Author Archives: Beth Carter

About Beth Carter

Award-winning novelist and children's book author. Former marketer; current Skinny Vanilla Latte lover. A bank VP and hospital PR director turned pajama-wearing writer.

Writing A Series As An Unorganized Pantser

There I said it. I’m unorganized. I wasn’t always like this. In fact, in the late eighties and nineties, I was administrative assistant to a college president. Before that, I was an executive secretary to a hospital administrator. After I … Continue reading

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AUTHORS and BOOK CLUBS

As an author, I’ve met with two very different book clubs. One had 6-8 female readers located in the tiny town of Ash Grove. The other book club was large–about 30-35 members, half of whom were men, not exactly my … Continue reading

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Use Themes to Enrich Your Novels

My super organized, left-brained engineering husband often points out themes in movies, which is surprising since he isn’t exactly artsy. He’ll say, “Notice this movie has a lot of water.” Or he’ll mention, “That film uses the color red throughout.” … Continue reading

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Fall Conference Takeaways & Tips by Beth Carter

What a busy fall this has been! On the heels of my mid-August release of SLEEPING WITH ELVIS, I attended three writers’ conferences and book signings in September and October. Whew! I’m just now catching my breath. All three conferences … Continue reading

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Creating a Cast of Characters

Squee! I have a new release–August 10–to be exact. SLEEPING WITH ELVIS is a contemporary romance with plenty of suspense and humor. It’s close to being a romantic suspense and at times a romantic comedy. I’m a genre straddler. What … Continue reading

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Tackle Big Events While Writing by Beth Carter

It’s easy to write about boy meets girl or girl meets boy. Insert a villain, some scenery, conflict, the use of senses, a bit of backstory and foreshadowing, and you’re done, right? Wrong. It’s much more interesting when you throw … Continue reading

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Pros & Cons of Winning Awards

First, let me say I feel like a princess. I’ve been honored–and humbled–to receive two awards for my debut novel, THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS. The first was a RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) from InD’Tale Magazine which I received at the … Continue reading

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