After a brief detour in the movie industry, Bec returned to her passion for writing and history. DREAM WAKERS is her debut novel and the first installment in The Veiled Prophecy Series. When she is not writing, she is nursing her coffee addiction and spending time with her beloved horse.
Dream Wakers came from snippets of conversations with strangers, or a curiosity in poorly maintained history. I have had a terribly strong imagination since I was a child, and I believe that this series was what manifested when I unbridled its intensity.
2. Who inspires you?
In literature, I am inspired by James Joyce’s ability to layer meanings inside his script, Ayn Rand’s bold ideas, and anything to do with old philosophers. Poetry inspires me to embrace the beauty of words. But all that is unknown awakens my inspiration in a way that is untouchable.
James Joyce, Jane Austen, Brendan Behan, Ayn Rand, Mária Szepes, Voltaire, Madeleine L’Engle, Jim Fergus, C.S. Lewis, Maeve Binchy....the list is very long.
4.What got you into writing?
I remember making up stories as a child and begging my mother to take me to work so I could use the typewriter. Writing has been with me for as long as I can remember, and I loved it before I loved reading. It was my friend when I was little and shy, my outlet when I couldn’t make sense of an adult world, and an indulgence when I let my imagination wander. I wish I could give a direct answer, but I truly can’t say.
5.Any advice for people who want to become an author?
Listen to the calling. When the rest of the world tells you to get a real job, keep writing. When they think you are nerdy, keep writing. When the words dry up and you want to throw your pen at the wall.....keep writing. Listen to the world around you, look for what it isn’t showing you. Have a voracious appetite for human nature. Push your own boundaries and dare your imagination to surprise you. Allow yourself to be a writer.
6.Hardest part of being a writer?
I think the hardest part of being a writer is managing your created world and the one you actually live in. Not many understand the straddling we must do between worlds. It can feel lonely sometimes. Second to that, I think it can be hard to commit to a productive schedule. We have learned to put responsibility (like second jobs, or “real careers”) in front of desire, I think. As a writer, you have to switch that and make your desire to write your first responsibility.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe made me love reading. A Wrinkle In Time stirred my fearsome imagination. A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man expanded my expectations of literature. The Red Lion made me feel like I knew nothing, and Outlander indulged my guilty pleasures.
An untold prophecy hides in the dreams of two strangers. Outgrowing the fairytales of her grandfather, Emmy's explosive personality set her on a fast track for success in the eye of America's social standards, until her abusive marriage forced her to flee town.
Lillian sought a simple existence in the solace of England's rural countryside, wanting only to disappear into her herbalism books after the death of her mentor and the return of her childhood hauntings.
In slumber, their lives converge, forcing each woman to search for answers about the strangers they meet in dreaming. Answers that have been kept from them and the others for centuries. A strange prophecy will drag them in between the lines of the past to confront the formidable adversaries controlling their lives, and uncover their identity.
It’s a tie between interacting with readers and spending my days living in my imagination. I love hearing from readers as much as I love daydreaming about the current hot lead for whatever book I’m writing.
2. Can you tell us about your books?
I have one series out and then several standalone books. All paranormal. The series is about six unique women who discover werewolves exist in our world. It’s more complex than a human girl falls in love with a werewolf. Way more! These women have abilities and they need to discover the purpose for them. Along the way, we also learn why the werewolves have remained hidden among us...and a whole mess more. ;)
Of the two standalone’s Touch is a full-length novel about a girl cursed with the ability to see her future with any boy she touches. Sounds good, right? Nope. In every future, she sees the boy die young. Touch follows Tessa’s journey as she discovers why she’s cursed and struggles with her choices to end the curse. Did I mention a super hot demon in there too?
The other standalone, Shadows and Light, is a compilation of novellas I put together. Werewolves, angels, warlocks...there’s something in there for everyone who loves paranormal.
3. What do you to overcome writers block?
Usually, I start talking to myself while I clean. :D I always help myself through it.
4. Who are some of your favourite authors and have they inspired you in any way?
I have shelves of favorite authors! It’s too hard to pick. If I look at my shelves, I see I have the moved of Christine Feehan, CL Wilson, and Sherrilyn Kennyon. That’s just the shelf in this room. I’ve added more in my daughter’s room. Stephen King lives there. lol
5. What are you currently reading?
Sadly, nothing. I’m working on Book 4 and trying really hard to stay focused.
6. Tips for anyone who wants to become an author?
Keep writing! I struggled to finish my first book. To me, it’s always easy to find the start of a story, but where do you say, “okay, that’s enough,” and end it? The answer is to keep writing. The ending will come.
Once you have your completed book, decide if you want to be traditionally published or self-published. There’s still a lot of stigma against self-publishing, but I think it’s turning around a bit. I would love to be traditionally published, but I found I don’t have the patience for the query process. There’s just so much waiting...and the characters were yelling at me to be let out.
Marketing is absolutely necessary. Whether your traditionally published or self-published, be prepared to spend a good chunk of time marketing yourself. What does that mean? Find sites that will advertise your book, connect with other authors, and be social on social media sites (that’s the simpled down version ;) ).
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."