Meet the Ladies in Red — Elizabeth Palmer

Hello, Crimson Romance readers and writers!

I’m Elizabeth Palmer, the author of Best Laid Plans, a contemporary romance that will be released July 2nd.  I’ve always been called “Betsi,” so even though I write under my legal name, it’s almost like having a pseudonym.

I’ve been married for 35 years (divided between two different husbands!) and I have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.  The latest family addition was twin granddaughters born in March.  If they didn’t live in a different state, I’d probably spend every day with them and abandon my writing completely!

My home is in upstate New York, which has its charms—but isn’t the best setting for fiction.  Joyce Carol Oates makes it work for her, but my style is a bit lighter.  Although I’ve traveled, and would live in Southern California if I could, “borrowing” other locales for my books makes me nervous.  I envy authors who use setting deftly; I tend to focus on characters and their interior lives . . . and I hate research.  Maybe that’s why I’m married to a librarian.  🙂

I was first published in “the Trues” many years ago, and then put my writing on the proverbial back burner.  I raised my children and completed my Bachelor’s degree and worked part-time, all while living with a chronic illness that made my days totally unpredictable.  Returning to writing eventually, because I couldn’t not, I completed and sold my first romance novel, Home Style Lovin’, and had several short stories published in Woman’s World magazine.  I don’t think of myself as a “romance writer” – romance is just one of the genres I write in.  I write to explore the nature of relationships, and not all of them end in happily-ever-after.  Romance readers love the ones that do, and I’m happy to provide them!

The absolute best part of writing for me is hearing from a reader who was touched in some way by my work.  The worst part is marketing, but if I don’t do it, how will I reach that potential reader?  The actual writing feels like torture at times.  The book or story in my head isn’t the one that ends up on the page, and I struggle to accept “good enough” and move on.  Then there are the times that the writing flows,  and it’s the biggest rush in the world.

My current work-in-progress is a romance called Time Enough for Love.  The heroine, Kelly Van Dorn, has MS—a disease I know intimately.  Kelly is a successful businesswoman, but her chronic illness has already destroyed one relationship and she’s reluctant to risk her heart again.  It will take a strong and determined hero to break down her defenses, but I happen to know just the man for the job . . .

You can read more about me and the progress I’m making on the new book on my website/blog:



  1. I agree with you on many points, Elizabeth. I love the psychology of the relationships that drive a romantic story, that’s my focus. I also have a hard time letting go and could rewrite forever. I love it when the characters take me in directions I didn’t foresee, when the story flows effortlessly and all I have to do is write it down. Too bad it wasn’t like that every day!

    So nice to get to know you and your books!

    • Thanks, Sharon. Yes, every time I write I’m hoping the story will take off on its own, it’s such a thrill when that happens. I used to outline the life out of my stories . . . I’ll never be a “pantser,” but I’m trying to stay more “open” now.

  2. Great introduction. I know how you feel about those grandchildren. I have two and adore them. I’m looking forward to reading your stories.

    • Thanks, Tessa. My first grandchild was born when I was still in my 30’s, so I feel like I’ve been a grandmother for most of my life!

  3. I loved both Best Laid Plans and Home Style Lovin’, so I’m officially one of those readers who’s been touched. Your characters just feel real; like friends and neighbors. It was fun learning more about your writing process!

    • That’s what I’m talkin’ about! 😉 I bet even Danielle Steele never gets tired of her fan mail. It’s the incentive we all need to keep sitting down in front of the computer every day.

  4. Lovely to meet you Betsi. Can’t wait to read your stories.

    • Thanks!

  5. I have a love-hate relationship with edits/rewriting. The gleam of a new idea always taunts me as I’m getting motivations just right or adjusting plotlines…but I could also re-write forever so I give myself a limit before sending off into the wild blue yonder. Great post, Elizabeth!

    • Re-writing is the “easy” part for me, Kristina. I keep reminding myself that I have to get something down so I can get to the easy part . . . but you’re right, it’s hard to know when to say “it’s done.” I’ve tried sticking a fork in it, but it didn’t work . . .

  6. Nice interview, Elizabeth/Betsi. One of the pleasures of being a Crimson author has been “meeting” so many interesting writers who share the same passion for putting words on paper–or electrons or whatever they’re on when it’s an e-book. Look forward to reading your work.

    • Peggy, I’m really enjoying these “Meet the Ladies” posts as well. You ladies are so much more interesting than the ones at the Y!

  7. Hi Betsi – It’s so nice to meet you.

    • Pam, it has been so much fun meeting all the Crimson authors!

  8. So looking forward to reading your stories, Betsi! You have a lifetime of experiences to pull from rather than a world of places. I think you’ve got the best of that deal, and I’ll bet your stories reflect that depth. I’m excited to meet you. Thanks.

    • Thank you Pam! It’s wonderful to have this forum where we can support each other. And writers know just what to say. 😉

  9. Hi Betsi, nice to get to know you some more and I look foward to reading Best Laid Plans for sure!

  10. Hi Woman’s World buddy! I’ve been impressed with you for a long time. Now, I have another reason or two.

    My BFF has MS as well as does my brother. Here’s to healthy days.

  11. It is hard to know when to move on with a story. The idea of the hero breaking down the heroine’s walls, shows he’s investing in her and their relationship. I love it when the hero and heroine don’t give up on each other. Great article!

  12. Hi Betsi. Great interview — love your title for “Best Laid Plans.” Will check you out in Women’s World, too.

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