Hi Guys! Welcome back to another episode of ‘Interview with an Author’. I really hope you enjoyed reading all about Lindsey and learning from the things she had to say. And thank you so much for the response! You guys have been unbelievable. Don’t worry if you want to learn more about self-publishing vs indie, they’ll be many other interviews and authors that touch up upon this subject. If you haven’t had the chance to read Lindsey’s interview, then what are you waiting for? (But don’t forget to read this one 😉)
For this episode, I welcome Bethan Evans, another wonderous female author (all about that girl power baby) who is preparing herself for her debut release this year! When interviewed, Bethan sent me paragraphs and paragraphs worth of information, so I hope you’re ready to dive in! Her novel ‘Necropolis’ is set to release later this year and I can honestly say I am so excited to read it – It’s the one for the Mulan fans.
This interview captures some crucial topics, such as being a woman working in a male-dominated industry (but without, wouldn’t have written her debut novel) as well being a mental health advocate and how her family have been the biggest motivator.
Bethan has been enlightening to talk to, and I can’t wait to show her interview to you.
Interview with Bethan Evans, author of Necropolis.
I: Hi, Bethan! Thanks for being interested in an interview. Before we get started, tell me a bit about yourself!
B: Not a problem – so happy to help! I’m a YA author, with my debut novel ‘Necropolis’ due for release, later this year! I’m an only child, born in Wales and raised in the South of England. I have always had an active imagination and been an avid reader, often living with my head in the clouds. With a passion for not only writing but anything to do with the theatre and spending time with friends and family I am also an advocate for mental health and hope, in the future, to use my writing to help others, reduce the stigma around mental illness and normalise the conversation around mental health
I: A mental health advocate. That’s inspiring to hear! I always try to spread mental health, where I can also.
B: Thank you! I always love connecting with other mental health advocates – people underestimate just what difference taking the chance to open up that conversation can make to people so really want to help where I can!
I: Tell me about your debut novel?
B: It is a YA novel, and is being published by Wallace Publishing. It is set slightly in the future – when they’ve re-oppressed society and are trying to stop women doing anything; so, one young girl, fed up of feeling trapped, tries to get into the army undercover to prove women can still do it. But then when Special Forces get involved, things get a whole lot more complicated. It’s a story about defying restrictions and pushing yourself to reach your goals, even if it takes an inner strength you weren’t sure you had, and about looking at challenges as opportunities to grow and making the most of everything life throws at you; with a little added romance.
I: Wow, that sounds amazing. Gives me some Mulan cross the handmaid’s tale vibes. I actually can’t wait to read it already! What inspired you to write it?
B: Yeah, Mulan probably did help influence – I’m a big Disney fan! A lot of inspiration came from my own life experiences. Mainly, where I worked assisting with training scenarios at the academy for my local fire service, where I usually act out as a casualty or doing special effects makeup. Working for the Fire Service gave me more depth, and it helped me get deeper and deeper into it as I wrote. It is a very male-dominated environment. But the story itself came from the most cliché of places – starting as an idea I had in a dream.
I: What has it been like trying to get your book out there? And any advice to authors who are looking to find agents or get published? Especially in terms of rejection?
B: My biggest advice for anyone looking to put their work out there and start querying agents or publishers, is to remember that it will be hard. Keep pushing yourself, despite getting rejections – just like not all the public will want to read your work as it isn’t their genre, not all professionals with feel it and want to work with you. Don’t take the first rejection as a sign of anything – even international bestsellers were rejected initially and getting to the point of querying is such a massive achievement, so you owe it to yourself to keep going! It worked for me in the end, and I had a few choices, so always keep going after it if it is your goal! Equally, embrace every step of the progress. It isn’t fun but achieving your dream is worth pushing through it.
I: Did you know you always wanted to be a writer?
B: I have dreamt of being an author since I was six and have the childhood stories to prove it – including one that consists of three pages of the word ‘very’ repeated, just to make it the longest story I had ever written.
I: Hahaha I love that! Why do you write? Were their moments you thought this wasn’t going to work out?
B: When I began to write this book, I was in a difficult time in my personal life, and it became an opportunity to escape into my own world where I could lose myself. It was by no means always an easy process – I was riddled with self-doubt as to whether I could finish it at all, let alone to a high enough standard, but I pushed myself to keep going as I loved losing myself in my own world. Equally, my dad actually acted as my beta-reader and wanted to know the ending, so that pushed me to keep writing. It made the day I could tell him I had got my publishing deal means even more.
I: Sounds like you’re close with your family. I love that your father has been your biggest motivator! How has publishing your book-shaped you as a writer?
B: Being the first book I haven’t known what to expect, and there is a lot to think about over a period of time. Each edit or new decision has made me nervous. But one of the things I love most, looking back, is how it took directions I had never even considered or thought of when I first started writing, and that is such an incredible journey. The publishing process has given me a whole new outlook and approach to my writing which is really good fun. The day I get to hold my own book in my hands and have achieved my life-long dream is a day I simply cannot wait for and will treasure forever!
I: Do you have a writing goal, or do you use any apps?
B: I don’t use any apps or software when writing – as a blank page in word is enough – but I do try and set myself something to aim for when I sit down to write. This will depend on how long I have to write, but having an idea in mind of word count to aim for definitely helps give me that push and motivation. Equally, once I’ve got to know my characters and story idea, then I will set myself goals of achieving certain parts of the plot so that I can aim for the more naturally in my writing rather than controlled by the word count – though sometimes that works the other way, meaning I go on a complete tangent and write way more than I expected!
I: I always write more than I expect, especially when it’s a good scene/chapter. I love when it happens!
B: It is so satisfying when it does!
I: Well, thank you for letting me interview you! It’s been incredible talking to you! Any further advice for our aspiring writers?
B: I want to stand up and say to anyone out there that if you have a passion and love writing, then don’t give up, just think how much more that moment of achieving it will mean!
Fun fact about Bethan! One of her favourite authors is Nicholas Sparks!
And there you have its guys! I said it’ll be a lengthy one, didn’t I? I hope you gained a lot of insight from Bethan; she had a lot to share! If you want to know more about Bethan, or even ask her some more questions (she’s lovely), then you can follow her on social media at
@_BethanEvans_ on twitter
@bethan_evansauthor on Instagram
Alternatively, you can check out her website https://www.bethanevansauthor.co.uk/