This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and best-selling author, Beth Ciotta!
Beth will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Derring-Do: The Passionate Writer’s Guide to Success is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.
For more information on our conference, how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.
Please welcome Beth!
How did you come up with the idea for HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY?
Although I’ve had a few other releases since HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY (2013), I’m highlighting this particular novel because it finaled in the paranormal category of this year’s RWA RITA contest—Such an honor! I’m still reeling!
HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY is the second book in the series: The Glorious Victorious Darcys. The concept was born of a love of fantastical treasure hunts and morphed into a steampunk adventure where two time periods meld—The Victorian Age meets the Age of Aquarius. After pinpointing the basis of my ‘world’ these tales took off in ways I never imagined. A total rush to write.
What was the most difficult aspect of writing HIS CLOCKWORK CANARY
The world-building. Deciding how and why my alternate world came to be and then creating that world—the history, the lingo, the social and political environment. Since I based my world on a melding of the late 1800s and the late 1960s, reality-based facts were also essential. Research was intense and as important as imagination. Perhaps most interesting to me were the social and political aspects of the 1960s and how they mirrored similar elements in the Victorian Age. Writing this series is a challenge and a thrill!
Do you write multiple drafts or barely need revisions when typing, The End?
I write in layers. Going back and polishing or weaving in new details to what I wrote the day before and then moving on. I can’t move forward until I feel a click. Each scene propels me to the next. I tend to rewrite the first half of the book several times and then the second half almost always flows–first draft. Until revisions. It’s not what I’d call a fast process, but it’s the process that comes naturally to me.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Passion, perseverance, and dedication to craft are key. I’m also believer in positive networking. Don’t focus on what others can do for you. Consider what you can do for others. Generosity and genuine intentions will come back to you tenfold.
What books can we expect to see in the near future?
The fourth and final novel in my contemporary series—The Cupcake Lovers. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE releases July 2014. My Cupcake Lover novella—SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL will appear in a Christmas Anthology with stories by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, and Sugar Jamison later this fall. Super excited about that!
Also this fall, BEAUTY & THE BIKER, the launch book in a new contemporary series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit! These stories are modern day fairy tales and very close to my heart. I can’t wait to share them with the world.
Lastly, the continuation of my steampunk series—The Glorious Victorious Darcys. A busy but exciting year!
Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite number: 10
Favorite Actor: Cary Grant *swoon*
Favorite Actress: Sandra Bullock
Wine or liquor? Wine
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Decaf or caffeinated? CAFFEINATED!
Boxers or briefs? Briefs
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Donald Duck or Goofy? Goofy
Frozen (the movie) or Tangled? Tangled
Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? Depp. *sigh*
Want to meet or attend Beth’s workshop? Make sure you check out the information on our conference at http://www.njromancewriters.org and register come June 1st!