Make Believe anthology (part four) : an interview with J.A. Belfield

Make Believe

Getting to know this cover, are we? Good because the stories inside are top notch!

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield

From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

Ms. Belfield will now take your questions:

Q. Tell us about your story!

Escort to Insanity is a bit of a crazy tale about a woman who books herself a male escort for the evening and a series of events turn it into a crazy night she’ll remember for the rest of her life. Oh, and there’s a little something supernatural in there, too–coz I can’t help myself. 😉

 Q. How did you come up with the idea?

Hmmm, I think I just had the opening scene pop into my head, where the MC is in her room all ready for her date with an escort she couldn’t believe she’d booked, and it pretty much spiralled out of control from there with a tonne of what-ifs, lol.

 Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Nicole Harrington is the MC. Cole for short. And I’m going to answer the latter part backward: Cole’s biggest flaw is that she’s spent her entire life begging approval from a powerful and very demanding father; her greatest strength is that she’s built within herself the courage to finally try and fight for her independence.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Getting it right first time. Seriously. I’m a horrible perfectionist AS I write, and I’m such a tough critic on myself, that I ALWAYS try to get the story as close to perfect as possible. And I drive myself nuts being this way.

 Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

How would I know if they’ve never asked me? Hehe. I seriously don’t know. It would no doubt be something whacky and off the wall, though.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I have an adult series available called the Holloway Pack. I’m working on Holloway Pack #4–title currently supa-sekrit. 😉 And do I work on multiple projects? I used to but not so much. Sure I’ll have a TONNE of other projects in my WIP folder, because if an idea pops into my head I’ll jot it down (my ideas usually pop in as opening scenes), and I’ll occasionally open them up and add little notes or later scenes as they come to me, but I retain my main focus for one project at a time. Especially now that I have a timeline goal set out for what I want to write and by when. 🙂

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Gargh! Tough question alert!!! Okay, here goes:

“It reminds me of winter in the woods,” he said. “Where nothing else exists beyond the perimeter your soul creates.”

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Nope. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. As a kid, I thought buying my own ice cream truck would be the ultimate goal to aim for. 😉

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

I always struggle with the middle of every darn story I write–whatever the length. Because there’s often a bit of a dip amongst any action but the author still has to keep the story rolling so the readers stay on board.

 Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

Right now … I’m reading Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin. I’m really digging the entire dystopia/post apocalyptic-type novels since I got bitten with The Hunger Games.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I mostly read. I’m a reading fiend. And sometimes I bake. The best way to get me away from writing is by taking me away from home. The MIL has the best results because she has no internet, lol.

 Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

I grew up with Famous Five, and moved through the ranks of Judy Blume’s stories as I grew older. Before I left school, I was reading my mum’s Mills & Boon’s.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Gargh! Difficult question alert!!!!!!!!!! I think it’s possibly Jennifer L. Armentrout because I’ve loved everything I’ve read of hers so far.

Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 1012?

Onyx by Ms Armentrout (that lady up there ^^^). 😀

 Q. What do you see emerging  as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I think young adult readers are getting weary of paranormal reads because so much is getting replicated now and the market is becoming more and more flooded. I’ve noticed more and more paranormal YA lovers are turning to contemporary for a break, and I’ve already read a few titles–new adult ones, too–that are blowing readers away.

Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

Every damn day. Because sometimes it just seems like an uphill struggle to get what’s in my head into the document. But I keep going because that struggle just makes the reward of achievement all the more sweeter. There’s absolutely nothing like that feeling a writer gets when they read back what they wrote yesterday and realise it doesn’t suck as much as they thought it would. 🙂

 Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

No freakin’ idea. Srsly. 😉

Thanks so much for being here today and answering all my nosey questions. 🙂

Want to know more? I thought so …

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …?

Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, four cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

(All this and she’s got a cute new puppy! Lol.)

She also book blogs over at Bookaroo-Ju.

People! I seriously love this writer’s work. It’s awesome stuff. Do yourself a favor and checkout her other books 🙂

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About Julie Antonovich Reece

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