Blog 166: The Magic of Woven Words – Author Interview #48

Dear Readers,

A huge Thank You and a Loud Shout out to the Author B.A. Bellec–  for agreeing to participate and kind enough to send prompt response to all my questions.

B.A Bellec   –  Someone’s Story

–>  A Brief Bio (As is written by the Author)

I was not a heavy reader growing up. I would usually only read something after the movie was made. If it was a series of novels, I would watch the first movie and then pick up the rest of the books if I liked it. In terms of favorites, I would say I am into pop culture. I can find things to like in almost anything.

I started writing seriously in my early 30’s. Up until then, it was just something in the back of my mind and I started using writing to ask and sort out the big questions I was thinking about.

Question 1: What inspired you to start writing?  How long have you been writing?

Author’s Response: I have been writing seriously for about 4 years now. My first book came out last year. My second book is coming later this year. My third book is underway. My desire to start writing came from a few places. I think more than anything I was looking for a medium where I could ask big questions and then share the work when it was done. There is something selfish about asking these questions and then keeping the knowledge to yourself. Also, I am very introverted so I like spending hours in my mind thinking.

Question 2: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out? Just start. You have to start putting words down or it will never happen. Don’t rush. Take your time. Revise it over and over again. Outside that, begin the marketing now. Get on social media. Read and connect with people in the community. I had no idea how much marketing was involved in the author job. My first year after publishing has been more about marketing than writing. I wish I had started building the audience sooner.

Question 3: What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

Author’s Response:  Just start. You have to start putting words down or it will never happen. Don’t rush. Take your time. Revise it over and over again. Outside that, begin the marketing now. Get on social media. Read and connect with people in the community. I had no idea how much marketing was involved in the author job. My first year after publishing has been more about marketing than writing. I wish I had started building the audience sooner.

Question 4: What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing? What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?  What are you reading now?

Author’s Response: I do spend a fair amount of time thinking my ideas through. The project I am on now is called Pulse. I have been thinking about it for at least 5 years. I only started writing last year. So in that case I spent a few hours here and there over 4 years setting up everything. Good writing is subjective and we all have differing opinions. Some projects have smaller scopes and different audiences. There isn’t a right answer but what I look for is passion coming from the author. Little details and nuggets to show the author spent a long-time thinking about this and paying attention to small things.

I have grown immensely as a person. Writing has made me question lots about myself and pick up a ton of new skills. I also get to engage with a series of amazing communities. I interact with the #writingcommunity on Twitter, the #bookstagram accounts of Instagram, and the #booktube video-makers of YouTube. So many awesome people and it is a caring and giving community I am happy to be a part of.

One of the things that I didn’t plan was I started producing music while I was waiting for my books to be edited. In two years I have close to ten songs done and 7 are released on my YouTube channel. It’s been fun making those songs. Limitless is the biggest one yet. The entire video is animated in pixel art and I wrote a short story to go with it. The entire project took 6+ months and outside of my books is the biggest creative endeavor I have ever been a part of.

Here is the link to that song:

The way I give back is I have started helping authors by making review videos myself and posting them across all the platforms I am on. I also get to interact with the authors that wrote the books which is so cool. Even having written two books myself, I get almost a childlike wonder when I get to interact with another author. Recently I read Pretty Lies by Jessica Scurlock,  Age of the Almek by Tara A. Lake, and Magic or Die by J.P. Jackson. All of which are fantastic books coming from authors with smaller platforms. There are just a ton of gems out there!

Here is the link to my Author Review videos:

Question 5:  Recommend three of your favorite books to the readers.

Author’s Response: It’s tough to pick just 3 so I will go with the books that inspired my projects.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky inspired Someone’s Story.

It by Stephen King is a huge inspiration for Pulse.

Contact by Carl Sagan is a story that is weaving inspiration into my sequel for Pulse.

My first novel, Someone’s Story, is free: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/wxvruuyk87

Pulse is coming later this year. Subscribe to me on YouTube and social media to stay in the loop: https://www.youtube.com/c/BABellecsProductionStudio

Author’s Favorite Quote: A quote I like is “we accept the love we think we deserve” by Stephen Chbosky in The Perks of Becoming a Wallflower.

#Stayhungrystaybookish

Lots of love,

mrsswiftnib

Published by mrsswiftnib

A fellow book worm who by norms classifies as a voracious reader, books have been a key part since a toddler. Also a prolific writer, I love the craft of words. Of course, people who love to read mostly love to write too! Isn't it? I play around with colors and take absolute delight in Pencil Sketching and Mandalas. A little secret to indulge - I foster a vested interest of amassing a New Degree almost every year. It's my way to Paradise :) A Daughter, Wife, an Engineer, a Bibliophile, a Saree Lover and a varied Juggler of Artsy Interests - That's Me in a Nutshell Welcome Aboard Y'all!!

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