Welcome everyone. I would like to introduce Joseph Beekman, author of Little Orphan Anvil. He is here today to answer a few questions and give away two e-book copies of his book, Little Orphan Anvil, a suspenseful adventure about an orphaned robot and his companions as they attempt to free a group of orphans and realm from the rule an evil witch. All you have to do to enter the drawing is leave a comment. Winners will be drawn on November 20th and we will forward each winner a copy of Little Orphan Anvil in whatever format you require for your e-readers. Remember to enter a comment to participate and your email address so we may contact you as a winner!
Thank you, Joe, for participating in this interview and giveaway! I'm sure your fans would love to hear more about you!
Joe, Tell us your latest news.
I am a new author at World Castle Publishing, which very recently published and released my book, “Little Orphan Anvil”, so that is very exciting. Also, just received two wonderful reviews for the book, including a 5/5 star rating!
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing about my 2nd year in high school, mainly short stories and poems, but as the years progressed and I entered into college in the fine arts department, I really pursued writing and literature more intensely. I remember always having a passion for storytelling since I was very young, and I knew this was something I would love to continue as I grew up.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I love to watch films, read, play the guitar, and hang out with friends and family.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book, “A Tail Spun”, is a post-apocalyptic, mythical tale of a war between the remaining creatures of earth, including cats, rats, and spiders. What actually inspired me to write this short story was when I acquired a stray kitten from friend, and being a fan of fantasy and science fiction material, decided to form a story around this particular cat in this type of genre. It just went from there! J
What do you think makes a good story?
Storyline, plot, believable characters, and a story that has some of the writer’s own heart and soul weaved within it.
How do you want readers to feel after they read your stories?
Inspired. I want them feeling that the story has left them with a sense of hope, and that something can be taken from the story that may inspire not only themselves, but others, as well.
What is your favorite character out of all the books you have written?
That would have to be the old man, Will, from the tale “Little Orphan Anvil”. Although he tends to have a some crazy characteristics about him, he is a very inspirational person that is very giving and wants, more than anything, to see other succeed and live life with a light in their soul. He was a fun character to write! J
What influences your creativity of your characters?
I would have to say everything that surrounds my daily life influences my creativity for writing and writing the characters themselves. The people that I connect with; my childhood and the people that surrounded me then, or ones I came across growing up; the ways in which people interact with each other. Also, the environment, and how people interact with it, and how they might do things differently within that same environment.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Little Orphan Anvil” is my latest short story about an orphaned robot that is reunited with its creator, and with the help of some other companions, they set out to save an orphanage and the realm itself from the dark magic of an evil witch. Busy promoting the book, which is available everywhere, including amazon, barnes and nobles, and of course, World Castle Publishing! J
What are some of the goals and future plans with your writing?
I plan to write a sequel for the latest book, and I am in the process now of writing a science fiction/horror novella which is coming along rather well. I also plan on publishing a short book of poetry from the collected poems I wrote years ago, so that should be interesting. Continuing to write and learn from process of writing along the way is something I will always pursue. My goal is to one day, hopefully fairly soon, write a novel that will appear in hardback around the world! J As I always remind myself: “Never abandon Hope!”
Thank you, Joe, for sharing with us! Now remember to win a copy of Little Orphan Anvil, you must leave a comment to enter and also please leave your email address so that we may notifiy you if you are a winner! Good Luck!
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