Interview with Bethany Strobel

Describe your desk
Laughs: "It's too small for all my research and papers when I'm creating. A new one is on my wish list."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
"I grew up on the Gulf Coast in Florida. I had some really inspiring teachers who tried to fuel my creativity, instead of stifle it. I'm very glad for that."
When did you first start writing?
"I started writing poetry when I was a young teen. When I got a little older, maybe sixteen, I started my first MS."
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I loved Colin's character so much in Daughter of Destiny and I felt bad for him. I mean he totally got ripped off. I couldn't leave him bitter and single, so book two is about his happily ever after.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just felt like I needed to share my writing with others. I did a lot of research before deciding on this option too.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first publication through Smashwords. I'm hoping I can reach more readers and it's a wonderful experience, as it has been so far
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I just started a writing project to raise awareness of social and environmental issues for middle grade and young adult readers. I'm so excited about it. As authors, we do have a voice and I believe we should use it to inspire and engage people. This world just seems to be riding on auto-pilot right now, and there's such a disconnect from humanity and environment in younger generations. Someone needs to bridge that gap and call these kids to action.
What do your fans mean to you?
I get so excited when I hear from my fans personally. Without them there would be no one to write for.
What are you working on next?
Book three in the Destiny Series and the MG awareness project.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh man, there is so many I don't think I can do them justice. I love the classics. I read a lot of them for my English major. I think I'm partial to Southern Literature. Dickey, Morrison, Fitzgerald, Poe, I could go on forever. Karen Marie Moning is my idle. Really there are so many greats.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Definitely my two kids. My daughter doesn't know what sleeping in is yet, and she wakes me every morning foraging for food in my kitchen.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love going to the beach with the family and walking downtown Saint Augustine. It is so rich with history. Every time we go I learn something new.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon KU, Goodreads, Smashwords
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a historical romance. Think sexy Indian and little privileged white girl. I abandoned it a long time ago. I may try another historical romance, but mostly I like to write Fantasy Romance and Dystopian MG/YA.
What is your writing process?
I like to mind map, then outline, then fill in the blanks. Revise is my middle name.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Actually I was in an advanced Lit class, I don't remember which grade, but we had to read "The Lord of the Flies." I had to force myself to finish reading it. I think it was too heavy for my age group, but looking back I can definitely see what Golding was trying to accomplish the work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone With the Wind, it's an epic book. The Fever series; I love all things Fae. The Great Gatsby because it's so tragic and real. The Sound and the Fury because I'm a classics girl. The Fallen series because it put a new twist on paranormal, when everyone's main focus was vampires.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands on!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a Kindle girl.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still developing my techniques. My first book was just released in April of this year. I use a lot of social media and author sharing newsletters.
How do you approach cover design?
I definitely design the cover to fit the book's characters and content.
Published 2017-07-02.
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