Today on my Bookends feature I am delighted to welcome Fred Freeman to my blog. Fred is not only a director of Bloodhound Books, he is also married to the inspirational Betsy Freeman, who is also a director of Bloodhound Books. You can find out more about the company by clicking here.
Was delighted when Fred agreed to take part as this is one dynamic duo who live and work together as well as publishing brilliant crime and thriller fiction. What a team! So please give a warm welcome to Fred!
After years spent beavering away in offices honing his sales and marketing skills, Fred decided finally to put this know-how to good use and pursue his passion for literature.
In August 2014 he co-founded Bloodhound Books. He oversees broad areas of the business including; marketing and distribution, production and business operations.
What’s the best bit about having a partner that is an author?
The exotic holidays and fast-cars! No seriously, the royalties are a nice by-product, but ultimately, it’s been fantastic to watch Betsy’s success as an author grow with each new book. I’m immensely proud of what she has achieved.
Of course I have to ask, what is the worst bit about having a partner as an author?
Very few! Betsy’s got a thick skin when it comes to the odd negative review, but sometimes if those reviews are personal or unkind in their wording, it can hurt.
How much input do you have with their books?
Pretty much nothing before publication, Betsy gets her head down and writes, and most of the time I’ve no idea what she is even writing.
What other roles do you have in supporting their work?
Unusually, of course, as a co-founder of Bloodhound Books, I am also Betsy’s publisher. So my input ranges from production, to distribution, to marketing and of course managing and paying her royalties.
Does being so involved make you want to have a go at writing yourself?
I do like writing and would love to write a book one day, but I don’t have anything like the (twisted!) imagination she’s got. So if I ever do write a book it’s not likely to be a crime novel. I’d love to have a crack at some travel writing at some stage in the future..
Do you have any advice for anyone that lives with an author?
Give them time and space to write. It sounds obvious of course, but authors really need some opportunities to get their head down and write without distractions. This can be difficult when juggling busy work and family commitments, but if they are ever going to finish the book, you need to be able to build writing time for them in to your schedule.
Below you can find out more about Betsy and how to keep up to date with any news as well as her books. Pressure is Betsy’s newest novel which will be released on the 4th of May and is available to pre-order now.
Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley