Here is the schedule for Janet's BRoP Interview:
Part 1 @ Teresa - Thursday, July 12th
Part 2 @ Sandra - Friday, July 13th
Part 3 @ Emily - Monday, July 16th
Part 4 @ Dean - Tuesday, July 17th
Part 5 @ Terri - Wednesday, July 18th
So today Janet stops by The Write Time to discuss her Current work.
Welcome Janet, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Janet Beasley; Epic Fantasy Novelist and Scenic Nature Photographer. I am the author of the newly released epic fantasy series Hidden Earth Volume 1 Maycly – Parts 1, 2, and 3.
I was born and raised in Beavercreek, Ohio where I was a proud 1979 graduate of Beavercreek High School. I now reside in central Florida and love hanging out together with family and friends for food and fun.
According to those who know me, I’m outgoing, fun, very creative and always try to look on the sunny side of life. Now granted, some of these folks haven’t had the opportunity to catch me on a bad day. You know, like in my writer’s den, when I’m birthing ideas and trying to write them down as fast as they come to me it gets a little hair-raising and the dog looks at me with that “look” where they tilt their head and just stare at you like you’re crazy at the moment…which you are…but you don’t let them know that!
I’m an animal lover, with dogs being number one on my list. I love to travel. Discovering new places and meeting new people from other lands is always a thrill. I enjoy hangin’ with family - kayaking, hiking, photographing nature, and baking cupcakes.
Tell us about your new book and when it is out? Where can people purchase it?
I'm happy to announce that Hidden Earth Volume 1 Maycly Parts 1, 2, and 3 released on February 26, 2012 in the collector's paperback edition. It contains all three parts, over 70 black and white illustrations, 10 maps, teaser recipes, family trees, and more. Each part is a separate ebook and contains corresponding color illustrations, teaser recipe, and other back matter. There all available on Amazon and also through the KOLL. Just go to Amazon.com and type in Maycly Janet Beasley and you'll go right to it.
Is there anything new, unusual, or interesting about your book? How is it different from other books on the same subject?
Maycly is not just a novel, it's a complete package! There are two companion books - the first, "The Chukkons Say, 'Ye Need ta Be a-seein' Maycly" (a full color illustration book complete with detailed descriptions of the animals, plants, and such) which will be released mid May 2012.
And the second, "More Than Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup" ( boasting the restaurants on Maylcy, it will be a full scale cook book filled with restaurant owner histories, menus, recipes, illustrations, and photos) slated for late summer. Maycly also has its own paraphernalia shop where fans can shop for the latest trends all featuring some of their favorite characters, animals, plants, and more - both good and evil.
And as if that's not enough, Gramma Hilda's Doggie Delights™ have made a huge come back, this time as the favored treats of dogs on Maycly. (I used to own a bakery and a "BARK"-ery. The gourmet dog treats are family recipe that's been around since the 80s, and the bakery confections are all original recipes developed by me. AND yes, the recipes for both will be in the cook book).
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Being so far away from my sis who serves as my full time illustrator, proofreader, and editor. She lives in Michigan, and I'm in Florida. All I can say is thank goodness for internet phones!
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I would have to say that would be when a puppy shows up on Iona's doorstep. Why? I can't really tell you in detail because it would be a spoiler alert...but let's just say it will warm your heart.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learned that for big dreamers, nothing is impossible!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?
Not one thing.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When it comes down to brass tax it's not about grasping any certain thing, but more so that my readers and fans would be encouraged to make every day count, be kind to others, and not to discount the fact that there may just be a higher power who can help you through your toughest times.
Tell us about your book’s cover – where did the design come from and what was the design process like?
The cover design was an intense project. We wanted to use my sis's illustrations. we began marketing Maycly at least 1 year before it released. First thing we did was create 6 covers using the top six illustrations we felt best drew in the readers, and gave a good representation of the genre. We crafted a "show" board and I began hitting the book show circuit at local libraries, as well as put the 6 covers on my website for people to vote on. When it came time for the cover to be designed, we handed over the top three illustrations, and thanks to our pagination and graphic design expert, Connie Thompson - author of A Fascination for Feathers - she was able to narrow it down and manipulate the favorite test cover into a very well received cover that gains attention and compliments right and left!
Other cyber cites to find Janet.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/
Other: http://www.facebook.com/Maycly (a page for fans to chat and post about the cool things of Maycly)
What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
The collector's edition paperback is 744 pages. It contains all 3 parts, and includes over 70 b/w illustrations, maps, teaser recipes, family trees, and more.
Ebooks: Each part is a separate ebook, sold separately through Amazon. Each ebook contains color illustrations, the map of Maycly, and corresponding back matter.