Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Miami and raised in Lantana, Florida. Miami for a long time was the biggest city I had visited. Lantana on the other hand was a sleepy little town. Riding my bike to the beach or going mudding with friends as a teenager was just "what you do." Growning up in a safe place with lots of unusual experiences made me want to see more of the world. My moments while traveling, meeting new people and seeing new places gave me stories to write about.
When did you first start writing?
My mother really did give me her journal about 20 years ago. I knew then that I wanted to add to it but I had no clue where to start. Back then, computers were just becoming the norm in homes. It wasn't until after I convinced my husband that we should get one too did I actually start writing. This book has been on everything from floppy disc's to micro SD's. It wasn't until this past year though when a light buld went on and I had an idea about how the story should unfold. After that happened, I've sat at my desk and carried around my tablet, writing during every free moment I could find.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is exactly the story I've been dreaming of for years. A ficticious version of my actual life, it's filled with adventure, romance and even a few tugs at the heart.
My mother's journal is powerful in my opinion. A 14 year old girl in the 1970's meets a handsome boy who drives a dreamy sportscar. They fall in love, she becomes pregnant, they try hard to make it work and in the end…well, you'll have to read the story but the fact that my mother kept a journal from the day she met me real father, is priceless. Reading her words and knowing they are from such a young girl, make you really wonder, is it ever easy?
The travels and heartbreak Julia, my main character, experience make you like her and enjoy and life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
FEAR. Fear that someone (a publisher, editor, agent) would tell me no or that my story wasn't good enough. I wanted to protect my mother's thoughts and feelings without someone telling me it all needed to be changed.
Yes, in the beginning, I had high hopes of landing a deal with a big publishing house, and I'm always open to the possibilities, but after learning about indie publishing, I knew that's the road I wanted to take.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has so much great content and help for indie authors. Knowing there's a place I can turn to with questions and get answers helps the process.
The quality and choice of ebooks is overwhelming. It's certainly got everything you could ever want!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
After my first draft, almost every one of my beat readers suggested I include more detail. Ugh. I really had to dig deep down inside to find what they were looking for. I never knew I had it in me and I'm still a bit embarrassed. But WOW, it feels wonderful!
I teach yoga and during almost every class, especially during relaxation, I find myself daydreaming about my book. Envisioning scenes and taking notes.
THAT is all new to me and I have loved every moment of it!
What do your fans mean to you?
SUPPORT. I have a facebook page (Author Tiffanie Beecham). It started out as just a few friends who knew I was writing a book. Then it turned into friends of friends and now even a few other authors follow me. That's pretty cool!
Knowing that there are people out there that believe in my dream means the world to me.
What are you working on next?
A book called Mantodeao. It's about a girl and her dreams of riding in a big show circuit. After a chance meeting with a top dressage rider, her dreams just may come true.
We own a rescued racehorse and are all too familiar with these poor animals that come in neglected and in bad shape. The story travels from the rescue to Wellington.
Think Cinderella of the horse world!
Again, a fictionalized version of life!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. We've decided the world is prettier first thing in the morning so waking up early is never too difficult.
Except when I write the night before.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
You can always find me out at the barn mucking horse stalls. Pretty huh?
Just like in the book, Salt Springs really is my favorote place in the world. We try to visit as often as we can. Fishing, boating swimming or just camping and relaxing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The cover of Wisdom and Grace was based on a photo that was taken of me in 1990. It wasn't posed, just a moment caught in a photograph. I was reading Danielle Steele's Fine Things. Propably my favorite book I've read. I felt connected to the characters and could relate as a child of a single mother.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find other covers that jump out at me. I create several samples then have my followers give their input. That was actaully a very busy day for me on Facebook!
Describe your desk
Covered. My kids "homework helper" bin, a red bull, my calendar out and open, multiple copies of my current project, way too many colored pens, sticky notes, a printer, paper cutter, and a pile of who knows what. I wish I could say that I'm super organized but I'm not.
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