Hi, iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books! Thanks so much for having me on your amazing blog! My name is Heather Beck and I’m an author and screenwriter who writes scary stories for kids, coming-of-age dramas for young adults and paranormal romances for adults. I started writing professionally when I was sixteen and, ten years later, my passion for this industry has only grown. My other interests include hiking, fishing, swimming and just being outdoors.3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
I wish I could offer a more concrete answer to what inspires me to write, but honestly, writing is something that is so natural for me. New storylines, settings and characters are always coming to me, and when I am executing these ideas, the words flow freely from my pen. I definitely believe it’s an innate ability that gets better with practice. If I had to pinpoint an external force that inspires me, it would have to be nature. I always get my best ideas when hiking or being near water and beautiful scenery.3LB: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life?
I do have role models in writing and life in general. My literary role models are Tennessee Williams and Jack London. I’ve read all of Williams’ plays and am amazed by his ability to be so blatant, accurate and compassionate about the human condition. He really gets to the core of what it means to be human, and he does so in a beautiful and entertaining way. In my own writing, I strive to achieve Williams’ signature feat. Regarding London, I am impressed by his depiction of the struggle between man and nature. This is a theme that has always interested me, probably due to my love of nature. As for my non-literary role models, I have to admit that I don’t have a particular person I look up to. Rather, I admire anyone who endeavors to achieve their goals despite the odds that may be against them. I also admire people who are kind and try to make the world a better place.
I’ve never solely based a character on someone in my life. However, it’s inevitable that external forces will shape how I write, so I’m sure some characters possess traits of people I know. To be honest, most of my young adult writing is autobiography masquerading as fiction. I’ve had many unique experiences in my life so far and always incorporate them into my work.3LB: Do you have anything that you need to have around you when you write, such as a specific playlist/radio station in the background, coffee, a desk in a quiet room?
When I write, I prefer my surroundings to be quiet. However, since that’s not always possible, I’ve become used to writing in most conditions. My absolute favorite place to write is on the dock at my cottage. I also love writing while I lounge in the sun or in my pool.3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
I am currently working on edits for the remaining 20 volumes in The Horror Diaries series as well as writing Assorted Candies, an anthology of literary romance for teens. I have also started writing Siren and Fairy Dust, two young adult novels in the paranormal romance genre. Additionally, I will shortly begin work on What Fairy Tales Are Made Of, which will include the last four volumes in the Legends Unleashed series. On the screenwriting side, I have written several short scripts that are scheduled to go into production in 2012. Unfortunately, the entertainment industry is very unstable so I try not to get excited about a project until it is completed. If all goes well, I especially look forward to watching my award-winning short story, The Gap, come to life. The screen adaptation, entitled Too Sensible For Love, tells the story of Alexa – a hardworking waitress with big dreams who is slowly becoming jaded because of her poor living and work conditions. When she meets a rich man who can seemingly give her everything, she loses sight of her original dream and becomes obsessed with wealthy living. However, wealth has a dark side and Alexa has to learn this the hard way. I always have trouble describing Too Sensible For Love because it’s a really multifaceted story. It’s a dark romantic comedy with social commentary running throughout it. Other short scripts I’m looking forward to are Love’s Folly – a romantic comedy that will keep viewers guessing until the end – and Circular – a chilling social commentary about war.3LB: Wow, that sounds like a busy schedule! Now describe yourself in 3 words.
3LB: If you could bring to life any book character in history, who would you chose?
I’m going to be biased and say Forrester from my TV series, Harbor Boys. He is undoubtedly flawed but strives very hard to overcome the less than stellar circumstances he was born into. He is strong, both physically and mentally, ruggedly handsome and possesses a rational foresight that aids him when he’s inevitably put into difficult situations. I admire these traits and find Forrester to be an extremely multifaceted and interesting character.3LB: If you were to go live on an island and could only choose 5 books to take with you, what would you choose?
I would choose the following titles:3LB: I'm assuming you don't know how to build a boat, either? Ha!
- The Ultimate Survival Handbook
- How To Find And Prepare Tropical Foods
- How To Build A Boat
- How to Operate A Boat
- The Bible
Name one guilty pleasure you have.
Vegetable samosas!3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
- I’m an award-winning fisherwoman who proudly displays her trophy.
- The trait I’m most proud to possess is compassion. Altruistic behavior is a multifaceted gift because it benefits others as well as oneself.
- I really want to swim with dolphins and go deep-sea fishing for a hammerhead shark.
- I am fascinated by Egypt and the pyramids. I went to a King Tut exhibit once and spent way too much time there looking at the gold items and sculptures.
- I’m kind of obsessed with Hummers. I really want a blue sparkly Hummer.
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