3 Questions Wednesday with Betty Thomason Owens

img_9412 copyToday’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is Writing Prompts crew member, Betty Thomason Owens. Betty is a multi-published author and has been a contributor to the blog since 2012.

We’re so glad you could join us, Betty. First question:

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Betty:  My list of favorite authors grows almost daily. But my all-time favorite keeps me coming back to read and re-read some of my favorite parts. I know it’s a little predictable, but I love Jane Austen. Her style, her characters, her insight–challenge me to create something beautiful. And I don’t have to choose between some of my uber-talented writing friends. I would have to settle for eenie-meenie-minie-moe to choose my favorite, because they’re all so good.

Nice one. So let’s get antagonistic. I know Austen has a few really good villains in her stories.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Betty: The champion of the literary villain is Dickens, in my book. He created some doozies. My favorite is Mr. Murdstone, from David Copperfield. I truly loved to hate him. He reminded me of Mrs. Reed in Jane Eyre. Wouldn’t they make a cute couple!

Ah, consummate villains. I love it.

What project are you currently working on?

Betty:  I am currently editing book 2 in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. It’s called Carlotta’s Legacy. It’s the story of Rebecca Lewis, whose family lost everything in the Stockmarket crash of 1929. For those of you who’ve read Amelia’s Legacy, Rebecca was Nancy Sanderson’s best friend. She’s forced to make a tough decision that will change her life, hopefully for the better. Most of the story is set in the Umbrian region of Italy, pre-war.

I’ve also donned a new hat, as contributing editor for a brand new digital magazine for readers and writers, Imaginate. IMAGINATE has articles for writers, as well as creative pieces like short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and special features for readers. For more information, visit our website: www.ImaginateZone.com

How exciting! We wish you great success in all your writing endeavors. And thanks so much for taking the time to complete our 3 Questions.

Readers, please leave a comment in the comments section below for a free copy of Betty’s newly-released, Annabelle’s Ruth (see writeup below). The winner can choose either the Kindle version, or the print version as soon as it’s available. Winner will be contacted via email.


Betty Thomason Owens writes romantic comedy, historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She has contributed hundreds of articles and interviews to various blogs around the Internet and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group. She’s also a mentor, assisting other writers. She is a co-founder of Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My!–a blog dedicated to inspiring writers, and a contributing editor for the online magazine, Imaginate.

Her 20’s era romance, Amelia’s Legacy, Book 1, Legacy Series, released October, 2014 (Write Integrity Press). She also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and its sequels, The Love Boat Bachelor and Unlikely Merger, (2015). She has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale BooksTM, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell PressTM.

Releasing in June, a 1950’s historical novel based on the Book of Ruth, Annabelle’s Ruth, book 1 of the Kinsman Redeemer Series (Write Integrity Press).

You can connect with Betty on her personal webpage, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and here on Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! Betty O. at Writing Prompts.

Annabelle's Ruth Final-SmallAnnabelle’s Ruth

After their husbands perish in a fishing boat accident, Connie Cross determines to follow her mother-in-law, Annabelle, from Southern California to Tennessee. Her misgivings begin as they cross the bridge over the muddy Mississippi River. In their new town, where living conditions are far below their previous expectations, they must set up a household and hunt for work to survive. Thanks to the kindness of Annabelle’s handsome, young cousin, life begins to settle down. But Connie has a secret that could uproot them once again.

Inspired by the Book of Ruth, Annabelle’s Ruth is a 1950’s era “Ruth” story, set in western Tennessee.  How will Connie adapt to her new life amid the cotton farms, racial tension, and culture shock?

*Inspired by the Book of Ruth and loosely based on the early life experiences of the author’s mother.

Available in June 2015

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6 thoughts on “3 Questions Wednesday with Betty Thomason Owens

  1. What a lovely post with Miss Betty! I am loving the cover of your Betty. It is beautiful! The story sounds great too. Thank you so much for sharing.:)

  2. I am curious as to how you decide on the names for your characters. How do you choose the “perfect” name?

    • Thanks, Charlotte–I have fun with names. It’s kind of like naming your baby. For the Naomi character in this book, I needed a “happy” name that fit the era she was born, so Annabelle. And Constance for the Ruth character, because she would stick with her mother-in-law. I often choose a name from the baby name websites that supply meanings for the names. It’s fun!

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