Life in Writing
Name: Beth McCue
Where are you from?
Merrick, New York originally.
Do you have a job other than writing?
I retired last April to write full-time.
Why do you write sci-fi and fantasy?
Sci-fi is what I most enjoy reading. I also love to read books on physics, astronomy and philosophy, but, I don’t have the background to write a non-fiction science book, so I stick to fiction. I try to incorporate a little philosophy in my writing as well. I would love to be able to write a truly funny book but I think that is the most difficult type of book to write.
What are you currently working on?
Marketing my novel. After that, I have several ideas for the next book including a time travel story involving Edgar Allan Poe, John Wilkes Booth and Marcel Proust; a sequel to Oceans Ending; and another involving a deadly virus which targets people with certain personality traits
When will your next book be released?
I would expect it to be towards the end of 2018.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I would have to say when I was maybe seven or eight. I decided to put out a “newspaper” for my neighborhood. It even had a comic strip I created myself. The first big story I wrote was about my neighbor, Robby, who had lost his glasses.
Where do you get your inspiration on what to write?
My ideas usually come up in conversation, either with my daughter or my husband. I am constantly reading something; a book; magazine; newspaper. I love New Scientist and the New York Review of Books.
What are some of your hobbies outside of writing?
I paint and I love to cook. I enjoy baking my own bread and topping it off with some butter I churned myself in my nifty little tabletop butter churn. My husband loves my homemade pizza!
What book are you currently reading?
House of Leaves and Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love Alice Hoffman, Octavia Butler, John Steinbeck, Douglas Adams, Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, Carl Hiaasen. There are many more but I don’t want to get carried away.
What do you do to market your books?
So far I have sent out press releases; started a Blog Talk radio show on which I read a chapter of my book each week; created a website for the book; created a Facebook page; joined Goodreads; added my book to Book Daily; sent review copies to a few places; added the information to my LinkedIn profile and other social media sites. I am working on putting together a book trailer which will go on YouTube and I plan on starting a blog when time permits.
Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favorite, and why?
I have only written two so far. One is an illustrated fantasy for children, The Quest of the Crystal Steeds, and the other is Oceans Ending. I don’t have a favorite.
If any of your stories could be made into a movie, which would you choose?
I would love to see Oceans Ending made into a movie.
If you could be friends with a fictional character (Including any from your own stories) who would you choose?
Doc, from John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
Does your taste in movies and shows line up with your taste in books? If they differ, how so?
It does. I love Mr. Robot, Stranger Things, Eureka, Humans. I also enjoy comedies like Monty Python and Silicon Valley.
Do you have a certain place that you like to do your writing? Does environment affect your work?
I have an office in my house where I do 99% of the physical writing. I can look out the window at the birds around the bird feeder and the woods behind the house. I write things in my head constantly. It sometimes makes it hard to carry on a normal conversation.
Of all the books in the world, why is yours worth taking the time to read?
It’s different. The characters are very real and their relationships are compelling. The story pulls you in from the first sentence. It has some surprising twists. It stays with you even after you are done reading it.
Leave the blurb to your latest book.
A young woman takes a walk along the beach and makes a grisly discovery. Then people in her small hometown start disappearing without a trace.
She begins hearing voices and having disturbing nightmares. Her grasp on sanity slips as she finds it more and more difficult to separate reality from delusion.
Then, as an ancient predator gains frightening new powers and threatens to destroy humanity, she is hit with a stunning revelation concerning her own origins. Unsure who to trust or where to turn, she must find the answer before it's too late.
Her quest will take her far from home as she is betrayed by those closest to her and aided by unexpected friends. Ultimately she will face the enemy, but will she be willing to sacrifice all she holds dear in order to save the human race from extinction?
Is there anything else you'd like your fans to know about you?
There really isn’t much else. I love road trips. I have a daughter, Rachel, who is also a writer and I am married to a journalist who is working on his first book. I have a wacky Foxhound named Madison.
Please leave links to any social media profiles or websites and attach 1-3 pictures that you would like included in this post.
Website is http://www.oceansending.com
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oceansending/
Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33399680-oceans-ending
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
Are you an Author? Are you interested in doing an interview for this blog? Find out how by clicking here.
Interested in getting your sci-fi/fantasy book reviewed on this blog? Check out our submission guidelines
Do you write any flash fiction? Do you want to share it on this site? Click here to review our submission guidelines.