Hi Beth and thanks for joining me in the celebrations for Escape Publishing's 1 Year Anniversary! I'm looking forward to picking your brain today about your most recent release, A Missing Peace, which was published by Escape Publishing in September.
I don't want to take up too much of your time, so lets dive straight in!
Thanks so much for having me!
A Missing Peace is quite the clash of cultures. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the concept, but in todays society where racism and certain ideologies sadly run rampant, it's a difficult topic to explore. What inspired you to write about something so touchy?
I’m from a small town in East Texas. My younger brother, grandfather, and all my male cousins are in the military. My husband is from a village in India… You get the picture…
So, In say that, what do you hope readers get out of reading A Missing Peace?
We’re all just people, and everything happens for a reason.
Describe Mirriam in 5 words.
Stubborn, strong-willed, determined, outspoken, kind (Although, she wouldn’t want anyone to know that last one).
Describe Caleb in 5 words.
Loyal, cocky, carefree, loving, protective
Complete the following sentence: "You'll love A Missing Peace if you liked.....
|Freida Pinto and Ed Westwick as Mirram and Caleb|
Freida Pinto as Mirriam and Ed Westwick as Caleb
How about we talk about you now :) What's something we'd be surprised to learn about you?
Once upon a time, I was a reluctant reader! How’s that?
Shocking! If you would meet anyone, living or dead, real or fiction, who would you want to meet and why?
A producer from the Hallmark channel to talk movie deals. Some people call A Missing Peace a sweet romance (I’m not convinced with the war backdrop), but my Marlowe Girls series is even sweeter.
What's been your most memorable experience working with and being a part of Escape Publishing?
I think getting the offer and realizing that my writing was getting somewhere.
With A Missing Peace out in the world and hopefully worming it's way into readers hearts, what's next for you? Are you working on anything at the minute?
There is a companion to A Missing Peace, Finding Hope. It’s Abe’s story and should be on submission soon. I’m also working on a YA romance about a girl who falls for the one guy she should not, and a the third and final book in my Marlowe Girls series.
6 Quick Questions:
1. Ebook or Physical Book? Either.
2. Book or Movie? Book
3. Lucky Number? 5
4. Favourite Movie? Twilight
5. Favourite Colour? Purple
6. Favourite Song? That’s a tie. “Mine” by Taylor Swift or “Lead Me” by Sanctus Real. Both make me think of my husband.
Thanks again for joining me Beth. I'm grateful for your time and wish you the best with whatever you write in the future!
Beth Fred is a full-time mum and part-time writer/blogger/writing instructor. She is represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. She is the author of The Fate of a Marlowe Girl and The Other Marlowe Girl. To learn more about Beth Fred, visit her online.
A turbulent, emotionally charged YA novel that breaks down barriers and challenges the status quo...
Angry, seventeen-year-old Iraqi war refugee Mirriam Yohanna hates her new life in Killeen, Texas, where the main attraction is a military base, populated with spoiled army brats like Caleb Miller.
Caleb has much to be angry about too, including Mirriam who turns him down flat in front of everyone. Eager for retribution, Caleb agrees to a dare that will see him take Mirriam to the prom and regain his pride.
But their relationship soon moves beyond high school antics. Mirriam and Caleb are bound together by more than location, and as they are forced to work closely together on a school assignment, they start to uncover an explosive story that has the potential to ruin lives — and both of their futures. One single truth changes everything and strengthens their bond.
When Mirriam's family discovers their relationship, they decide it's time to arrange her marriage to a proper Iraqi man. Caleb must convince Mirriam that he is in it for forever — or risk losing her for good.