Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. Leeann has released eight titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, with A Deadly Dissolution as the most recent. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter; subscribe at www.LeeannBetts.com or follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com.
How do you connect with your characters?
Leeann: I usually end up writing a chapter of yak-yak-yak until I hit the ground running, but the conversation time helps me reconnect with my recurring characters, and start to develop a relationship with the new characters.
How do you come up with titles for your books?
Leeann: The funny thing is, usually the title comes first, then the book flows from that. This time around, the story was first, and I struggled with the title. I also struggled getting the story started, because without a title, I didn’t know where it was going. Once I figured out the title, the story flowed from there.
What’s your go-to when you need a pick-me-up to keep writing?
Leeann: Coffee. And chocolate.
What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?
Leeann: I’m pretty much old-school, so I guess the weirdest way was drowned in two inches of water. That was in Petty Cash.
Current book: A Deadly Dissolution
Carly loses more than daylight when the total lunar eclipse and crime come to town. Can she figure out what’s going on before the suspects escape?