Author Spotlight: Betty Culley


Dec. 27, 2019

We are pleased to feature author Betty Culley and her debut young adult novel, THREE THINGS I KNOW ARE TRUE (HarperCollins, Jan. 7, 2020). Enter to win a copy!







Tell us about yourself and how you came to write for teens.


I was always a big reader. As a child I would read by the light of the moon. I wrote my first book when I was ten, but I wrote it in pencil and it faded! My deepest emotions always seem to find their expression in a teen voice.


Congrats on forthcoming YA verse novel, THREE THINGS I KNOW ARE TRUE. Tell us about this story and what inspired it.

I’m an RN who worked as a pediatric hospice nurse and I was inspired by both the children and families I worked with.

How did you decide to write this novel in verse instead of prose?


A writing friend suggested I try it in verse and I’m so glad she did!


Was your road to publication long and winding, short and sweet, or something in between? 


My road was both long and winding but also short. I can’t remember a time in my life when publication wasn’t a dream for me. This novel took about nine months to write and found a home right away.


What projects are you working on now?


I am working on another verse novel also set in a small town in Maine. And I have a prose middle grade novel coming out in 2021.


What advice would you give to aspiring verse novelists? 

Read the many wonderful verse novels out there for inspiration. And just give it a try. You may be surprised, like I was, how perfect it is for your story.


What is one thing most people don't know about you?

When I was fifteen I was an exchange student and lived on a big farm in the south of Sweden for a year.


Where can people find you online?


My website is www.bettyculley.com

Twitter: @Betty_Culley

Instagram: @bettyculley




Betty Culley lives in central Maine, where the rivers run through the small towns. She’s an RN who worked as an obstetrics nurse and as a pediatric hospice nurse. THREE THINGS I KNOW ARE TRUE is her debut.





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22 comments:

  1. I enjoy novels in verse and can't wait to read yours! I recently read and loved All of Me by Chris Baron.

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    1. Thanks and I hope you enjoy it! I've heard great things about Chris Baron's book and look forward to reading it.

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  2. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! I'm really looking forward to reading this one whether I win or not.

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  3. A whole novel in verse sounds challenging for both the author and the reader. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    2. A writing friend suggested I write it in verse and I really loved the form! I hope you get a chance to read it. Thanks for commenting! Betty

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  4. This sounds like a very interesting book! I enjoy reading novels in verse. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway. I hope you read and enjoy the novel! Betty

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  5. Congratulations! It looks like you've found your niche. Best wishes!

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  6. I didn't realize this was in verse, I had wanted to read it based on the cover and title alone!

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  7. I'm intrigued. Just read The Poet X and am excited to read more YA in verse. Hats off to you!

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    1. Thanks very much! I hope you enjoy it. Best, Betty

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  8. Love the title, and it's in verse. Wow.

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