Today at Author Stalker, we have the amazing Bethany-Kris. Her mafia books reminds me of the Godfather or Sopranos. They just scream mafia. I love it!!!
Me: Hi, Bethany!
Bethany: Hi, Hon!
Me: Um, why are we at a church?
Bethany: I have heard that there are stalkers lurking around and felt that this would be the safest place to meet. The Marcellos would approve.
Me: <laughs nervously> Stalkers you say? I am sure there are some friendly stalkers out there… but let’s not talk about that. Let’s get on with the interview, shall we? How long have you been writing? Are you writing full time or part time?
Bethany: So many authors say they have been writing their entire lives, but that’s just not the case with me. I have been reading for my entire life — a form of escape, you could say. I have been writing online since 2007, but professionally since 2013-ish. That’s around the time when my first book was picked up by Evernight Publishing. I have been writing full-time since 2015, so three years. I quit my job to work full-time once I knew I was making a living doing it, and I was not risking my children’s financial stability. Before that, I worked 11 at night until 7 in the morning, and wrote whenever I have five free minutes.
Me: What influenced you to write?
Bethany: I can’t say someone particular influenced me to write — my hubby was supportive in me writing full-time, as far as that went. I started writing to combat postpartum depression, and it just continued from there.
Me: What is your first book released and how did you feel when you published it? Excited? Scared?
Bethany: My first book to be published was A Mile High. It’s a short (like 16k short) erotic romance, if you can even call it that. It’s more like erotica. People meet on a place randomly, hook up, and run into each other later by happenstance, enter the HEA. I was probably excited to get it published, I really can’t remember. The whole process was new, and I had big hopes for something that I had no idea about, to be honest. Call me a cynic, but hopes and dreams are smashed in the land of publishing, really. I think all in all, that particular book has sold less than 30 copies. It wasn’t until a few books later when I went out on my on to become an Indie author that I finally started to get excited about this thing called publishing
Me: What can you tell us about your new book, Loyalty?