Interview with mystery write S. R Betler

Today is the final interview in a series with the authors of
Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

the anthology:
clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s
cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48
minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city
ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing
gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of
time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark
corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner,
Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser,
J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary
Hand-picked by a panel of
agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into
jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time
is wasting…
“Each story is fast paced,
grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
– Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
Founded by author Alex J.
Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and
authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly
blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly
far, we’ve had C.D.
 (on April 19), Gwen
 (on April 26), Jemi
 (on May 2),
(on May 11), Rebecca
M. Douglass
(on May 15),
(on May 23), J.R.
(on May 31), C.
Lee McKenzie
(on June 7), Tara
(on June 13),
(on June 20), and now S.R. Betler is here
to chat about her crime short story called “Three O’Clock Execution.”
Born and raised in New York, S. R. Betler now lives in
Kentucky, where she passes her days collecting stray animals, torturing her
characters, and inventing new worlds while attempting to keep her husband and
offspring from destroying this one.
S.R., What do you enjoy most about writing short stories?
I really just love the challenge of it. It’s
hard fitting a full-fledged story into so few words and finding just the right
words to get it across. There can be no spare words in a short story, so it
really makes you stop and think about exactly what you’re putting down and how
you phrase things.
Can you give us a little insight into a few of
your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
In Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, my short
story is “Three O’Clock Execution,”
and it isn’t, I don’t think, a typical crime story. When I sat down to write
it, I really wanted to focus more on the psychological aspect of crime. More
specifically, I got to wondering just what sort of toll it would take if
someone were to be convicted of a crime they didn’t commit and they were
desperate for someone, anyone, to believe their innocence. A lot of my stories
start that way, with a what-if question or the beginning of a premise I want to
explore. I really enjoy exploring moral and ethical dilemmas in my writing.
genre are you inspired to write in the most? Why?
The genre I most often write in is
fantasy, and most often contemporary fantasy. I’m not really sure why. I guess
because I really like the idea that some sort of magic exists in our world,
lurking in the shadows or just around the corner, waiting to be discovered. So
I like exploring that in my stories, where things seem mostly
“normal” except for a few fantastical elements. 
exciting story are you working on next?
Actually, what I’ve been working on most recently is a
contemporary fantasy YA novel, which is book one in a series. I actually just
started querying with it, in the hopes of finding an agent, so that’s an
exciting and terrifying new step.
did you first consider yourself a writer?
Am I a writer? Yes, I suppose so. I think I’ve
always considered myself a writer; it just took a long time for me to consider
myself an author. I’m not sure if there’s really a distinction, but there
always was in my mind, where a writer is someone who writes and an author is
someone who’s published. I’ve considered myself a writer since probably around
junior high, when I started my foray into trying to seriously write and improve
my work.
How do you research markets for your work,
perhaps as some advice for writers?
The easiest way to research is to read. Luckily, it’s also
probably the most enjoyable form of research. Staying abreast of the most popular
books in your genres, whatever books are hitting the top 100 list on Amazon in
your particular niches, etc. Networking is also really important, to see what
agents or publishers are looking for in your areas, what tropes are popular and
what are falling flat, and what other authors are doing or talking about.
Another great resource, if you’re looking for where to submit things, is the
Writer’s Market book series for the year, or if you’re querying a novel, Query
Tracker makes it easy to find agents to query and keep track of people you’ve
already reached out to.
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Oh, gosh, I don’t know if I have any. I usually
write with either a cat or a dog’s head (it’s all that will fit) in my lap. I’m
not sure that counts as a quirk so much as the life all pet owners have signed
up for. I refer to characters as if they were people. Does that count? It
drives my husband batty, but when I’m writing something, I’m living in that
world, so the characters are as real to me at that point in time as anything
else, I suppose.
As a
child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A paleontologist! Until I realized
that I actually hate heat and the majority of that time would be spent writing
boring things I didn’t want to write, so I figured I might as well be a writer,
additional you want to share with the readers?
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
became available on May 1. You can keep up with everything that’s happening by
liking our Facebook page, or following our blog at
Thanks, S.R.

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4 thoughts on “Interview with mystery write S. R Betler

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    HaHa! I refer to my characters as if they're real people too. I search through Pinterest for clothing for my character Franny, the ghost of a former Victorian madam, and think, "Franny wouldn't be caught dead in that!" LOL. All in fun 😉

    Thanks for hosting, Lisa!

  2. cleemckenzie says:

    Writing with the warmth of an friend nearby is always a good strategy. They can be so encouraging, can't they? Thanks for letting us get to know S. R Betler more.

  3. Rebecca M. Douglass says:

    Writing with a pet is probably good therapy! Thanks to sharing this interview, and all the interviews and support for Tick Tock!

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