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Author Spotlight #1: Valeri Beatrix
Sorry I have not been posting the last few days but I make up for it with the post in my Author Spotlight series. I also have a book haul and a much anticipated review of….BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION YAY!!!!!! 😀
So let’s get right to the Author Spotlight.
Book Title: The Irony of Vengeance
Author: Valeri Beatrix
Standalone/Series: The Murder Mia Series #1
Number of pages:153
Publisher: LoveWords Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Romance/Suspense
Flowers by day, murders by night.
To those who know her, Mia Ozu is a nice, yet often distant flower shop owner whose greatest flaw might be the fact that she’d rather prune her precious bonsai than participate in a conversation.
What they don’t know, is that Mia is harbouring a deadly secret.
Haunted by the vicious murder of her parents, Mia spent a lifetime hunting down anyone involved. But revenge is never as sweet as it seems and when one murder reveals a shocking betrayal and threatens to expose her true nature, she must decide if finding the truth is worth the risk.
I hope you liked that book description…. now on to the interview!
1) What inspired you to become an author?
Hmm, I think I’ve always been an ‘author’ in some form or another. I started out singing and writing songs in grammar/high school. That eventually morphed into me writing random stories about people I couldn’t stand, getting their comeuppance! Though I pursued a different path in college, writing was always in the background until one day I decided, hey, if Stephanie Meyer can do it, so can I, haha! By the way, I don’t care what anyone says, Twilight was a great book (story), flaws and all!
2) How did the idea for The Irony Vengeance come about?
I’m a HUGE Martial Arts fan. I mean, to the point that I took Tae Kwon Do lessons in an effort to be like my favourite martial arts artist, Bruce Lee… needless to say my skills – and I say that term loosely – aren’t anywhere near his so I did the next best thing, and wrote about a girl who can karate – chop with the best of them, haha!
3) Do you have a favourite author at the moment?
This is one of those questions where if you were to ask me five minutes from now, the answer would probably be different! I know, crazy, right? Here are a few authors I love: Joseph Heller, P.G. Wodehouse, Gail Carriger < < the all have almost nothing in common 🙂
4) Do you have a favourite book at the moment?
I don’t think I’ll ever have ONE book that’s my favourite, but I truly enjoyed and would recommend The Irony of Vengeance ( < < shameless plug!). The Book Thief, The Night Circus … I’ll stop there.
5) Explain your book, The Irony of Vengeance in three words.
OOOOh!!!!! < that doesn’t count as one of the words right? 🙂
Girl. Gets. Even.
6) How do you come up with ideas when writing a story? Is there a process that you go through?
They usually pop into my head as either random thoughts, or scenes. If after a few days, I can’t get them out of my mind then I have to write about them. For some odd reason, I always know the ending first so most of my brainstorming is spent on figuring out how the character ended up at point ‘B’. The process requires either lots of ‘sauce’ (aka margaritas) or tea, and LOTS of great music!!! Currently, I’m in love with anything by Mikky Ekko.
7) How did you come up with your characters from the Irony of Vengeance and do you think your readers will relate to them?
The book is set in NYC, a city that is the epitome of ‘culturally diverse’. I wanted the characters to reflect that so just about everyone is of a different nationality. The main character, Mia Ozu, stems from the wannabe Ninja side of me 🙂 I would never go as far as she goes to right some wrongs, but I wouldn’t mind wielding a Katana every now and then. While people may not agree with her methods, I think they’ll relate to her need for justice. We’ve all been hurt in some way and have wished there was something we could do. Mia represents that side of us that takes action
Mia is a bit of a loner but she has a bright and bubbly friend, Chloe, whom she couldn’t do without (though she’d never admit it).
There’s also the very charming Takeshi, and the rough and rugged Nicolas who both find themselves entranced by the lovely, and clueless, Mia.
8) What are your current projects? Do you have another book that will be released soon?
Whew, that’s a loaded question! I have too many projects in my head. Half of which I’ve started to write. Half of those are about half finished while the other half are still in the first stages. If you understood that then you’re my new best friend 🙂 Included in the aforementioned bunch is the second book of the Irony of Vengeance (Murder Mia series). There’s also an urban chick – lit < < I hate that term… plus a New Adult type book that I’m having trouble “New Adult-ing”.
9) What advice would you give to someone who wanted to become a good author?
Read. Read. Read, and at the same time, write. Obvious advise, but it’s definitely true. Reading the work of others helps you get a sense of how to plot/ pace your own books. At the same time, you don’t want to over analyse while your reading, lest you run the risk of sounding like the authors you love. This isn’t always a bad thing, but the point of it all is to create your own “voice”.
10) What is your favourite genre of books?
YA (Young Adult)!!!! It’s strange, but it seems like more and more adults prefer YA books. There’s something in them that reminds us of the good old days before bills, babies and baking!
Well that’s the interview done and the last thing is the author bio and book links 😀 !
Valeri Beatrix is a writer, singer, designer, and a bit indecisive as you can tell from her abbreviated list of attributes! In her head, she’s many other things including a ninja, a ballerina and linguist… that means she loves languages. Did you know she can now say OMG!, in 5 different ways??? Awesome, right!
Her love for writing emerged at a young age, where she began writing love songs… much to her mother’s surprise. She eventually ended up in the fashion industry, but the writing bug continued to nag her, and rather than swat it down, she gave it a pen and paper! The Irony of Vengeance (Murder Mia Series #1) is her first novella, and she is currently hammering away at the second book, as well as an urban chick lit.
When she’s not writing/reading, she’s chasing her darling son and attempting to convince her favourite (and only!) husband, to try the results of her latest adventure in the kitchen.
Book and Author Links:
Paperback/Autographed copies can be purchased on her website: www.valeribeatrix.com