Interview With Author Elizabeth Cook Howard (Forever Beth Our Love, Romance)

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In your own words, please describe your book….
Forever Beth Our Love is the 2nd installment in the Forever Beth Series which tells the story of Elizabeth Walker whose past continues to haunt her present and if not changed her future. Although along the way of finding herself her past finds a way of distorting her current life, even when true love is found. The controversial raw vivid topic I introduced in book one plays heavily in “Our Love”. Until closure is met tragedy and death is inescapable.

What is the genre?
Romance, Mystery, Domestic Violence and Empowerment

What inspired you to write Forever Beth Our Love?
Inspiration to pen and self-publish the Forever Beth Series was my need to conquer a long time goal. Since my teen years I’ve created and wrote stories from fantasy to raw reality. However not until I was faced with a great loss and into my forties that I challenged myself to write and publish. Now that great loss is not what you think. Mother of four beautiful children, for the past twenty one years my reading repertoire has gone from the Cat in the Hat, Captain Underpants, Goose Bumps to Harry Potter and Twilight. Then FINALLY I graduated to – yes the most famous adult trilogy that I know of…. And when I finished book three of a certain Shade Of Grey I was at a loss, I didn’t find anything that caught my interest. So, on a long eight hour roundtrip drive to take my oldest son back to college and with my husband at the wheel, the Forever Beth Series began.

Will this book be a standalone or part of a series?
Our love is the 2nd Installment in the Forever Beth Series. Book 3 – Truth Of It All will be released in the very near future. Truth of It All will be the final installment in the Forever Beth Series.

What message would you like to convey with this book?
SELF EMPOWERMENT and the WILL to CONQUER. If you have the will you will overcome any of life challenges. Funny how the universe works. After self- publishing the Forever Beth Series I felt a sense of accomplishment. I gained a level of self-respect that I never recall feeling before. I penned my emotions and did not give a damn about how others were going to accept the storyline. Now certainly I did not feel that way while writing. I would write a chapter and ponder how it would be perceived and received by people who knew me personally. Although not my personal journey, the storyline presents some similarities to both my professional and personal life. But following my heart and mind I published what felt right to me and year to date thankful that I did. After the release of each book I started to receive emails and notes from readers regarding how the storyline hit close to home. One woman even thanked me for writing the series. What she and the many others need to know is how grateful I am to them for sharing their story with me. So far my biggest reward!


What books are similar to this one?
In a review I was compared to Nora Robert’s writing. However throughout my life I’ve gained the upmost respect to the following writers who captured my deepest emotions and attention: Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Terry McMillian, Walter Mosley, Ann Rice, EL James, Edgar Allan Poe (YES I love the dark side) and the first author- of the first book I read and loved – Judy Blume.

Where can readers find your book?
Forever Beth Our Love is available on Amazon as a Kindle Download and Paperback.

Can you tell us some about the writer behind the book?
I’m a mom to four beautiful and intelligent children who has and continues to fill my life with joy. I’m a wife (that loves to cook BUT can’t) to a husband who encourages “the writing thing”. I’m a fulltime professional and now a very thankful – grateful Indie Author.

Tell us one thing about you we wouldn’t know?
Believe it or not, I shy away from the topic “sex”. Based on my writing one wouldn’t think so? I enjoy a quiet evening with a book in one hand (good ole romance) and a glass of wine in the other. I enjoy funny people and love to laugh.

What has been the best moment in your writing career?
Definitely hearing from “my” readers. Wow in that sentence alone, having readers.

How do you come up with the titles of your book?
Naming of the series was not me but a very close friend. She doesn’t even recall the conversation but it was her – Margret N.


How long does it take you to finish a novel?
Forever Beth “Our Love” took about four months to pen.

How can readers connect with you?

Website

Goodreads

Facebook

Twitter

What are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on the 3rd and final installment under the Forever Beth Series. Forever Beth “Truth Of It All” will be released in the near future.

Do you have any other books released?
Forever Beth Our Love is the first book in the series that sets the foundation for the Series.

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