Who’s That Indie Author? Priscilla Bettis

Priscilla Bettis

Author Name: Priscilla Bettis

Genre: Horror

Books: The Hay Bale (January 2022), Dog Meat (November 2022)

Bio: Priscilla Bettis is an avid horror reader and passionate horror author. She’s also an excellent swimmer, which is good because vampires are terrible swimmers. Priscilla shares a home in the Northern Plains of Texas with her two-legged and four-legged family members.

What got you started as a writer? I read The Exorcist when I was ten (I know, right?!). It lit up my emotions and left a powerful impression. I had no idea until then that books could do that. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a novelist when I grew up.

What is your writing routine? In the summer, I go for a jog at first light before the heat hits (and the heat hits hard in Texas). Then I write. In the winter, I get up at 4:50 in the morning and write in the dark silence, then go for a jog. Exercise is an important part of my writing routine. While I’m exercising, I let my mind wander through “what if” possibilities in my stories.

What route did you take to get your books published? The Hay Bale was self-published.  For Dog Meat, I shopped the manuscript around to small-press publishers, and Potter’s Grove Press picked it up.

What things do you do to promote your books? I have a blog and talk about my writing there. I also sent ARC’s of Dog Meat to horror YouTubers I follow. And I Tweet.

What is your favorite genre to read and why? Horror, which makes sense because that’s what I write. But I also enjoy a good mystery, a wee bit of fantasy and science fiction and poetry, and a good nonfiction book on religion, physiology, neurology.

Do you prefer to write dialogue or description? Description for sure. It’s fun to add a poetic turn of phrase to a prose passage, but it’d sound awkward to do that in typical dialogue.

Have any of your characters ever surprised you? Did this change the plot of your book? Oh, how I wanted the preacher in The Hay Bale to be a sweet, small-town pastor, but he just refused. It definitely affected the plot!

What is the most difficult thing you have accomplished in your life? Getting through the first year of motherhood. Those sleepless nights and the days when baby cried and I didn’t know why nearly made me pull my hair out! Motherhood is not for wimps!

What three events or people have most influenced how you live your life? 1) Rob VanSlyke, my childhood swim coach who was the first adult to take me seriously when I said I wanted to be a novelist. 2) Jesus. 3) The hubster who “gets” me.

What would you tell your younger self? You can’t please everyone. Be polite, but be firm, and decline whatever non-you thing they want you to do or be.

Have you ever met up with a bear on a hike? If so, what did you do? If not, are you looking up what to do right now? I have met up with bears. (I grew up in Alaska.) In fact, I have a vampire novelette coming out soon (it’s still very hush-hush) that includes real-life incidents. (Haha, not the vampire part, that isn’t real! But the grizzly bear and hypothermia incidents are.)

You’re locked in your local library for the night with no dinner. Thank goodness you have water, but you only have enough change to buy one item from the vending machine. Choices are limited to: Fudge Pop-Tarts, Snickers or Doritos. Which would you choose and why? Doritos have no chocolate. Fudge Pop-Tarts don’t have enough chocolate to count. That leaves Snickers, and the nuts are a bonus… because nuts-n-chocolate!

What’s the largest number of people you’ve had in your kitchen at one time? Twelve wonderful, loving people… it was overwhelming! I really should write a horror story about it.:-)

Closing thoughts: Thanks for this chat, Barbara. I enjoyed it!

Website and social media links:
Blog: priscillabettisauthor.com
Twitter: @PriscillaBettis
Amazon author page: Priscilla Bettis

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41 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Priscilla Bettis

  1. Great to learn more about Priscilla. She read The Exorcist at age 10!! Wow! I would have been scarred for life. Obviously, she put it to good use.

  2. Great review, Barbara. Congratulations, Priscilla, to both self-publishing and getting picked up by a small press publisher. I admire your writing routine and devotion to exercise. Horror is not my thing, but you certainly have a genre that’s popular today, especially this month. 😀

  3. That was super fun, Barb. I love Priscilla’s writing and can’t wait to read her new one… and the one after that! I totally agree that motherhood is not for wimps! And I loved that her swim coach took her desire to write seriously. It helps so much when we start out to have someone who believes in us. Congrats to Priscilla on her coming book.

    1. Hi Diana! You are so right about the encouragement we get as youngsters. It makes a difference. I’m so glad you are brave enough to read my upcoming Dog Meat story. I hope you like it. And thanks.:-)

    2. Hi Diana – yes, I’ve enjoyed getting to know Priscilla through WordPress and also through this post – I like her style! It’s a great feeling to know that someone believes in you. Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  4. Hi Barbara, what fun to find Priscilla here. I really enjoyed The Hay Bale and I am looking forward to Dog Meat. I could also write a few horror stories about gatherings (and helpers) in the kitchen.

    1. HI Robbie – haha – I like your comment about kitchen horrors! Thanks for the visit, I’m glad you got a chance to see this post. Hope you are doing well 🙂

  5. Hi, Barb – Thank you for sharing Priscilla with us. Like a couple of other commenters, horror is not my thing (seriously, not even Casper the Ghost — I’m pathetic, I know!). That reminds me that I need to ban upcoming tv shows and movies in our household for the Hallowe’en season!

  6. I’m not sure horror is my genre. But then, I can’t remember even reading anything in that genre, so maybe I’d better try it before I decide, haha! Thanks for this great post!

    1. Hi Explorenewness,
      Horror is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I do try to put a good character or two in every story, someone you feel good about cheering on.:-) Thank you for your comment!

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