Beth Abbott

Biography

Beth Abbott is a married mum of three boys who lives in South Wales. She works full time, and spends every free minute tapping away on her poor abused laptop!
She’s an avid reader of many genres, loves films, music and watching most sports.
She’s a huge tennis fan, and more specifically is a massive Andy Murray supporter.
One of the smartest things Beth ever did was to pick 2015 as the year to follow the GB team in the Davis Cup, and she’s very proud to say that she and her husband went to every day of every round, right up to and including the finals in Ghent, Belgium, where GB lifted the trophy. With two vuvuzelas and a huge Welsh-Scottish flag (along with the obligatory Union Jack of course!), if you were there and didn’t see her, then you almost certainly heard her!
Beth started writing the Alpha Company Series of books after a break from writing of almost two decades, but felt compelled to start writing again as she had so many voices in her head.
Ignoring her husband’s suggestion that she should try medication, she grabbed her laptop and started tapping away. Within hours she knew she wasn’t just writing another short story.
The Alpha Company Women Series was born!
Luke and Ellen came first, swiftly followed by the rest of the Alpha Company characters.
Before she had even finished writing Invisible, Beth was already planning four books. But then before she finished the third book, Concealed, she knew that she couldn’t leave CJ without telling her story, and without blinking, books five and six were in the works.
Even though she always knew her books would be about military veterans, Beth always imagined that she would base them in America, because that’s where most of the books she reads are based. Imagine her surprise when her first book ended up being set not only in the UK, but just outside of Birmingham, in the Midlands, a place she has absolutely no connection with whatsoever!
Gradually though, the books have moved over to the US, and the start of Relentless, heralds the move from the Alpha Company Women Series to the Stalwart Security Series, which will be based almost entirely in America, albeit with a few excursions to far-away places.
But for those of you who have fallen in love with the Alpha Company Family, fear not! You’re not the only ones! They will be in and out of the Stalwart stories, as and when storylines allow it.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sadly yes, I do, although I can't remember much about the detail. It was a romantic "novella", I suppose you'd call it, of around a hundred and fifty pages, and I had to type it on paper as we're talking pre-computer days. It's probably around the house somewhere, as I don't ever remember throwing it away, but I'm pretty sure it was utter drivel! I've always said I'd throw it on the fire if ever I found it, but maybe I might just read it first to see if it's as bad as I think it might be. I had one person read it, and they said it was OK, but as they were related to me and there was no way it was ever going to be published back then, I think they were just being kind.
What is your writing process?
I start with the basis of an idea - my Alpha Company and Stalwart Security books revolve around a team of men and the women they meet, so I always know who the male lead will be. I then flesh out my female lead - physical attributes and personality, where they live and who they're related to, which I keep logged on a spread-sheet so I can keep track of everyone. I have at least twenty main characters, so I seriously need to keep track of them! From there I write out a one page synopsis of the book - from how the characters meet, to what the "action" part of the plot will be. That could be as basic as "terrorist incident", as at that stage, I don't need to know precisely what it will be. I have to figure it out at some point but it doesn't have to be on day one. Beyond that, I don't need to have too many notes, as my writing is pretty free-flowing. I describe it as being organic, as I literally don't know what will come out until I sit down and start typing. One sentence leads to another, and the next thing you know you have a paragraph, or a chapter! Having said that, it does help that I know most of my characters so well. I know what each of them would say or do in any given situation, and I won't attribute something to someone that wouldn't be in keeping with their personality.
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Where to find Beth Abbott online


Books

Invisible: An Alpha Company Military Romance
Series: The Alpha Company Women Series. Price: Free! Words: 86,780. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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On the run from a London gangster who wants to silence Ellen and her father before they can hand over evidence to the police, they've been forced to flee in opposite directions, leaving Ellen scared and alone. Former soldier Luke Roberts is now a partner in a successful Security business, but has a burning need to find the woman who can tell him who murdered his twin brother Casey three years ago.

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