Interview with Beth Wylde

Switching SidesJen: This weekend our guest is erotica author Beth Wylde. Beth, will you please share a short bio with us?
Beth: Author Beth Wylde writes what she likes to read, which includes a little bit of everything. Her books range in theme from paranormal to contemporary and in pairings from lesbian erotica to straight m/f as well as menage and m/m.

When she isn’t writing she can still normally be found in front of her computer either plotting, chatting or working on promo. Her first story was published in 2006 and her reviews have been top notch.

Some of her most recent awards include, The Romance Erotica Connection (REC) 2007 & 2008 F/F Author of the Year, REC’s Best Gay short story for Alpha-Omega (co-written with Cassandra Gold) and she is up for the 2008 GLBT Author of the Year from Love Romances Cafe (LRC) Her werewolf themed story, A Little Taste of Red earned her a recommended read from Joyfully Reviewed and she has been on the Phaze Top 20 bestsellers list more than once.

Keep an eye out for more from this talented author in the upcoming year!

Jen: Tell us about Sapphistocated and where it’s available.

Beth: Sapphistocated is coming out from Phaze with a tentative release date of February 9th.
I just finished the first round edits and I’m so excited about the fact that this will be available in both ebook and print. This is a four author lesbian erotic anthology with stories by myself, Alessia Brio, Jolie du Pre and Yeva Wiest. It’s going to be fabulous and a must have book for anyone that enjoys lesbian fiction.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.

Beth: I’ve been making up and writing stories and rhymes since grade school. It started off with a love for poetry, then grew into song lyrics and eventually evolved into full fledged shorts and novellas that a friend of mine read and recommended I submit to a publishing company. After a bit of convincing I took her advice (thanks Pennie) and sent one of my stories in. I haven’t looked back since.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Beth: WOW, ok, hmmm? Trustworthy, fun-loving, honest.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Beth: A pen and a notebook. I can write on the computer but when I get stuck working longhand always gets me through the block when nothing else can. I keep a small notepad and pencil in my purse or by my bed at all times.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Beth: I’m not sure anything is routine around my house, LOL. With 3 young children and a day job I write when ever I can squeeze it in. Early morning or late at night seem to be the main times I can get online without interruption.

Jen: How do you shut out disruptions?

Beth: I can’t always shut the noise out. I absolutely can not write if music is playing. I’m one of those people that has to sing along and I can’t write and sing at the same time. I will use music to get me in the mood to work on a certain storyline though. I do need some semblance of quiet or peace to write.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?

Beth: Most challenging has to be getting in the mood and finding the right inspiration. Endings are the hardest part of a story for me. I get the intro and a vague idea of where things are headed but the rest comes together as I go along. I just follow the characters where ever they lead me.

Easiest? Hmmm? Getting a story idea. I have a file folder full of ideas I’d like to work on. My mind is always churning up new storylines it’s just finding the time to work on them that’s hard for me.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate the sale of your first book?

Beth: I held a party on my yahoo group. It was just a small chat when my group was new and first getting going. I think I was still in shock over seeing something published with my name on it.

Jen: Where do you draw your inspiration?

Beth: A lot of times I get ideas while I sleep. I’ll dream about the story, just like watching a movie unfold in my head. Then I’ll wake up and have to jot the ideas down before I lose them. Some of my characters take on attributes of people I know too, of course I never use their real names.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one that you identify most with?

Beth: I have two actually. I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth from Switching Sides. There is just more to her than meets the eye. I’d love to revisit her and Kara.

I identify most with Tara, from my currently out of publication novella, Full Moon Madness. She’s brutally honest, no-holds barred and a woman that can take care of herself. Very protective of her child and her friends.

Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?

Beth: I hold on, sometimes too tight. I’m always thinking of new adventures for some of them to embark on. My mind works constantly.

Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal, is there anything else you dream of doing?

Beth:My next goal was to see something I’ve written come out in print and that dream will be coming true in February. My next wish would be to be able to make a living from just my writing. I’d love to write full time as my profession.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Beth: Lots more stories. ^_^

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Beth: My website: http://www.bethwylde.com
my yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bethwylde/
email: b.wylde@yahoo.com
Yahoo IM ID – b.wylde
and the links to my publishers, books, twitter, myspace, facebook, goodreads, etc… can be found on either my website or yahoo group main page.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Beth: What is your favorite type of book or genre to read?

Jen: Thank you Beth for an interesting interview and captivating excerpts. Readers, Beth is offering up a copy of any one of her currently published ebooks to a random winner. So, to enter the contest, answer Beth’s question or ask a question of Beth. She’ll be around this weekend to answer them. Due to the content of Beth’s books, we are going to have to announce that the winner will have to be over the age of 18. So, if you’re underage, please don’t comment to win. I will pick the winner on Sunday, January 25 around 5pm PDT.