Interview with Beth Madden

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The distant promise that one day I'll live by typing my own words, not someone else's.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do: the epic adventure entitled "Mum! I've Lost My Socks".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Would like to say reading, but I find it hard to write and read at the same time... inferiority issues, you know? But when I do read, I read hard. Otherwise, I'm all about singing and music, movies and anime, a few good computer games, spending time with my wonderful family and cuddling my kitty.
What is your writing process?
Idea, plan, plan... keep planning... all right, just a bit more planning... are you going to actually write anything or what? Okay, now write... I can't write. Try again... still no. This time for sure... this is actually working! I can't believe I'm actually writing this... this is brilliant... no, that's awful. Can't write. Just can't... no, no, get back in that study and sit down. Keep going... bit more... done. Now, hide it for a day. Or a month. Or longer. Time to edit... edit... spend the next three years editing, showing it to trusted editors/readers/family members as you go. Complete these steps, of course, simultaneously with the other books you're writing... this is why nothing ever gets done.
Describe your desk
Surface, grey. Edging, black. Upon it sits a laptop; its USB hub stares neutrally to the ceiling. Behind, a world map mug holds assorted writing implements beside a silver desk lamp and an un-shattered owl. To the left, an iPad and collection of notebooks are arrayed in various states of openness and ink colour. A cow presides, its earring a pokeball, holding court with a drawing model, a crucifix, a kitty calendar and several candles. The tissue box is far from easy reach, Master Chief races towards a compass and meditation balls attract the attention of kitties. Ever more notebooks are propped by an elephant and a portal, while Eva pilots congregate over a GeoFront. A brick of a first novel, printed and bound in its original form at Officeworks, appropriately, rests beside a hip flask.
How do you approach cover design?
Trawl image sites, pick a colour and dump the work with vague indications of what I might like on a talented friend to whom I owe more than several dinners.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing? What marketing?
This is something I need to work on... as in, I really need to work on it. Don't just sit there like I do. Try not to worry that your attempts to share your work might annoy somebody... I need to break this mindset. These things won't market themselves.
All I do know is getting the balance on social media between a friendly spruik and shoving product in the world's face isn't the easiest task in the world.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've only really used iPad and iPhone. They seem convenient enough. If there's something else I should be using, let me know.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Current top-selling authors offering titles for free. If I like them, usually I'll start paying for their not-so-free titles.
What do you read for pleasure?
All of the fantasy!
Who are your favorite authors?
The list fluctuates depending on what I'm reading, but names that stay include Rowling, Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Tamora Pierce and Hugh Howey. I do like young adult dystopians - love Susanne Collins, of course, but #1 dystopian mistress in my mind is Marie Lu.
Published 2015-02-16.
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Books by This Author

A Courtesy Call
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: Australian English. Published: January 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When privileged Darren Brown stumbles upon a body outside his apartment, the idealistic but naïve student attempts to do right by the victim. Unfortunately, in Oshi Daini, alerting police is not enough to trigger justice.
Trials of the Gods' Hands: The Grid
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,560. Language: Australian English. Published: December 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Never self-assured in his life and forced before a panel of doctors, Kai struggles to save himself from a future worse than death. But though the court-appointed experts mean him no harm, Kai’s father has sneaked an antagonist into the private interview. And that antagonist has teeth.
Trials of the Gods' Hands
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: Australian English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Gifted mind reader Samson prays for some way to aid his blessed, but ailing friend. His prayers at last answered, the young priest struggles to combat the near inevitable: but for a miracle, Kai will be hospitalised, or ordered into his abusive father’s care, by a court bound to act in his best interests. His own prospects so slim, Samson offers all he is for Kai. But even that may not save him.
Suddenly Calling
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,730. Language: Australian English. Published: July 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kana, strong by name and nature, has served the Okens since childhood. As further domestic inequities come to light and realities of a darker world are affirmed in scanty articles and upper-class gossip, Kana is gradually guided from reluctant complacency, and inadvertently scouted by unions, radicals, and Gods.
Dry Spell
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: Australian English. Published: April 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Empty clouds and drought weigh on Paul’s soul as an inner voice torments him. It will stop at nothing to force an act of violence from the powerful teenager.
The Rat
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 9,910. Language: Australian English. Published: December 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A father drives into the desert with his young son, a small family on an exciting road trip to any police officer or petrol station attendant that looks their way. But this father isn’t the pleasant soul he acts for strangers. And it’s not suitcases weighing down the back of his sedan.
Under the Bright Water
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,020. Language: Australian English. Published: October 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Young traveller Kai has spent years in search of salvation, a cure for his debilitating curse. When he discovers the cleansing Bright Water and is taken in by the kind priests who keep it, blessings soon become blights as Kai sinks in his crushing need for purity, and discovers the shattering truth behind his curse.
The Chosen Voice
Series: Treading Twisted Lines with Darren, Maddi, and Kai, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: Australian English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Journalism student Christine enters a tavern to conduct an interview with self-proclaimed wizard singer Darren Brown. Her goal: to unearth Darren’s hidden truths. Her obstacles: his annoying fans, and Darren himself. Her benefactor: a puzzling woman who will pay well to know why Darren fled their town when he heard an extraordinary young man from a temple far away had vanished.