WG: Welcome Beth. Thanks for
stepping into my spotlight this month. To start off, please tell us
BC: I’ve lived
all over the country- Maryland, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee- but most
of my life I’ve lived in either Georgia or Louisiana. I got my
degree in public relations from the University of Georgia and worked
in PR for a little while before I moved with my husband to
Louisiana. Once here for a few months I decided to pursue my love
of writing fiction. I have one preteen son and two cats. I love
reading and traveling to see new places.
talk about your own personal road to publication:
there some individual, group or event that you can point to as the
catalyst/impetus that set you on the road to becoming a writer?
BC: I owe much
of my romance writing training to my local RWA chapter, the NOLA
STARs. Once I got involved with them, I began attending conferences
and found critique partners with whom I honed my writing.
WG: Tell us about your journey.
BC: I’ve been
writing stories since I was a kid I had the desire to be published
for many years before anything I wrote was anywhere near
publishable. After I learned the craft through RWA and the NOLA
STARS, I began entering contests to fine tune my writing. Once I
finalled in a few contest I was encouraged to take my writing
seriously and I really buckled down and pursued publication. It
took several months to land an agent and many more months (3 years)
after finding an agent to get my first print publishing contract.
So you could say I’ve been on the road to publication for most of my
life with serious pursuit for around five years before I sold.
WG: How many
books did you complete before you sold your first? Have all/any of
them sold since?
BC: I finished
about ten books before I sold and my June release, IN PROTECTIVE
CUSTODY, was a previous manuscript that I reworked and sold.
WG: What changed most about your life as a direct result of joining
the ranks of published authors?
BC: I found out
how much work there is to being a writer besides just writing
books! There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes with editing,
promotion, travel (optional), production work for the publisher (art
facts sheets and the like), website maintenance… the list goes on
about your writing process:
Do you maintain a set schedule? Is there such a thing as a typical
day for you?
BC: I do most of
my writing in the morning before lunchtime. I’ll generally re-read
what I’ve done the day before to get me back into the flow of
things, but if I get stuck, I’ve been known to write scenes out of
WG: Do you have
a ‘mood setter’, something (music, ritual, environment, etc) you use
to get you going when you sit down to write?
BC: Music works well for me to set a mood and keep me going,
especially for tense action scenes or other highly emotional
WG: Do you do a
lot of up front plotting before you start or do you just dive in?
BC: I generally
have a pretty good idea of where my story is going, but I don’t
always have every scene plotted out. Sometimes ideas come that
surprise me and I work them in if they fit the story. Sometimes I
have to scrap ideas I’ve had since the story inception because the
plot moved in a different direction I hadn’t expected. Having an
outline or framework, though, helps me keep moving forward.
WG: Has anything
about the way you work changed since you became a published author?
BC: I’m having
to plot out more in advance to sell the story ideas to my editor.
So yes, I’m plotting in advance more.
WG: And on a
more general note:
Do you have a
favorite genre/sub-genre as a writer? as a reader?
suspense is my favorite as a reader and as a writer.
WG: Is there a
genre you haven't been published in yet that you'd like to try your
hand at someday?
BC: I’d love to
write inspirational romance. My faith is important to me and I’d
love to share it with others through my writing.
WG: Do you have
any advice to offer writers still striving toward publication?
BC: Never, never, never give up! J
I love to collect
quotes, all kinds of quotes - inspirational, quirky, motivational,
profound, etc. Do you have a personal favorite you'd like to share?
BC: Well, other
than the Winston Churchill quote I just used J…I have this quote on
in the direction of your dreams; live the life you've imagined.
WG: Tell us about
plans for future books.
BC: My next two
upcoming books are IN
PROTECTIVE CUSTODY coming June 2006 from Silhouette Intimate Moments
and CHASING A DREAM from Five Star Expressions in September 2006. IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY won the Golden Heart back in 2001 as an
unpublished manuscript and just received a 4 ½ star Top Pick rating
from Romantic Times Magazine! It is a sentimental favorite of mine
and I’m thrilled to be sharing the story with readers. In a
nutshell, IPC is about a man who promises his sister to protect her
newborn son from the criminal family of her dead husband. He’s
really got his hands full with learning to care for a newborn, but
he receives help-and finds love- from a most unexpected source.
CHASING A DREAM tackles the tough
subject of domestic violence. The heroine is escaping an abusive
relationship after she learns her “husband” is responsible for
several murders as well. It’s an on-the-run, woman-in-jeopardy
story, which I love! CHASING A DREAM will be available in hard
WG: And before we
close, tell us how your fans can get in touch with you.
BC: Contact me
though my website: www.bethcornelison.com
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