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An Author’s Dream! Meet my editor Ekta

By Bette Lee Crosby / February 14, 2014

MEET EKTA GARG…

2014-02-10 19.47.17Ekta is my Editor and she is fabulous at what she she does. Ekta has lived in South Carolina so she is familiar with the Southern voice I write in and  understands the speech patterns. In some delightfully magical way, she is able to save me from awkward punctuation and grammatical errors without ever changing the personality of my characters. This is more than a talent, it’s an art. I love her for this.

When Ekta told me that she and her family were coming for a Disney

We stopped to spend a moment with Mark Twain

We stopped to spend a moment with Mark Twain

Vacation in Orlando, I jumped at the chance to meet them for lunch. From our house it’s a two+ hour drive, but it was well worth it. After meeting Ekta’s two girls and her charming husband I can understand how and why she keeps the “feel-good” elements in my novels. The girls are funny, bright and beautiful. At ages 5 and 7 they are learning to speak Chinese, which I must say impressed me no end.

If it sounds like Dick and I had a great day- we did. I love meeting the people I have the pleasure of working with, as well as meeting my readers. And letting my computer sit silent for a day does us both good. I come back refreshed, renewed and ready to work.

This year I will be doing a Book Signing at the BEA in New York and I will be in Charleston, SC for the PubSmart Conference.  If you are in either of these areas and interested in stopping in to say hello. please let me know. I’d love to meet you.

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About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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