Interview with Leeann Betts

I am happy to have author Donna Schlachter back today answering questions and sharing as her alter-ego, Leeann Betts. Welcome back! Today she will be telling us about another great Christmas book, In Search of Christmas Past.

Grace Bellows, a senior in college, receives a Christmas card one month after herIn Search of Christmas Past cover (1) grandmother’s death, where her beloved Grammie challenges her to an old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Raised by her grandmother after her parents’ death in a car accident when she was eight, Grace has lived a jetsetter lifestyle with her wealthy grandmother. Now all she wants is to settle down and have a normal life.

Luke Fisher manages his family’s Christmas tree farm out of a sense of loyalty to his deceased mother because she gave up her dreams of being an attorney. He doesn’t want to live with any regrets, and longs to escape the confines of loyalty to live a life of adventure in the real world.

Can Grace and Luke solve the clues and uncover the truth about their real feelings, or will the tension and their differences in goals and faith drive them apart?

I do so love scavenger hunts! Why do you feel your book(s) will be uplifting for readers? In Search of Christmas Past will be uplifting to readers because it’s a situation where what the characters think they want isn’t really what they want, and that’s so true of most of us most of the time.

Yes, it is! Is there a “take-home” message you’d like readers to see? God is bigger than our plans.

That’s a great take-home message, and one I’ve had to learn and relearn a few times over. What are your winters like? My winters are a time to nest. I don’t like the cold or the snow or most winter activities, so I stay inside, looking for reasons to do crafty things or read good books.

New books sound delightful! What’s next for you? Next is the release of the 7th installment in my By the Numbers series featuring Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, which comes out the end of December.

Ooh, how exciting! On average, how many books do you read a year? I read about 40 books a year.

Wow! I thought I was doing good with my 25 books a year! Have you ever done something for God that scared you? If so, what was it? Wrote my first book. Wasn’t sure if I had a full-length novel in me, so I took the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2005 and wrote the first in the Carly series. Now I tell everybody I meet that everyone has at least one book in them.

That’s great advice! If you aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it challenges authors to write at least a 50,000-word novel in one month (usually November). It sounds super intense to me, ha!

Leeann, thanks again for stopping by today and answering some fun questions. I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you readers out there looking for a good Christmas read will check out Leeann’s books (and Donna’s too). I will see you next week with another uplifting book!

Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, DonnaaaaLeeann Betts_02 cropped (1) Schlachter, pens historical suspense. She has released six titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, with Hidden Assets released the end of June. In addition, Leeann has written a devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, Counting the Days, and with her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, has published a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, a compilation of essays, articles, and exercises on the craft. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter that includes a book review and articles on writing and books of interest to readers and writers. You can subscribe at or find her on her blog at Donna can be found at where you can subscribe to her free quarterly newsletter on all things historic, or at her blog  All books are available on in digital and print, and at in digital format.

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