If you’ve visited Considerings before, then the chances are you will have had the pleasure of encountering my amazing BlogWife, Beth, who wriggles into my posts on a regular basis for the sole reason that she’s an awesome human being. She’s an incredible writer too, and once upon a time in Kismet I stumbled across her blog, fell suddenly and irrevocably in WriterLove with her words and we ended up firm friends (and BlogMarried, but that’s another story). ANYWAY…the point is (and I can’t tell you how proud I am, because since I’ve known her, she’s been working on this and I’ve stood and observed in AWE as she’s made it happen) BETH’S GOT A REAL LIVE BOOK COMING OUT IN APRIL *cheers* AND SHE’S A FULLY FOR REAL ABSOLUTELY DEFINITELY AUTHOR WHO I KNOW *cartwheels* AND SHE’S GIVEN ME HER FRIST EVER AUTHOR INTERVIEW *faints*
*wipes sweaty palms on the legs of her jeans and passes a quiet note, reminding the Fabulous, Shiny New Author that this is also HER frist time at ever interviewing anyone, and to please forgive any flubs, just as the shiny green light indicates GO!*
Welcome to A Slip of the Lit., Beth, and congratulations on the upcoming publication of your book, Order of Seven. I hope that by the time you leave today, my lovely readers will know a bit more about you, your inspiration, and your novel. I understand that you’ve arranged for an AMAZING GIVEAWAY, with a SIGNED BOOK as the prize. I’ll give details at the end, but for now, let’s jump right in:
What is your earliest memory of writing? (you doing it) I don’t have a lot of memories of writing as an adolescent; art was my big thing then, but my imagination consumed me. Had I been encouraged to write ideas down…who knows!? Might’ve changed everything.
My first real memories are from college. My science major didn’t have much emphasis on writing; however, many other subjects required papers. To my surprise, I received consistent positive response from professors, including encouragement to pursue writing. I’d always dreamed of penning a book, but figured it was something reserved for the uber-smart and savvy. It was an absolute turning point for me.
What is your earliest memory of significant writing? (you doing it purposefully) Very soon after graduating college, I filled a notebook with ideas, poems, characters and rough story sketches. (Teaser: some of those poems made it into Order of Seven!) Then? I got married and had kids. Things were a whirlwind and I didn’t write again for several years, until a cousin told me about nanowrimo. I secretly tried it and finished, and that was IT! The writing fever took hold of me and hasn’t let go since.
What have you read that you return to again and again (if you do)? Why? I don’t reread books often, but there’s one I have read more than once: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. This book is everything. It made an enormous impression on me when I first read it in my early twenties. Ishmael mirrored many sentiments and opinions twenty-year-old-Beth had (and continues to have) about the human race’s place in this world, all the while fooling me into thinking I was merely being entertained by a story of a man and a talking ape. It’s intoxicatingly interesting and thought-provoking.
It’s time to prove yourself – make us FEEL! Mummified muscles. Pupils dilated, blurring my peripheral vision. Heart tumbling in my chest. In my ears. In my throat. Every cell and fiber fully present, alert. The air cold, inhaled with short, shallow gasps. My arms, a landscape of prickled skin, tiny hairs standing to attention. This moment is here, loud, alive, moving with the speed and power of a train, yet it is stopped cold. I’m captive, a willing prisoner, suspended in time, pinned to this moment. The want is thick, hanging between us, heavy and electric. I’m drunk with it. Warm lips press against mine. I wilt into him, surrendering, liquefying. Heat burns under my skin, igniting embers in my belly, clenching. Delicious torture. My fingertips dig into hard shoulders, aching for more. More.
*phew*! I’m sold 🙂 *tugs at collar*
May I take a moment to announce *drumroll* YOUR BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER:
What kind of book is the Order of Seven? At its core, Order of Seven is a paranormal (as in psychics, not vampires) rollercoaster ride, but that’s just the tracks. The route winds through the fantastical, dipping unexpectedly to tummy-dropping lows before climbing again to hold-your-breath heights, dangling you over a precipice. Suspended. Waiting. What happens next? You don’t know. And you’re not sure you want to.
What’s the best writing tip that you were ever given? How did it help? The best advice I ever received was to ‘Write Free’. This really helps me because I used to get so caught up imagining others reading my work and hating/judging/criticizing it and that would freeze me. I have to make a deliberate practice of writing free, and when I do, the good stuff happens. At some point, you must accept that you can’t please everyone, so concentrate on the ones you do please and keep writing.
Can we have a sneak preview of your fancy-schmancy author bio? Please-please? “BETH TELIHO is a writer, artist, and tree-hugger who lives in Texas with her husband and two adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal and otherwise fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes, and prefers spicy food and margaritas to almost anything. One day, she hopes to live in a tree-house where she can be an eccentric introvert with at least seven cats.”
What can we do to best support you from now until the release date? Spread the word – whether it’s retweeting a tweet, or sharing on Facebook – every little bit helps. Find me on Goodreads and put Order of Seven on your “to read” list, and enter my Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy! If you’re interested in receiving an ARC [Advance Reading Copy] to read and review and/or if you’d like to lend your blog for the cover/blurb or an interview, please let me know in comments or PM me.
Word of mouth and favorable reviews are a writer’s best friend!
So where can we
stalk find you?
Goodreads: Beth Teliho
THE GIVEAWAY (the most exciting part, non?) YOU might be the lucky winner of a SIGNED COPY of Order of Seven – simply answer the following question (because after all, it’s Beth) HOW MANY PAGES INTO THE BOOK DOES THE FIRST KISS HAPPEN? Hint – you have 240 pages to choose from
Good luck, everybody – put your answers in the comments. The winner will be announced HERE on Monday 2nd March. In the meantime, tweet and Facebook and share this post EVERYWHERE.
Order of Seven, by Beth Teliho will be available to pre-order on March 3rd, and will be released to BUY on April 7th.
Thank you so much for this interview, Beth, and I want to wish you all the luck in the world with the promotion and release of Order of Seven. I’ll be cheering you on xo