Thursday, March 12, 2015

Author Interview – Beth Prentice "Give Murder A Hand" – A Westport Mystery, Lizzie Book 2

Book Description from Amazon:
Just when Lizzie thought the only problems she had in life were her crazy family and far too many nightmares, the house reveals yet another secret. This time it’s a skeleton in the back yard.  But the unusual thing about this skeleton is that it has an extra hand. Why?  Well that’s what Lizzie wants to find out. But nothing is that easy is it?
Plus her drop dead gorgeous boyfriend Riley’s had enough of her nightmares and wants her to get professional help. Only when that professional help comes in the form of a long legged blonde who just happens to be Riley’s ex-girlfriend, Lizzie feels reluctant to reveal her deepest, darkest fears.  Especially when her deepest, darkest fear is losing Riley to a long legged blonde ex-girlfriend. But this blonde seems to have a particular interest in Lizzie’s life.  Is it just Riley she’s after? Or is there another reason she always seems to be around whenever Lizzie’s life is in danger?

Near misses with death, a super hot policeman with a crush, Grandma’s new boyfriend, a garden full of senior citizens, and Bradley the owner of Westport Tours, all make Lizzie’s life interesting to say the least.

But can she find the truth before the For Sale sign gets hammered into the ground? Or will Lizzie take the secrets to an early grave?

What is your preferred genre?
Anything fun really but romance/mystery is my favourite.

How many books have you written? 
This is the second full novel in this series and is a sequel to It Started With A House, but I also have a Christmas novella that follows Lizzie.  Westport is a busy town though, and my other full length novel, Killer Unleashed, follows another resident named Chloe.

Do you have plans for a new book?
Yes!  I love Lizzie and Riley and have already started work on their next adventure

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Many, but my absolute favourites would be Gemma Halliday, Janet Evanovich and Sophie Kinsella

Was there an Author that inspired your writing?
Yes.  All of the above

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I have an outline of where I’d like the story to go, but generally I fill in the blanks by the seat of my pants

Did you have an editor edit your books?
Yes.  The wonderful Juanita Kees,

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
All of them!!

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?
Yes but I also have a publisher for some of the series

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
No.  I love movies but books always tell more of the story.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m currently reading Gemma Halliday’s latest Deadly in High Heels and this one is an ebook, but I’m waiting impatiently for the new book from Janet Evanovich in the Wicked series

Who designed the cover of your book?
The wonderful Patti Roberts J

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?
Definitely.  If I don’t like the cover I probably won’t look any closer at it

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Ha ha.  Of course.  Doesn’t everyone??

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
Do you want my real life answers or my fantasy answers? J
Real life – my husband of course, but in my fantasy I’d love to be stranded with Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series.  Even though he’d probably get us off the island a little bit too quickly!

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes
No question – Chocolate!!

Cats or dogs?
Both but dogs first

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
I try to do at least six, but sometimes I’m really motivated and do more. Then again sometimes I procrastinate and don’t do much other than google my favorite authors, check out the local real estate market and maybe peruse eBay!

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Lipgloss is about it

Laptop or desktop for writing?
Mostly desktop but I do have my laptop for those days where I feel like going to the beach

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad –
I love book reviews.  It’s really encouraging to hear what people really think of your books.  Even the bad ones have a purpose.  Sometimes they highlight something you may have not noticed.  So long as they’re not mean of course.

Do you have a bucket list?
Not really.  I have a few holidays that I want to take but that’s about it.

List 3 of your favorite movies?
While you were sleeping (I love Sandra Bullock – this movie just makes me happy), The Avengers (for the eye candy of course) and Blindside

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
I’m a bit of a man really.  One of my favourite shows is American Restoration! I love the way they bring old things back to life.

Where can your readers stalk you? My website – or facebook

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
Ebook at the moment but it will soon be available in print also

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More About the Author

Hello, I'm Beth. I was born in Manchester England but now live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia where everyday is a good one. I am a lucky mother of two teenage children, and along with my ever patient husband are the proud owners of three dogs, a cat and a fish. I have always had a love of reading and even though my background is in accounting I have now discovered my love of writing. My favourite authors are Janet Evanovich, Sophie Kinsella and Gemma Halliday.
P.S. Please feel free to add me as a friend on Facebook, look up my site at or contact me at

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview, Beth,  and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better. 

1 comment:

  1. I spotted this cover somewhere online the other day and thought, 'Wow that's a gorgeous cover!' so well done Patti for creating it and congrats Beth on the release. It certainly sounds fabulous.
    I haven't watched American Restoration but occasionally watch the Restoration Man (with gorgeous George!). xx


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