Interview with Bea Cannon

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Charlotte, NC where I still live. I not sure of just what influence growing up here has had on my writing as I mostly write science fiction and fantasy, though I must admit that I did place the characters in my werewolf stories in a small town near here (Matthews) and gave them jobs in this city. I also used Charlotte and other locations in North Carolina as a setting in my "Spaceships and Magic" series and more recently, in my latest book ("A Small Gray Dot").

I think what has most influenced my writing is the fact that I'm now retired and have time to actually do it.
When did you first start writing?
I've always loved to write, and probably started doing so as soon as I learned to read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, after I finished writing the first book in my Boucher's World trilogy, I looked into trying to get it published but after doing some research, determined that since I was already old enough to be retired, I'd probably be dead and buried before the book ever saw print. Or, as one of my daughters put it: too old and addled to remember I'd even written a book! Since I wanted someone - other than my immediate family - to read it before I shuffled on off this world, and didn't want to go the vanity publishing route, I did some more research and found Smashwords. That was when I first learned about independent authors and I thought it was a brilliant idea!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating new characters and different worlds and situations. I'm at my happiest when my writing is going so well it seems as if the characters are actually telling me their stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Among my favorite authors I count Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Jim Butler, Zenna Henderson, Rachel Caine, Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, I could go on forever! There are so many writers whose work I enjoy I can't name them all here.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are readers and are therefore quite important as they are the ones who buy and read the stories you write. I get a great deal of pleasure from writing but I get even more when someone reads and enjoys my stories. Fans are to be greatly appreciated and respected, because without them, you're pretty much writing for yourself.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
An idea, or the desire to see what will happen today.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually start my day out with a morning walk. When not writing, I like to read. Or draw and paint when the mood strikes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm on twitter and follow a lot of writers so I discover quite a few that way. I've also found some at the Goodreads site, and Facebook. Another place I've been finding them lately is at Pinterest and, of course, I've found some here at Smashwords. Sometimes one of my daughters will recommend one they've read and enjoyed.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Other than nursery rhymes, the first story I remember reading was "The Little Mermaid". I was around four years old at the time, and I was so upset when she died that I made up a tale of how she went to heaven and became a guardian angel of other mermaids. I even illustrated it with pictures of fish with wings and halos who were her helpers! That was probably the first story I wrote.
What is your writing process?
I'll get an idea, I always know how the story begins and ends. Most of the time I will make an outline, even if it's just a very loose one. There are other times, though, that I'll get the idea and just take off writing by the seat of my pants - just to see where it will go.
What are you working on next?
I find it impossible to work on only one project at a time so I have several going.

Currently I’m working on a story in my “Cady and Sam” paranormal werewolf series; book 6 of my “Spaceships and Magic” series; a sequel to the novel “Sower”; a sequel to the novel “First”; a new “Boucher’s World” story; and I have enough notes to begin a sequel to my recently published novel, “A Small Gray Dot”. I’ve also begun a brand new, not-a-part-of-any-of-my-other-books, romance (something new for me since I’ve never written a strictly romance novel before!).
Some of these are seat-of-the-pants works, others less so, in that they are a bit more structured. One even has an outline and everything! :-D

Of course, there is no telling when any of these will be completed, but I enjoy the process and will peck away at one or the other until finished - unless I die first.
How do you approach cover design?
So far, what with having a very limited budget, I've designed my own. I try to tie it into the story. Some have come out better than others. Um, MUCH better, so I’ve recently redesigned some of them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. I also like humor, especially the kind that borders on the absurd.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle Paperwhite.
Describe your desk
Disheveled.
Published 2018-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Turner: New Era
Series: Spaceships and Magic, Book 6. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 110,490. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Juri Turner has helped save Earth and the rest of the galaxy from the nasty aliens known as scorbs. The cleanup from war and the search for survivors of their captives begins. Why does something always come along to throw a wrench in things? With the scorbs beaten, one would think all would be well. One would be wrong.
Amina
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
He awakens with a task to perform. A lilac-hued woman dances in his forest clearing. She is human. He is not. It is… a beginning.
Tomato Dreams
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 8,330. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Red has planted her very first vegetable garden. She is tending her garden when she makes a surprising discovery: fish growing on her tomatoes. A short story set in the Cady and Sam world of werewolves and other paranormals.
Disruptions
Series: Cady and Sam, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 19,290. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A quiet day in the park with the family should be a cinch, right? Well, maybe not so much when you’re a family of werewolves. Still, you gotta try.
A Small Gray Dot
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 91,200. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Tennessee Murray has a great family, wonderful friends, and a challenging and interesting job as a middle school English teacher. In addition to realizing his dream of publishing a book, he is engaged to the love of his life. The future is bright and things can only get better. Then one foggy summer morning along with the ten billion other people on the face of the Earth, his life changes forever.
Five Book Box Set - Spaceships and Magic
Series: Spaceships and Magic. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 650,580. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Born of human parents on an Earth occupied by alien invaders, Juri Turner has been changing into something other than human since the age of three. When she is fifteen, she is not thrilled to learn exactly what it is that she is becoming, that due to an ancient enchantment, she has been saddled with the job of saving two worlds. Will she be able to complete her preordained tasks?
The Boucher's World Trilogy A Box Set
Series: Boucher's World. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 358,160. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A box set of the Boucher’s World trilogy of Emergent; Transformation; and Encounters chronicling the epic story of the offshoots of two different species, Humans and Elvwists, thrown together on a planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system, a world far away from their homes.
A Price to Pay - A Short Story from the Dark Realm
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 10,350. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Jack Warslow is a small-time thief. What happens the night he breaks into a big house in an affluent neighborhood has him desperately wishing he’d never seen the house or picked up the small cat that belongs to the homeowner. He thought he was ready for anything but he learns just how wrong he is and that there is no such thing as something for nothing. There is always a price to pay.
Turner: Deep Change
Series: Spaceships and Magic, Book 5. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 122,800. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Juri Turner, the human-born dragon, has to help fight insurrectionists trying to take over the government of Earth, help rescue humans being held captive by the aliens that invaded twenty-three years ago and help ensure the success of the mission when they go to the enemy’s home planet for a final showdown. It’s a big job for a small dragon. Will she accomplish all she was born to do?
Sower
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 83,810. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is the tale of one of the last Sowers. Such a mission as the one with which he is charged can be dangerous. Can he accomplish his duty and keep the natives from learning of the presence of offworlders? Can he run fast enough to escape after being caught with a native female? And, when he finds a deadly problem threating to wipe out the restoral efforts, can he prevent it from spreading?
The Other Shoe
Series: Cady and Sam, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Two years after helping a friend avoid being kidnaped (or killed) by evil forces, there hasn’t been any other trouble, and werewolves Cady and Sam have settled back into their quiet and mundane life in the town of Matthews, N.C. Halloween has rolled around again and they’ve stocked up on goodies and kicked back to await the trick-or-treaters. Is their mellow about to undergo a serious alteration?
Turner: Inevitable Change
Series: Spaceships and Magic, Book 4. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 97,590. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Juri Turner has three problems: one, those big, venomous dinosaurs with huge claws known as Revishers, are causing trouble on Mur; two, Tet Sonicdragon has been abducted by a demon and taken to a place of no return; three, her recently discovered inner twin is trying to surface and inhabit their one body. She finds herself dancing to the tune of music magic to reach reasonable solutions.
First
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 94,120. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
One bright fall morning, Lyssa Brunner’s life takes a turn for the weird. Up until then, she is an ordinary, sixteen-year-old, slightly nerdy girl with a secret crush on the captain of the football team. After that day, she finds that, not only are things not always as they seem but that they are sometimes something that could never even have been imagined.
Turner: Unexpected Change
Series: Spaceships and Magic, Book 3. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 126,340. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Juri Turner has to help defeat a demon who intends to rule Mur, and aid Earth in fighting alien invaders hell-bent on destruction. Again, the fate of two worlds rests on the small golden shoulders of the human-born dragon who never asked for anything more than to be left alone to live out her less than fortunate life in peace. How will she handle the unexpected changes these events bring about?
Adams and Eves
You set the price! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... A short story of how it all began...
Turner: World Change
Series: Spaceships and Magic, Book 2. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 151,400. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
All Juri Turner has to do is discover how to save one world from certain annihilation and ensure help for another. After all, it’s the reason she was born and she’s been assured it’s her destiny, so it’s doable, right? She only has to escape death and an unwanted marriage while doing it… Pray for Mur, pray for Earth, but especially pray for Juri, for without her, both worlds are doomed.
Why I Started Smokin' Cigarettes (or what happened th' night Daddy went to Hooter's to git some chicken wings)
You set the price! Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
(5.00 from 1 review)
Shaniqua Jones smokes like the proverbial smokestack, and was asked by a friend when and why she began smoking. This is her explanation.
Turner: Bitter Change
Series: Spaceships and Magic, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 154,740. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Change happens. It’s a fact of life. But what do you do when the change is so big it changes the world and everything in it? The world has changed but so has Juri Turner and the change is bitter. Follow along as she struggles to learn what she is and to understand what she is becoming. A story of change, and of hate, love, and betrayal; of a coming of age, and of spaceships and magic…
Bridge
Series: Boucher's World · Tales from the Change, Book 3 · A Boucher's World Duology, Book 2 · Boucher's World Prequels, Book 5. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 76,920. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Randa faced hard changes after misfortune befell her vow-mate. Two years later, she had to flee marauders who would kill her children for being different. They were rescued by the beings she'd thought were demons and taken to a village set up for the safety of the new Humans where she has to fight culture shock and loneliness. Will she be able to bridge the gap between the old ways and the new?
A Short Trilogy of Quiet
Series: Cady and Sam. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 52,020. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
All three Cady and Sam stories now in one book... "Interruptions" - An unwanted visitor makes for some equally as unwanted excitement. "Living in the Moment" - An unexpected visit from the in-laws can cause problems... "A Blankie for Baby" - Making a baby blanket for an unusual friend could be more than bargained for!
Boucher's World: Encounters
Series: Boucher's World, Book 3 · Boucher's World Trilogy. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 125,480. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Humans and Elvwists, the psychic adepts of Boucher's World, a planet in the Epsilon Eridani star system, have been out of contact with their home worlds for over two thousand years. Recently, they have learned that ships from each world will soon be arriving. Learn the outcomes of these crucial encounters that will shape and change the future of all humans, and all Elvwists.
A Blankie for Baby
Series: Cady and Sam, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 33,050. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Cady and Sam are werewolves trying to live a quiet life with their daughter in the small town of Matthews,NC. Recently, there have been a couple of incidents of not-so-quietness so they decide to take her to Cady's parents in Massachusetts. Cady wants to make a baby blanket as a gift for a friend, but,she will need special yarn for her project. Will this be as simple a task as she supposes?
Boucher's World: Transformation
Series: Boucher's World, Book 2 · Boucher's World Trilogy. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 125,820. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
The co-discoverer of the way out of the continent-covering Dome of Boucher’s World, Jade Lowry, was kidnapped but managed to escape with the help of her soul-mate, Kendis Rost, and the doomed precog, S’tella. This is a chronicle of what happens after they return to Jade’s home in Village Twelve. What does Lark, the Elvwist Healer, and Sparrow, its precog vow-mate have to tell them?
Hard Changes
Series: Boucher's World · Tales from the Change, Book 2 · A Boucher's World Duology, Book 1 · Boucher's World Prequels, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 15,910. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
What will Randa do when her vow-mate goes fishing and doesn’t return? She lives in a remote area with her children. With their provider gone,she is the only one left to keep them alive. Will her mate return? What will happen when they meet the beings they believe are demons? Change is very hard,and it takes courage to be able to meet all the challenges. A story of birth, death, and other changes.
Moving Day
Series: Boucher's World · Boucher's World Prequels, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 9,180. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Jade is fourteen years old and excited about finally being old enough to move out on her own. She’s got her help lined up, a moving van rented which her friend and room-mate, Tally, a big silver Cat, will be driving since Jade’s driving skills leave a lot to be desired. She’s all packed and ready to go. Apparently, though, you just can’t have a moving day without something going wrong. Go figure.
Living in the Moment
Series: Cady and Sam, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 12,610. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
(3.00 from 1 review)
Cady and Sam are about to get their quiet lives disrupted – again. His parents and brother and his brother’s snooty wife, all of who never approved of his choice of a wife, and whom they haven’t seen in ten years, show up on their front porch. With luggage. Will Cady and Sam be able to keep the fact that they’re werewolves hidden from them? From moment to moment, they can only hope.
Interruptions
Series: Cady and Sam, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Cady and Sam don’t like excitement. So, they have good reason to love their lifestyle in the small town of Matthews, N.C. They've got a cute kid, good jobs, great neighbors, and their home beats the wheels off their last address. Unfortunately, interruption rears its head when it's least expected, leading to that unwanted unrest they've been avoiding. What's a couple of homebody werewolves to do?
Raven and C'elie: A Love Story
Series: Boucher's World · Tales from the Change, Book 1 · Boucher's World Prequels, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 15,090. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Raven is not human. It is, in fact, a member of a species of gentle giants with aspects of both male and female. When it finds a hurt and bedraggled human female lying in the woods, it didn’t know if it could help her but felt it had to try. It did not bargain on falling in love with her. A short Boucher’s World prequel containing adult content.
Swallow and Dove: A Tale From The Turmoils
Series: Boucher's World · Boucher's World Prequels, Book 2. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 31,410. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When Dove decided to befriend Swallow, it had an ulterior motive, and it did not involve love or taking vows...
Seed
Series: Boucher's World · Boucher's World Prequels, Book 1. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 40,850. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Abandoned on an alien planet, Second must learn to co-exist with a group of primitives in order to survive. A Tale of the acceptance of differences and of unconditional love.
Boucher's World: Emergent
Series: Boucher's World, Book 1 · Boucher's World Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 113,160. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
The people of Boucher’s World have been trapped inside a Dome that has covered nearly their entire continent since shortly after the Earthlings arrived on the world a little over two millennia ago. For ages they have sought a way out. One day, a Human predult, a young woman named Jade, and her Cat partner, Tally,made a remarkable discovery: a door to the outside. Thus begins their emergence.