Monday, 14 January 2013

Interview: Heather Beck of Whispers in the Shadows

At the Other End:
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. 


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Author Bio:
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.

Handy Hinty Links:
Goodreads:                           Legends Unleashed                              Heather Beck

Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I’ve been writing for eleven years, so I have quite the backlist. I’m probably best known for
writing The Horror Diaries, a series of scary stories for middle graders. This series includes:
Haunted, Journeys Through The Unknown, and Creatures Of The Night. I also write the
Legends Unleashed series. These paranormal romance books for adults include What
Legends Are Made Of and Whispers In The Shadows. Finally, I’m a screenwriter. My past
productions include: Young Eyes, The Rarity and Too Sensible For Love. These films range
vastly in terms of subject matter. Young Eyes is a social commentary about the negative
impact the media has on young girls, while The Rarity is a paranormal romance, and Too
Sensible For Love is a dark romantic comedy.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Honestly, after all the hard work, I’m just glad to have my book available to readers. I never
have expectations, and instead focus on my feelings of accomplishment. I’m also usually
busy promoting the book as well as working on new projects. There’s never a lot of time to
sit back and relax.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
Whispers In The Shadows was inspired by my love of paranormal romances and the idea that
anything is possible. I enjoy creating surreal plots and settings, and with this anthology, I’ve
allowed my imagination to run wild. It has a ghostly love triangle, a sexy Egyptian tour guide
who hides an ancient secret, a perfect man who really can offer eternal love and so much
more. One element that is consistent throughout Whispers In The Shadows is the presence
of a strong female protagonist who transcends her daily life to find an extraordinary world;

it’s about fantastical emancipation told in a fun and sexy way.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
Every time I’m about to read a review, I still get nervous. 98% of the reviews I receive are
positive and that means so much to me. After all, I want people to enjoy the worlds and
characters I create. Literary preferences are very subjective though, so I have received a
handful of less than stellar reviews. I can’t deny that it sucks, but as long as I love my works
and the positive reviews heavily outweigh the negative, I’m happy!

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
If I remember correctly, it took me about 4-6 months to pen Whispers In The Shadows.
The editing process took another 2 months. As for the planning process, I always keep
a notebook filled with ideas, so when it comes time to work on a new project, I refer to
that notebook. Since paranormal romance is my favorite genre, I have several story ideas
featuring fantastical worlds, characters and plots. The hard part was choosing which ideas
to execute into stories. This selection process takes roughly a week, and the most important
aspect is choosing ideas which have similar themes but are also very different.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
A fun part of being an author is giving suggestions for the cover art and then seeing the
finished product for the first time. I’ve worked with several publishers and, for the most
part, I’ve been happy with the covers. Now, I do all the cover art for my titles published by
Diamond Dust Books, Treasure Cove Books and Syren Books. I choose stock art, sometimes
blend images and then use eye-catching fonts. Although I’m the first to admit that there are
graphic artists who are way more experienced than me, I do love the covers I’ve created.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
Most recently, my teen drama, Vocations, was re-released, and the fourth book in The
Horror Diaries series, Supernatural, will be released this June. My short film, Circular
– a chilling social commentary about war – will be filmed, as well as Witch’s Brew – a
paranormal love story with some massive twists. Also, I’m working with a few production
companies on different screenwriting projects. Finally, I’m currently writing Frostbitten, a
young adult werewolf romance that I outlined years ago. Luckily, now seems like a perfect
time for that genre.

8. Top 3 books
The Bible
Anything by Tennessee Williams
Anything by Jack London

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
I highly value the labor and love that goes into creating a book, and I could never wish to
have written something that wasn’t mine. Additionally, it’s a treat to find a book that wholly
engrosses me, so if I had written it myself, the anticipation of the story would be ruined
because I’d know what’s going to happen next!

10. Why read your novel?
Whispers In The Shadows is fun, sexy, creative, fast-paced and filled with fantastical plot
lines that are constantly twisting and turning. I promise that you’ve never read stories like
these before.

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