Beth Prentice is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Westport Mysteries, and the Aloha Lagoon Samantha Reynolds mysteries. Killer Unleashed, her GHP debut novel, received a bronze medal in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Awards. Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life...and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!
Now, on with the interview…
ME:What is your favourite childhood book?
BETH: Enid Blytons Famous Five
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
BETH: PS I Love You. Not the one by Cecilia Ahern. This was part of a series of high school romance books that I read when I was about 13. It was just so sad when the leading male died :(
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
BETH: It’s my primary job and I love it!
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
BETH: They know my books are romance based. Some of them are fans, whereas others haven’t wanted to read any of my work, but thankfully they all support me in spirit :)
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again?
BETH: I sure do! Whenever it strikes I pick up the laptop and head to the beach. The sound of the waves always clears my mind. I might not end up writing what I need to write at that moment, but I will write something and that seems to unblock me.
ME: Ahh, the beach, a great relaxer. So, let's talk about your process for a bit. Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
BETH: I plot the outline, but fill in the story by the seat of my pants :)
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
BETH: I only research when I need to, lol. I’m not a lover of it!
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
BETH: I love stand alones with connections to my other stories, but I seem to have quite a few series in my collection of work, lol.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
BETH: Everywhere. Sometimes it will just be a single sentence that starts the idea, whereas other times the idea of the story comes first.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
BETH: Sure do! Everything I write is fiction, but it all comes from reality somewhere along the line.
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
BETH: Not really. I would say that all my female leads have a little bit of me in them though.
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
BETH: Google, lol. I just search names and then pick one that sounds right for that character.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
BETH: All of my characters are fun, so none of them has been very difficult to write, but if I had to pick one I would choose Alex from Invitation to Murder.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
BETH: Lol, no, but I’ve been tempted!
ME: What was your hardest scene to write?
BETH: In Deadly Tails, Theo the Chihuahua gets dognapped. Theo is actually a real dog and he belongs to my daughter. After I wrote that scene I went and gave him a big hug :)
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
BETH: Both. Depends on the day of the week!
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
BETH: I’d choose a dog. They seem to spend a lot of time sleeping, being petted or being fed! I may not have the luxury of doing all of those things, but it definitely inspires me :)
ME: That sounds like quite the life... sleeping and eating. Time for some advice for the budding novelists out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
BETH: Start writing years before you did!!
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
BETH: Not believing in yourself. It’s so easy to doubt your ability and whether your writing is good enough.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
BETH: My editor! I’d be lost without her!!!
ME: Thanks for your time, Beth and we look forward to catching up with you at RTC2018!