An Author Interview
BY COEY CAIN
From an early age, around six or seven, Joseph Beekman started writing. To-date, he is the only Author I know who began writing stories at a younger age than I did. He started to really get into it when he was in high school and about five years ago, he self published “A Tail Spun” which was the first novel he finished.
Joseph is from Arizona where he was raised and still living today. He spent a lot of time in Montana while growing up and explored the forests, ghost towns and rail roads with his brothers and sister. Fun and adventure were aplenty and helped to stir his imagination as a young child. He plays guitar and was a member in some heavy metal, underground garage bands back in the day. He works as a cook in a Greek restaurant to make extra money. It’s a nice establishment with great food and he enjoys it. He has a real passion for helping animals. He supports animal shelters and looks out for the well-being of neglected, stray, homeless and needy pets. There is no limit to his compassion for animals.
“I love to write when it is dark and stormy outside, like the cold dead time of winter or a perfect monsoon season here in the desert!” -Joseph Beekman
One day, Joseph might like to write True Life Stories. Currently, he is the Author of genres such as Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Horror and Adventure. He writes with no regrets and believes that each idea that comes to him is exactly as it should be. Amen to that!
“Let Nothing stand between me and the sun.”
-Alexander the Great
When I asked Joseph where his interest in writing originated from, he replied, “Movies. In fact, old monster movies that would televise on shows like “World Beyond” and the “Outer Limits”. My big thrust into the entire world of fantasy and science fiction storytelling was when I attended the screening of “Star Wars” in 1977…I was 8 years old, and that film really changed my life and how I saw storytelling. Also, the book “DUNE” by author Frank Herbert, as well as the “LORD OF THE RINGS”…those books all were great catapults into knowing where my passion would be driven.”
How much of the book is based on real life experience? The books of Little Orphan Anvil have real life experience in the fact that they all have the elements of faith, hope, courage, and overcoming great odds.
What are your current projects? Now, I am working on a paranormal trilogy dealing with cats, in a fantasy realm. Should be lots of fun! J Also, a sequel trilogy to Little Orphan Anvil, but along the lines of the sorceress, “Tabitha” – one of the main characters in book II and III.
Do you ever experience writer’s block and how do you get your inspiration back? Yes, and I take breaks, go fishing, hiking…whatever gets me out of my own self. I don’t want to force the writing or ideas. Just let them unfold when the time is right.
What do you do when you are not writing? I usually think about writing, or creating. Watching movies and reading. A bit of music listening or attending concerts, and guitar playing, too!
How did you choose the genre you write in? Whatever feels right at the time and with the idea that pops into my mind: I just go with that genre.
Where do you get your ideas? Pictures, paintings, music, childhood memories and adventures.
Do you work with an outline, or just write? Just write.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? I use every and all available outlets on the world wide web to market/promote my books. I find face book has helped open up many avenues that I can branch off of and also twitter seems to be catching on for me. Plus, word of mouth and speaking about the books one on one with others I know, or complete strangers.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Never abandon hope.
Below, you can find a list of Joseph Beekman’s novels. But first, a message from the Author himself…
“Believe in yourself first and foremost. Always stay true and focused to your passion, and don’t let anything sidetrack you from your goals or aspirations. Each individual has their own unique talents and magic that makes them shine, so don’t ever let that be lost! Use what you have been given to the greatest of your ability and above all: Keep it simple and Keep it Fun! To all the readers and fans of the books: Thank you all for believing in me and for the support!!”
Centuries have passed since humanity’s fall. Yet, a war continues to sweep across the earth between the remaining species of life in an almost uninhabitable environment – a war between the underground rats and the surface alliance led by the cats. The outcome of the war and the survival of the alliance depends solely on their faith in mythical Gods and the strength and hope in their hearts. However, bringing the hauntingly endless war to a finale, or for life to be renewed, will also mean facing an ancient foe from the birth of existence itself!
An ancient science unearthed ~ An orphaned robot discovered ~ And the shades of fate forged across the gravelands of a forgotten realm. The complete trilogy of the live-wired fantasy adventure hammered with mayhem, madness, and magical mystery!
A tale of an orphaned robot and its journey to help a divided realm of lost lands from being ruled by an evil witch. When the Land of Iron and Anvil is struck by a wicked storm, the robot becomes lost to the wilds of the lands. But after being discovered by a little boy and his dog, the robot is then reunited with its creator, and together they travel to the Land of Shadows, hoping to free a group of orphans from the dark magic of the witch…and to save an entire realm from her twisted rule!
With the discovery of a “legendary” pumpkin patch in the dark of the deadwoods, the witch returns in this second installment to the tale of magic and metal. The Land of Iron and Anvil is once again threatened with the dark magic of the witch, and the little robot, Anvil, along with some new and old friends, must venture into the shadowy lands of the realm to stop her wicked ways…and seal her fate.
In this final installment to the tale of magic and metal, the fate of the robots will be decided across the gravelands of a forgotten realm. From the haunted wilds of the icy, dark north, two mysterious “others” have surfaced to claim the witch’s soul as their own – and to lay to rest the heretics of their dark magic. But as fate would have it, the little orphaned robot, Anvil, has returned from the grave to embark on a strange journey with old friends that will take them from one side of the realm to the other in a final attempt to crush an ancient darkness…that has now become a monster!
As promised… The Hypothetical Hotspot™
This is simply my favorite part of doing interviews. I love to hear the hilarious responses of Authors when they have to answer some ludicrous hypothetical questions.
How fast do hotcakes sell? Fast as sharks on a hot streak!
Why do people say beans, beans the magical fruit when beans are vegetables? To mess with everyone’s early learning development.
Is there a time limit on fortune cookie predictions? Predictably so.
When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny? When one starts feeling less down and more on the sunny side-up of the day!
What would happen if Batman gets bitten by a vampire? The Joker would be on him!
What is another word for “thesaurus”? ThisStoryIsForUs.
Is “vice-versa” to a dyslexic just plain redundant? Only if they were to reverse it and then flip it on top of itself!
Why do all the superheroes wear underpants on the outside? To hide their inner feelings of their depraved sexual appetite.
If something “goes without saying,” why do people still say it? To confirm that it really does go without saying, “so to speak”.
If you write a book about failure, and it doesn’t sell, is it called success? Yes, because at least you proved the point of the book itself.
What happens when you get ‘half scared to death’ twice? Roll over and complete the other two halves!
If I got slobbering drunk, would you make me a sandwich? Yes: It would be made of sand and petrified wood for the bread.
Why do they put holes in crackers? So one can see what type of soup they are about to devour.
How come lemon cleaning liquid contains real lemons, but lemon juice contains artificial flavorings? Because lemons eat away at the enamel of the teeth.
What does PU stand for (as in “PU, that stinks!”)? Putrid Uranus.
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do they take them trick-or-treating? Because at least then the kids are in costume, therefore strange enough themselves.
What do people in China call their good plates? Paper.
What type of animal is Snuffaluffagus? An abandoned runt of the gangster family, The Hutts.
Where do babies come from? The Octomom.
Do you have Road Rage? Nope, but I do have sidewalk rage!
What are three of your worst habits? Micro-analyzing everything to death. Picking at old wounds or scars, and not letting them fully heal or just be. Giving my two cats too much spaghetti for breakfast.
Thank you, Joseph Beekman, for playing along! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did.
And everyone else, be sure to head over to Amazon to check out his books and find him on Facebook!
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