About Beth Camp

I've always written poetry and short fiction while working -- as an international banker, as a social policy analyst, and finally as an English teacher at Linn-Benton Community College.

Once I began teaching, those summer vacations meant Allen (my husband) and I could skip down to Mexico or Guatemala to research indigenous cultures. These side trips were rewarded with teaching assignments in Latin American Literature, African literature, and finally, Intro to Humanities, a year-long class which allowed me to dabble into pre-historic cultures, through the Greeks and Romans, the dark and middle ages, Romanticism, the Industrial Revolution, the Scientific Revolution, and modernity with all its rocks, punk and otherwise.

The Humanities class gave us just the right excuse to go on sabbatical, an eight-month study tour of Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, and England, with a month in each country. Unforgettable.

On retiring, I began writing in earnest and became an active member of The Internet Writing Workshop. My first book, Mother's Don't Die, a thriller about a kidnapping, now sits in a drawer. But my second book began as a short story about selkies off the coast of Scotland and morphed into Standing Stones, historical fiction about a fishing family living in the Orkneys, who were kicked out of their cottage by a new landowner. Mac, arrested for protesting evictions all over the island, is transported to Van Diemen's Land. And thus begins the second book, Years of Stone, which follows Mac in mid-19th Century Tasmania.

Standing Stones enabled us to spend two months in Scotland (the Orkneys, Inverness, and Edinburgh). Every library we visited gave me a library card; I am forever grateful for Scottish generosity and their commitment to literacy.

Standing Stones also won second place in historical fiction (2010) at the Pacific Northwest Writers literary contest. I'm currently seeking representation while researching and writing Years of Stone, and dreaming of a two-month trip to Tasmania.

Drop me a note at bluebethley@yahoo.com

2 comments:

  1. Gads, your personal history is as interesting to read as the descriptions of your novels. Can't wait to read your work!

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  2. Beth, you are such an inspiration! As I come into midlife, I aspire to be as active and engaged in creative pursuits as you are.

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