Beast by J.A. Wynters Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Paranormal Romance
Falling out of a window didn't hurt as much as falling for her.
When the most beautiful girl in the world treats you like her dirty little secret, you’re reminded that beasts are meant to live in the dark.
Tove used me to get back at her boyfriend, breaking something inside that left a scar far deeper and uglier than the one marring my face.
Three years later Tove arrives at my hospital broken and without her memories.
So, what am I meant to do? Try to forget how much I love her or exact my revenge?
BEAST is a twisted Beauty and the Beast retelling.
Beauty is more than skin deep.
Jane Wynters doesn't quite know how to answer the question of "where are you from?" She's moved from place to place like a snowflake on the wind always searching for a safe place to land. She loves meeting new people and exploring new places. She loves reading, writing and conjuring new worlds from her imagination.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I live in Australia with my three kids, husband and fish called Fish face. (trust me if you saw him you’ll know how appropriate that name is – also just assuming it’s a boy… No way to check…) I have always written collecting words is one of my favourite pass times
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I play roller derby even though my knees are shot and I had surgery on the right one less than eight months ago. I speak four languages – I’m also fluent in sarcasm.
What are some of your pet peeves?
They’re / their/ there – I mean how hard is it??
Also people that can’t use their F***** indicator!!
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I’d tell everyone what I really thought of them – I’ll go blow all my cash on men and booze and drugs and dance till dawn
What kind of world ruler would you be?
Fair – I think – that doesn’t necessarily mean kind – just fair – everyone should get what they deserve..
What are you passionate about these days?
Writing reading and the army of three minions I have created
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Watch Netflix while simultaneously playing Fishdom
How to find time to write as a parent?
I usually wait till my kids are in bed and write till 12 – 1am
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After my first book Guarding Gabriel got such great reviews and people asked for more
Do you have a favorite movie?
That’ a hard one I do like a lot of movies – Die Hard is definitely up there so is the Princess Bride
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
They are all a little gritty around the edges so not sure – although I would love to see Guarding Gabriel in film.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love fairy tales and I think the idea of beauty especially this day and age is very relevant – how we perceive ourselves and others through our outer shell – how we think we need to look as prescribed to us by the media. I wanted to tackle the issue of beauty and what it could mean.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am working on a number of projects – I will of course finish Gabriel and Mia’s story and I have a Hensel and Grettel and Tangles fairy tales in the making.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Parts of Me series are all about Gabriel
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Beast?
Tove savage is a pretty girl which makes her callus with the heart of a boy – Adrian Rose who fell out of a window and scared himself.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I did some research as to names that mean beauty
Tove means is from a Swedish, Norwegian origin meaning "beautiful"
And Adrian means dark (the German meaning) – he is the beast
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I liked the conflict – the angst – that is always my favourite,
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
I don’t know the titles just come when they are ready. I rarely know the title of one of my books until I am done writing it.
Who designed your book covers?
The amazingly incredible talented Jennifer Demeter from The Dust Jacket Designs.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Possibly but I try hard not to think about it
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Beauty is rarely skin deep but often that’s all we see, the outside – I mean even when we are told not to - don’t we all judge a book by it’s cover?
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I’m not young enough or cruel enough.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you – thank you for taking a chance on a new author – thank you for taking my words and making them yours – thank you for breathing life into my characters by bringing them to life in your imaginations. Thank you.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
In this instance they were conjured completely from my imagination.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I am what you may call a punster – I have no idea where I’m going I tens to just jump in the proverbial train and see where we end up – sometimes we stay on the tracks, other times the train crashes and catches on fire and everything is on fire there is some screaming, tears, the occasional swear word (they are more than just occasional) – but we all somehow make it in the end.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
What did you edit out of this book?
The dark and twisted epilogue that turns the whole story on its head – my betas insisted… I’ll never know – maybe one day I’ll publish an alternate ending
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Terry Pratchett he makes it all seem so easy – so flawless.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Oh god there are too many
What book do you think everyone should read?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
How long have you been writing?
Since I first held a pen in my hand.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Depends on the content of the book – I always try and stay true to medical conditions and the like to ensure realism and authenticity – if I have particular places or areas I make sure I capture them – it depends.
Do you see writing as a career?
That would be the dream
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I like suspense, thriller and romance but also loads of dystopian and speculative fiction.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Silence – it’s the only way I hear the voices
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
One book at a time – I would like to give each book my full attention.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Pen or computer – depends where I am and if the muse hits – phone sometimes too – I have a portable keyboard for my phone.
A day in the life of the author?
Corral the kids
Check on the sales from the previous night – shed a few tears
Drop the kids off
Sit in front of the computer – get sucked into social media for a number of hours
Look at the blank screen and question every decision you ever made
More tears – they fall into your coffee
You write – sometime a lot sometimes a little – either way you hate all of it and hope it will burn in hell
After a break you read over things again and think you may have a hope and it doesn’t ALL suck – not all of it.
You grab the kids – cause no one else wants them – chaperone them around to sports – seems you gotta feed them and shower them too.
You put everyone to bed and look at what you wrote before – this time you don’t cry – you keep that pain inside and use it to write something you can work with.
You check the time – it’s waaaayyyy to late
You get sucked into Facebook again
You go to bed and read for an hour – cause you know – research and also you love it.
You[‘re about to fall asleep and your brain remembers that plot twist you were going to write that afternoon.
Fall asleep with the phone in your hand and your pillow stained with tears.
Advice they would give new authors?
Write write and write some more - I know it’s easy to fall into the cookie cutter crowd – yes we want to make money so taking a story already written and writing it again and again and again cause that’s what popular – you can do that – or you can feed your soul break the mold and write stuff you love cause guarantee the stuff you love to write will always be a million times better than the stuff you think you need to write.
What makes a good story?
Good solid characters that you want to root for, or hate or, love a story that makes you feel anything at all – that’s what makes a good story.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
Panster or die – I tried the whole plotting thing – I guess some things are just not for me.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I think you need a fine balance – be as original as you can but try and fall into a genre that people like reading. I’, not a fan of the cookie cutter crowd – retelling the same story over and over – I know some troupes are more popular than others but I feel like once I read one I don’t need to read another hundred. Of course, that is all personal – some people love reading the same type of story.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Start earlier – be braver.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
The fact that you will never really truly know what they are thinking or feeling. You can guess – and some people are better at that than others – but you will never truly know.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
About a month
Do you believe in writer’s block?
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