Interview with Bee Smith

What's the story behind your latest book?
This story was born in the Grand Sierra Resort during an overnight trip to Reno. A young woman with a split personality disorder discovers her other self and what she discovers turns out to be unpleasant.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing since I was a child. Juvenile writings that have evolved as I have evolved and at large periods in my life I have written nothing. After the children left home, I found more time to write. My husband decided that I should start publishing the things I write rather than keeping them boxed up. After much research I decided he was right.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has not only made it feasible to publish this book they have given me the resources to do so, educating me along the way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting the ideas in my head onto paper. But sitting still is always a challenge.
What do your fans mean to you?
With out fans, there would be no reason to write. We all need someone to enjoy and respond to our work. The fans bring meaning to the words I write.
What are you working on next?
I have a story called the White Witch of Sagouspi that I'm at the halfway point on. It's about the local legend of the albino lady lady at Suguespi reservoir; a local teen party spot for those in my generation and I believe still today for the younger generations.

Everyone was always saying, "Watch out for the albino lady!" So the story is about her life, how she came to live at Sagouspi and what her life was like.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen king is an all time favorite, but I also love Diana Gabaldon, Rosamunde Pilcher, Taylor Caldwell, I'm fairly eclectic in my reading. I'd like to mention a favorite little known book called, I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven. I picked it up at a camp ground in one of those "take one, leave one" spots.
I will leave this subject alone now as favorite Authors is just to broad of a subject!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A good nights sleep.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening, reading, hiking, cooking, decorating, painting and hunting gophers!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth, reviews, or lazy afternoons browsing the online stores.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. But I do remember writing each of my siblings ( I have five) a story about their future lives and giving them the stories for Christ Mas one year. My mother always says she was sorry that she didn't save them.
What is your writing process?
That's a difficult one. I hate sitting for long periods. Usually I hand write in note books first then I clean things up on the computer and get serious. A ride on the back of my husband's motorcycle is good for thinking about plots. Then back to the computer interspersed with cleaning or some other activity.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I spent much of my youth in the library and having the book mobile come by on summer mornings was one of the best times I can remember. There was a particular book that I thought about for years, I think it had something to do with magic that really impacted me. It's too bad I can't remember the name of the book, but it was many years ago. I hope none of these questions are going to ask my age!
How do you approach cover design?
With a lot of trust in the designer! I hope that the cover design will be like the trailer to a movie.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, The Stand by Stephen King. Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman.
Why? Because they were good and because they touched something within me at that time of my life. It's odd how you can read a book once and find it entertaining, but then pick it up a second time and know that it has somehow changed your life or the way you think about life.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like fiction for the most part, but I also read a lot of Christian educational books. Although from the darkness of most things I write that might seem a little surprising.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle fire.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Time will tell.
Describe your desk
At this moment, my desk is covered in two note books, notes written on the back of bills, one rough draft of a short story, one kindle, and one cell phone, my drinking water bottle and some receipts. I consider it a mess at this moment.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the West. Born in Reno, moving to the rural community of Fallon in the 8th grade when my Mom and Dad got a latent hippie urge in the 70's. We bought horses, milk cows, goats, and chickens. My Mom milked the cows, made cheese and us kids joined 4-H. My grandfather was a rodeo man so I guess it was already in our blood.
I joined the Air Force out of high school, moved back home, married and had children and now grandchildren.
I believe I write very western and have a different western type of outlook. And when I say western you may want to read: red neck. Even though I feel very lady like.
When did you first start writing?
As a young girl. Stories mostly, but my best friend Kelly and I used to make magazines, complete with our own drawings. It was great fun.
Do you have a sense of humor?
Yes. If you think I'm trying to be funny, I probably am. Laughing is one of my favorite things to do. I still don't know why I write so darkly. One day I intend to write something light and full of love and laughter.
Published 2015-11-20.
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Books by This Author

A Blue Moon
You set the price! Words: 46,060. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Charlotte has a split personality, but she doesn't know it. Her mother knows it, and her mother is afraid of Bella. Bella takes care of problems and lately she's been killing them. Bella needs to leave town, taking Vincent, Charlotte's only friend with them. Charlotte has to learn how to take control or disappear forever.