Today we’re joined by Beck Nicholas, an aussie YA author. Beck’s debut novel FAKE released just last month from Harlequin Australia. It’s a contemporary romance that includes social media, intrigue, and lots of fun.
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
Welcome, Beck. You’re an aussie writer. YAY! The YA market seems to be dominated by international authors, so it’s always nice to see one of our own on the shelves. How do you feel walking into places like Big W and target to see your book on the shelves?
Yes, yay for Aussie! I’m Aussie and proud! Holding my first book in my hands was a wonderful moment but walking into a store and seeing it on a shelf was almost as good. I’m still waiting on my local Kmart but I have hope.
It’s a surreal feeling because I’ve been a reader for even longer than a writer and I’ve spent a lot of time looking at physical and virtual shelves for great stories.
How wonderful. I bet you get a fabulous rush. So, tell us about Fake. Is it set in Australia?
Fake is set in a small (invented) town a few hours out of Sydney. I’ve written aiming for overseas publishers before, and it was refreshing to write gum trees and use aussie-isms that pepper my writing.
I can’t wait to read about gum trees and aussie-isms! But tell me about your main character. If you had to liken Kath, to a celebrity who would it be and why?
I tend to cast my characters when I create them as I’m often working on more than one story (at different stages). For Kath I needed to find a celebrity who seemed down-to-earth and had to love some vintage clothes. This wasn’t easy. It turned out that to create Kath I used a few different images together to come up with the mood that put her on the screen for me. Victoria Justice was the main actress but only particular shots. Lots were too ‘glossy’ for Kath.
Victoria Justice is lovely. I’ll cross my fingers for a movie adaption one day! So, you’re published by one of the big 5. Congrats! How is that?
This is my first book so I haven’t anything to compare it to. The people I’ve dealt with at Harlequin Australia have been wonderful and supportive. It’s been a great experience so far.
Lots of our blog readers are aspiring writers. What advice would you give other Aussie YA writers out there who are trying to get published?
I’m not sure I’m in a position to give advice, perhaps more to pass it along. Read. Write. Research your options. Submit to your best fit – because it’s hard to be published without that step. Eat chocolate or whatever you do to cope with rejection if that happens, and then write some more.
Find a crit partner or group. Talk to like-minded writers because they will understand in a way a non-writer friend can’t.
Read and write some more.
Great advice! Now that Fake is out in the wild, what’s next for you?
I’m working on another contemporary YA at the moment with a road trip and a romance and a girl who thinks she’s messed up beyond repair.
In December I have a YA sci-fi called LIFER coming out with Month9Books.
Congrats on that! You had me at sci-fi. Tell me more about Lifer.
Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. Part of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was the love of an Official, a boy named Samuai, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called the Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.
As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to.
Wow, there are lots of exciting thing happening. Thanks for joining us, Beck and good luck with your new release.
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Seventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl — giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot — instead.
After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect — and very fake — online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.
Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town — Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep — in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.
As her plotting begins to unravel, so do the people Kath thought she knew:
Her mother has a secret online life.
Her father has a whole new family.
Her best friend is barely recognisable.
Her boyfriend has a disturbing hidden past.
And her enemy is more familiar than she knew
This interview was conducted by Stacey Nash who also has a brand new release. Remember Me came out with HarperCollins Aus just last week and you can find it here.