INTERVIEW WITH BETTY WEBB

  THE OTTER OF DEATH by Betty Webb is part cozy mystery and part thriller, with portions delving into the very relevant issue of sexual harassment.  This story combines current issues with information about zoo animals including some light amusing scenes that make for an interesting read. The plot has the main character, zookeeper Teddy Bentley contemplating her life changes that will happen once she marries Sheriff Rejas. Her thoughts are interrupted when she spots an otter swimming with a smart phone.  After taking the device she discovers a photograph of a murder-in-progress. Rumors swirl that the victim, Stuart Booth, PhD, a local...

INTERVIEW WITH Betty Webb

DESERT VENGEANCE, as with all Betty Webb books has a gripping plot while studying the psyche of those she writes about, intertwining human rights issues. In this installment the subject matters of sexual abuse and foster parenting are explored. The novel recounts how a nine year old, Lena Jones, repeatedly was raped every week by her foster parent, Brian Wycoff. To make matters worse, his wife was an enabler, knowingly looking the other way. Lena is waiting to exact revenge for his crimes on the day he is released from prison. She has every intention of killing this man, but is thwarted when someone gets to him first. Now there are more...

When Characters Overrule Their Author

When the characters take over a manuscript, that’s usually a good thing – for the reader, anyway. As Stephen King famously said, “How can the author surprise his readers if he can’t surprise himself?” Surprises can have a different impact on the author, though. For instance, when I began DESERT VENGEANCE my new mystery, I had a general idea of the plot: Private Investigator Lena Jones waits in a prison parking lot for the release of the foster father who raped her when she was nine years old. Lena is armed with a large knife called The Vindicator, and she can’t wait to use it. Before I even started working on the manuscript, I knew how...