Hey, this is Beth Overmyer, author of the middle grade novella In a Pickle from MuseItUp Publishing. Read on!
Me: I know you’ve been asked many questions, but not this one: What do you hope readers will get out of In a Pickle?
Beth: My main aim in writing this novella was to entertain. Sometimes, people just need to escape. Not to lose themselves, but to find themselves. See a character you identify with? Okay, watch him (or her) and learn from their mistakes. Books can help develop a stronger sense of worldview and morals. Even if you disagree with what characters are doing, see? You’ve just discovered or reaffirmed to yourself where you stand on an issue.
Me: Is Charlie Pickle faced with a moral decision?
Beth: We all are, all the time. Charlie’s dilemma involves not himself, but a friend. What do you do when it’s not your secret to tell or your place to act? Charlie thinks he sees a road around it, but will it backfire? That’s one example of a moral dilemma. But this book doesn’t preach—despite having a whole nunnery’s worth of nuns (mega points to those who count all different Sister Marys.)
Me: Are you Catholic?
Beth: No, protestant.
Me: Did that make writing In a Pickle hard?
Beth: Two words, “research” and “connections.”
Me: What’s on your nightstand?
Beth: On my TBR pile (to-be-read pile) are Becoming Nadia by Cyrus Keith, Leapling by Lisa Forget, The Shadow of the Unicorn by Suzanne de Montigny, A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard, and many, many other titles.
Me/Beth: Thank you. This has been most enjoyable.
Prompt for you who were so kind to read to the end: What’s on YOUR nightstand (or to-be-read pile, if you will)?