Coffee, life and encouragement on the island couch

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Raise your coffee mugs to Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Thomason Owens

I prefer tea, but coffee is the tipple of my guest Betty Thomason Owens. So please raise your cups, glasses and reusable containers to the one and only Betty T Owens.

Come on over Betty to the Desert Island couch. It’s a pleasure to have you with me today. Let’s all give Betty a huge round of applause. Ok smart alec over there, yes you clapping in a circular motion! 🙂

You are on tour with Celebrate Lit promoting Rebecca’s Legacy –  I hope that is going well. And because you are doing this tour I get to whisk you off to my desert island. I hope you like your time here.

Betty – Thank you for inviting me, Margaret.

Let’s get started then.

This is Author Interview 31
My first question is…

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Betty I hope it’s my husband because I can’t imagine life without him. We’ve been married forty-four years, and still like each other’s company.

Wow, that is a long time Betty. You don’t look old enough. You must tell me your secret. No, not here when we are back on the mainland!

I love this next question, people ask for the strangest things…

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Betty I’m dreaming that we’re off the coast of South America, and a shipment of gourmet coffee beans gets washed up, along with a French press. Do we have plenty of fresh water available? I hope so. I can easily imagine myself using stones to grind coffee beans. Then I can brew them over an open fire. I hope it’s not as much trouble building a fire as it was in Castaway, though. I may have to try “sun coffee” instead. ?

That sounds like a great name for a brand of coffee. You will find that the island has some wonderful waterfalls and natural springs where you can use the water. I can see that you are going to have a wonderful cottage industry up and running before you are rescued.

Let’s get bookish…

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Betty Jane Eyre. I’m not sure how many times I’ve read it, but whenever I’m stuck, it’s my go-to. Charlotte Bronte’s story techniques inspire me. Jane’s quiet desperation and final dream-come-true romance is timeless.

A good English author Betty, I like your thinking 🙂 I can’t disagree with you there. Of course, Charlotte Bronte’s pen name was Currer Bell, and there was speculation about the identity and gender of the writer. There is an interesting article about Charlotte and her sister’s pen names here.

Can you share with us a pearl of wisdom?

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

BettyNever give up. God’s mercies are new every morning, be ready for the impossible to happen!

That is a great piece of advice Betty and one I hope my readers will take away with them. Thank you.

That all-important final question…

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

BettySometimes I wonder why I became a writer. I certainly never set out to write. The desire, almost overwhelming, struck suddenly when I was in my thirties. My decision to pursue it seemed foolhardy. But I had all these stories inside my head and there’s nothing in the world like writing under inspiration, when you can’t seem to stop. You can write for hours until the story is all told and only then, maybe the characters’ voices will grow quiet long enough for a good night’s sleep. Then another story buds and blossoms and must be told.

It sounds like God gave you a wonderful gift of storytelling. I am so glad you haven’t hidden it under a bush. Please don’t go exploding all over the place on the island as you no doubt will be brimming with great ideas with all that quiet time on your hands. I think we better provide you with plenty of paper to write your ideas down.

Thank you, Betty, this has been such fun getting to know the author behind Rebecca’s Legacy. I hope we have given readers a desire to get to know you and your books better.

Betty – You’re welcome, thank you for having me.

Don’t forget Betty’s giveaway at the end of this post. You could win a $50 Amazon gift card.

And of course, if you liked this interview please make my day and send me a comment or two. Many thanks – Margaret

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Betty Thomason Owens author of Rebecca's Legacy

Book Title:  Rebecca’s Legacy

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Genre: Gentle Romance, 1950s Romance

Release date: August, 2018

What will it take to teach a spoiled heiress that the greatest legacy is love?

Nancy and Robert Emerson’s daughter Amy Juliana is doing her best to follow in Mom’s rebellious footsteps.

Her desperate attempt to escape Dad’s control comes at the worst possible time. A threat against their family and Sanderson Industries has Robert Emerson taking extra steps to guarantee his family’s safety. He sends Amy, an heiress and a debutante, to the country to work on a produce farm run by Aunt Rebecca. Humiliated and angry, Amy contemplates a path that will lead her even farther from home, away from Dad’s protection.

Will Aunt Rebecca’s quiet strength and unconditional love be enough to still the prodigal daughter’s rebellious ways, and open her heart to the plight of others around her?

Matt Wordsworth is the man Robert calls upon to help keep his daughter in line. She thinks the guy is an old fuddy-duddy. By the time her ideas about him begin to change, it may be too late. When an old friend tests her loyalty, she is forced to face her past to overcome a guilty conscience. But, is she playing into the hands of the enemy?

About the Author

Betty Thomason OwensBetty Thomason Owens has been writing for almost thirty years. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Her writing credits include Amelia’s Legacy and Carlotta’s Legacy, in the Legacy Series, Annabelle’s Ruth and Sutter’s Landing, in the southern historical Kinsman Redeemer Series. When she’s not writing, Owens is a part-time bookkeeper, who loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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Author: Margaret Kazmierczak

For over fifty years I have laughed and cried through my life – it has been exciting, exhausting, emotional, challenging and infuriating. No one gave me a map or a ‘How to get out of stressful situations’ manual, to help me on my journey. Instead, it has been God and me, His Word and my mistakes. So let’s cut to the chase, I am a wife and mother of three almost adult children! I live in the South of England and dislike the rainy climate. Yes, it looks green but so does my face with little sunshine! With many occupations under my belt, I now spend my time writing – for my blog which includes book reviews, interviews some humorous pieces and a book called "How to Make Victoria Sponge." I also have some devotionals in a multi-author book "Heartwings Devotional. My life is hectic; I am disorganised, and God continually sorts me out. I hope my words bring you hope, comfort and laughter as I sit here in my dining room praying for inspiration and for the cat to get off my laptop!

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