Betsy S. Franz – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My most recent book is How to Take Care of Your Share of the Planet: Exploring, Restoring and Protecting Your Share of Planet Earth. The book provides basic information about how to create a healthy landscape for the reader, their family and for local wildlife.

On a global scale, the environmental health of our planet is an issue that is too huge and abstract for most people to feel a personal attachment to. The terms ozone layer and carbon offsets are little more than headlines that are skimmed in newspapers and school texts. People may feel that they should be concerned about these issues, but it is easy for them to see them as someone else’s problems.

By bringing the issues home, into people’s own backyards, I believe that we can make much greater strides in encouraging personal responsibility.

Tell us something about yourself.

I have always loved nature and wildlife, thanks in part to the influence of my mother, who always took the time to share the wonders of nature with me. I have been a freelance writer for over 15 years and in 2003, I decided to focus as much of my writing as possible on encouraging others to get outside and get eye-to-eye with nature and wildlife.

What inspired you to write this book?

The book is a collection of many of the articles that I have had published over the past few years. It made since to try to pull all of the topics together into one book so that I could easily educate as many people as possible.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

The book is published through a print on demand publisher for several reasons. First, it allows me to quickly create updates to the book, as needed. And second, I can create personalized editions for various groups to use for their own educational programs.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. I have always kept journals and jotted down thoughts. I was also a “green” writer long before being green was popular. I used to publish a newsletter entitled “Going For It! Helping You Make Your Life and Your World a Better Place”

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

To me, the hardest part of writing is just being inside. I live on a beautiful piece of property, surrounded by things like butterflies and hummingbirds and even bobcats and foxes and it is very hard to want to stay inside when nature is calling me!!

How do you do research for your books?

I am very careful about providing accurate information for all of my articles and books. I generally seek out experts from government or educational organizations first.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I have learned many things from the many essays and articles that I have been able to write about wildlife and nature. I have been able to speak to experts on various species such as hummingbirds, dragonflies, pollinators, etc. Meeting all of these wonderful people is one of the greatest things about being a nature writer.

What are you reading now?

I am currently reading a book called Money Can Buy Happiness by MP Dunleavey.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I like to read inspirational and motivational books. I also like good mysteries. I just read Robert Parker’s last book (he recently died) and it was very sad to know that I will never read a new book by him.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’m always working on new articles, which could always become a new book. It’s hard to spend too much time inside right now because spring is in the air!

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

My best advice to anyone that wants to be a published writer is to quit saying you WANT to be a writer. Immediately start saying that you ARE a writer and act accordingly. Send articles to publishers with confidence!

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I am sending out a lot of press releases!!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Readers can visit my website to learn more about me and my book: http://www.naturesdetails.net/BetsyFranz/index.shtml