Today we welcome Betty Thomason Owens to The Most Important Thing. Her debut novel, Amelia’s Legacy, has just released.
(1) What inspired you to write Amelia’s Legacy?
Betty: I’d written only Westerns—several of them—which may never see the light of day. I wanted to write something different, so I sat down and typed out a scene. Nancy, sitting in a chair, enduring another lecture from the authority figure in her life – her grandmother, Amelia.
(2) Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Betty: Nancy is a lot like me. She tended to lose herself in vain imaginations. She longed for adventure and thought she could live on the “wild side,” and nearly lost herself in the process. She was much too tender-hearted to be the “wild child” she desired to be. A good thing, I think. What Nancy really longs for is forgiveness, acceptance, and love.
(3) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Betty: I am currently working on Carlotta’s Legacy, the second in the Legacy series. Nancy’s best friend, Rebecca Lewis is the main character. After her family loses everything, she decides to marry an Italian count who’s crazy about her, but she’s not sure about him. Along the way, she finds love and the family she’s always longed for. Rebecca’s a lot of fun to write.
(4) Do you have any advice for other writers?
Betty: Be teachable. Learn the craft of writing. It’s a work-in-progress for me. I’ll never learn everything, but I want to go for it. There are such wonderful teachers out there. And so many wonderful, talented writers.
(5) Coffee or Tea?
Betty: Coffee. Definitely. Now.
Thanks, Betty, for dropping by!
It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes! Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy. Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge. As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?
Betty Thomason Owens loves a grand adventure, especially when there’s humor involved. Raising three sons has been her greatest humor-filled experience. Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming Love Boat Bachelor. She has two fantasy-adventure novels in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.