I love reading and have done for years. Books bring so much colour, humour adventure and of course romance to our lives. They are a way to sit back and forget the day, forget that dinner has to be cooked, the kids projects finished.
The first ‘real’ book I remember reading was The Island of the Blue dolphin by Scott O’Dell I read it twice. Some books are like that, they get to you and no matter that you know how it ends, and you have to read it again.
I can’t say I was born to write, but I am driven to write and it sure beats housework. It’s an addictive craft. One that once you’re hooked, no matter how many rejection slips you get, no matter how much you are wracked by self-doubt in the small hours of the night or when you’re staring at a blank page you can’t give in. Many a night I’ve tossed and turned, to my husband’s complaints, when I’ve been hit by a story, an idea, or a character, even a title and I know that here comes another story.
A chance meeting with Ellen Ben-Sefer on a writing loop on the internet who is a transplanted American living in Sydney, Australia pushed me further towards a career in writing. Ellen and I have a lot in common. We’d both loved reading time travel romance and had both lived in Israel. We mumbled something about… wouldn’t it be good to do a time travel set in Israel together and the next day Ellen surprised me with chapter 1 and Woman of Valor was born. At the time of writing Ellen and I hadn’t met, we merely wrote via the internet. Leap of Faith is a sequel and another combined effort from us – under the pen name of Janelle Benham.
My intense desire to write a time travel littered with pirates and set somewhere exotic eventuated in Be My Valentine. A time travel tale. Destination Sin City, Jamaica – 1692, a city renowned for pirates, prostitutes and rum. A story where the hero and heroine have to battle being shipwrecked, slavery and where history lessons become reality. Trust and hope and understanding that love lasts an eternity, even through the ages are the lessons the books’ characters must learn – before history catches up with them. Available through www.trebleheartbooks.com/BeckenhamSynops.html
I’m a lucky girl. I’ve been married to Neil for 20 years this year and have two lovely daughters, Yana and Anzhela whom we adopted in 1996 from Russia. So parenthood after thirteen years as a couple was definitely an interesting and eventful challenge!
One of the interesting facts that has come to light since I started writing is that I think writing must be in the family genes. I found out my mother who is nearly eighty was a ‘closet’ writer in her youth and her brother too. Now, a third generation, my nephew has begun writing children’s stories. I wonder what the next generation will bring.