Beth Reekles is an avid reader, writer, and drinker of tea. At 19 years old, she's currently studying as an undergraduate of Physics at Exeter University and has three novels published with Random House: The Kissing Booth, Rolling Dice, and Out of Tune. In 2013 she was listed as one of TIME's 16 Most Influential Teenagers.
1. What do you love most about writing?
I love being able to express myself through writing and the freedom of it – I can create entire worlds if I want to, or write characters in a similar situation to me and have complete control over it. It helps me relax and it’s so much fun.
2. What books have most influenced your life most?
I remember Harry Potter being the first proper grown-up books I read, and they've had a huge impact on my life; JK Rowling is one of my heroes. And Hermione was a character I could really relate to – she liked learning and loved to read, had frizzy hair and didn't really know how to make friends; she was a character that made me feel like it was okay to be such a nerd.
3. Who are some of your favourite authors?
Definitely JK Rowling, and I also love John Green and Sarah Dessen – they both write such beautiful YA books. I also really love Malorie Blackman and George RR Martin, and Philippa Gregory’s books.
4. Is there anything you find challenging about writing?
Overcoming writer’s block is one of the hardest things I've found when writing – hitting a block and not knowing where to go with a story can be so disheartening, and it can take a lot of determination and perseverance to work through it. Another thing I’ve found challenging is simply having the courage to share my work – it was terrifying posting my first chapter up on Wattpad.com four years ago, but I’m so glad I did!
5. What book are you reading now?
Currently reading The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch!
6. Do you have any tips for other writers?
Write, write, write! They say that practice makes perfect and writing should be something enjoyable, so just write. Try not to make it too hard for yourself, or treat it too much like work – doing it for fun will take a lot of the pressure off. Also, sharing your work online, even anonymously and not telling anybody you know about it, is a great confidence-booster. It’s so lovely to see people even reading your work, and even more encouraging to have positive feedback!
About the books!
The Kissing Booth-
This is a cool, sexy YA romance novel from seventeen-year-old Wattpad sensation Beth Reekles. Meet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular - and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile - and a total player. When Elle decides to run a kissing booth at the school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer - this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak. But will Elle get her happily ever after?
Kindle edition here!
Paperback version here!
Out Of Tune-
Ashley Bennett is a straight-A student in her junior year of high school, and life is looking good: she's got a boyfriend whom she loves, a group of friends who love to party...But really, Ashley loves to curl up at home with a good book, and she can't wait to go to college. When junior year starts, the life Ashley's settled into is turned upside down - the empty house next door has finally been sold, and moving in is Todd O'Connor...When Ashley first meets Todd, he seems aloof and cocky, and she's reluctant to share a ride to school with him as her mom tells her to. As the two get to know each other, though, Ashley comes to realise that the mysterious, brooding Todd O'Connor, who all the girls are swooning over, is actually bookish and shy, and a little bit lonely. His parents split up and he has moved away from his mother to live with his father, and since then Todd has mostly kept to himself, his books, and his guitar. And as Todd gets to know Ashley, he forces her to realise that her relationship with her boyfriend, Josh, isn't really making her happy - Josh is selfish, arrogant, and domineering. Will Ashley find the courage to forge her own path?
Kindle edition here!
Paperback version here!
Rolling Dice -
They say that the higher you climb, the harder you fall - and Madison Clarke will do anything to keep her new life from crumbling to pieces. Moving from a small town in Maine to Florida, Madison grasps the opportunity to reinvent herself, to forget about those days of being a lonely, loser outcast, and jumps at the chance when the popular kids decide to take her under their wing. A hot boyfriend, parties, friends...If only there wasn't the slight problem by the name of Dwight, a cute, funny and totally nerdy guy in Madison's physics class who she can't help but enjoy spending time with. Running from her past and stumbling through the present, who knows what lies ahead in this new life in Florida?
Kindle edition here!
Paperback version here!
Dusty lives in California with her two children who keep her very busy. She has superpowers, but doesn't like to talk about them, frequently bemoans the fact that she doesn't have See's candy stock, thinks taking care of yourself is a way of life and not just a fad, and tries to live each day with the motto that you only get one life to live, so live it well, and live it to the fullest.
An avid watcher of movies and reader of books, she frequently wishes for sudden martial arts prowess to spontaneously reside within her body, that the owners of an awesome beach house would just randomly hand her the keys, and that the car 'Kit' from Knight Rider was tucked snugly into her garage. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages them to contact her with questions, and to please leave a review for her books. She promises she won't bite. Much. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Linkdin, and her blog.
What made you want to become a writer?
I love words, and the way they come together to form these amazing stories that take me to a different time and place. I wanted to be a part of that, and to touch peoples lives in the same way that many writers have touched mine.
What's the hardest part of writing?
Being disciplined. Writing when you don't feel good, or you're tired, or blah or in a bad mood. Writing when the demands on your time exceed 24 hrs in a day. And the most difficult of all . . . continuing to write even when you feel that what you're writing is crud. It's understanding that good books take time, and that first drafts are only a starting point.
You're favourite books/authors?
I have so many that it's hard to list them all. A few of my current favourites are Lynn Kurland, Colleen Houck, and Becky Wade.
About the books!
You can find all of Dusty's stories in The Chronicles Of Shadow And Night series on Amazon here - book 1 -
A prophecy of murder.
An elf hunted by dragons.
One man that risks everything to save her.
Nachal is a human that should not be having prophetic Dragon Dreams. But he does. Every night he dreams of an elf running through flames, trying in vain to outrun the Rebel Dragon Obsidian. Every night he sees her fall. Sees her eyes close. Feels her heart as it slows, and then stops. Every night, through the connection of the dream, he dies with her. It's a spiral that he can't control, and it's slowly driving him insane.
Auri is an elf raised by a powerful human king not of her own blood. Left behind by the mother who perished far from the elven isle El`dell, she seeks to forge her life among the humans. Secrets lie in the wake of tragedy, and she must leave to find the answers. Her journey takes her to the land of her heritage. To a place that holds both a haunting betrayal, and a miracle that just might save her life.
Liran is the commander of the most elite fighting force on Terradin. A select few, known only as the the Watchers, search with ever increasing fervency for the turn of the tide. The queen of power that will save them all from utter annihilation.
Together, they become embroiled in a conspiracy where destinies are intertwined, love is born in the fallout of ultimate sacrifice, and the only path to victory lies through the searing flames of dragon fire.
Book 2 -
"There is an ancient prophecy," he said. "It speaks of the White Queen. She is said to have a bond with life and the lands that has not been yet seen. With this, she will end the war for the final time, and heal the lands forever. She will bring peace back to Terradin. Tied in with the prophecy of the White Queen and the great war . . . is the prophecy of the two men that she will love. She must choose one of them," he whispered. "If she chooses wrong, she will die. If she dies, all of Terradin dies with her."
Having barely escaped from the Plains of Fire with her life, Auri follows the pleas of her father and sets out for the safety and knowledge of the Dragon Masters. Once there, she hopes to immerse herself in their training and become the decisive edge that Terradin needs to stop Obsidian and his Rebels. But before her journey has even truly begun, someone dear to her is ripped away from her. Reeling from the loss, and with Terradin growing ever darker around her, she is forced to make a terrible decision that will have lasting repercussions. Does she cling to what once was? Or does she reforge herself anew like the fabled phoenix, and rise from the ashes to burn brighter than ever before.
Book 3 Part 1 -
"I can fly, you know," she said absently. Quietly. Her mind had become numb; as empty and disconnected as the rest of her felt.
"I know," he whispered.
"If I could fly, I could go back home again."
The guard was silent for a long time as he continued to feed her. Finally, he whispered, "Why don't you fly then?"
She looked at him, her eyes as guileless as a child's, her mouth trembling in pain. "Because I can't find my wings."
It was only when her head was slumped against the wall, and her eyes refused to open again that she heard him say, "Then you won't ever go back home again."
Part one in the explosive conclusion to The Chronicles of Shadow and Light!
As the winding up days of the great and final battle commence, old alliances come to the fore, new alliances are strengthened, and their world of shifting light and dark becomes more hopeful as the numbers of the Luminari and those that follow the Dragon-King Cerralys continues to grow stronger. And then suddenly the unthinkable happens, and Auri discovers a secret so brutal that it shatters everything she knows. Before the end is come, before the final battle-horn knells and the fire of dragons descends, she must somehow find the courage to be the White Queen of elven prophecy, the strength to face the darkest shadows of Terradin, and the graces to heal that which seems irreparably broken. For herself, and for those that she just can't live without.
I will be uploading my review of the first book soon! It is amazing! I love fantasy!
Kat Green was born Nov 1979 into a military family, and moved around alot during her childhood. This shaped her into the person she is today. At ease with meeting new people and adapting to new surroundings. Her family roots are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Kat now lives with her husband and son on the south coast of England, Portsmouth. She doesn't pretend to be the best, and is still growing as a writer and having fun along the way. She loves books and has a busy imagination. Her love for music plays a big part in her first novel, Strings. Kat loves to watch live bands, and can usually be found at gigs around the UK. In 2010 she lost her mother to blood cancer and it was time to put her words on a page and stop worrying about what people might say, 'Life is too short and precious to waste' is her motto. Writing is her passion and her escape. If you like what she does, she says 'Thank you!' For those who don't, she says 'Thanks for giving her a chance.'
I have recently done a review of Strings by Kat Green and now I got to do an interview with her!
She is one of the most loveliest authors I've spoken too and Strings is such an amazing story!
1. What made you want to become a writer?
It's always been something I have wanted to do. As far back as 11 but as with most things confidence in my writing ability held me back. Then 4 years ago I watched my mother lose her fight with Blood cancer. It made me want to live, and experience all things in life I wanted to do. Life is way too short to let things pass you by because others might bring you down. Don't let them.
2. Where did the idea for Strings come from?
I honestly don't know. It was just in my imagination. I am very passionate about music, and blog for unsigned bands. But, that actually started after I had penned the first draft of Strings.
3. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My mum and my Son.
Music is also my inspiration.
4. What books have most influenced your life most?
I love reading. I love books so picking one is hard. I just love a story that makes me laugh, cry and make me escape real life.
5. Do you find anything challenging when you're writing?
I find the doubt in my mind sometimes is actually the hardest. It can sometimes distract you. There have been nights where I have sat down to write, an hour later I have done nothing but read what I have already written and made more notes, changed my mind and then gone back to my original plan. Time has run away and I have written nothing.
6. Do you have any advice for people who want to become writers?
Write the story you have in your heart. Don't write what you think others might want. It's your story. Of course, support and advice from someone you trust is vital but you can work on that once you have penned the story you needed to write.
When I started it was like a box full of stuff, what was I going to do with it all. I just turned the box over and let it all fall out, it scattered out in several directions. Then I put everything into the right place, removed the rubbish, until it was all neat and Tidy.
Just be brave. Don't worry about those who don't like your book it's a given someone won't. Just be at peace with that and do it anyway.
About Strings-The rise of the Black Eagles was meteoric, from band practice in the garage to global stars almost overnight. And Melissa Webb, the beautiful girlfriend of the front man, appeared to have it all.
But when Luke Black disappears without a trace and Melissa wakes up in a hospital bed after a savage attack, her perfect world is shattered and their lives are plunged into a potentially deadly crisis.
Where is Luke, and can he be found before it is too late?
You can buy it here!
Elisa Dane is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she's a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it's her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading.
Elisa is no stranger to the publishing world. She writes steamy paranormal romance under her real name, Lisa Sanchez. Her adult works include the Hanford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, and Faythe Reclaimed), Obsessed (an erotic suspense), and a paranormal novella, Cursing Athena. Elisa lives in Northern California with her husband, three daughters, and a feisty Chihuahua who stubbornly believes she's human.
You can connect with Elisa at the following places on the web:
Facebook - Elisa Dane, and Lisa Sanchez Romance Author
Twitter - @ElisaDane, and @LisaSanchez3
Website - elisadane.com, and LisaSanchezRomanceAuthor.com
So I have been looking for awhile to do an interview with an author and it's finally happened! yay aha!
Elisa Dane is a YA Romance author of Ex-Factor, the first book in the Diamond Girls series, (the review of the story will be on my blog in a few days)
She's a talented author and super friendly and so lovely, especially because she let me interview her!
1. What made you want to become an author?
I've always loved reading and writing. When I was a kid I used to spend my summers writing silly stories and reading them aloud to my poor mother. Thankfully, she fostered my creative side and encouraged me to continue writing. It took me a while, but I eventually made time once my children started school and made my childhood dream a reality.
2. What inspired your novel Ex-Factor?
My oldest daughter graduated in 2012. She was lucky enough to be chosen as the student coordinator for the Every 15 Minutes program that year. I attended the mock crash and assembly and was incredibly moved by what I'd witnessed. The program is powerful on its own, but I think what tipped the scales was the fact her class had been rocked by the loss of one of their own due to drinking and driving just a few months before the program. Listening to a father cry in front of a room full of hundreds of people, begging them to talk to their children about drinking and driving sparked something inside of me. I was moved to tears and knew I needed to write a story about what I'd seen.
3. What strategies do you use if you get stuck with writers block?
I don't push myself or beat myself up if I don't get any words in on any particular day. When I'm working on a project, I generally try to write one thousand words a day. If I hit my goal, great. If not, I try not to worry about it. Listening to music helps, as does watching movies. To be honest, though, my best ideas always come in the shower, while I'm drying my hair, or when I'm driving.
4. Who are some of your favourite authors?
Oh, good Lord! I've got quite a few, lol. I'm really loving Wendy Higgins right now. She wrote the Sweet Evil trilogy which I absolutely loved. I'm also really digging the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. And it would be a crime if I didn't mention Colleen Hoover. She's amazing!
5. I really love the cover of the book, who designed it for you?
Swoon has a very talented staff of cover artists. I'm a huge fan of all of their covers :)
6. Do you have any advice for people who want to become an author?
Persistence is key. Never give up. Don't write to trend, write the story that's in your heart. Oh! And get yourself a good critique partner. They make all the difference in the world :)
The Diamond Girls series!
You can buy book 1 Ex-Factor here! -about the book- Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl. So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it. But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died. Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.
Buy book 2 Unbreakable here! -about the book- Perception is everything to sixteen-year-old Olivia Brown. With her freakishly hot boyfriend, volunteer work at the local animal shelter, successful beauty channel on YouTube, and well-earned spot on X Factor Cheer's elite level five Diamond Girl team, Livvie's the girl every other girl wants to be. At least, that's the illusion she's aiming for. But Livvie's seemingly perfect life is anything but. Lying about the bruises her boyfriend gives her, and cowering beneath his raging temper becomes a regular way of life until she unwittingly witnesses her drunken neighbor beating his step-son, the town bad boy, Reid Tate. For Reid, vulnerability is the enemy. Opening up, and letting people in gives them the power to disappoint. Growing up with a co-dependent mother and an abusive alcoholic father, Reid has endured all the disappointment he can stomach. But when his pretty, do-good neighbor witnesses his step-dad beat him to within an inch of his life, and not only call the cops, but keeps quiet at school about what she saw, Reid wonders if maybe, just maybe, he's found someone he can finally trust.
I recently read Fix You and I absolutely loved it! And luckily I got to do an interview with the author Beck Anderson :D
Where did the idea for Fix you come from?
Sadly, I have two very dear friends who have lost their husbands early in life, with kids still at home. Watching how strong these women are, I couldn't help but wonder what that experience must be like. Then I had a thought -- what if you met someone really improbable in that kind of situation? Like a movie star? How would you react?
And I thought it would be interesting to contrast a woman who HAD to have her feet on the ground with a hero whose life looked like a "fairy tale" from the outside.
Who inspires you?
My friends inspire me -- the kind of women I know are strong and funny, and they inspire me all the time. I also LOVE romantic movies -- they inspire me. I love Richard Curtis -- he's written and/or directed Four Weddings and A Funeral, Love, Actually, Bridget Jones, Notting Hill. LOVE his movies. :)
Where did the title come from?
Fix You is very purposefully from Coldplay's song, Fix You. What I get from the song is that we can't fix people who are broken, but we want to. Love is about helping someone heal in a lot of ways. Hemingway talks about being broken but strong at the broken places -- I see those two things fitting together.
Hardest part of writing?
Self-doubt. Sylvia Plath says "the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt" and boy she is right. It can be paralyzing to think about people judging you. But I think a lot of judgment comes from someone who is afraid to try for him or herself. It's really easy to be an armchair quarterback. Letting go of worrying about the armchair critics and being open with a piece of you (writing is such a piece of who you are) is scary.
Weirdly, when I'm writing, I can't read in my genre or near to it. It psychs me out, so I read other stuff. I do love Hemingway, and I love The Great Gatsby, by Fitzgerald. Gatsby is the best romantic character in the world. He's doomed, but what he does for love is truly super-human. Gotta love a man like that!
To someone who wants to be an author:
Just do it! Practice is the best way to get better, which means you have to start writing. And write what you want to write. Don't write for anyone but yourself. The writing will be more authentic and strong.
You can find Fix You here!
About - When Kelly Reynolds’ husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home. Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork. But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep. Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.
This is the page for when I'm luckily enough to do an interview with an author!