All Because of Chickens

Thursday, June 13, 2013

World, Meet Beth

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)?


  1. Beth, your book sounds great. Love your theme. Your book is going on my TBR list.

  2. What a great interview!

    As for what's on my TBR pile, I just finished a book binge and need to restock. I will say I am eagerly awaiting the release of ORIGIN by Jennifer Armentrout, TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD but J. Lynn, and THE PROPHECY by Erin Albert.

    1. Thanks, Mary!

      I'll have to look those ones up. Those are some catchy-sounding titles. Happy reading :)

  3. Sounds like a great book. Best of luck.

  4. Thrilled to know my book's on your night table! I can't wait to read yours. It really sounds good.

  5. I enjoyed reading about you and your book, Beth. Congratulations. It sounds like an interesting story.

    1. Thank you, Beverly. I appreciate the comment and your taking the time to make it :-)


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