Welcome to a new series on chocolateandpaper.com! I decided it was time to pay it forward but didn’t know how. I don’t have any free books to give away. Nor do I have editing skills someone would covet.
So The Five Question Interview was born! Its mission: to give back to the writing community one interview at a time. Without further adieu, let’s learn a little bit about author
“A fantasy author/literary writer/humorist walks into a bar. This isn’t a joke. (Save me.) Beth writes fantasy thanks to her mentor, J.R.R. Tolkien, who passed on more than a decade before Beth’s birth. Why does Beth write at all? To quote Hamlet: “Words, words, WORDS!” (Beth likes them).“
And Now The Interview
When did you realize that you wanted to write for a living?
Was it a childhood dream or did it come later in life?
You know, I can’t really remember the first time the thought occurred to me. Probably some time in my twenties, when I was floundering and trying to figure out what to do with my life. I started out submitting poetry to magazines, but soon realized that poetry was not my forte. After that it was short stories to online ‘zines, and that’s what started to sell. It wasn’t until I was in my mid to late twenties that I finished and started submitting short and full-length novels.
Your first novel, In a Pickle, was published in 2012.
What’s the biggest writing lesson you learned between your first book and your current work in progress?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to not share too much information with anyone during the early creative stages of a project. It’s not that I’m afraid of anyone copying me, but when I share too much, some of the wind goes out of my sails. It feels like I’ve already written the story, and the excitement and drive is gone. I’ve abandoned projects this way.
You recently started a filming a cooking series called From Book to Cook. How do you balance filming and editing time with writing time?
I have a very casual approach with this for-fun video series. Read: I film it when I feel like it. The purpose of From Book to Cook is three-fold: 1) it’s an excuse to bake/cook, 2) it promotes my upcoming release (The Goblets Immortal), and 3) it’s fun. But if it gets in the way of writing and editing, that’s the first thing that’ll get moved to the back burner.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box.
What color would you be and why?
Ooh, fun question! The color would be a grayish blue, and its name would be Chaos, ‘cause color me chaotic.
What advice do you have for writers trying to decide which route to go with in publishing?
My best advice: Do your research and know what you want. Going indie means spending money on cover art and editing and formatting (or figuring out formatting on your own.) A small press pays for all those things for you, but you need to remember: no matter which route you go, you will be doing the majority of your promotion.