Interview with Beckie Stevenson

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually only recently switched to an e-reader because I love the feel, smell and look of a real book in my hands. Unfortunately, my book collection is growing but my house isn't. I would gladly get rid of the kitchen and replace it with a library, but sadly there are other people in my house that wouldn't be as happy with that as me. *sigh*
I've got the basic Kindle and I love it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Gah! I'm crap at marketing and blowing my own trumpet. I'm not sure you could class anything that I've done as being 'effective.' But what I enjoy the most are teasers. I like searching for the picture, editing it and creating a lovely little teaser.
I think Facebook is quite effective. I think it's good to have an author page that is completely separate to your personal page.
Describe your desk
Tidy. With things in their proper places.
When did you first start writing?
I started to write (properly) about 5 years ago after the birth of my first child.
I published my first book in July 2013 and the second in September 2013.

I'm definitely not one of these 'I've always been a writer' authors. I've always been a reader and I know I always will be. Finger crossed, I'll always be a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oooh, do you mean where did I get the idea?
If so, I got the idea while I was visiting my Grandparents' grave during the summer.

I don't normally make a habit of hanging around graveyards in the hope that I get inspired. The idea just jumped into my head and wouldn't get out. I got home and after putting the children to bed, I scribbled down the chapter plan for the whole book in less than 3 hours and it's not really changed since that first plan!

Normally, I watch music videos without the sound. I try to guess what they're singing about and ideas for books just grow from there!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote a book. People told me they thought my book was good. I admitted to myself that I wouldn't get professionally published but I liked the idea of sharing my story.

And the rest is they say.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing brings me lots of joy. As an author there are many things that make you smile or squeal with excitement. What I love the MOST though is reading a review from a reader who allowed my characters into their life and loved them just as much as I do.
What are you working on next?
There are a couple of books that I wrote years ago that just need 'tweaking' but I love the adrenaline of creating something brand new. I have an idea bouncing around my head and I think I'll have to tell that particular story next.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children.
Life. It's too short to NOT get out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm never not writing. Even if I'm not physically writing, I'm thinking about writing. My characters are real to me. They exist in my head like normal people and I can't just forget about them.
What is your writing process?
Speed is power!
I write quickly. I plan chapters (usually a full paragraph so only summaries) and then I fill the middle bits in.
Published 2014-12-10.
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Books by This Author

If Only...
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,830. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
I was fifteen when I realised I was in love with Cole. He was the boy I shouldn’t have wanted, but, of course, he was the one I wanted the most. In the beginning, he was mine. And I was his. But then a lie was told. Lies break people. And broken people shatter into little pieces of tortured pasts and fractured futures. Our ending broke me. Shattered me. Destroyed me.
Noah and Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,350. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Noah is one of the best cardiothoracic doctors in the country. He’s incredibly intelligent, funny, kind and he’s a beast in the bedroom. He has scars that drizzle down his chest and painful memories of an unforgettable night that plague his every waking hour. Seven years ago, he loved me…but now he hates me. And I hate that he hates me. I’m Ariel Miller, and this is the story of Noah and Me.
Sorrow Woods
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 112,360. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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When Kaiden stumbles across Serena Scott whilst hunting in Sorrow Woods he thinks all of his birthdays have come at once. Finally, the girl that’s haunted and intrigued him and his parents for the last fourteen years is standing in front of him. And she’s alive. Kaiden shatters Serena's life into thousands of pieces. Can he help her to piece them back together, or has he ruined everything?