Interview with Bekah Clark

What do you read for pleasure?
I love a variety of books. Sci-fi, fantasy, romance. Currently, I've found myself reading a lot of New Adult Urban fantasy as well as a lot of YA fantasy and romance. My all time favorite book is Dune, which I first read when I was twelve.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Even though I have a Kindle Fire, I use my phone a lot. And if I am at home, I'll use my computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the New England area. As for influence? It has totally influenced the setting of the book I am currently working on.
When did you first start writing?
Like a lot of teenage girls, or at least I think a lot of them, I wrote a ton of poetry. When I was around twenty, I attempted my first novel. It was a sci-fi and it ended in utter failure as I could never get past chapter 5. Life happened and I neglected writing. A few years ago, after my father passed away, I started to write again. I buried myself in words and wrote three novels. Two of which I self published after encouragement from my sister. The third, a sequel to the Hawk In Winter, called The Raven In Spring will be out September 16th. Why did I choose self publishing? Because I was too whimpy to even try to get an agent.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My novels tend to be character driven. I create various characters, have a general idea where I'm going and then let the characters guide me to the conclusion. Maevan is the driving force being the Rise of the Hawk Saga, which will be four books long. Book two will be published September 16th, Book three is halfway finished. Maevan's whole life was dedicated to training and to regain her family's throne. But once in the real world away from her home, life is different. It's harder to take a life than she imagined, harder to live under the threat of death, not to mention having to deal with the insanity that is Shaezen. Maeven and her family are the driving force of the series, but Mae's struggles are the heart of it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is seeing the characters that have been rattling around in my head learn and grow as I grow with them.
What are you working on next?
While I am finishing up The Raven In Spring, I am also working on a paranormal teen romance. It's the story of two sisters who are not what they seem as they navigate life and high school.
Who are your favorite authors?
Elizabeth Hunter, Anne McCaffrey, Jennifer Armentrout, Richelle Mead, Tolkien, Frank Herbert and Samantha Young. Currently.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That I can spend time with my characters at some point in the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, spending time with my nephew, gaming, enjoying the countryside. I love New England, especially the White Mountains and the coast.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from my sister, browsing through books online. Also, I take recommendations from people on Goodreads. They have a lot of great recommendations.
Published 2015-07-14.
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