Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors

S.R. Betler, tell us where you were born.


I was born in a really small town in upstate New York, at the foot of the mountains.

What is the most difficult thing about being an author?


I think the most difficult thing is getting over imposter syndrome. It’s insidious, and it seems to be a permanent condition. At some point, I’m sure all the lovely readers will suddenly turn and realize that I’m winging all of it, and in reality, I’m just a silly introvert sitting in her house drinking too much coffee, pushing cats off my keyboard, and arguing with her imaginary friends.


Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?


As cliche as it is, my family has made the greatest difference. I’m sure a lot of people say that, but I would never have been a writer if my mother hadn’t pretended that my writing was a treasure when I was little. Now, my husband supports my dream of being a writer, and he encourages me to keep going, even when I feel like giving up.


Who or What inspired you to write this book?


Actually, crime isn’t normally a genre I write, so initially, when I saw the anthology looking for submissions, I dismissed it. However, shortly after, I ended up having a miscarriage. It was devastating for my family, but I came out the other side thinking about what I really wanted to accomplish with the time I had, and I decided why not give it a try? So I did. I love reading crime, and I decided I was up for the challenge, so I dove into writing a short story for the anthology.


What is the name of your new book?


The new anthology is titled “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime.”

Tell us more about it.


“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors, in all of which time plays a major factor. Each one tackles both crime and the prompt of time in totally unique ways and from fresh perspectives, so there’s a little of everything for different tastes.


What genre does your book fall under?


“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” would fall under mystery, thriller, and crime.


What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?


For my short story included in the anthology, “Three O’Clock Execution,” what I really hope is that it makes people stop and think about the secrets people hide and how very few people are actually who, or what, they appear. For all of my writing, in general, I always try to push the boundaries of reality and make people think of the possibilities. Make them question their assumptions and their morals and how they approach the world. It’s a lofty goal, but that’s generally what I have in mind when I start a new piece.


Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?


“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is published by Dancing Lemur Press, LLC.


Where can we find your book?


“Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is available on Amazon:




Yolanda Renee is a repeat author in the IWSG anthology contest – her first appearance was in Parallels: Felix Was Here. She has deferred her questions to her publisher, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/




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12 Responses to “Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime” is a collection of eleven stories by eleven different authors”

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Sammy. I’m glad you were able to channel some of that grief into writing. Your’s was an awesome story, and very thought-provoking. I loved learning about you!

    Thanks for hosting, Anna!

  2. Jemi Fraser says:

    Imposter Syndrome brings me to my knees so often – it’s definitely a challenge to work through. So sorry for the loss of your little one, Sammy

    Thanks for hosting another author, Anna – I’m enjoying learning more about my co-authors!

  3. Jessica says:

    I’ve felt like an imposter for 40 years!

  4. I think we all do feel like imposters! I like what you say about your mom and your husband–I could really say the same. It really makes a difference that my spouse takes my writing seriously.

    Losing a baby is a hard thing. I’m glad you could channel some of that into your story.

  5. That’s very sad, but I see that you have a lot of resilience, and turned that terrible loss into something you might never have. I’d say “imposter” author doesn’t apply to you in the least.

  6. There is nothing ‘imposter’ about you or your writing, Sammy. Great story! I think most people hold deep secrets, interesting secrets!

    I’m sorry for your loss, it’s heartwrenching. Wishing you blessings beyond measure!

  7. So sorry for your loss. You are a strong person to work through it, and then use your creative energy. Your story is so good.

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