Interview with C.A. Beach

When did you first start writing?
Probably at the age of 10.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Years ago, there was a television show titled, "Bearcats". I loved that show so much and heard it was going to be cancelled. I had determined if I would write the shows for the actors, then they could continue the series. I wrote, what I thought, was a great episode and handed it into my English teacher. To say she was stunned is an understatement. I didn't send the episode off and the show cancelled, but it made me realize writing was something I wanted.
Who are your favorite authors?
With so many great writers, it is hard to pinpoint who are my favorites. I would however have to say I love anything Janet Evanovich writes, James Patterson collaborating with Maxine Paetro - "Woman's Murder Club" series, and the works of Garrison Keillor.
What do you read for pleasure?
Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Garrison Keillor and sometimes Erma Bombeck.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Woman's Murder Club Series - James Patterson

2. Stephanie Plum Series - Janet Evanovich

3. Anything written by Zane Grey

4. Anything written by Garrison Keillor

5. The Pigman - Paul Zindel
What is your writing process?
I create the characters in my head - or rather they show up in my head to tell me a story. I listen to their voices and then start writing. I have tried several different approaches - just sitting down at a computer and writing page 1 to page ??, using Excel to organize chapters so they can be interchanged and moved, and my next book is going to incorporate using an outline. I seem to work better when there is a deadline as it forces me to focus and get the story on paper.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design for me usually comes while I am writing. I will type something and it will spark an image - then I search the web or create a photo of what I want the cover to look like.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is finishing a story that had previously been rolling around between my ears. Tied for first place would be the feedback I have received from my writing. I have had several people tell me they can see my writing skills have sharpened.
Describe your desk
I have an incredible desk that I share with my husband. It allows us both to be at a computer - he internet surfing, me creating. It gives us together time and he enjoys looking over at what I am working on. Most of the time I hear little chuckles and snickers from him or an occasional "You misspelled that!"

On my computer desk, is a picture of my Dad who passed a few years back, Batman and Captain Jack Sparrow action figures who make me smile, and a small plastic bag with Trans Siberian Orchestra guitar picks I have acquired over the numerous years of watching them perform.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in the midwest, I feel, gave me a sense of grounding. When you are trudging knee deep in a blizzard snowstorm to feed a couple of scrawny calves and a mangy horse - that is grounding.

My family used to vacation in the Phoenix/Sun City, Arizona area when my sister and I were younger. Those blizzard cold months in Missouri made me dream of some day living in the southwest - which is probably why I write about that area so much.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
During the summer months - I love to watch hot air balloon races. The irony in that statement - no wind - or too much wind - will determine if there is going to be any type of races. I think it fun to watch them on relatively calm days because they only ability is to find thermal wind currents and the balloons look like they are suspended in invisible molasses.

I enjoy spending time with my husband and my pups. On days when I am too tired, they are my rechargers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a great husband who supports anything I try to do. I have two beautiful Sheltie pups that make sure I get out of bed in the mornings. I would someday like to be a full-time author - that day isn't here yet. In the meantime, I work as a Unit Secretary for one of the leading heart hospitals in the country. The stories I could write if there were no HIPPA laws!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am beginning a new book which will combine my last book, "Two Steps Ahead...No More" with an earlier book, "A Study in Deception". The title is still up in the air, tenatively titled "Fly Me To a Gargoyle Moon". Husband and wife, Susan and Hewitt Packard (who I introduced in "A Study in Deception") are expecting their first child. Susan wants to take a romantic hot air balloon ride at the Albuquerque New Mexico balloon festival. Susan finds a balloonist who has a gargoyle balloon and books a romantic ride - but, as usual, Susan and Hewitt find themselves missing the ride because baby decides to come three weeks early.

Susan and Hewitt met by fate, but always seem to be in the middle of a crisis. Hewitt is soon suspected of the disappearance of the balloonist with the Gargoyle balloon and enlist the help of the only law enforcement person they trust - Sheriff Susan Mason of Roswell County, New Mexico where they used to live. The Sheriff has her own issues dealing with her re-election against her lead deputy. She is torn between helping the two individuals who helped her get the Sheriff''s position four years previously or campaigning hard against a man she respects.

As usual, I try and mix humor, murder, suspense, and quirkyness to my stories. Hope you will agree.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Throwing words on a page - anyone can do. Taking a series of words and creating images, scenes, and stories takes talent and persistence. Smashwords gave me the outlet to express my stories and hopefully entertain others. If I bring a smile, or a 'hum', or maybe even a tear from someone - then my job as an author is complete. If that person then wants to know more...then perhaps someday I will be on the New York Times Best Seller's List.
Published 2013-10-18.
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Books by This Author

My Life Has Gone to the Dogs (and Cats)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,800. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
A humorous and sometimes tearful look at the animals who transformed the author's life. "My Life Has Gone to the Dogs (and Cats)" shows what happens when you open your heart and your living space to these furry creatures we call - pets - companions - and best friends.
A Study in Deception
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,090. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A murder/mystery with more twists and turns than the Lombard Street in San Francisco. If you like a little romance, a little comedy, mystery, interesting characters and numerous plot twists and not to mention - murder... this is the book for you. Follow Susan Smith and her friends and family as she tries to unravel what is happening at Roswell General Hospital.