Indie Author Spotlight – Simone Beaudelaire

Indie Author Spotlight – Simone Beaudelaire

I’ve got another great indie author to tell you about this morning.  She’s Simone Beaudelaire, author of “When the Music Ends,”

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You can find Simone on Facebook, Goodreads, and at her website and her blog.

Her latest book is “When the Music Ends” and it’s FREE on Amazon this weekend.  I’m picking it up, and you should, too!

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You can find it right here.

I’ve got a wonderful interview with Simone as well…

How did you start your writing career?

I was an English major in college, and between that and my Master’s degree, I’ve done a ton of academic writing. When it comes to fiction, I’ve been tinkering with a single novel, Beautiful Rose, for the last decade and never really getting anywhere. Then, last Thanksgiving, my writing suddenly took off. I started and couldn’t stop. Now, It’s an obsession.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?Does travel play in the writing of your books?

I love historic places. My favorite places to travel so far have been France and New Orleans. These trips have been used in my writing, but the books are not released yet. However, a visit to Italy was captured in my Historical Romance, Keeping Katerina

Tell us about your current release. Tell us about your next release.

My current release is probably my favorite thing that I’ve written so far… “When the Music Ends”. It is part one in a series of four, with spin-offs, called The Winter Rose Chronicles. Book 2, “When the Words are Spoken” should be ready for release later this summer. This series is contemporary romance set in the upper Midwest. Readers of this interview… they take place in Minnesota, which is never stated directly, so you have the inside scoop. They tell the story of the Murphy family, mainly a brother and sister, and how each one finds a happy ending in an unexpected way. They are meant to be sexy, joyful, and uplifting.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career? Does your significant other read your stuff?

Honestly, my family is not that supportive. They wish I wrote something less sexy. But they’ve made peace with it. My husband has read part of one of my novels.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Oh yes. My beta reader circle consists of the most talented indie writers you can imagine. I encourage everyone to check them out: Guy Bailey (The Widow Mulvane, The Remains of a Local Girl- romantic mysteries), Sandra Martinez (The Pearl- fantasy), Jill Shannon (False Illusions- Mystery), Reed Hill (Liberty’s Hammer- Political thriller, Deidre Malcom (not yet published, but working on an awesome steampunk novel.) I’m blessed to have their insights, and I’m proud to offer my modest proofreading skills to their amazing endeavors.

How do you describe your writing style?

I write sexy sweet romance. This means that while it’s graphically sexual, I am trying to show healthy, joyous relationships in all their aspects. The characters are supportive, kind, and genuinely want what’s best for each other. They have problems and conflicts, of course, but in general, they are well intentioned people. There is a small amount of strong language in each book, but it is never associated with intimate scenes.

How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?

In general, my stories are years, even decades, in the making. I moved around a lot as a kid, and I was shy and awkward. So I was bullied mercilessly. I used these stories as an escape from the terrors of junior high. That’s why they mean so much to me. The exception is my current new release, “When the Music Ends.” A chance comment in its sequel, “When the Words are Spoken” got my creative juices flowing. Sean and Erin simply HAD TO have their own story. Now, I’m pleased to say that they do.

Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?

I’m turning 35 this month. I’m not sure why never I realized I would get here, but I’m planning to celebrate with an overnight getaway with my husband. The in-laws have offered to take the kids- thanks Ron and Sandie.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

Mary Jo Putney.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Monkees. Davy Jones was so darn cute. RIP Davy.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

Yes. Erin in my current release, “When the Music Ends” is me, if my musical dreams had panned out. Except I sing instead of playing the oboe.

Do you have a Website or Blog?

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you.

Simone has another novel available at Amazon as well, Keeping Katerina.  I’ve bought it, you should, too!

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