Bettie Sharpe is a Los Angeles native with a fondness for hot weather, classic cars, and air so thick it sticks in your teeth. When she’s not busy attempting to metabolize smog into oxygen, she enjoys romance novels, action movies, comic books, video games, and every other entertainment product her teachers said would rot her brain. She loves to write almost as much as she loves to read. As a child, she dreamed of seeing her name in shiny gold cursive on the cover of a luridly titled paperback book.
Bettie and her husband share their house with two cats, numerous computers, and the possum in their palm tree.
bettiesharpe AT gmail DOT com
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Well, since you asked…
I like my entertainment over the top. As far as I’m concerned, too much of a good thing is just right. I’m a pop culture junkie. From soap operas to pulp novels to comics & manga, if it is, was, or will be mass entertainment, I’m on it.
What do you write?
Bettie Sharpe stories feature morally ambiguous characters, romance, sex, violence, and adventure. They fall into two categories:
- Dark fairy tales like Ember, Cat’s Tale, and “Each Step Sublime”
- Wicked adventures such as Like a Thief in the Night
I know not everyone likes both styles, so I’ll be sure to let you know which is which.
What’s Your Writing Style?
My style stems from my love of genre stories. I don’t stick to one genre in my reading habits, and my writing reflects that. I don’t hop genres; I use all of them at the same time. You’ll find gangsters and hard boiled detectives, cowboys and school marms, aliens and 24th Century gadgets, fairytale motifs, mythology (both made up and historic) and monsters lurking in and around my love stories. And whenever possible, a samurai sword fight or an explosion, because those are always cool.
Because it’s the most diverse genre out there. Romance can incorporate elements of mystery, suspense, fantasy, futuristic/scifi, horror and history. Absolutely anything can happen between page one and the Happily Ever After, which makes writing romances every bit as fun as reading them!
No, Really, Why?
Because I love a happy ending almost as much as I love a good yarn. Because I’m a grouch who secretly believes in true love. Because Barbara Cartland was my childhood hero.
Do You Have Any Hobbies?
Besides writing? I read. I read a lot, in every genre. Favorite fiction authors include, but are totally not limited to: Neal Stephenson, Loretta Chase, Nora Roberts, Judith Ivory, Dashiell Hammett, Dorothy Parker, Robin McKinley, Lemony Snicket, Kage Baker and…the list goes on and on. When it comes to nonfiction, I’m a huge history geek and a political junkie.
Other than reading, I daydream, draw, occasionally paint, and sometimes do websites (like this one!). I have been known to: cook, knit, sew, chase the cats, become pathetically addicted to TV shows like Dexter and Mad Men (I do love those antiheroes). I play video games. I love classic Hollywood movies, modern Asian and Spanish cinema, and cheesy action and scifi movies. My favorite directors are Preston Sturges, Pedro Almodovar and John Woo.
Do You Ever Shut Up?
Yes, right now. Bye.