E-Author Spotlight: Jane Beckenham
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Jane Beckenham writes romantic suspense novels set in exotic locales. She brings out the rich history of each setting, describing everything around her characters in such detail that you’ll feel as if you’re standing right next to the hero and heroine and experiencing everything they hear, see, taste, and touch. Ms. Beckenham writes in a variety of genres, too, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy among her published works.

Born in a small maternity hospital in the Auckland, New Zealand, suburb of Castor Bay, Ms. Beckenham began life looking over a beautiful white stretch of beach. As she grew older, she became a regular tomboy who was either up a tree or upside down on a swing. But she also loved her dolls and sunbathing and playing on the east and west decks of her home.

Outside of writing, she’s good at decorating, and she’s a good entertainer. She can cook for 70 people without breaking a sweat; just don’t ask her to bake a cake, because, according to her, she’s no good at that.

Adopting her children thirteen years after marrying her husband, she’s passionate about being a parent. She also cherishes her friendships, and she loves sunrises (yes, she’s awake when they occur), cooking a meal for friends, her husband and kids, and her dog, Bingo.

On Writing, in Ms. Beckenham’s Own Words:

What or who inspires you to write?

Myself. I’m determined, focused, plus I have great writing buddies in Melody Knight and Yvonne Walus who spur me on. Plus, I think I’m obsessive-compulsive and can’t give it up anyway.

Why did you begin writing?

I began ten years ago, after meeting a lady on the Internet in a decorating chat room. She was a writer, and, hey presto, here I am.

Which author inspires you?

I love Sandra Hill’s work for her hunky men and her humor. I love Sophia James’s historicals for her beautiful way with words and her wonderful characters.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Typing THE END. No, seriously, I just love it all to bits, though at times I must admit I get really exhausted.

Have you experienced writer’s block? And if so, how did you cure it?

Oh yeah, darn it. I hate it. It’s usually because I have no clear idea where I’m going or I don’t like a character. I had that recently, and I would find myself talking to him, asking him what his purpose was. The heroine answered for me—yes, I know I’m nuts, nuts, nuts—she told me she was here to make the hero have fun. And yep—she was right!

When is your next book due out, and what’s it about?

I’ve just had a release last week—it’s Desperately Seeking Santa, a Christmas novella. It’s a reunion story, one where both hero and heroine have to forgive before they can move on.

Interested in checking out more of Jane Beckenham’s work? Read my reviews of The Sheikh’s Proposal and Hiring Cupid. Then hit her Web site at JaneBeckenham.com for more information about this versatile author.

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