Special to Beachcomber
B.S. Steele lives in Florida with her family, two dogs, an African Grey parrot, and an “ancient” guinea pig named Charlie. She has been writing since the age of nine and plans to continue to publish books that “inspire healing, hope and laughter.” In her leisure time, Ms. Steele enjoys painting, gardening, exploring, and studying spirituality.
Her new novel—“based on true events”—is titled I Forgave You Anyway. She recently stopped by the Beachcomber Mansion for a chat.
How would you describe your writing style?
I write stories that most people can relate to. My characters are unique because my protagonists are rarely true villains, and my heroes have shortcomings, just like people in real life. I give my readers a rollercoaster of shock, curiosity, empathy and triumph, opening up an internal dialogue that provokes controversy and healing.
Where do you get your inspiration?
At a very young age, I began studying the world around me and expressing what I saw through art and writing. I listened to the characters that surrounded me in books, television, film, photography, and the people I came across. It didn’t take me long to start pulling off the masks and looking deeper into the soul of how environment, education, religion and trauma affect the way we interact with the world. My greatest inspiration has been discovering how beautiful each human being truly is.
What was your greatest struggle in writing I Forgave You Anyway?
Knowing it was a long shot that anyone besides my family and friends would read my work. Also, the challenges of having only a moderate college background in English. I felt very inadequate to write, and I had to push through a lot of self-doubt and accept that my work would never be perfect.
Writers need to be read, and in the recent past, there have been a lot of obstacles for writers. In the beginning of the technology boom, a lot of people quit reading and buying printed material. Publishers had to batten down the hatches and adjust to the publishing climate, so that was a huge challenge I had to overcome.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Love what you do, and realize that nothing is impossible. People love books, and they love stories. There is value in bringing back printed material. Anyone who has ever sat with a good book knows exactly what I’m talking about. There is a feel, a smell, and an energy that cannot be replaced by digital media.
If you want to be a writer, you have to want all that comes with it. That includes marketing and being comfortable talking to people about your work. No writer is an island, and you are going to need a team you can trust to launch you forward. People like my good friend Chris Manson, who you will want in your corner if you plan on being a success.
Do you have plans for a future book?
Yes! I have four novels in the works, and three children’s books which I plan to illustrate myself. There will be a crime thriller with plenty of adventure and comedy, and an LGBTQ story set in the 1800s. The others are offers I’ve had for ghost writing stories similar to I Forgave You Anyway, based on the lives and struggles of women who overcame kidnapping, attempted murder, and the like.
My children’s stories are whimsical adventures meant to break complex spiritual concepts down into palatable bites on subjects like death, dreaming and illness.
Your author name is initials. If the locals see you out, how will they know what to call you?
That’s a great question. The “B” in my pseudonym stands for my real name, which is Britany. My closest friends call me Brit. I chose to use a pseudonym because my legal name has been changed many times over the years, and if I’m lucky, it will actually be changing to Steele in the future.
Do you have a website or another way for fans to connect with you? Where can we purchase a copy of your book?
I encourage folks to reach out to me. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, thoughts and reviews on my work. You can connect with me on Facebook @authorB.S.Steele. The name of my Facebook page is called Creative Compass, and I post updates, book releases and dates/locations for book signings and meet and greets. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and my book can be ordered on Amazon or directly from a-argusbooks.com.
Make sure to follow me on Facebook for the date and time of my exclusive book release party. I’ll be posting photos and locations as my closest local friends and I head out to the HarborWalk in Destin for a night of celebration. I look forward to meeting all of you, and thank you for your support in my brand new career!