BOOKWORM INTERVIEW 12: With Lisa E. Betz (The Award-Winning Mystery Writer)
Fadima Mooneira is back with another Bookworm Interview episode. I'm feeling very excited to introduce this episode's guest star to you guys. And I hope you guys are also excited to get to know this episode's guest star.
For today's episode, I will be interviewing an award-winning mystery writer named Lisa E. Betz. Betz is an American writer who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and cat named Scallywag. Betz used to work as an engineer, a substitute teacher, and a play director before she became a writer. Betz uses her analytic mind, quirky humor, creative soul, and unconditional mind in her writings. Betz is passionate about inspiring others to become their best selves, living with intention, authenticity, and purpose. Betz's latest book is titled Death And A Crocodile. If you guys wanna know more about Betz and her books, pls feel free to check out her website. The link is in her profile below. Now let's check out Betz's profile and her interview...
ABOUT LISA E. BETZ
Name: Lisa E. Betz
Occupation: Mystery author and positive lifestyle blogger
Since childhood, Lisa Betz has enjoyed stories that sweep her away to far-off times and places. She appreciates the power of a good story to bring historical facts to life and illustrate how people from other eras and cultures might have handled struggles similar to those we face today. She writes from a wooded hillside in Pennsylvania, U.S. Her debut mystery, set in ancient Rome, is called Death and a Crocodile.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS (Just Click On Each Link)
Website: LISA E BETZ
Blog: LISA E BETZ LIVE INTENTIONALLY
Facebook: Lisa E Betz Writer
When did you first start reading for pleasure?
My parents read storybooks to me as a child, and I was eager to learn how to read them for myself. I began reading simple books at 5. I’ve been an avid reader ever since.
What is the first book you read?
I can’t remember for sure, but I loved The Cat in the Hat and other books by Dr. Seuss. I read them all. The first adult-length novel I read was The Swiss Family Robinson, which I read at age 10.
Oh wow...Cat In The Hat is also one of my all-time favorite books. So what genre do you read?
I read widely, but my favorite is historical fiction. I prefer historical thrillers, adventures, and mysteries, rather than romances. My favorite eras are medieval times and ancient Rome.
Do you judge a book by its cover?
Yes and no. I admit the cover can snag my interest, but when selecting books for myself I always read reviews. When I’m sorting donated books at the library, I definitely use the cover to sort for both genres and how long ago it was published. It’s easier to judge fiction books by their cover than non-fiction.
What is your all-time favorite novel and why?
My favorite since middle school is The Lord of the Rings. The story was on a grander scale than any book I’d read before, so it totally captured my imagination.
That's awesome! Do you repeat reading it?
I think I’ve read it at least twelve times, including once to my children. I’ve attached a photo of my well-worn copies.
Would you recommend your favorite novel to other bookworms?
Yes! Tolkien created such a vivid and detailed world. It’s a grand saga of good vs. evil.
Who is your favorite author?
It’s so difficult to pick just one. Some of my current favorites include Elizabeth Peters, Lindsey Davis, and Bernard Cornwell.
What ambiance do you prefer for reading? Quiet at home? Or somewhere green and serene?
I prefer quiet when reading. I can’t concentrate as well with music or conversation in the background. I mostly read at home, but I enjoy reading outside, too. I’ve read plenty of books sitting at the beach or at a campsite in the woods.
How’s the reading culture in your country?
With modern technology, the definition of reading has expanded. Many people, like my husband, “read” by listening to audiobooks during their commute. Downloadable audiobooks and e-books have made it easier to access books of all types. But statistics show that book reading is on the decline. I’m not sure today’s children will be readers, since they use tablets and smartphones to entertain themselves rather than library books and being read to by their parents.
I agree with you. Modern technology spoils the reading culture. Do you have any ideas on how to improve the reading culture in your country?
One issue that could be improved is Literature class. Lit teachers can squelch students’ love of reading by forcing them to read classics that are too outdated and tedious to be either enjoyable or relevant. Surely teachers can find modern works that display good literary techniques. I’m a fan of Shakespeare and classics, but forcing them on students isn’t going to inspire a love of literature.
Ok, that's all the questions I have for this interview. Thank you, Lisa, for participating in this interview. I am and will always be grateful to have you here as my guest star. I wish you all the best in your writing career. Pls, keep up the good work.
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Ok, that's all for now. Thank you for reading this interview. Have a good day.
Fadima Mooneira ^_^
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Eye opening interviewReplyDelete
Lovely interview! I haven't come across Lisa's work or blog before so definitely checking out out.ReplyDelete
Anika | chaptersofmay.com
One of my favourite books is The Lord of the Rings for all the same reasons Lisa gave you. A lovely interview, Fadima, I don't know the author but I'm intrigued by a crocodile in Rome now!ReplyDelete
Yeah, me too.Delete
Another great interview Fadima! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
These interviews are so interesting! It's a real great insight into the author and why they write. I haven't read any of Lisa's work before, but I'm very keen to change that. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Welcome. I’m also interested to check out Lisa’s work. Her novel looks pretty interesting.Delete
Great interview... I used to be bookworm... During my childhood my fav book is Goosebumps.. But when puberty hits me... I start to read Sweet Valley High 😂😂😂ReplyDelete
Goosebumps and Sweet Valley used to be my teen hood favorites. But when I became an adult, I’m more into Nicholas Sparks and Kevin Kwan. Ahax.Delete
Seronok juga dapat interview mereka yang bukan dari Malaysia. Sekurang-kurangnya dapat menimba pengalaman mereka di negara yang lain.ReplyDelete
Yep, it objective interview ini.Delete
Interesting interview dengan soalan yang menarik sebab saya pun tertarik dengan jawapannya. Dapat la juga mengenali dia dengan lebih mendalamReplyDelete
Wanna participate in this interview? My blog is also doing a bloggers interview. If you are interested pls HMU.Delete
Uhhh, its my first time hearing about the term 'Mystery author'. She could be my new fav writer, i also love historical fiction theme.ReplyDelete
Mystery author means, penulis novel2 mystery. Yeah, if you are interested in historical fictions you should check Lisa’s work.Delete
Great post! I love reading your interviews with book lovers, and this is a great insight on Lisa and her reading habits. Thank you for sharing xReplyDelete
You are welcome 💜💛Delete
This was such a great interview, I never heard of Liz's novel or blog, thank you for sharing xReplyDelete
Scallywag is a great name for a cat, although I didn't think anyone use that would outside of the UK. I also agree listening to audiobooks isn't reading, it's listening. You don't read a radio broadcast, you listen to itReplyDelete
I also have the same opinion like you and Lisa when in comes to audiobooks. I also think that they shouldn’t be called audiobooks. And btw, what’s the benefit of listening to audiobooks besides it allows you to smoother works while listening to it?Delete
It was so fun to read this interview and be introduced to a new author. Obviously, as a fellow bookworm, I love reading and discovering new books - so I'll have to check out Lisa's!ReplyDelete
Yay!!!!!!! Go check Lisa’s work now!Delete
Ok. Gonna head on and stalk Lisa’s work. Who knows, I might love her works kan. Thanks for sharing the interview.ReplyDelete
Hehehehehehe.......i had a feeling that you are going to like Lisa’s work. Yeah pls, go check Lisa’s work now.Delete
Seronok baca interview dan pengalaman orang lain dalam membaca. Bila inagt balik, saya pun macam dah lama tak membaca buku yg tebal2. Haha, okay nak kena start balik! :)ReplyDelete
Yep, pls start balik. Jgn sekali2 berhenti membaca. Must always make reading a habit.Delete
Ooh this is such an amazing interview. My husband absolutely loves The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, and they're such classics. I am going to check out Lisa's books now :)ReplyDelete
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
Kebanyakan sekarang memang guna buku digital. Tapi nad masih terapkan baca buku dekat anak-anak.ReplyDelete
That's good Nad. Keep it up dear.Delete
Great Q&A! It's always interesting seeing the books that get people to start down their path. I now have an overwhelming urge to go and read Lord of the Rings, I must admit.ReplyDelete
Lisa same macam Sis, kalau nak membaca kena senyap, sepi.. sebab tu time Sis membaca time nak tidur.. thanks Fadima sahre and good job ..ReplyDelete
Same lah kita 🥰Delete
Wahh dapat kenal lagi seorang penulis yg hebat. Btw semua buku pembacaan kegemaran beliau juga saya sukaReplyDelete
Lovely interview! I have to read in the quiet as well just like Lisa. As an elementary teacher, I have seen a decline in reading at home in the U.S. as well, but I'm hopeful that teachers will do a better job of keeping the reading spark alive from a young age.ReplyDelete
I see. Yeah, I hope the same. The reading culture in Malaysia is very bad now. Not many people likes to read nowadays. They always give the reason “too busy to read”. I think that is totally sucks.Delete
Seronok baca experience penerbit buku . Dulu pernah jugak bercita-cita nak jadi penulis buku dan akhirnya menjadi penulis blog. hehehe...jadila kanReplyDelete
Oh same lah kita. I pun ada cita2 nak jadik novelist. And i’m still working on it. Btw, you still can go for your dream. Pls don't give up.Delete
This is a really interesting interview. I love reading historical fiction too.ReplyDelete
I’m starting to like historical romance genre. Hehehe.Delete
Wow beautiful copies of The Lord of the Rings! I love the movies and would love to read those too. Great interview xReplyDelete
Great interview! There are upsides also to tech upgrades tho - like kindle, which is mostly how I read nowReplyDelete
I don’t like to spend my time and burn my eyes on screen. That's why I prefer physical books more than e-books.Delete
nice sharing. u are really hardworking and dedicated blogger . keep it up!ReplyDelete
Thanx. Will take this as a new motivation 💪💪💪💪💪💪💪Delete