Multi-genre author Susan Whitfield writes the Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck,Hell Swamp, Sin Creek and Sticking Point. She authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook, and wrote a women's fiction, Slightly Cracked. She is currently writing an historical fiction titled Sprig of Broom. Susan interviews authors and industry experts on the blog. Web site: www.susanwhitfieldonline.com
Monday, July 30, 2012
Beth Bares is a 49-year-old married
mother with two grown children. She has lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana all of
her life. Never aspiring to be a writer, she was shocked to discover the
exciting new world of writing. During the aftermath of a hurricane, with no
electricity and nothing new to read, she began handwriting her first novel. And
with the help of It soon turned into a trilogy.
Describe your writing in three words.
How many books have you written?
I’ve written 3 books – a Paranormal Series,
titled The Dreams Trilogy.I’m currently
half way finished with my fourth book, a stand alone, fun chick-lit.I’m having quite a bit of fun with it.Also, I’m working on a contemporary romance
which is a stand alone.
That's interesting, indeed. I've written four mysteries and just finished my first women's fiction, Slightly Cracked. I enjoyed the fun and change very much too.
Give a short synop of your most recently published book.
Elizabeth Reynolds, best-selling
author of paranormal romance, has lived her life-long fantasy of magic powers
and immortals through her books, stories based on actual dreams of another
world, always wishing the fantasy were reality.
However, when her best friend and the
love of her life both confess to having those special gifts, Elizabeth is
totally freaked. She doesn’t know whether to be fearful, jealous, or thrilled
over the fact her dream world really does exist.
As her dreams evolve into daytime
visions, which play out in realty, fear takes precedent over all other
emotions. Admitting the visions, to those close to her, confirms their
suspicion that Elizabeth carries the Seventh Power Mark, one of the most
powerful in the immortal world. As her powers began to develop and manifest,
the dangers of the immortal world become more than she bargained for. Now, her
life depends on the most powerful men in the immortal world, the LeRenoir
Council. However, Elizabeth’s powers sense that even the council may harbor
She can embrace this new world and
the man she loves, facing whatever danger it may involve and the changes it
will require, or she can return to her old life.
Elizabeth knows her heart’s desire
and it doesn't include taking direction from a bunch of over protective,
stuffy, egotistical immortals.
How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the
I’ve had more than a
few people tell me they recognize a little of me in several of my characters, and
they are right.It amazed me how my
personality came through as each of my characters developed.
True for most writers, I suspect.
Do your characters take on a life of their own? If so, which
is your favorite?
Most definitely!I know this is going to sound strange, but on
many occasions I felt they should take this path or that path.But they refused to budge until I let them
have their way.
Are they available in print and digital formats?
The Dreams Trilogy is
available in print and digital through my website (www.bethbares.com) and Amazon.com.
What challenges did you face while writing this book?
The biggest challenge
was the ending for each book.Making the
decision on where to give the characters a rest was hard.I have two characters that always want the
last word..hahaAlso, deciding whether a
trilogy was a good idea.Should there be
more?It’s a tough decision, especially
when there is still a story there.Like
I mentioned earlier, a couple of stubborn characters can go on and on.
What do you think is the greatest lesson you’ve learned
about writing so far? What advice can you give other writers?
I’m a little
embarrassed to say, but the biggest lesson I’ve learned is basic grammar.
It didn’t help the
fact that I hated English in school and did what I needed to do in order
to pass.I knew from the beginning, an
editor would need to get involved.I am
so blessed and grateful for the relationship my editor and I have.We definitely click and I value her advice,
suggestions and her awesome talent and skills.
As far as advice for
other writers…this is going to sound cliché, but I have to say, being true to
who you are.Don’t write like your
favorite author or a favorite book.Our
voices are our own.I really feel if you
have a story to tell, your thoughts will be able to write that manuscript
better than anyone.And when it comes to
publishing, read, read, and read some more.Find the publisher that fits your needs, but most ofall your
writing needs to fit with a publisher.Being offered a contract is a wonderful feeling, but don’t let the
excitement get in the way of making sure it’s a perfect fit.
Where do you store ideas for later use: in your head, in a
notebook, or on a spreadsheet?
Mostly in my head,
but I’m constantly going through post-it-notes which I have in my purse!It could be anything from locations,
personalities, quotes, experiences, etc.Then as often as I can, which is about once every week, I transfer my
posties to a notebook until I’m ready to use them.
We all know how important promoting our work has become. How
do you get the word out both off and online?
My avenue for marketing is people like you, Susan.As writers we are so blessed to have
individuals like you who are willing to put our name and books out there.Booktown is a wonderful website.I was thrilled when a good friend of mine,
Laura Burks, author of Altered,
recommended I join.I’ve advertised my
book covers on Booktown for a very reasonable price that fits a debut author’s
budget.The response from advertising on
Booktown has been great.
Needless to say, the
marketing paths are pretty much endless.At first, I was in overload until I finally managed to get on a
schedule.For me, I had to decide how
much time and money I was going to spend on promotions.I have certain days during the month that are
dedicated to checking e-mails, reading review blogs, posting to Facebook and my
personal website (www.bethbares.com)Once a month, I hold interviews and or a contest.
contacting conferences, workshops and independent bookstores that recognize my
genre are a must. When I get a response, bookmarks, business cards and books
for giveaways are mailed.This is an
awesome promotion outlet.I have not
been turned down yet.It’s free for them,
and your name and titles are in hands you would never have come face to face
One last thing…Free
books to readers are essential.I know
this can get expensive for an author, but I promise, the joy you get from giving
Can you tell us your writing goals/projects for the rest of this year or
I’m very excited with
2012 thus far.My goal was to have The
Dreams Trilogy published by the end of this year.Book 1, Dreams
of Reality, released on March 9th, book 2, Reality of Life, released June 24th.The last book, Life of Forever, will be available on October 1st.
My goal for January
thru June, 2013 is publication of the two manuscripts I’m currently
writing.I feel it’s a good time line
I do have other ideas
for additional books, but will get to those soon enough.I’m nowhere near closing my notebook or
tossing my post-it-notes.As long as I
have one fan, I’ll continue to put my voice into words.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
I post events and
upcoming news for my books on Booktown, of course.