Interview with Amy C Beckinsale
- What is the first book that made you cry?
I have only cried once when reading a book, and it was happy tears. My favourite book, which I have read many times is ‘The Shakespeare Secret’ by J L Carrell. I don’t want to spoil it, but I was so excited when a character came back into the story I started sobbing. If you like Shakespeare, like I do, I highly recommend the book and it’s sequel ‘The Shakespeare Curse’.
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
SOCIAL MEDIA! It’s such a pain, but we need it to help advertise our work. My parrot, Buddy, too. He’s such a cutie pie, but also a massive distraction. He has a habit, when he’s out, of biting my laptop screen and going after things he’s not allowed. Yet when he’s in his home (we don’t like calling his home a cage) he’s a noisy lad! He makes it hard to concentrate. Gorgeous little feathered boy. (Buddy is A Congo African Grey) As I’ve been typing this, he’s just landed on my head!
- Who is one author are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My fellow writer and friend, Thomas A Lay, who introduced me to RhetAskew Publishing. I wouldn’t be where I am if we hadn’t been introduced by a mutual friend. So thank you Tom. We have had many coffee dates talking about writing techniques and the best practices.
- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
It doesn’t matter if it’s not right straight away, you can edit later, just write for yourself. You’re telling yourself the story. Editing comes later. Just get the damn thing on paper! Don’t give yourself such a hard time, you are your own worst critic, but one day someone will read your work and give you the praise you deserve. Keep writing.
- How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I learnt a lot from editors and understood that I don’t need to write long exclamations in scenes, as the power of the readers mind will take over as they read.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? If you have not made any money, dream about it?
A new laptop for sure to start! As some know, I began writing on my phone. In fact I still have those files in my notes. Yet when I bought my MacBook my writing progressed at high speed! Secondly, I have to say investing in a professional editor, who performed a full line edit, and proof read including highlighting grammar and errors that I as an author had overlooked. How many authors can say they are sure they have checked their work and it’s perfect? I know I can’t! Investing in an editor, I feel, is really important. Liam J Cross highlighted sections that I hadn’t even noticed. And to add, sending your work off can be scary, but it is the best thing you can do if you want your work to shine and stand out. They are there to help you be the best you can be.
- As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I would have to say a hybrid of a sloth and a squirrel. It all depends on what time of the day you catch me. I could be sleeping, about to have a nap…OR I’m a hyperactive crazy nutter who is running around overly excited about something! Remember that squirrel from the movie ‘Over the Hedge’? Yeah, that’s me!
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have the second two books in the One Night Forever series, which are in edit. Yes, there are three! Maybe even four?
‘A Christmas Miracle’; a short story, with guest characters from One Night Forever (I’m not telling you which ones!) ‘Meet Me Again’; a suspense/romance crossover, based in a hospital. And I also found notes about a thriller idea that I wish to co write with my husband. I have titled it ‘Shadow People’
- Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
I am going to go back to ‘The Shakespeare Secret’. Only because after I read it, I fell in love with Shakespeare all over again and enrolled in a course with the Open University to study his plays. I even looked into moving to London to try and land a job at The Globe, on Southbank. Needless to say, money was an issue, as London is rather expensive, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the learning process. Fast forward a few years and I can say I passed the course and played ‘Hero’ in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
It’s funny you ask that question as my name male lead in ONF was not named by me. My husband (Geraint) came up with Aidan, as I didn’t want him to have generic name. As I have a ‘little’ thing for Aidan Turner (Vampire in the UK’s version of ‘Being Human’), he suggested that particle name and I found the character’s personality matched the name. As for surname ‘Costello’, I was at work and my friend was serving a customer who was giving her her email for the receipt of her goods. When she said Costello, my friend (Kirsten) and I just looked at each other and grinned. Poor woman was probably wondering what in hell was wrong with us. Therefore, Aidan Costello was named by my Husband and my friend. As for the name women in the book; Megan, Clare, Lucy, Emma and Daisy… Without realizing what I was doing, I had named them all after my cousins! You’re welcome ladies.
- What is your favorite childhood book?
I read, reread and reread ‘The Little Ghost’ by Otfried Preußler. Along with ‘The Worst Witch’ series by Jill Murphy. Both are still favourites of mine and yes, I do still have original books at home.
Author Biography– Amy C. Beckinsale
What would you say if we told you Amy C Beckinsale began writing her debut novel on her phone? Well, that is exactly how her writing career began. After a discussion about their futures in the shop where they worked, one of her friends mentioned she could see Amy writing a screenplay one day. Thinking nothing of it, Amy carried on her day, only to find herself randomly typing about how the day was dragging on her phone and how she had found herself in a career she really didn’t want to be in. Low and behold, she had the opening sequence of One Night Forever. Finding that she had stumbled upon something special, she began exploring, developing and building a world that had been stuck inside of her. Creating the story and characters that she now couldn’t not live without. A third of the novel (the very first drafts) are still on her phone to this very day! Amy also has a love for acting, enjoys movies and has an extreme addiction to Armani and Adam Ant!
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Book Blurb for One Night Forever
Megan envied her friends, all in successful careers and living lavish lives while she careered into her thirties with little to show for it. One night while drowning her sorrows and gritting her teeth through her friends’ success stories, a mysterious businessman takes an unexpected shine to her. Handsome, rich, successful, he was everything Megan had ever dreamt of, but this whirlwind romance will not come without a price.
One Night Forever by A.C. Beckinsale
Reviewed by Katherine Soto
One Night Forever is a romance novel written by A.C. Beckinsale. A one-night chance meeting turns into more for Megan and Aidan. The past raises its ugly head a few times in the story, but the two lovebirds manage to make it look easy to keep a relationship together. They seem to be the perfect fit for one another. The relationship happens fast. Both had past relationships that raise their ugly heads in the middle of the story. Aidan is a likable multimillionaire. He acts like a down to earth man who has major responsibilities. Megan is a character in her own right, a strong woman who is a sales rep. She was brought up in a poor town outside London, her friend offers her a better job in London. She has a past that catches up with them toward the end of the book.
This is a cute romance between two people who love one another. It is not G-rated due to the swearing that happens in conversations. I waited for the typical romance where: girl finds boy, something happens, girl leaves boy, they get back together, but this book is not written as a typical romance formula book. It was a pleasure to read about a different type of relationship- a happy one that seems to work for both people. I hope I get to follow this couple again.