I’m kicking off a seven(ish) week celebration of the new Romantic Comedy anthology, LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR, and author Beth Labonte is in the hot seat this week! Spotlights and reviews coming up! I usually talk here about how I know the author, when we “met”, etc., but Beth and I are newbie “friends” and actually just met because of the anthology! I can say that I’m now a major fan and she’s close to the top of my auto-one-click list and am very sad that she only has two novels out right now, but thankful that another is in the works!
About Beth as an author
I worked as an administrative assistant ever since graduating from college and was never happy with my career choice. I was constantly trying to think up new career ideas for myself but never got anywhere. Finally I decided to look back at what I enjoyed doing as a kid, which turned out to be writing funny stories on my mom’s typewriter. I decided to channel all of my miserable observations about work into a book that other office workers might be able to relate to. I would get up early in the morning to work on it, finding that it was much easier to get out of bed to write than it had been to get out of bed for work.
What genre do you consider your books?
Chick-Lit or Romantic Comedy.
I like to write in the first person present tense. Confessions of a Shopaholic was the first chick-lit novel I ever read, and I fell in love with Sophie Kinsella’s writing style.
What is your favorite scene that you’ve written?
There are so many scenes in Summer at Sea that were fun to write. I love my parents, but I have to say that putting them on jet skis, and then dumping them into the water, holds a special place in my heart.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Make the time to write. Get up early in the morning if you have to. If you work in an office, always take your lunch hour, and use it to work on your book. Don’t give up. We are so lucky to be writers in the time of eBooks and on-demand publishing. Ten years ago, none of these opportunities were available. Take advantage!
My goal is to make you guys laugh. Every time I get a review that says my book made someone laugh, it makes my day. It makes me want to keep writing. So, thank you. To the readers that have called my books “filthy” because I use occasional bad language, I say: %&#*^. (Edit from Karan: TOTALLY snorted at this response. Go Beth!! Tell ’em!)
Are any of your characters are based on you?
Um, yes. The miserable administrative assistant and the girl with the overbearing, anxiety-ridden parents who always make her wear sweaters.
About Beth’s most recent release, Down, Then Up
From an elevator perspective, Down, Then Up (from the Love in an Elevator romantic comedy anthology) is pretty obvious. On another level, my main character Lauren hits rock bottom at one point in the story, but then turns her life around and heads back up. So, yeah, I guess it’s pretty obvious on that level too.
How much of the book is based on real life events?
I wish that going to Comic Con in an elf costume was based on real life events, but unfortunately not. None of Down, Then Up was based on real life events. The main character, however, does share some similarities with me, such as social anxiety, a love of Hobbits, and the belief that ramen noodles can cure anything.
About Beth as a reader
The Catcher in the Rye is my all-time favorite book. I was so happy to discover Holden Caulfield my junior year of high school, when I was full of teenaged angst and snark. Holden also had a brother that passed away at a young age—something that had happened to me in real life—making this fictional character the first person I’d ever “met” who was in a similar situation. He was fictional, but we understood each other.
I just finished The Stand by Stephen King, which was a thousand page commitment. I’m taking a little break before I start something new. That break will probably last until the next time I sit down to lunch and realize I need something to read.
Because Karan is random
Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
I wish I’d been interviewed enough to be sick of the questions! None yet, but keep them coming. I’m here.
- Audiobook Review | Beth Labonte – What Stays in Vegas
- Audiobook Review | Beth Labonte – Summer at Sea
- #ShortStorySaturday Review | Beth Labonte – Down, Then Up #LIAEAnthology