Interview with Michael R Beddard

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Flight of the Doves - Set in Liverpool and involved "Flight of the Dove" I remember how it caught my imagination. A 12-year-old boy, in an attempt to protect his gentle, innocent little sister from an abusive step-father, runs away with her. He is trying to get to a village with a name he doesn't know in a country that is not his own.
How do you approach cover design?
All my stories are based in a make believe village called Beauty Bank and are based on inspiration from the places and wildlife of Cheshire UK. Each cover has to feature a part of the village I see in my head whilst writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only Five? I actually like horror stories so my style / content is far from that subject.

Flight of the Doves - introduced me to excitement / adventure.

The Finger Eater - Fun and Laughter

Johnny and the Dead - Gave me an understanding of the importance of caring, even for dead people and other's.
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror Stories

The Fog
The Magic Cottage
The Rats
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple ipad
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Local Press
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk only my trusty laptop, pen and paper... yes I still use both technologies.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in the Roman city of Chester (DEVA) in 1958. Then relocated to the town of Northwich Cheshire famous for its brine / salt extraction methods and original home to Brunner Mond / International Chemicals Industry (ICI). I live in Leftwich close to the village of Davenham and overlooking the Dane Valley which inspire my writing.
When did you first start writing?
At school I was always penning poetry or making up an adventure! My English master would often read my essay and comment: "Michael you do move with the jet set at weekends".
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As a Senior Library Assistant in the 1980s I was tasked with visiting Cheshire school libraries to promote new books. And often felt in some cases that I could put together a reasonable adventure story myself. So put pen to paper and developed my first story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Feedback really! At first it's the excitement of completing your manuscript or holding a fresh copy of the book from the printers. But the highlight is when a young child tell's you that "they love your book" that brings joy and tears to my eyes.
What are you working on next?
ITS A SECRET - Well it's called "The Secret of Blue Bell Wood"
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A Cup of Coffee
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book off the press is called: THE PARCEL The mice find a very small but important parcel which has fallen from the postman's bag. They along with other wildlife friends Kevin the Fox and Rose the Magpie set out on an adventure to save a very important day in the life of Beauty Bank Village.
Published 2014-09-02.
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Books by This Author

The Hidden Rainbow
Price: Free! Words: 270. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Poor little Blaze is really having trouble in his efforts to shine! So he calls upon his friend the Sun for Help. This very short bedtime story is written by Michael R Beddard author of the highly popular "Lost in the Snow". This story has an underlying theme around, working together helps us to bring a brighter future.
The Holly and the Ouch Tree
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Michael R Beddard introduces his new Christmas Stories book by offering you a free copy of "The Holly and the Ouch Tree". Field mice characters Rachel, Jack and Uncle Olivier set out to find something nice to cheer up their den for Christmas, and very soon become involved in a daring and dangerous festive rescue mission.
Tales from Beauty Bank - Christmas Stories
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Inspirational
A selection of exciting short Christmas stories from Cheshire author Michael R Beddard. All based in the village of Beauty Bank and featuring both the wildlife and people who live there. Field mice Rachel, Jack and Uncle Olivier invite you along on their Christmas adventures or enjoy One Christmas Eve - a magical short story guaranteed to fill your heart with joy.
Lost in the Snow
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Lost in the Snow is the first story in the children's fiction series: "Tales from Beauty Bank", and tells the story of three field mice Rachel, Jack and Uncle Olivier, who whilst out exploring their village on a winters day become caught up in a snow storm. They take shelter in a small village theatre and very soon an action packed magical adventure unfolds.