AAD Author Spotlight – Interview with Beth Williamson plus giveaway
My twenty-eighth Authors After Dark Spotlights belongs to Beth Williamson. *insert applause*
Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me?
I am an AAD virgin! I hope everyone is gentle with me.
What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?
It’s hard to pinpoint one thing. I love reader/author weekends – have gone to RAW for 5 years, been to RomCon and Lori Foster’s event numerous times. I love the time spent with new and old friends – love the hour long chat sessions! I’ve never been to AAD or New Orleans, so I expect my favorite part is going to be everything. LOL
Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?
I know a lot of the authors, but I’m most looking forward to seeing Sasha White. We’ve been critique partners since 2005 and I haven’t seen her in a couple years. Can’t wait!
Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?
Fainted. Snoopy danced. Had heart palpitations. Smiled so hard I hurt my face. All of the above?
Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?
Oh this is an unfair question! Okay, I’m going to have to pick two. The first is THE TREASURE, book 4 in the Malloy series. Ray and Lily are modeled after DH and me. The second is RUTHLESS HEART. I totally fell in love with Grady Wolfe and Eliza Hunter – they have to be my favorite couple.
Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?
Hm, I don’t think so. I probably blushed to find out both my parents read everything I wrote though. Eek!
Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?
Favorite hero? I think I’ll pick ZEKE from the Devils on Horseback series. He was a hardass with a serious problem he refused to acknowledge. There is one scene in particular that was gut wrenching to write and I wept copiously as I typed. (I do tend to cry when I write, but I was sobbing!)
Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?
I totally loved SARAH from THE STRANGER’S SECRETS – she is tough as hell, disabled and uses her cane as a weapon. When I reread the book, I laugh out loud at how brassy she is.
Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad?
I’ve been touched as an author by the emails I receive from readers. Humbled by how my writing affected them. The entire idea that my imagination reaches them deep down is surprising and absolutely thrilling. It’s fuel for me to write more.
Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?
LOL! I’ve always been a reader. However, as a young mother in my mid-twenties, I had little time to read so there was a lull there where I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. I read all kinds of genres – a very eclectic reader.
What book do you most remember having read in High School?
Ooh, you’re making me reach back 25 years! I’d have to say F. Scott Fitzgerald THE GREAT GATSBY. Totally loved that book.
Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?
Steel Magnolias (love the power of sisterhood and the southern flair!)
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla with peanut butter on top
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning person whether or not I want to be!
Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I have a full-time job and manage 50 people on a team. Plus, of course, a writing career. (Sleep, who needs sleep?)
Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
You lead a secret double life! Okay not really secret at all, but you also write as Emma Lang. What made you decide to use two different writing personas?
It was a publisher request and intended to bring a broader audience to both pen names.
Your Devil’s on Horseback series recently saw the release of its last book. The first book Nate was released in 2007 and Gideon just came out in March of this year. That is a long time writing one series! Did you need a drink when you typed “the end” on Gideon or were you excited to start a new venture?
Best laid plans went awry! I didn’t intend on a four year writing schedule with the Devils, but I was thrilled to finish it out with Gideon’s story. I thoroughly enjoyed taming the captain of my favorite group of men. It’s difficult to leave a series behind, however. As a writer, you become comfortable with the characters and their backstory. A family you fall in love with. Saying goodbye to them is hard. Yet I also adore the Grahams in my new Circle Eight series.
But you are not sitting around stuffing your face with ice cream mourning your series. No! You are writing a shiny new one as Emma Lang! Tell us about your Circle Eight series.
Hey I might be eating ice cream. It’s my weakness and I will snarf it down if it’s in my freezer (thus I try NOT to buy any I can eat).
Ah, the Circle Eight. This was a series based on requirements from my editor – she wanted another family based series, with a ranch, and beyond that, I was free to do what I pleased. I invented the Grahams, a family living in the Republic of Texas, fresh out of the war with Mexico and faced with a daily challenge to survive. There are eight children, and I do plan on writing a story for each of them as they grow up.
The second book in that series, Brody, released June 26th. What can readers expect in this installment?
BRODY is a rough, sexy, intense and violent story. Quite different from MATTHEW in that it’s a road romance and there is plenty of guns and blood. The story almost told itself – the touch Texas Ranger and the outspoken Olivia Graham. It is super hot in terms of the heat level but that’s how the characters wanted it.
For everyone who has read BRODY, stay tuned for CALEB, the next book in the series, due in 2013 (no publication date yet but very soon!). It’s written and ready to roll!
Thank you so much Beth for answering my questions today!
Beth is offering a print copy of her newest book, Brody! To enter just leave a comment below by Sunday July 22nd 2012 11:59est and you’re in. Giveaway is open internationally. A BIG thanks to Beth for the giveaway!!!