Today we have a special guest. Bethany Averie is here to talk about her latest release, Divine Love. Here's the beautiful cover:
Divine Love is the first in a series and it releases today! Click here to add it to your to-read list on Goodreads.
Bethany is also the author of All's Fair in Love & Lion, available from Soul Mate Publishing. Below, Bethany tells us a little about her upcoming release and discusses her writing process.
Q: Tell us a little about the plot of your new book, Divine Love.
A: Divine Love is Book One in my Immortal Dreams Trilogy. It’s about a girl named Laney Alberts, who during her 2nd semester of her senior year of high school meets Jason Magnus. Jason just happens to be an Immortal (of the Greek gods and goddesses variety). What the two don’t realize is that this isn’t just about a potential prom date. There’s way more at stake. The Pantheon is entrusting the fate of both human and Immortal worlds in their hands.
Book Two, Astral Love, continues the story and you’ll get more information on Jason Magnus’s past and his character. Astral Love is expected to release some time in the Fall of 2014.
Book Three, Immortal Love, will finish out the trilogy, as well as giving the deciding factor on the fate of the Immortal and human worlds. Immortal Love is expected to release some time in the early part of 2015.
Q: This is your second book. Do you find that your experience with your first book, All’s Fair in Love & Lion, prepared you for what to expect with this second release?
A: A little bit. All’s Fair In Love & Lion was straight fantasy/fairy-tale Romance. My Immortal Dreams Trilogy is New Adult Paranormal Romance. The two are written in different styles. My Romance is first person present tense, while the Trilogy is third-person/past tense (the way a typical book is written). Also, the ages and what’s important to my characters are different.
Not to mention, when writing the kind of Trilogy Immortal Dreams is it’s a matter of having the storyline span across three books as opposed to each being a standalone.
All’s Fair In Love & Lion is a standalone. I do hope to return to the Third Realm and write at least one or two more novels covering different characters that are introduced in All’s Fair In Love & Lion, but I can’t give any information on that, right now. Everyone will just have to wait and see.
Q: What has your experience as a published author been like so far? Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?
A: All’s Fair In Love & Lion came out last year and a lot has happened since, so my memory is a little fuzzy. But being published is definitely different than being unpublished. It’s a bit hard to explain. But I’m not complaining. I’m delighted to have a chance to share my stories with others. It’s the main reason I got into writing and publishing.
I guess what surprises me most is when people make a fuss over my work and what I’ve done. I mean, each of my stories holds a special place in my heart—but to find out that others enjoy them and have fun reading them is truly a fantastic experience. I’m humbled and thrilled when a reader likes what I do. It’s wonderful to know my stories don’t just entertain me, but they also entertain other people. That is a real gift to me, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Q: What is your writing process like? Do you plan your stories out before you write them?
A: Nowadays I do more planning, but with All’s Fair In Love & Lion, an idea hit me, and I was like “Yes, that’s it! That’s what I want to write!” So I sat down and wrote it. The initial draft took me about a year to finish.
For the Immortal Dreams Trilogy, it was a different experience. I decided to write in a different style than my Romance. I still wanted to have romance in my stories, but write in the New Adult or Young Adult genre (This was about 2 years ago, when the New Adult genre was beginning to slowly gain more popularity, it seems to be more established now than it was back then—at least to me, anyway). I decided to further challenge myself by writing third person past tense. Since both of these elements were a real change from what I had with my Romance novel, I figured it would be easier for me to fulfill this challenge if I worked off of a story I already started.
I found the original manuscript pages and worked out ideas of how to rewrite it. Divine Love was born out of that, and I discovered that the story was going to be bigger than one book, so that’s when I decided to write a trilogy. I approached my publisher with what I was doing, and said that since they publish New Adult and that’s what my story was, they wanted to see it when it was completed. My publisher has been immensely supportive and enthusiastic about my writing, which I’m very grateful for. I got the novel written and polished up and sent it out to my publisher. Not too long after that I got an email from them offering me a contract. I was told I could either sign it for the one book or for all three. I opted to contract all three and titles were worked out and approved and off we went. (Divine Love took me about 6 months to write, and Book Two, Astral Love took me about 4 or 5 months to write).
Nowadays I like to have some kind of outline. I call myself a “half-in-half” writer—I partially plot and I partially pantser. It works well for me, because I have a basic outline to guide me, but I still have plenty of room to let my imagination work.
Q: Do you have a favorite writing spot?
A: Since I don’t have an office, my bed is where I write. No, I’m not joking. I got my laptop set up with a stand and I sit there. Sometimes sit on the couch with my laptop in my lap while I watch TV and work a bit that way, but I don’t work very well in front of the TV, so that doesn’t happen often.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I’m working on Book Three of the Immortal Dreams Trilogy, Immortal Love. Book Two, Astral Love, has already been turned in to my publisher and as I said, is expected to be released in the Fall of 2014. Immortal Love should be coming out sometime in early 2015.
I also have about 4 or 5 books with basic outlines and two other stories partially written. I’m always writing—even if I’m not physically writing, my imagination/brain is usually working on something.