Monday, May 17, 2010

Saying This and That with author B. Swangin Webster

Today I'd like to welcome B. Swangin Webster,  author of "Let Me Just Say This",  and "Again...Let Me Say This".   Thank you so much for stopping in to chat with us B.  It is a pleasure having you,  and I am so happy to be your first stop on your virtual book tour.  B.  is on book tour with Authors Supporting Authors and The Virtual Book Tour Cafe',  so please make sure you leave a comment here for her today and you will be entered into a drawing for your chance to win one of her fantastic books.

B. Swangin Webster  she currently works in a middle school in Waldorf Maryland and is married with five grown children and four adorable grandsons.

She grew up in the Washington DC area calls Southern Maryland her home.

When she isn't writing, she is reading one of her many books in her extensive library of over 200. She also calls herself an "imitation Rachel Ray"  Her passions are writing and reading.

BK-When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  

BSW-When I was in middle school, I would spend all of my time, coming up with stories and writing them.

BK-How long does it take you to write a book? 

BSW-Normally it takes me about 4 or 5 months to write a book.

Wow B,  that's a pretty fast turn around.  When you write you must really get into it.

BK-What is your work schedule like when you're writing? 

BSW-When I write, I don't normally have a work schedule. I normally just let it happen. So if I'm at my "other" job and it hits me, I stop what I am doing and work on my storyline.

BK-What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

BSW-Ummm, the most interesting thing I do when writing, would have to be talking out loud to my characters

BK-How did your books get published? 

BSW-Books get published by being persistant and not taking that rejection letter as the final answer. If you believe in your story, than you won't take a simple no as your final answer.

BK-Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

BSW-My first book came as an assignment in high school about an event we would not want to live through, and since domestic violence was something I didnt understand, but knew of someone whose parents were dealing with it, I never wanted to have to deal with something like that.

BK-When did you write your first book and how old were you? 

BSW-My first book was written when I was 18 years old, straight out of high school

BK-What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

BSW-My favorite hobby is reading, of course, and cooking. I compare myself to Rachel Ray.

BK-I love Rachael!  What's your favorite thing to cook?

BSW-I love cooking the black pepper shrimp w/wilted spinich. Who knew that using only black pepper would be so delicious?

BK-What does your family think of your writing? 

BSW-My family is my biggest supporters. They literally badger me for the next installment.

BK-What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? 

BSW-The most surprising things was that I created something that causes me to become angry,happy,sad or just laughing out loud at some of the things my mind comes up with

BK-How many books have you written? 

BSW-I have written 3

BK-Which is your favorite? 

BSW-My 2nd and 3rd, Once and For All-the final chapter (not yet published) is my favorites.

BK-Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

BSW-My suggestion for anyone to become a better writer is to always associate with other authors and writers. Just like any profession, you have to surround yourself with people who understand what you are doing and going through.

BK-Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? 

BSW-Yes, when I do book signings, I always have people there who have read the first book, and literally they are very very angry with me, for allowing my character to go through what she is dealing with, but then when they learn the "history" of the characters, they understand and they can sympathize with her. They also say that they are angry by the way that Cheryl (main character) handles some of the situations she is in.

BK-Do you like to create books for adults only? 

BSW-Yes, all of my books are for adults.

BK-What do you think makes a good story?

BSW-A story has to grab you from the first sentence, and if not by the first sentence then at least by the end of the first chapter.

BK-As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

BSW- I wanted to be an executive living in New York, like Omarosa.

I have had such a great time chatting with you B.  Please be sure to let us know when your newest book is published,  and stop back anytime.  B. also has a special edition of Again...Let Me Say This,  so be sure to check it out,  and visit her website at .

Please follow B. Swangin Webster on her virtual book tour,  leaving comments at her pit stops for your chance to win a copy of one of her books!