Name: Minnie Crockwell/Bess McBride
Age: Old enough! 😀
Where are you from: Washington State now, but I grew up elsewhere. I’ve travelled a lot.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: I have a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and an adult daughter who is 30. I live and travel in an RV though I own a home in Washington State
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
The 7th installment of the Will Travel for Trouble series of short cozy mysteries is due to be released April 15th, and is called Trouble in Tombstone Town
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing? I started my first book when I was 14 but I wasn’t able to finish it. I sent my first novel out in 2006, and it was accepted by a small press. I love to write, love the world of fiction.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I first made money at it which was from magazines, including one article for Horizon Air’s inflight magazine.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I always wanted to write a time travel romance ever since I saw Somewhere in Time. When I did begin to write in 2006, A Train Through Time was one of the first books I wrote as Bess McBride.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I am a pantser, which can be problematic in mysteries because once I discover whodunit and howtheydunit, I have to go back and make sure everything gels. J
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My upcoming release, Trouble in Tombstone Town, follows the pattern I have set up for the Will Travel for Trouble series using the first word as Trouble, then I either use a town name or a fictional RV park or something to catch the eye of the potential buyer.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No, not at all. I have no particular messages.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
My time travel romances written as Bess McBride are only realistic in the sense that I try to imagine what might happen if I were transported in time. They are purely works of fiction. My short cozy mysteries written as Minnie Crockwell are realistic up to the point of the murder. J
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my books are based on my own experiences and life with the exception of the murders in my cozy mysteries and the fantasy elements of the ghost, Ben, in my cozy mysteries. My time travel romances are purely fictional.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Many of the writing books have affected my writing. Stephen King’s “On Writing,” Ralph Keyes “The Courage to Write” “To Hope” etc.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Nothing, sadly. I’m too busy writing to read.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Just too busy to keep up with authors.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on Trouble at Tombstone, the next installment in my short cozy mystery series, and I just finished a full-length historical romance called Anna and the Conductor to be included in a multi-author bundle called To Love a Spy
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My fellow online authors support me tremendously.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, writing is my career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I don’t think so.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Sometimes, especially with the Will Travel for Trouble series, but I should say that I travel to research them, and travel inspires them.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My mystery cozy series were designed by Janelle Sands and now Tara West with input from me, and Tara does my Bess McBride covers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Research on the historicals. It really slows down the momentum.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn new things every day, especially in the historicals.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read and study the sorts of books you like to read, read some books on writing, then write your books and keep on writing. More inventory equals more sales. If readers like you, they want more.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Love you guys! Thank you for your loyalty and support.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably the Nancy Drew mysteries.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Music makes me cry in a good way and cruelty to animals makes me cry in a bad way. Dry wit and comedy make me laugh, but it has to be subtle.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Any of my ancestors. Love them!!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t know. Just my name and the years of my birth and death ought to do it.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Traveling and spending time with my family.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Romances, historical and period dramas. Downton Abbey is wonderful.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
I’m vegan so anything not made from animals. My favorite colors? I like them all. I love romance and historical films.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’ve already done a bunch: From packing teaching supplies for shipment to 21 years in the U.S. Air Force to driving a school bus, cashiering, medical transcription, mental health therapist to evaluating compensation claims for veterans.