Becky Black – meet the spotlight delegates

Hello everyone,

welcome to another week. I hope the weather is suitably spring-like and your Monday is progressing smoothly. That’s more than enough from me. Without further mimsying, it’s Becky Black’s turn…

1) If you wrote an autobiography, what would its title be and why?

Possibly “Me and My Big Mouth”. Though I might use that as a book title instead. Too often I talk when I should shut up. I’m a terrible babbler if nervous.

2) What has your writing/ blogging journey been like from the start until now?

I’d always wanted to be a writer, but never got around to doing it for a long long time. I made a load of plans, I just never did any actual writing. Then about a decade ago I started writing fanfic, and only had the nerve to write and share my work because of the internet. Because people on the internet aren’t really real are they? Okay, I’ve met some of them now and am willing to concede they are in fact, real. But I definitely consider the internet to be a kind of comfort zone.

Eventually I moved on to writing original fiction and then decided to try submitting to publishers. Again the internet was a life saver. Since most of the publishers for this genre are based in the US then there was no choice but to do most of the business by email. Which is exactly how I like it!

I’ve been published for over four years now and have worked with three different publishers, though mostly with Loose Id. I’m not slowing down any time soon. I’ve got too much lost time to make up for. Right now I’m trying out some new genres and new types of story, expanding my repertoire a bit. You have to keep growing and keep learning.

3) What do you hope to get from UK Meet that’s different from other conferences?

I haven’t been to any of the really big conferences in the US – I think I’d find them a bit overwhelming. I have been to the Romantic Novelist’s Association conference in the UK. That was fun and useful, but I think the difference with the UK Meet is the focus on the genre and, because of that, the focus on the current and changing world of publishing, since this is a young genre and outside the mainstream and those mainstream publishing models that have been around so long.