Moral Fortitude is proud to interview Beany Sparks.
Welcome Beany, and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.
When did you first start writing LGBT books?
I actually only started writing this year. My first LGBT story was started in April and the draft of Aiden’s Shepherd was finished earlier this week. It’s going to be book one in the Paws and Magic series.
What inspired you to write LGBT fiction?
I love to read it and I was constantly making up scenarios about what happened after the story finished. One day I finally sat down and started writing. Surprisingly, my first story was not LGBT fiction, but the next story I wrote was Aiden’s Shepherd.
Where do your ideas come from?
Sometimes I’ll see something and my mind will spin out a story, other times I’ll have a dream and then when I wake up it’s a race to get as many details down before they fly out of my head and I wake up completely. During work I tend to let my mind wander, A LOT, and sometimes good story ideas pop up. There have been just as many bad ideas though.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?
I wish I could do an outline or a plot! I tend to just sit and write as I go along. Occasionally I’ll get an idea about something I want to happen and I’ll pop it into the manuscript so I don’t forget, but so far that’s been restricted to the teaser ending. My biggest problem so far has been that my muse, who I’ve named PITA (yes, it does stand for Pain In The Ass), wants to start working on the next story in the series before the current story is finished.
Do you have a special time of day to write or how do you structure your day?
I usually write in the evenings since I work Monday to Friday. Sometimes if I get the time, I’ll do a bit of writing over the weekend. It all depends on whether or not PITA is behaving himself.
Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I believe it does because it’s the first thing people see. If you don’t capture their attention with the cover then they might not even read the blurb, let alone buy the book.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I dislike reviews that are bad because of the length or content when that information is in the blurb. I also think that if there are editing issues that the publisher should be notified rather than a negative review being written. If a reader finds something that they don’t like or that they think doesn’t work, they can put it in the review. I don’t think authors should let bad reviews get them down though; there are just some people out there who won’t like your story. Read the reviews and move on.
As for good reviews, I think it’s nice to tell the author what you liked about the story. It can give them a warm and fuzzy feeling and encourage them to write more and if you’re anything like me, you’re hanging out for the next one to come along.
What is your next project and what should we expect?
My next project, or rather the end of my current project, is to get Aiden’s Shepherd ready for publishing and then find a publisher for it. My hope is to have it published before the end of the year. Aiden’s Shepherd was initially intended to be an anthology submission, but unfortunately it went over the 30k limit so now it’ll be looking for a home. First I just need to tidy it up and make it pretty, then it’ll be ready for submission and the weeks of waiting to hear the verdict.
Then it’ll be onto the next book in the series which should continue on immediately after Aiden’s Shepherd finishes.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
In five years I see myself diving through a vault full of gold coins…or maybe not, that could end up being painful. Not to mention that if I lose PITA in there, I’ll never find him.
Seriously though, I hope that by then I have a better balance between my everyday job, my editing and proofing work and my writing. If I’m lucky, by that time I’ll be writing more often and maybe have a handle on picking an accurate target word count rather than one that keeps on growing…
How can readers discover more about you –
I would love to wish Beany success with her first book.
Updates about the status of Beany’s book, Aiden’s Shepherd, can be found on her website.