I had the great joy of interviewing author of the book, No More Wasted Time, Beverly Preston. Her book, The only bad part is that I didn't get to go to her home town of Las Vegas.
Hi Lorne! Thanks so much for having me.
BP: I've been a Domestic Enineer, aka mom and wife, for twenty years. In January, I published my debute novel, No More Wasted Time. It's been a busy year! No More Wasted Time has nearly 50,000 downloads and has been ranked #1 in Travel on Amazon for six months. I recently, last week, completed my second manuscripts and books two and three are plotted out. The second book in the series will be published early 2013.
LO: How much of your novel is drawn from real life?
BP: I definitely write in my own voice. I draw inspiration from friends, relatives, and I live in Las Vegas which makes for fantastic people watching. I was lucky enough to travel to Bora Bora a few years ago. Greece and Tuscany are on my bucket list. (No More Wasted Time takes place in Las Vegas and Bora Bora)
LO: From a previous conversation I remember you telling me that you wrote the fourth book before writing the second...I was wondering why?
BP: Sheer dumb luck, Lorne! I removed the epilogue from No More Wasted Time right before publishing, realizing it set me up for an entire series about the Mathews/Clemmins Family. I began writing the next story in my imagination, but quickly realized that I had a big info/back story dump. So by removing the epilogue and back story it created basic plots for all four books in the series.
LO: Do you anticipate a lot of changes in book 4 after writing the second?
BP: No. Crossing fingers, but no. Each book is about Tess' grown children.
LO: Are you going to release them close to each other?
BP: All four books will be published by the end of 2013.
LO: Are you able to give us any clues to the second book? Title, plot, etc.
BP: I can tell you that book two is the story of Shayla Clemmins and I'm leaning toward the title Shayla's Story. The third book in the series is about Tracy Mathews. Book four is titled The Perfect Someday and it's the story of the very spicy JC Mathews.
LO: I'm a chef so I have to ask, what do you like to eat or snack on while writing?
BP: Apples with peanut butter, cashew clusters and chocolate.
LO: If your main character Tess were to come knocking on your door, where in your home town of Las Vegas would you go? What would you do and what do you think you would talk about?
BP: We would hit Starbucks on the way up to Red Rock, where we would go hiking for the afternoon, assuming it wasn't the middle of July. Then the Yard House Restaurant at the Red Rock Hotel for tasty food, great beer, and some good old rock-n-roll while chatting about...life!
LO: My 10 year old son read the first two pages of my novel and told me it was pretty good (best review ever) and then he tried getting his Grade 5 teacher to go online and buy a copy. What do your children think of your book?
BP: I have four kids ages 22, 19, 19 and 12. My nineteen year old daughter is my biggest cheerleader and helped me a lot with the writing process, including final edits. My youngest daugher gives her teachers, if we know them, my book for teacher appreciation day. Wrapped in a brown bag of course.
LO: Does your husband read your writing?
BP: He is not a big reader, unless it's a set of house plans, but he has read my book and LOVD it! He tells all of his friends to get it for their wives and...well, I'll just leave it at that.
LO: My wife has a copy of your book so we will see what happens.
Click here to check out Beverly's novel No More Wasted Time