We are so excited to have Beth Michele as this week’s SPOTLIGHT!!! Check out what she had to say to our 20 queestions.
Her latest book, FOR THE LOVE OF RAINDROPS is being released on 4/6/15. I have read it and LOVED it! Keep your eye out for the buy link – it’s a MUST READ. – Jacque
1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Not exactly. I’ve always written, but when I was younger I wanted to be an interior designer. At one point I also wanted to do freelance photography and have my own gallery.
2. Are you a full time writer?
Yes, I am now!! Woohoo!!! 🙂
If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
My previous life is a distant memory, thankfully. 🙂 I actually owned my own recruitment business for many years and after that I worked as a Human Resources Consultant.
3. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Gosh, I would tell myself to slow down, and not be so anxious to get to whatever comes next. I would take more time to be in the moment.
4. Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
Sometimes, if I have more than one storyline in my head, I’ll make notes so I don’t forget. BUT, I only write one story at a time because typically the story and the characters consume me and I want to stay in that place until they finish telling me their story. 🙂
5. Do you get emotionally attached to your characters. Do you find yourself laughing and crying along with them as you are writing?
I absolutely become completely invested and attached to my characters. Thinking about something they’ve said will make me smile and I get very emotional when I’m writing. If they are sad, anxious, etc., typically I will be too. It’s almost like an actor getting into character. I get very sad when it’s time to release a novel because I don’t want to say goodbye to my characters.
6. Jenn and I are going to be meeting you at the North Shore Author Signing in April. What’s it like to meet your fans?
Honestly, it’s surreal. The fact that my words touch people is sometimes very hard to fathom. But I am so blessed and grateful to have the support of such wonderful readers. It’s also amazing and prepare to be hugged! 🙂
7. What are your biggest distractions?
FACEBOOK, FACEBOOK, FACEBOOK. Any and all SOCIAL MEDIA!
8. What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
My least favorite part would have to be the editing, because at that point it becomes very technical. When you first get your story out, that’s the creative part. Once that’s done it’s time to clean it up and polish it.
9. Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
Actually I don’t find it difficult or challenging, I absolutely love it. I think the first time I wrote in a male POV was for my novel Lovely, I was apprehensive because I’d never done it before. But I absolutely love it. There’s a freedom in writing from a male perspective, I feel, that you don’t get writing from a female perspective. You can get away with a lot more 🙂
10. What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
I LOVE TO READ! If I’m not writing, I’m reading. I also love spending time with my family, and friends, and I love to exercise.
11. Do you have a favorite author or book?
Hmph. Well, it might be hard to pick one favorite, but I’ll tell you a few of my favorites: Colleen Hoover, Cheryl McIntyre, L. H. Cosway. Favorite books include, Painted Faces, Forbidden, The Edge of Never, Slammed, Beautiful Disaster, Pushing the Limits, Sometimes Never, Flat-Out Love. It’s hard to pick just one. 🙂
12. Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
Thankfully, I have not had this happen!
13. Have you ever had writer’s block?
I try not to think of it as a block so much, because mind over matter, LOL. But typically, if the words are not flowing, I will listen to music or walk on the treadmill. I also get a lot of inspiration in the shower believe it or not, which is not exactly the best timing. I often find myself running out soaking wet to write something down, or I’ll ask my daughter to bring some paper in fast – because whenever the words decide to come, I’ll take them! 🙂
14. Where do you hope your writing career is in 10 years?
Honestly, it’s hard to think that far ahead. All I know is I want to keep writing books that I love, and that resonate with readers.
15. What does your writing workspace look like?
It’s usually filled with a million different things. I have a laptop with a large monitor which I love! Candy (specifically Twizzlers), books, notes, my Kindle. I try to keep it organized but when I’m writing, sometimes it gets a bit crazy.
16. Sharing your baby with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
It is absolutely scary to let your work out, because it leaves you completely vulnerable after pouring your heart and soul into a piece of work. I’m a sensitive person, but I’ve learned to develop a thicker skin. I also understand that not everyone will love your work, and that’s okay. You only hope that the people who don’t, will communicate it in a way that is constructive so you can take something from it.
17. While you are writing, do you visualize your characters? Who would you cast for Ashton and Cara in LOVELY?
YES, YES & YES!! Bernardo Velasco for Ashton and Sophia Bush for Cara!
18. Can you tell us what you are working on next?
Well…hmph. I wrote the prologue for another story, but I’m not really sure where I’m going with it, so this is a tough question to answer right now. I also have two other blurbs that I’ve written, so right now it’s anybody’s guess. 🙂
19. What is in your purse right now?
A lot of junk. LOL — Let’s see…mints, gum, pens, my iPhone, my glasses (because I can’t see anything without them), and my wallet. My purse is very boring.
20. Which one of your books is your favorite and why?
I would probably say my newest book, yet to be released — For the Love of Raindrops. There is something very special about this story for me, and I absolutely love best friends to lovers stories. I adore all of the characters and the special connection they share with one another. It’s also a character driven story, and those are the types of stories that I tend to gravitate toward. It has a very real quality to it, and I love the message.
Thank you SO much for having me!!!
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