WHAT IS IT YOU WRITE?

I write books. Novels! They range from fantasy {with or without magic} to historical novels, some that are set in fictional European cities or that are historical merged with fantasy. There is a contemporary or two in the mix also.

I have a cadre of characters who often like to speak with me at inconvenient times. They show up wherever, expecting good and well to be given their due, to relate what it is they have to share. I do my best to oblige, always having a paper and pen on hand. I think they get together and despair of me, as when I try to copy out what they are saying to me or each other, I usually am less witty, or less poignant, than they are. Alas, they did come to me, so I will do my best to get their story where they want it to be. And I hope they feel somewhat represented. 


WHY DO YOU WRITE FICTION?

Well. I mean. There's so much to be said on the topic, but I'll start with this: I believe in fiction. In the power of fiction. As a teenager, when I saw a character that I had come to know, with their flaws and strengths and difficult situations, I watched them. I saw them try to stand against their impossible task with courage. I always translated this into my own life. That I too could stand against what was impossible. That I could have courage. That I could struggle, and still choose to keep going. I also think that sometimes we confront things in fiction that, although quite removed from the reality of our own lives, inspire us to understand our challenges with equal passion and grace. 


WHO DO YOU WRITE FOR?

For my readers. Whoever you are. You are who I am trying to find. I write my books so that an astute 14 year old could pick them up and love them, but that they would be enjoyed by any age up to 93. {My 97 year old great-aunt has read my books several times, so sky is the limit.} I love a book that breaks down the age barriers and just is. Waiting to be discovered. By anybody. 


WHY WRITING?

Because nothing else burns me up on the inside like writing does. I couldn't leave it alone if I tried. More on that later...


WHAT ARE YOU WRITING NOW?

Well. Now that The Q is out...

I have a short story that takes place a year and a half after The Q ends. 

I have a Christmas novella that will be released November 2017

I am also working on a book called THE BEAST OF TEN. 

And several others that I will keep you posted on...


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL?

The problem is that I was raised by parents who felt breakfast should actually be healthy... So, I tend to pick the more nutritious options from the shelf. That being said, were nutrition not an issue? Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my thing. 


CAN YOU READ MY MANUSCRIPT?

I'm sorry, but I am not the best one to do it. The best advice I have to give is to look around at who is in your life. Who you would trust as an alpha reader or beta reader? Work your hardest, and start with them. Also. The writing angels, or fates, or whatever forces that help us writers along, will respond to your efforts. As you write your drafts and look around, you will find the right people to read and advise and critique. This is a wonderful, custom experience for each writer. Be courageous. And keep going. You will find your trusted few who give you the advice and encouragement you need. 


CHEERS!

Beth Brower

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