Welcome to my new weekly feature, Get To Know… This is a chance to get to know new authors or, hopefully, to find out more about authors you already know. To kick off the very first Get To Know, I am delighted to be joined by the wonderful Betsy Reavley.
I am the author of 5 thriller novels and two collections of poetry. In 2016 my company, Bloodhound Books, also put together a collection of short stories, which I contributed to. Every penny of profit from the book will be donated to charity. I am very proud of this project. Dark Minds was the coming together of authors from across the industry in the hope of raising money and awareness for two great causes. Organising the publication of that book was one of the most challenging things I have ever done.
As a small child I loved reading and drawing and often created my own illustrated children’s stories. Then as a teenager, filled with angst, I found poetry and became an obsessive consumer and producer. When I was twenty I sent off my first collection of poetry to a well respected agent. I was amazed to discover that he had positive things to say about my poems, although he said I should to work on my craft.
I started writing my first novel when I was 23. Beneath the Watery Moon is a book all about the horror of mental illness, something that has plagued my life for many years. When it was picked up by a publisher it put me on the path I am on now. My love of reading, stories and writing has not only led me to have a career as a writer but it opened the door to me starting my own publishing house with my husband who is now also my business partner. I love this industry and I love working along side other authors. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. I am a mother of two young daughters and my husband is not only a fantastic man but also a wonderful person to work along side.
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Favourite book as a child?
Easily my favourite book as a child was Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved the idea that an animal could outsmart human beings. I’ve always loved animals so it was easy to side with the fox against those three moronic farmers, although, to give him his due, Mr Bean wasn’t as dumb as the other two.
Favourite book as a teenager?
My favourite book as a young teenager would have been an Agatha Christie. It’s difficult to decide between Murder on the Orient Express and And then there were None. Both of the plots blew my young mind and made me want to be a writer. When I hit fifteen I started to read Stephen King and Carrie became a firm favourite.
My favourite character – this is a difficult one. As with most things in life the answer is likely to change depending on when you ask me the question and what my mood is at the time. Today I am going to say that it is Miss Marple. I loved the concept that a little old woman, who most people wouldn’t pay much attention to, was the smartest person in the room. Human nature has always fascinated me too so I suppose I relate to that element of her character.
Favourite book to movie adaption?
This is another hard question. I’m going to cheat and pick two – The Birds Daphne Du Maurier’s story which was adapted by Hitchcock and The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith that was recently turned into an awesome film starring Jude Law and Matt Damon. Two superb films in my opinion and both of which I will happily watch time and time again.
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
Well if I’m honest my favourite drink will always be a glass of wine and since I tend to read in the evenings and while on holiday that seems an acceptable answer. I don’t usual snack while reading.
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
There have been two notable highlights that I can remember. One was when I received a review from a critic from the evening standard who said he really enjoyed my book and saw elements in my writing that reminded him of Stephen King, Barbara Vine and Daphne Du Maurier. Although as a writer I long to be original I also cannot help but be thrilled when I am compared to such great writers who also happen to be hero’s of mine. The second highlight was when Rosamund Lupton – a fantastic writer – tweeted that she was proud I’d cited one of her books as my favourite. The idea that she’d been privy to the interview in which I mentioned her book and bothered to say thank you left me with goosebumps.