Thursday, December 29, 2011

Interview with Heather Beck



Welcome, Author & Screenwriter, Heather Beck. Thanks for joining us today and answering some questions.

1. I see Author/Screenwriter & H.B.A., Eng. Specialist in your email signature. Give us more details about what you write.

I have been writing professionally since I was sixteen years old and had my first book published when I was nineteen. Needless to say, English has always been my favorite subject at school, and I was lucky enough to attend university where I earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts with a Specialist in English. I write a lot of scary stories for kids which can be found in The Horror Diaries series. These tales are unique, fast-paced and filled with adventures, chills and many surprises. I also write coming-of-age fiction for teens, and lately these stories have become more literary in nature. I am very proud of these works which can be found in the Syren Signature Series. The final genre I write is paranormal romance for older teens/adults. This includes the Legends Unleashed series and print anthologies, What Legends Are Made Of and Whispers In The Shadows (which comes out this January). Additionally, I write short and feature length scripts as well as teleplays (TV scripts). I’ve had two short films produced (one even won an award) and am currently working on several projects with some very talented industry professionals.

2. Since you write a lot in the paranormal genre, what is your favorite mythical creature?

I like many mythical creatures such as vampires, werewolves, witches and mischievous gnomes. However, my absolute favorite creature is the siren. Although I can do without the part where they bring destruction upon men, I love the rest of their mythology about beauty and seduction.

3. Do you Google your name?

When I was first published, I would sometimes Google my name to find out what people were saying about my work. However, after my third book, the novelty wore off. I probably should though, since it’s useful to find reviews of my work and use it for marketing purposes.

4. What is your weirdest trait?

My weirdest trait is that I actually enjoy housework. I like to keep things clean and tidy and take great pride in a well-kept home.

5. What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is that my TV shows will never get produced. Although I’ve had some success in the film industry and have been optioned many times, it’s extremely difficult to get funding. Since I believe in these projects so much and have put in a tremendous amount of effort, I would be devastated if they never came to life.

6. What is your current work-in-progress?

I am currently working on edits for the remaining 20 volumes in The Horror Diaries series as well as writing Assorted Candies, an anthology of literary romance for teens. I have also started writing Siren and Fairy Dust, two young adult novels in the paranormal romance genre. Finally, I will shortly begin work on What Fairy Tales Are Made Of, which will include the last four volumes in the Legends Unleashed series. I have plans for a few other books, but they will have to wait for quite some time since completing all the mentioned projects will probably take three or four years.

7. Where in the world are you? Don’t tell us a name, describe the place in a way that we should be able to guess a general location.

I live in a country that experiences all four seasons, and our best literary works often describe the struggle to adapt to life in the wilderness. Of course, I could also say I live in an igloo, love donuts and hockey and have a pet beaver, but that doesn’t apply to me. Although I wouldn’t be against the idea of a pet beaver!

8. What is your favorite fast-food joint?

I don’t eat much take-out food but when I do, it’s either Subway or Harvey’s.

9. Cats or dogs, love or hate them, and why?

I am a huge animal lover and cats and dogs are no exception to that. My favorite dog breeds are Huskies and Pomeranians, while for cats it is the Maine Coon and Bengal breeds that I prefer. I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember, and I guess it’s because they are cute, loving and playful.


10. Okay, for those of us unable to figure out your location, write the area down here, spelling it backwards.

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Thank you, Heather, for answering my questions. Please share some links of where we can find you on the web.

Thanks for having me! Please check out my website and the trailer for my vampire film, The Rarity.

Heather Beck


by Heather Beck

Available from Amazon

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Travel to Sir Tristan’s Estate, a place where ghosts roam freely and enter your dreams at night. Step aboard the Blue Oceana, a ship that will lead you to the world’s last merman. Get a ticket to Frank’s Freak Show to discover the truly disturbing main attraction. Finally, enter the doors of Karyn and Max Shield’s Costume and Magic Shop. It’s a place where you can buy merchandise that is out-of-this-world. These tales will leave you spellbound and yearning for more. Are you ready to find out what real legends are made of?

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