Susan A Betters – Detective Brodie

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

Detective Brodie: Death of a Millionaire. Detective Brodie is looking for a missing twelve year old girl, who disapeared the same day as her mother’s boyfriend. Tyrone Styles kidnaps little girls and sells them to the drug cartel and the drug cartel resells these girls overseas as mail order brides. Brodie must find her before she is sold, but Brodie’s captain tells Brodie he needs him on another case. A millionaire found dead, Betty Thompson, was well liked in the community. She helped Brodie and his family when their house caught fire.

Detective Brodie has a lot of suspects. His first suspect: Betty’s son, Paul, who is angry because Betty refused to give him any more money to live his lavish lifestyle. But is he angry enough to murder? Suspect two is Betty’s grandson, Walter. Betty had him arrested for drunk driving. Walter is angry at his grandmother. Brodie knows every family member has a motive for killing Betty. Betty knows a dark seceret and was about to break her silence.

This book is going to be a series of many, volume 2 will be about Brodie looking for the little girl.

Tell us something about yourself.

I live in RI, life long resident. I love RI because we experience all kinds of weather. I love to watch the leaves change color in the fall, the snow in the winter, our weather can change from extreme heat to cold in a matter of minutes. I love New England. I am married and have four grown children and two grandsons.

I started writing at an early age, but never thought of sending any of my work to a publisher. My husband loved my stories and encouraged me to send them to a publisher. I love to volunteer at my community center mainly around the holidays. There is not much more about me, I am laid back and love spending time with my family.

What inspired you to write this book?

I love mysteries. I always thought about writing a mystery but was not sure I could, so I took the bull by the horn as they say, sat down and started to type. The words came freely, I could not type fast enough to keep up with the words flowing from my brain. I am not saying this whole book was easy. There is a lot of research that went into this book. I would spend a couple hours a day just doing research. My main inspiration was to see if I could write a good mystery. “I did.”

How did you choose the title?

It was hard, every time I thought I had a good title it was already used, like “Death of a Millionaire.” There are so many books with that title. I wanted mine to stand out from the rest. That’s why I chose to put Detective Brodie first, death of a millionaire second.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Wow, there were so many. I had a few rejection notices, I just kept sending the manuscript in. Finally I received two acceptance letters from two different publishers. I did a lot of research before I chose Tate. Just as we were getting started I had a house fire and it delayed my publishing by three months. As soon as I thought we were on track my father died, delayed a few more months. All together it took a year before my book was published.

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

I love to write I was always writing short poems and stories. I dreamed of being a writer but I always put barriers up on why I should not send my work in.’ With my husbands persistense I finally knocked down the barriers and went for it.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I really don’t believe I do. I like to have a hot cup of coffee next to me, and a glass of water. But I could also do without them.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Some of the names are family members. I don’t know how I came up with Brodie, it popped in my head and it sounded good. The rest of the names I took from the computer–I saw a name liked it, used it.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

In doing research I learned a lot about Mexico, the Amistad festival,and how it came to be. Texas and Mexico came together after a powerful hurricane on June 26, 1954. After hurricane Alice, Pres. Eisenhower and Pres. Mateos of Mexico came together and built a dam on the Rio Grande. They named the bridge Amistad, meaning friendship. Every year there is a Amistad festival.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would have sent my manuscript in a lot sooner.

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

I love mysteries. Stephen King is my favorite author. He has an incredible immagination, his books catch your attention right from the begining and holds it till the end.

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

My next book is just about done. The title is “Lost but Not Forgotten” volume 2 of my Detective Brodie novels. Brodie has to go to find Carman, the little girl that was kidnapped, and keep his family safe from the cartel. The cartel is out to stop Brodie by any means.

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

Write about everything. As thoughts or ideas enter your mind write it down even if it’s three in the morning. “Write it down!” You will recieve rejection notices but don’t let that stop you, keep sending your manuscripts in. If everyone gave up on their first rejection letter we would not have authors today.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Mid teens young adults.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My web page