Monday, February 15, 2010

Bette Lee Crosby at Vero Beach Saturday in the Park

Bette Lee Crosby (L) is shown here with Artist Mary Ellen Kosner. A
complete gallery of Kosner’s paintings can be seen at
Excerpts from Crosby’s books are available at

While the sun was shining, the wind played havoc with signs and flipped open the pages of Bette Lee Crosby’s novels as she chatted with attendees at the February 6th Vero Beach Saturday in the Park event. The event featured authors and artists.

Crosby whose novel Cracks in the Sidewalk recently received the Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction, offered guidance to a number of aspiring writers and informed people that her blog ( was now open to everyone. Those interested in the craft of writing will find lots of tips and techniques, and her many dedicated readers will soon be able to enjoy weekly segments of an upcoming novel.

“For a novel to win the heart of a reader,” Crosby said, “the protagonist must be someone the reader can identify with, a character who has flaws and sensitivities, a character so real the reader can readily envision meeting that person for lunch or coffee.” Crosby’s award winning novels do just that, with characters that inspire you and have you wishing the book would not end.

Cracks in the Sidewalk is Crosby’s second novel. It follows on the heels of Girl Child, which won the First Place Award for Published Fiction at the 2007 National League of American Pen Women Florida Biennial.

True to her philosophy, Crosby’s award-winning novels are based on female characters who are easy to like; women who have big hearts and strong backbones. Claire McDermott, the storyteller in Cracks in the Sidewalk is just such a woman. In this touching story about a grandmother’s search for her missing grandchildren, Crosby delves into the dark secrets and painful experiences that exist in many family relationships. “Sometimes,” she says, “A loss destroys a family, sometimes it destroys a person, and sometimes it leads a person to discover the truth of what being a family really means.”

To say Cracks in the Sidewalk is inspirational is tantamount to calling Mount Everest a hill. The ending will leave you with a tear in your eye and an overwhelming amount of joy in your heart. It will most certainly have you scurrying off to hug your children as you remind yourself how fortunate you are to have them, despite sibling arguments, bad report cards and endless loads of laundry. According to Crosby, the novel is based on a true story that happened to a friend of hers, but as she explains, “...everything an author writes, is colored by their own experiences and observations."

Crosby is a well-received public speaker who often makes guest appearances at charity-based women’s clubs as well as book club discussion groups who have read one of her novels. To read an excerpt from one of Crosby’s award-winning novels, or learn more about her work, visit her website at

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