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October 23, 2012

Interview With Author, Heather Beck and Giveaway

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Today, we are so thrilled to have author, Heather Beck stop by the blog for a little Q & A!

Not only is Heather a Canadian author, but she’s also a Screenwriter!

Time to get a little up close and personal with

Heather Beck!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

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.

1.      Tell us how different the writing process is for a novel vs. a screenplay.

Both novels and screenplays must have a solid story, well-developed characters and great dialogue, but that’s where the similarities end. With novels, a writer can be much more descriptive and delve deep into character’s thoughts. However, with screenwriting, you must “show, not tell” so a writer has many more limitations. Also, formatting is very different; scripts definitely have a stricter format to follow.

 

2.      What screen plays have you written?
I have created and written pilot episodes for five TV shows. They are in various stages of development with different production companies. The genres of these shows range from paranormal for kids to family dramas. I’ve also written two feature films. My completed short films include Young EyesThe Rarity and Too Sensible For Love. Please check out the official trailer for The Rarity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URAS3utDlqo) and behind the scenes footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v067Dv4OLI)

 

3.      Which do you prefer writing?  Screenplay or novel?
That’s such a tough question! I fell in love with writing books first and every time I receive one of my new books, I’m still excited. There is definitely anticipation to see the final product. I also love that, with books, the writer has a lot more control and can delve deeper into characters’ thoughts. Whereas, in scripts, writing inner dialogue and anything that isn’t visual is frowned upon. Writers also lose a certain amount of control in films simply because there are so many people involved. The large collaboration process of films can be positive though, especially when working with individuals who share your vision or even have ideas or ways to improve upon it. When comparing the cost differences between producing a book (especially an e-book) and a film, the book definitely comes out on top. For example, The Rarity cost the production company over $1000 per minute of screen time! Then again, there is something sublime about seeing your words come to life. In my mind, I enjoy and love writing books and films equally.

 

4.      Tell us about your most recent book or upcoming project?
I have a lot of projects in various stages of development. In November, my third short film, Too Sensible For Love, will be released. It’s a dark romantic comedy about a girl who thinks she’s found her prince charming. In January, my coming-of-age teen drama, Vocations, will be re-released, and in June, the fourth book in The Horror Diaries series, Supernatural, will be published. I’m currently working on Assorted Candies – an anthology of literary romances for teens – that has a tentative release date of July 2014.

 

5.      How long did it take you to get published?
I started writing seriously when I was sixteen. I thoroughly researched the publishing industry while writing my first book, which was published when I was nineteen. I was definitely lucky to land a contract with a small, but traditional, publishing company on my third query letter/submission. After that first publication, the contracts came fairly quickly. If I had tried to get an agent in order to submit to larger publishing houses, I know the process would have been considerably longer.

 

6.      You write a variety of genres.  Is there a specific one that you prefer to write?
That’s another tough question because I do write many genres for several age groups. I’m probably best known for writing scary stories for kids such as The Horror Diaries series. I’ve been writing these creepy, imaginative and suspenseful stories for ten years now and am flabbergasted by the positive response from readers and television producers (it’s in development for a TV series). I also write a lot of contemporary coming-of-age stories for young adults. Lately, I’ve been making my young adult books more literary in an attempt to push the boundaries of genre expectation. This is best exemplified by my work in the Syren Signature Series. Additionally, I write paranormal romances for adults. These stories, found in the Legends Unleashed series, are concerned with emotional and physical emancipation – essentially transcending the ordinary to find a beautiful life. The protagonist is always a strong woman who finds romance with an extraordinary man. Legends Unleashed is definitely an escapist series inspired by imagination and boundless possibilities. So, to finally answer your question, I can’t choose just one favourite genre!

 

7.      What authors (past or present) have influenced you in your writing career?
My literary influences are Tennessee Williams and Jack London. I’ve read all of Williams’ plays and am amazed by his ability to be so blatant, accurate and compassionate about the human condition. He really gets to the core of what it means to be human, and he does so in a beautiful and entertaining way. In my own writing, I strive to achieve Williams’ signature feat. Regarding London, I am impressed by his depiction of the struggle between man and nature. This is a theme that has always interested me, probably due to my love of nature. London has helped to shape my goal of writing a great wilderness adventure.

 

8.      Is there a soundtrack/playlist that you like to write to?  Can you give us a few of your favorite songs?
I prefer silence when I’m writing; since that isn’t always possible, I’ve adapted to writing in most situations. I don’t intentionally listen to music while I’m writing, but music can be inspirational when I’m thinking of ideas for books and screenplays. I love a lot of songs including Marianas Trench’s Fallout and Simple Plan’s Summer Paradise, but Wyclef Jean and Claudette Ortiz’s Dance Like This is my all-time favourite.

 

9.      What are some of your all-time favorite movies?
I love creature features, specifically Jurassic Park, because it’s such a unique idea that was well-executed. I also love Gremlins because it’s a terrific blend of horror and comedy, and Gizmo was so cute! Titanic is another favourite movie of mine because, in my opinion, it was flawless. My favourite romantic movie is definitely Dirty Dancing Havana Nights since I’ve always found the motif of forbidden love intriguing.

 

Connect with Heather:  Website / Goodreads

 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog
and letting us all get to know you!  

 

Heather’s latest release, Whispers In The Shadows, is available now!

 

Fall in love, if you dare…

Inside these pages are jilted ghosts who seek revenge, a sexy tour guide with deadly secrets, cunning mermen who emerge from the ocean, a magical forest where love truly can last for eternity, and a new breed of men who are too good to be true.

Filled with chills, twists and boundless passion, Whispers In The Shadows explores the beauty of love along with its darker side.

*Whispers In The Shadows includes volumes 5-9 of the Legends Unleashed series.

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Heather has generously offered up a few of her books for one lucky winner!
Sir Tristan’s Estate 
Blue Water 
Where Feelings Go To Die 
Hot Egyptian Nights 
.
Complete the Form below and be entered to win all four books in PDF format.
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5 Comments

  1. Jan Bethel
    10/23/2012

    The cover is luring and the plot is enticing! Wow. Great interview. Thanks!

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  2. Natalie Cleary
    10/23/2012

    Sounds really good! Ive never heard of these so have added them to my list :)

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  3. Filia Oktarina
    10/24/2012

    Thanks for giveaway!!
    This book sounds great and the cover was beautiful.

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  4. Evie
    10/25/2012

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

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  5. Denice Mae
    11/6/2012

    Thank you for this!!!

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