Who Says Accountants Can’t Write?

 

ID-100222653Have you ever wished you could hide under your office desk, indefinitely? Maybe that niggling of frustration could be the start of something good. Like a daydream that never ends until, well… Read Leann Betts post below.

Numbers Don’t Change by Leeann Betts

“I prefer numbers to people, because numbers don’t change.”

I’d made this statement after a particularly hard day at work. I didn’t really mean it—at least, not in the global sense of not liking people. I simply didn’t much like people that day.

I was trained as an accountant, completing a business degree in college, but my love for numbers started as a child. I counted everything. And if on the second count wasn’t the same as the first, I counted again. And if it was the same, I counted again just to confirm once more.

Neurotic, perhaps.

I counted ceiling tiles, floor tiles, cracks in the sidewalk, squares on someone’s shirt or tie. I counted people in restaurants, cars in parking lots, birds in flocks.

But if there was one thing I liked more than numbers, it was mysteries. Nancy Drew, Hardydetective-788592_1920 Boys Bobbsey Twins. And then as I got older, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. I liked the old-fashioned mysteries where the good guy always wins and the bad guy always get caught.

So about ten years ago, I heard about National Novel Writing Month, and I wondered if I had just one book in me. One, that’s all I wanted to write.

And since I figured I should write what I know, I decided on a mystery that included an accountant.

Talk about autobiographical.

So I started writing. On November 11th. Already behind. I wrote like a fiend trying to catch up and then to keep up, because I am very competitive, very badge-oriented, and there was a badge to be won when I completed this challenge. Notice I said ‘when’ and not ‘if’.

I had no idea about plotting or character arc. I just wrote a story that had been tumbling around my head for a few years. I got to the last three chapters and had no idea whodunit. So I had to decide that, then go back and put in hints and red herrings, develop some characters a little more to make them suspects, and finish.

There are still days when I prefer numbers over people.

But thankfully, not so many as before.

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IMG_6534  Juggling the books -midsizeLeeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, recently released. Book 3, Unbalanced, releases in January, with plans for Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, due in April, with more planned for later dates. Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, and Donna has published a book of short stories, Second Chances and Second Cups. You can follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com and Donna at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com . All books are available at Amazon.com in digital and print, and at Smashwords.com in digital.

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Most people think accountants are boring. Carly Turnquist is about to prove them wrong. Join Carly, a forensic accountant, as she gets involved with a mystery business that threatens her quiet East Coast town, embezzled money, a missing mayor, and several attempts on her life. Will she live long enough to reveal who the killer is?

Purchase this book and receive a free reader incentive–the prequel to the series. Follow the link at: http://www.leeannbetts.com/2.html to read the story, Roasted Bean Counters.

 

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The Beginning of a Story

once-upon-a-time-719174_1920Every new blog requires a bit of an introduction. Those of you who follow my personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud, may remember me mentioning an idea triggered by the amazing and talented Carrie Stuart Parks, author of The Bones Will Speak.

Long story short, I’m interviewing a brilliant and grace-centered man for a medical missions story I want to write. Because fiction is, well, fiction, the story I create will veer from Dr. O’s, but his life is so historically rich and full of inspiring truths, I don’t want to waste a nugget of it. So, 12227841_1007588982632353_5276246818269330802_nI’ll be sharing it here, in bits and pieces, some most likely told in narrative form, other with the imagery and immediacy of fiction.

In the meantime, I decided to invite some of my author friends to join me on this venture, starting tomorrow. So come back to learn how Leeann Betts received the idea for her novel, No Accounting For Murder.

So come back, ask questions, and catch a peek of what goes on behind the scenes in the making of a story.