Author Bette Lee Crosby is shown here
with Anne Beyerle, Current President of the Vero Beach Women’s Club.
On Tuesday, April 6th, Author, Bette Lee Crosby, made a personal appearance at the Vero Beach Women’s Club, a group that is part of the International GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs.)
Crosby spoke in depth about her latest release, Cracks in the Sidewalk, the novel that received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writer’s Association. “This story,” Crosby told the audience, “is taken from a tragic incident that happened in the life of a dear friend. The loss of this woman’s grandchildren was such a moving tale that, once told to me, it stayed in my mind for nearly ten years before I summoned the courage to actually write about it. Yes, in some ways this is a sad story, but in the end it’s life affirming. It’s the type of story that proves just how much a single person can change the lives of so many others.”
Crosby has two more completed novels that are currently awaiting publication: What Matters Most and Spare Change. A prolific writer who spends a good part of every day at the computer, she is currently focusing on the collection of family stories and inspirational thoughts currently being published on her blog. Blog readers and subscribers find something new every day…from stories about Crosby’s own childhood and inspirational thoughts to literary news and stories about the other books and authors she admires. On the blog, Crosby hosts the online Book Club currently reading Cracks in the Sidewalk and every Monday the next chapter is published on the blog.
When asked why she allows readers free access to the award-winning book, Crosby answered, “Because this story is so powerful that it should be shared with everyone, regardless of whether or not they can plunk down twenty-dollars to buy the book. I want readers to know my work, to understand it and relate it to their own lives.” Crosby added, “If even one person reads this story and takes control of her own life because of it, then my work has all been worth the effort.” She laughed, “Bringing inspiration to a weary heart is not something that should be copyrighted.”
In 2007, Crosby’s first release Girl Child received the National League of American Pen Women Award for Fiction. For more information on her books and upcoming speaking engagements, visit her blog at http://betteleecrosby.wordpress.com