Question and Answer with Canadian Author Heather Beck

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Twenty two-year-old Heather Beck was born in Ontario, Canada. Always an avid learner, she graduated from high school with honors, thus receiving the title of an Ontario Scholar. Heather currently attends the prestigious University of Toronto where she studies English and a vast array of other disciplines.
Heather began writing seriously at the age of sixteen. Her first book, The Paradise Chronicles was published when she was only nineteen-years-old. Since then Heather has written several more books, all which have been met with glowing reviews. Although university keeps her busy, Heather is adamant about making time for her writing career.
Besides writing, Heather’s other passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Heather also enjoys swimming and playing badminton and tennis.

Question and Answer with Canadian Author Heather Beck

 

David: You began writing your first novel when you were only sixteen.  How did people react when they found out about your plan to be an author?

Heather: So much has happened since then that it’s hard to recall people’s reactions.  “Becoming” an author was a gradual process.  It began at a young age with love for reading and writing.

 

David: You like reading and writing – many people do.  What made you want to become an author?

Heather: Apart from my love for writing I really don’t know why I’d get involved in such an unstable business.  The only explanation is that I had a manuscript I believed in.

 

David: What did it feel like to receive your first book publishing contract?

Heather: I was happy, to say the least.  It actually didn’t take that long to find a publisher for The Paradise Chronicles.  I began solicitation in October of 2004.  The manuscript was rejected three times before finding a home at Treeside Press on August 2004.

 

David: How soon after completing The Paradise Chronicles did you start writing Fable Farm #1 Echoes of the Strange?

Heather: Almost immediately; give or take a few months.  At that point I was addicted.

 

David: Why did you choose to contact publishers directly other than getting an agent?

Heather: I have an interest in becoming an agent at some point in my life.  I wanted to have first hand experience in every aspect of the book publishing business.

 

David:  What books are you currently reading?

Heather: Nothing other than the required reading for university.

 

David: What authors have influenced you in the past?

Heather: Tennessee Williams and Jack London.

 

David: Have you had the chance to meet fellow authors?

Heather: Yes.  I’ve met many Canadian authors.  The most famous author I’ve met is Francine Pascal.

 

David: What is next for you?

Heather: I’ve recently signed a contract for another book.  I’ve also taken up screenwriting.  I’ve written a feature, several shorts, and a thirteen episode television show!

 

David: That’s quite an undertaking.  How do you manage to do so many things?

Heather: I have great time management skills.

 

David: Is there anything else you’d like to accomplish?

Heather: I would love to run my own magazine that features up-and-coming Canadian talent.

 

David: You have so many ambitions! I feel bad for taking up your time.  Thanks for the interview.  Now go and create!

 

Be sure to check out http://heatherbeck.tripod.com/ for a full collection of Heather’s work as well as updates.

 

Happy Reading,

David.


Submitted: December 03, 2007

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