Beth Groundwater

Home: Park Forest neighborhood, Breckenridge
Family: Husband Neil, grown children Anne and John
Education: B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology, College of William and Mary; M.S. in Software Engineering, Virginia Tech
Why Breckenridge? We loved it as our vacation home while raising our children in Colorado Springs, and looked forward to living here full-time.

Medium: Fiction writing
Latest project: My last book, “A Basket of Trouble,” was published in 2013. I’m now focused on the active retired lifestyle, and volunteering with the Breckenridge Film Festival.
Favorite creative space: On a hike
Source of inspiration: People and their whirling emotions and relationship issues that, who knows, could lead to murder…
Creativity is: A part of daily life that can be applied to whatever you’re doing

Personal hero: My grandmothers, after whom I named my daughter
Favorite book: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Favorite restaurant: The Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant, Ember, and Hearthstone
Song in your head right now: “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” by Traffic
Unique home or office decor: Bird prints by Colorado artist Rick Bainbridge
Favorite movie: “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”
Favorite causes: Getting Town Council to commit to 100% renewable energy
Favorite way to spend free time: Going outside to hike, bike, ski, or whatever

What keeps you up at night? Ideas. When I was actively writing, I kept a notepad by the bed.
Pet peeve: People who don’t pick up after their dogs, leaving poop on our local trails
First job: Lifeguard
First choice for a new career: Travel writer
What do you do to recharge your batteries? Go for a walk outside or read a great new fiction novel inside
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate, the darker the better

After a career in software engineering and project management, author Beth Groundwater returned to fiction writing to publish six novels, a novella, and numerous short stories.
Beth Groundwater //

Photo: Liam Doran