Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a 36 year old author and copywriter and so far I’ve completed three novels, and published two of them along with numerous shorts and novellas. My latest book Blood Hunger, a paranormal romance, was published by Totally Bound in January 2016.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Blood Hunger was inspired by my fascination with vampires. It’s a sexy, sensual story about feisty femme fatale Lola who meets her match when she bumps into (literally) handsome and mortal Dillon in her local nightclub Club Vain, a haven for vampires.
She doesn’t want to fall for him, especially not after being hurt by her ex, who rejected her once he found out she was a vampire, but there’s an undeniable spark between the pair and no matter how hard she tries she can’t deny her burgeoning feelings for her quietly dominant alpha mate made in heaven, Dillon.
I was inspired to write the book as Lola’s feelings for Dillon and the way she tries to push him away and resist their love because she’s a vampire really had me rooting for him to break down all her walls and show her she’s not going to be rejected.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write in the mornings, after I first get up as I find this is the time when I am most creative and productive, but then again I like to write while sipping a nice bourbon which obviously I don’t do in the mornings!
Also I am the world’s biggest procrastinator and am constantly getting distracted because I’m also a big research nerd, I’ll look up a place name or fact for a small anecdote in the book I’m writing and then I’m off down a whole road, learning about baseball or the origins of Rochester NY or something.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Gillian Flynn, Hilary Mantel, Will Self, and George RR Martin.
For pure entertainment value I love Christopher Pike’s YA novels and I also think James Dashner’s Maze Runner series is awesome too.
As for the classics William Golding’s Lord Of the Flies made a big impression on me when I was younger, as did Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Ubervilles.
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m writing the second book in my YA paranormal romance series, The Fallen Trilogy. The book’s called The Descent, and the first book in the trilogy, Fallen Heart should be released sometime in 2016. The books follow the story of Bailey, a sixteen year old fallen angel and his romance with a mortal girl Celeste and take place partly in the fictional Kingdom of Mythica, the dominion where angels watch over humans.
I’ve also written a short prequel to the series, which is set before the first book, called Before The Fall. The prequel is told through the eyes of Bailey’s guardian Ganor, and sets the action before the start of Fallen Heart.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have created a website especially for The Fallen Trilogy which can be found at http://thefallentrilogy.weebly.com and I blog updates about the series there as I work on it but I also post stuff on my author website at http://beckrobertson.weebly.com.
I also post some of my work up on Wattpad, so people can get previews of what I do, in fact you can read the prequel to The Fallen Trilogy on Wattpad if you search for Beck Robertson.
I do also promote on Facebook and Twitter, a
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write. As often as you can. Just get it down, worry later abut going back and revising later, just write and keep writing until you get to the end of whatever it is you’re writing. I used to be guilty of being a binge writer, where I wouldn’t write for a while then I’d do a lot in one massive chunk but I’ve honestly found the best and most productive way is to do it consistently day in day out.
Now I’ve taken Mr Steven King’s advice and I always make sure I get at least 2000 words down every day.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best writing advice I ever heard was to just write and worry about the editing later. Sometimes procrastination can be a cover for fear but honestly all first drafts are pretty crappy, the important thing is to get them out then carve something beautiful out of the block that is your manuscript later.
What are you reading now?
Currently I’m reading Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell. I know, it’s completely unbelievable that I haven’t read that book until now but I just didn’t get around to it. I’m so glad I did though it’s wonderful.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After I finish writing The Fallen Trilogy, I’m going to be finishing work up on a couple of manuscripts I’ve got tucked away, and after that I have an idea brewing in my mind for a dystopia YA novel I want to write. I also plan to try my hand at screenplay writing at some point, in fact I have an idea brewing in my head as I write this.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Lord of The Flies because Golding’s observations of humanity are eerily spot on. Nineteen Eight Four as I’m currently reading it. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood as it made me cry.