Welcome multi-published author, Beth Carter as she shares a writing tip, a giveaway, and her latest release, Thursdays at Coconuts.
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My best writing tip is to jump right into the action and let your characters tell the story.
My writing is fast paced and character-driven. I love writing dialogue. With a little nudge, my readers take off and tell the story. I’m a total pantser, so my characters always surprise me, which is thrilling as an author.
I like to begin right in the middle of a scene and weave in important backstory (in small chunks) later on. Too much backstory and detailed narrative at the beginning loses me as a reader, so I endeavor to pull the reader in quickly and think I managed to do just that since the majority of my reviews say things like “Impossible to put down” or “Hooked from page one.”
I used internal dialogue with THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS as my first sentence since my character is alone prior to her wedding. Here’s my first paragraph for THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS:
I can’t go through with this. Suzy bit her bottom lip and clutched her phone, unable to dial. Should I call and confront him? She took a deep breath and paced. Her heels clacked on the hardwood floors. The cheery yellow walls annoyed her. Her throbbing ears competed with the loud swish of her chiffon wedding dress as she fumed...
As the go-to wedding planner, Suzy can’t find her own wedded bliss and has one shocker of a wedding day. It doesn’t help that she’s still pining for her high school sweetheart, the one who got away. Handling neurotic brides is the best part of Suzy’s day until her son brings home a bombshell from Europe.
Alexandra, a beautiful marketer with a “touch” of OCD, falls for a bad-boy cop who's married and possibly stalking her. But he sure is sexy. Alex tries to stay at arm’s length after she puts her job—and life—on the line for the officer who isn’t always a gentleman.
Hope hates her name, looks, and frizzy hair. As a high school counselor, she dishes out sage advice to students, yet can’t see she’s enabling her deadbeat, stuck-in-the-seventies hippie parents. After tragedy strikes, she reexamines their relationship and discovers a secret that almost went to the grave.
Friends since high school, the thirty-something women meet every Thursday at Coconuts for their own form of friendapy.
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After being a bank vice president and a hospital public relations director, Beth Carter shed her suits and heels and waved good-bye to corporate America. While drinking copious amounts of coffee, she now pens novels and children’s picture books.
Carter's debut women's fiction, THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS, released August, 2014, by Soul Mate Publishing. The novel is laced with humor, suspense and romance and has received rave reviews. A sequel is planned.
The author’s three children's picture books are: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE? THE MISSING KEY and SANTA'S SECRET.
Additionally, Carter has several short stories and poems published in four anthologies and her six-word memoirs appear in collections alongside famous writers and celebrities. She was born and raised in the Midwest and has 25 years’ experience in marketing.
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