Monday, June 21, 2010
Interview with author B. Swangin Webster - BK Walker virtual book tour
As I continuing to host the BK Walker Books Authors Promoting Authors virtual blog tour, today I welcome author B. Swangin Webster.
Please tell us about your current release, And Again…Let Me Say This, the sequel to Let Me Just Say This.
My current release continues the story of Cheryl and Matthew, after the divorce. Cheryl has tried to move on with her life, however she is battling an out of control daughter, trying to cope with a new love in her son’s life, and trying to manage being in a relationship with her new boyfriend. However, old habits die hard and she still allows her ex husband to control her and abuse her.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had to write this book as the first book, Let Me Just Say This, left a lot of unanswered questions. If I had continued writing the first book, it would have ended up like War and Peace, over 400 pages, and for a first novel, I didn’t think many people would pick up a book by an “unknown” that was as thick as an encyclopedia
What exciting story are you working on next?
Oh, I’m so glad you asked! I am finishing up the trilogy. Let Me Just Say This became a series, and I am currently working on the final chapter of the series. And I’ll share this, it is entitled, Once and For All.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
LOL, well I always considered myself a writer. I can’t remember a time, when I wasn’t writing. I absolutely LOVE to write and I never was the type to give a birthday card straight from the store, without adding something to the inside and under my name. Most people said, “why don’t you just write your own card, instead of wasting your money, because you ALWAYS have to write something.” Once a year, I always give a “run down” of the previous years events to everyone in their Christmas gift, kinda like a newsletter. Good, Bad and Ugly!
Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Yes, I write full time. OK, that’s not exactly true. I do have a “regular” job, but I write at “work” too. I work in a middle school, in the guidance department and although it gets busier than a bee hive in the summer time, I find myself carrying around a mini steno notebook and jotting down notes all day. By the time I leave work, I have written almost 10-20 pages of my book. I normally don’t “find” time to write, it finds me.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My most interesting quirk, umm, would have to be that I talk out loud to my characters. I literally tell them to “shut up” or sit down” or “calm down”. At first my family thought I was talking to them when I would be holding conversations, but then they quickly learned that when they see me with a notebook or my laptop, that I’m “talking to my other family”…LOL
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
LOL….I actually wanted to be an Executive Assistant, for someone like Donald Trump. Call me crazy, but that is what I equated being successful as being. I wanted to dress like the people from Dallas or Falcon Crest. (oh my I’m telling my age, aren’t I?) I had it all worked out. I would move to NY City and live in a high rise apartment and wear stilettos and business suits all day. Now, even though I don’t live in NY City, I do wear stiletto’s every day, and although I don’t wear suits, I would call myself a fashsionista.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Yes, I love writing and reading and I hope that people give serious thought to the art of writing and reading. If you pick up a good book, and immerse yourself in it, you will find that reading and/or writing is something that doesn’t cost a lot of money and that you will actually enjoy it. I have also started mentoring new authors, as my way of paying it forward. When I got published, I was a fish out of water, now I swim with the big fish, and I’m loving it!
Thank you for opening up your forum to host me as well as other authors. I welcome feedback and love talking/chatting/emailing/calling people that contact me.
Thank you for your time today, B., and I wish you well on the blog tour and with your books.
Readers, leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win one of several gifts from promoter of this VBT, BK Walker. Gifts include: a $25 Visa Gift Card, book light,a free-of-charge virtual book tour, or one writing package which includes a journal, pen, book light, and book marker.
My next guest for this virtual book tour is Pattie Hulstrand on June 26.