want to see credits before taking a new author serious.

After doing my homework. I found erotica the easiest to get into. Studied publishers and I found one who still edits ( rare nowadays) and wrote a story just from them. I sent it Saturday and had a contract in email on Monday. After I mailed it back I never heard a thing. I knew it took a while, but I'm not known for patience. And was terrified to contact them, I did not want to be a pest.

I kept writing and now had these other stories. So decided why not. You've got to do it at least once. Easy, fun and a great learning experience.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Keep writing. You can feel each effort getting stronger and stronger. So you know your getting better and better is good.

What's next in the pipeline?

End of the publisher story. I eventually got the guts to contact them. They thought I'd changed my mind since they had never heard back from me. And in two weeks the first book was out. Second will be released in a couple of weeks. I will compare both routes and decide to whether to send the next MS to them or self publish again. Both has advantages and disadvantages. AND you must market both!

Do you think your books would translate well to the big screen? If so who would you like to see play your lead characters ?

My mainstream romance yes. Some unknown hunky sort of guy for the hero. For the heroine some sweet innocent (oops, they don't make sweet and innocent any more) Ok, some hot, sexy, young, thing.

Tell me three random things about yourself

I am extremely dyslexic that's why I edit edit edit.

I used a Pen name.

I don't remember like I use to, what was the question?

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Nap of course.

Do you write in just one genre?

No, I write in my flannel Nightgown!

Do you use Social Media for marketing your novels?

Facebook, twitter, begging

Who are your writing influences?

Food, rent, gas,

Which five people would you invite for dinner?

My children and their family. Sorry nobody famous. This world keeps everyone so busy no one has time for the truly important things. Beside, I'm older than I sound and anybody I'd ask is dead. Or would be after my cooking.

Describe your latest novel in fifteen words or fewer.

Charles saw her. He wanted her. So he took her.

What are you reading at the moment?

I don't read when I am writing a first draft. I am terrified I might Borrow a piece here or there.

What three things would you add to your bucket list of things to do?

See the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park, Take a cruise as a first class passenger.

Do you write full time? If not, how do you balance writing with another job?

Yes. Well, I use to, until I discovered this group of writers on Facebook. I don't write as much as I did. I find I spent too much time reading the site. NO self discipline.

Do your characters talk to you?

Yes. I called it dialogue. Anything else people might know what they wondered about for years is true.

Have you ever used a friend or foe as a character?

Yes, I put my husband in the first several books as a second string character and always made him a nice guy. The banker, doctor, friendly neighbor until he made me mad. So he's out. Such a power trip, this writing stuff-- you're in control.

About Mine Alone

Charles Kincaid is man who was raised to believe women should know their place. It's a man's responsibility to teach them and at times give discipline as reminders when necessary. Today's stage will bring him in contact with Penelope Carson. Never being told no he sets his sights on her. He takes her to his remote cabin. It is here he begins her lessons. His greatest daydream is to have his name on her lips as she responds in passion to his control of her body. She begs for a chance to prove she will obey him without painful lessons. He watches with fascination as she tries to reconcile the fact she is now his body and soul. She being an innocent woman reacts the only way she can. In fear she continually tries to convince him that his heavy handed ways are not necessary to control her. He forces her to discover her own sexually and she learns to experience pleasure and learns that the power of returning that pleasure can give her. She will win some battles and lose some. With plans of someday escaping him she begins a campaign to push him to expand his trust of her. She gently pushes his rules a just smidgen over the lines he sets. Then using his sexual demands he has against him. The day will come when she has an opportunity to flee. Her attempt is unsuccessful. However, her attempt has made her face reality, that only she can decide if there will be any future happiness in her life with him.

Mine Alone is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

You can find out more about Betty on her blog, Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

Many thanks for your time, Betty. It's amazing how many writers I've spoken to are dyslexic. It just goes to show you can do anything you want to in life!

Happy Reading!

Sibel xx