About Simone Beaudelaire:
Simone Beaudelaire is the pseudonym for a single mom and grad student from Texas. When she isn’t digging deep into the theories of rhetoric and composition, and planning for her future syllabi, she’s writing.
Tales of love and passion have been her go-to escape since her youth, and now she delights in providing new sexy-sweet romances for others to enjoy.
Mme Beaudelaire is the author of several novels; paranormal, historical and contemporary, and more are always in the works.
What inspires you to write?
At the deepest level, my inspiration for writing is always the same: to showcase the beauty of a passionate, healthy relationship in its entirety, and demonstrate the power of that relationship to heal past hurts and strengthen wounded hearts.
As for what inspires each individual story, there is no limit on where ideas can be found. Some emerge from a childhood full of bullies, when these fictional characters provided a means to escape to another world. Others have arisen from conversations with friends. Once a whole book sprang into my head after seeing a ‘hot older man’ picture someone had posted on Facebook. 😉
Tell us about your writing process.
Nearly all the planning for my novels takes place in my head. Before I sit down to write, I know four or five major events, the story arc and the names and dispositions of my characters. I don’t write this down. I just know it. Creativity comes to play in the details, descriptions, minor characters, etc. These things arise from the writing and add fullness and flavor to the story. I never know them in advance. They just appear, like magic, and try to take over. Sometimes, they’re so compelling, they get their own books.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters could only be more real if they had skin. Mostly, when I’m alone (I hope I’m alone) I talk through dialogue to see how they would react. Only once did a character interact with me. I was pondering the ending of my Victorian romance, Keeping Katerina, which I had planned to be tragic, and I could swear Katerina was standing behind me, whispering in my ear not to put her through any more suffering. Though changing the ending would alter my plan for the entire series arc, I listened. And I’m pleased with the results.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Just write. If you think it’s junk, write. If you think you’ll never get through it, write anyway. It is in the journey through a novel that you become a writer. And all first drafts are junk, so try not to worry about it. That’s what revision is for. Surround yourself with supportive friends who understand the process and don’t let the naysayers get you down. A writer is no more or less than a person who writes. If you want to be that person, the power to succeed is in you. Keep after it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started my first novel over a decade ago. Then I got writer’s block. Then I had a baby, and that half manuscript languished for ten years without another thought. About three years ago, my life was the darkest it had ever been. My marriage was failing, I hated my job. I was depressed and unhappy. So I sat down at the computer. Through the process of writing, I was able to reconnect with my forgotten dreams, which gave me a reason to keep living. At first I didn’t intend to publish, but when the number of manuscripts began to pile up, I realized I needed to let them fly. I’m glad I did. Meeting other writers is the next best thing after the writing itself. And I’m glad I did. After my marriage finally broke apart for good, I met another writer. We wrote a book together, and now we’re engaged. Publishing has touched every part of my life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
At first, I was all indie, but then I was approached by Miika of Creativia Publishing. I took a chance on this small, Finnish publisher, and with their help, my novels have increased their reach exponentially. It’s a great company.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think someday the big publishers will have to stop sneering down their noses at indies and make peace. I suppose big publishers, small publishers and indies will eventually strike a balance. After all, the indies have numbers on their side. There’s a place in this world for all sorts of readers and all sorts of writers. Change is hard, especially for those who are being asked to give up power, but in the end, it will all work out.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance: contemporary, paranormal and historical (Victorian, Western)
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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