Why do you write fiction?
I’ve always made up stories in my head to go to sleep at night. But after the birth of my second child, I decided to write them down. It was my way to relax while being a stay-at-home-mom.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
My latest book is a fantasy novella, the first in the Tales of Ellemarlene series. My initial concept started with the idea of a woman who had to become an assassin because she would die if she didn’t take people’s souls. My inspiration for an assassin character came from books like Nightfall by Mickey Zucker Reichert and Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick. Creating a world where it’s legal to murder people came from the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. I absolutely love this series!
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
My initial drafts are all about getting my thoughts onto the page. But once my critique partners give me their comments, I clarify things for my readers. My ideal reader would be someone looking to be entertained in an imaginary world.
Please describe your writing routine.
Right now, my routine has been less writing and more herding children. This past year I’ve been homeschooling my two sons. It’s my first year having both at home at the same time and I’ve had to give myself time to adjust. Usually I start the kids on an assignment, read emails, quickly check Facebook and then I write. As soon as I get into my world, one of the kids needs a drink, something to eat, or has a question. It’s frustrating.
When I write on the weekends, I shut out everyone, check emails, get a Facebook fix and then plug in earphones and spend a few hours writing. I’m slow to get words down in the beginning of a writing session but the words flow faster as the hours go by.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Make it a priority to write everyday. When you allow yourself to skip days, it becomes harder to get back into your story and get words on the page.
More about Assassin’s Soul:
Caitlyn Sinclair hides her magical need for souls behind her job as an assassin in the Miscreants Guild — the home of spies, thieves and assassins.
She is a SoulEater, a mage who uses the aural energy of other people to fuel her spells. She has no choice but to take those lives, because without the infusion of life-force she will die. She’s made a home for herself in the city of Ellemarlene, until the day she executes her Guild Master and is cast out. Her only chance at survival is to join the Mage Guild and embrace her magical nature – to become a terrible weapon, someone with the power to destroy entire towns.
How to connect with Beth:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org