Today we have Jane Beckenham blogging with us. She filled out a short interview for us about herself and her writing.
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have a "day job?"
My name is Jane Beckenham and I live in New Zealand where right now is summer and we’re all rushing round like nuts preparing for Christmas and summer holidays at the same time – a crazy time of year, because it’s also the end of the school year. I write contemporary romance, but also have written time travel romance and my first Regency is being released by Red Rose Publishing next year. This year I was wildly excited to sign my 13th book contract! So a lucky number for me.
Day job! Hey I’m a woman I multi task! Here’s the list – wife, mother, pet lover, writer – I write 24/7 if I can, plus I work a night shift duty from home for a healthcare provider. I do their phones. A very suitable occupation my husband says, because I’m never more happy than with a phone at my ear!
2. What made you want to become a writer and how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing about 10 years and really it was just the encouragement of a friend I met on line. However, a workmate once said to me that I always used to say I’d like to write, but honestly, I don’t remember that! But I do know that once I started, I haven’t been able to stop.
3. What is your favorite genre to write?
Oh, I have two favourites. Cotemporary and historical. My first foray into writing was actually through time travel romance which I do love. There is so much you can do with this, and of course it combines my love of history and contemporary in one book!
4. Do you have any particular writing rituals? Any snacks you must have while writing?
I tend to nibble a bit – nuts/dried fruit – and no I’m not a health nut, but it’s either that or chocolate. I used to write very early in the a.m. 5 or even 4, but it chops and change a bit these days.
5. What's up next for you in the writing world?
Well I’ve just had my 11th release – TO KISS AN ANGEL – this is a contemporary novella from Red Rose Publishing, and DESPERATELY SEEKING SANTA is now coming out in print! I have two more contracted novels to come out with Red Rose – my regency which I mentioned – A TRAITOR’S HEART, and another of my Sheikh stories –IN LOVE WITH THE SHEIKH. Plus my novels ROMEO FOR HIRE, and HE’S THE ONE, are being re-released from Samhain Publishing in 2010, so it’s going to be a busy year.
I was very excited as the reviewer from Coffee Time Romance gave TO TO KISS AN ANGEL 4 cups (stars) …”To Kiss An Angel is a cute, humorous holiday treat. Filled with sass and wit, you will enjoy Clark and Angel’s story. This is a great gift for yourself or a friend anytime of the year you would like a bit of sweet treat.” Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & MoreIt’s always a relief when you get your first review…. Like yes, ok, someone likes me! LOL
lol yeah I totally understand that feeling!
6. Do you have any advice for the writers/readers?
Just don’t give up, but also to try and get some balance in your life. Writing is very addictive and it can take over as an obsession. Last year I had burn out and because I had writing commitments I had to keep going, but I did learn that I just had to take time out for me, give myself permission to do this – take a bubble bath, read a book. Even not write for 3 weeks! I did this recently, and played house instead, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. But now of course it’s back to work!
For writers, try and write every day, even if it’s for ½ an hour, that at least will keep your story in your head. I am the worst at trying to take time to read, but please do. Keep reading, and particularly in the genre you’re trying to work in. It’s always good to see what others are writing, and you learn as you read too.
And now… I’ve gotta get back to the grindstone. Edits to be done.
So happy holidays everyone, keep safe.
Email Jane: email@example.com
OTHER RED ROSE BOOKS BY JANE BECKENHAM
No Sex Necessary Available Here
The Sheikh’s Proposal Available Here
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