Today I have an interview with Heather Beck, Canadian author of several paranormal books and screenplays.
What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future)
As a reader, I prefer paperbacks over e-books since I find computers useful for work but not something I use for entertainment. Even with the invention of e-readers, I still favor a physical copy of a book. However, from the aspect of the publishing industry, I find e-books extremely fascinating. As my royalty statements confirm, e-books in all formats (PDF, ePub, etc.) heavily outsell my paperback copies. So, I definitely can’t deny that e-books are most likely the wave of the publishing future. My biggest issue with e-books is piracy. As someone who refuses to read or watch anything that isn’t paid for, I’m offended by those who read stolen work and, especially, upload it.
What types of prewriting activities do you do? (i.e. research, outlines)
I believe my main pre-writing activity is life itself. My writing is undeniably influenced by my experiences, encounters and outlook on life. To be more specific, I find nature to be my biggest inspiration since my best ideas for plots, characters and settings come to me while hiking, walking at the beach or merely being outside and near water. Additionally, when I’m writing short stories, I usually don’t outline but rather let my imagination run wild. The Horror Diaries and Legends Unleashed series are perfect examples of this technique. However, when it comes to longer works, including screenplays, I always have a detailed outline.
What is your favourite part of promoting your book?
My favorite aspect of promotion is being featured in newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs. I love talking about my books, movies, hobbies and writing in general, so being interviewed is one of my most-liked promotion activities – as is hosting contests since it helps to widen an author’s readership.
What is your least favourite part of promoting your book?
My least favorite aspect of promotion is the time commitment it requires since it’s taking me away from working on my next book or screenplay. It would be wonderful to have a personal marketing manager since I believe marketing is one of the key factors for a book’s success.
What input, if any, did you have in the cover design?
I’ve worked with eleven different publishers and, for the most part, I provided a vision of how the cover should look. That being said, I didn’t always get the end result I had imagined. I am now responsible for creating the covers for all my titles published by Treasure Cove Books, Syren Books and Diamond Dust Books. I love covers that are eye-catching and bright, but not oversaturated with pictures. Also, the font must be very readable. Cover design trends I’m currently into are gothic, floral and cut-off portraits.
Heather Beck is a Canadian author and screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Her first book was published when she was only nineteen years old. Since then she has written several well-reviewed books.
Heather recently received an Honors Bachelor of Arts from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on two young adult novels and has six anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include Young Eyes, The Rarity and Too Sensible For Love.
Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.
Win Heather’s Books:
Heather has graciously offered an ebook prize pack of 4 of her books from her Legends Unleashed series to one luck reader. The books included are: Sir Tristan’s Estate, Lure Of The Merman, Hot Egyptian Nights and Where Feelings Go To Die.
To enter, complete the Rafflecopter form below. Open worldwide. All books will be awarded in PDF format.