Ask the Author: Amy C. Beckinsale
What would you like readers to know about you?
First thing you need to know about me, is that I’m a complete nutter. I mean it. You ask any of my friends, they will tell you I have a heart of gold and am as loyal as it gets but I’m also a total fruit bat! All you have to do is log in to twitter and watch some of my live feed tweets where I’m cooking. I refuse to act my age and am usually the one making an absolute fool out of themselves. Pretty sure it’s in the family bloodline!
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
One Night Forever is an Urban Romantic Fiction. Based in the city of London, Megan Ashton envies her friends who have successful careers and live lavish lifestyles where she feels left behind. One weekend she visits the city to help her friend celebrate a promotion. Drowning in her sorrows, and gritting her teeth during dinner an opportunity arises in which she accepts. As the night continues a mysterious businessman takes a shine to her. Handsome and successful, he was everything Megan had dreamt, but this whirlwind of unexpected change would not come without a price.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I found the writing came from within. I am a fan of many authors, ranging from romance to thriller, but it was actually a conversation I had in work with friends that put me on the writing path. We began suggesting what each of us would be good at. My friend (Ami) said she could see me writing a screenplay one day, because of my love for theatre and film. I thought nothing of it until I was in the shop alone, I opened my notes and began tapping away. Low and behold, the beginning of the story emerged.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I have three scenes I enjoyed writing. The first is the club scene where our two main characters meet. Second, the company (JMC) Christmas Party and thirdly…Christmas Day. I don’t want to say why and what happens because I don’t want to ruin it for people who may not have read it yet. But those scenes have a mixture of emotional aspects. Humour and sadness.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I have so many to list. Like I mentioned before, J L Carrell and Ruth Cardello. There is also Simon Kernick, who wrote crime. Gillian Flynn. I picked up another book by Linwood Barclay the other day; I really enjoy thrillers as well as romance. Autobiographies, Shakespeare and film scripts.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Just do it. There are no rules saying you can’t. If you feel a story blossoming within, get it out. Carry a notepad around with you (I have many) for when inspiration hits and don’t feel scared of starting. My first draft of ONF was as messy as it gets, but it was out. Later, I began playing with it, tidying it up and then I sent it to a professional editor who worked his magic. (Thank you again Liam). This was over a course of a couple of years, it does take time. Don’t rush.
Approaching publishing houses is a big step, and it can feel nerve-wracking. Believe me, I know. They may give you advice, they may reject your manuscript. Expect this, it’s a tough industry. But the right publisher will come along at the right time and you will be like you’re on cloud nine!
Find and join writing groups. Build a social media presence, reach out to other writers.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not a professional author/writer just because you’re not published yet. You’re writing, so call yourself an author. Shout about it, and be proud of yourself and your work.
One day you’ll look back at your finished manuscript and say.
‘Damn, I wrote that, that was written by me!’
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