Q&A with Beth

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When did you realize that you wanted to be an author?

I realized I wanted to be an author when I started to write. I had this thought of writing a book, but it wasn’t until I started that I was like, “I love this, I hope I get to do this when I grow up!” Which is awesome because I when I had to stop working with horses after my back injury, I thought I’d never love doing anything again. 

How long does it take for you to write one of your books?

 It’s hard to say really, it’s based on how much I have going on. If my day goes well I can write for several hours. If I have three peed beds, two sicks dogs, and a full moon, not so much. It took me over a year to write the first book, but I suspect the second time around will be easier. That’s the saying, right… 

What does your family and close friends think of your writing?

My inner circle is super supportive. Mostly because they hope the books do well and I stop borrowing money from them for vet bills. But I’ll take it, support in this world is rare and so important to have! 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

 I think I write the way I speak, which isn't always a good thing, and it probably comes across like that weird aunt who cusses too much and always tells crazy stories at Christmas dinner. Like, she’s laughing her ass off (at her own story) and everyone else is laughing their asses off (at her and not the story). I guess we’ll see if I get invited back next Christmas… 

What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself during this process?

 That I loved to write. And that I was smart enough to navigate the process. I was so dumb when I started! There’s the writing and the formatting and the publishing and the marketing. I was so overwhelmed. But I’m getting there and it’s nice to feel like I’ll make it. Baby steps, but I’ll make it! 

When did you write your first book?

 I started writing The Buddy System over eight years ago, but then we got the sick puppies and that was that. I started again last year and published just before Christmas. God willing and nobody drops off a chicken coop full of puppies this winter, I’ll have volume two, Friends of Cole, published about the same time this year.