Monday, October 26, 2015

Author Interview, Bethany Lopez

Can you tell us a  little bit about the Time for Love series? 

I started writing the T4L series two years ago (WOW!). It started as one book, 8 Weeks. I wanted to write a story about a married couple who were at a point in their marriage where they have to give up or fight for their marriage. I also wanted to challenge myself. I hate cheating and cheaters, and decided to write a story that dealt with cheating, and handle in a way where I'd be willing to forgive the person.
Once I really got in to the book, I loved the secondary characters so much, that I needed their stories too. It kind of snowballed from there. It was going to be a trilogy, but then Brock needed his story told... Then Brock had brothers... Oh, and what about Craig, Cal's brother, didn't his story need to be told too? Lol! I guess the characters kind of took over.
Now, I just have one book left to write in the series, book 7, 7 Months, and I've had a few readers ask if I'd write novella's featuring some of the other characters that they love. So I may write one for Carson Brandt and one for Victoria's sister, Abby. We'll see... 

Do you remember the title of the first story you wrote?
I think it was simply titled: Bloody Mary, Donkey Lady, and the Wolfman. I was eleven or twelve.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
It really depends on what the story is, and what's going on in my personal life. I'm retired now, and am lucky enough to stay home, but I do have kids and a husband, so sometimes life take precedence. 
Since the kids have been back in school I've been writing a lot more. I've been really excited about my last two books, and have written almost every day. I've really been enjoying myself!

Where do you find inspiration?
All around me, I guess. I find that I get inspired when I'm laying in bed right before going to sleep. Or, sometimes in the morning after the kids leave, I'll lay down and close my eyes and let my mind wander. Also when I'm driving long distances alone. So, I guess it's when I'm alone, in the quiet, and I can allow my mind to unclutter and start spinning tales. 
I like to listen to music to get into the feel of the people, or a moment. And, sometimes reading and watching TV/Movies helps. When I was writing my Women's Fiction, I wanted to Rancher to be more of a Dark, brooding type, so I watched Jane Austen movies, and Jane Eyre.

What have you learned about publishing that you didn’t know about when you first started writing?
Everything! I really didn't know much when I started four and a half years ago. I'm always watching and learning, trying new things and trying to figure out how to better my business. It's ever changing, so you have to keep your eyes open and be willing to change with it. 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read, hang out with my family, watch TV/Movies, travel. 

Can you tell us about your future projects?
I have a Women's Fiction, More Then Exist, and an Adult Romance, Too Tempting, (Both tentative titles) complete and with my Agent now. We'll see what happens...
I'm working on Adios, book 6 in Stories about Melissa, my YA series, as well as a new idea that would not be ignored. It's about a woman who was wronged by her husband and is now raising their kids as a single mom, while she works as an Investigative Photographer for a PI. It's a little funny, a little dirty, and a ton of fun. Plus, there's a hot motorcycle man... I'm loving every second of it.
Next on deck will be 7 Months, as well as a short for a Twisted Fairytale Anthology, about Beauty and the Beast. 
I also have another Women's Fiction idea started, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it... Writer problems are good problems to have!!! ;)
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