What’s In a Name

What does my name mean?

Bey:
Turkish – (past) a chieftain, (present) Sir
Middle Persian – Lord and Master
New Zealand (Maori) – pal, mate, buddy
Newfoundland – boy
Scotland – friend or mate but can be used to replace the word “beast”

What it does not mean, in my case:

Short for Beyoncé

… and I get that single ladies song stuck in my head anytime someone asks me if it does. *laughs*

 

 

Sleepy Evenings

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Sleepy dog is sleepy. He’s my constant companion. Doesn’t mind when I have Wardruna on repeat for hours. Keeps my feet warm. Doesn’t understand why the computer gets my lap and he doesn’t. Snores, barks, and howls in his sleep. He’s a great writing companion and never blushes when I read out the smutty bits.

4.5 Stars for Caged from The Novel Approach

BEY DECKARD’S “CAGED: LOVE AND TREACHERY ON THE HIGH SEAS” JUST MIGHT STEAL YOUR HEART

Review: I’m fairly newish to the romance genre, in the grand scheme of things, but I’ve more than made up for lost time over the years. I love my romance books like I love my coffee—hot, addictive, and insomnia inducing. Bey Deckard’s Caged: Loved and Treachery on the High Seas is all that and more, and did I mention pirates?

Read the rest of the lovely review at The Novel Approach

I’m an… Author?

Every once in a while, when I have time to stop and just think, I start running around in circles in my head making an eeeeeeeee sound.

I’m an author.

I am. I really am. People refer to me as such every day. My name is up on sites where the word “author” shows up, if not right next to it, somewhere in the vicinity. I’m still processing that, because to be an author, you must first become a writer, don’t you?

Just last summer I was neither.

I’ve been telling people that before the end of June 2013, I hadn’t written a lick of fiction, but that’s not entirely true… In the summer of 2002, I sat down and wrote two chapters of something that was going to become a first-person novel about an empathic serial killer. I spent about a week on it, and then I moved on. I don’t even know if it still exists somewhere on an old backup. If it does, I would love to find it. (If I do, I’ll post it unedited here.)

Oh and then there was that sixty-page handwritten Lost Boys-based fic that starred my brother and me. I was fourteen, and that movie just rocked my world. After school, we would sit on my bed so I could read out what I’d managed to write during class that day. The story was all about how we would live in a converted barn outside of Santa Carla where the ground floor was a garage so we could refurbish old cars…. while being vampires. Sounds sweet, right?

As an adult, I knew my writing was good, at least for lengthy university history papers on Romanesque architecture or performance art of the sixties and seventies. So good, in fact, that I was spared the ignominy of writing final exams.

However, tangents aside, it had never occurred to me before to become an author (well, maybe I’d thought of it… who doesn’t want to write a memoir?).

Last year, inspired by something I was watching, I sat down and wrote, over the course of a few weeks, a 50k word story. People loved it. I then set my sights a little higher and wrote something longer that I could conceivably publish as a novel if people also loved it.

And they did.

So I decided to go ahead and send Caged out into the world.

First, I contacted my author friends for some advice on getting my book to a publisher. They gave me a list of do’s and don’ts and wished me well.

Finding a publisher was not as simple as I’d thought. Caged is a little dark and twisted. There’s BDSM that, as one reviewer points out, borders on abuse, and it touches on a few taboos. Also, some publishers wouldn’t have liked the fact that at least two of my main characters aren’t really choosy about the sex of their partners – they’re ah… “free-agents” like me.  After reading a few of the submission guidelines and getting bored with the process of hunting down a publisher, I just shrugged my shoulders and did what one of my favourite authors did: I went the self-publishing route.

I’m a one man band. I wrote the book, edited it, formatted it, designed the cover, submitted it to Smashwords and Amazon, created a print version, and now do all of my own publicity/marketing. Honestly, it’s a lot of work, much more than I had expected.

But I love it.

I’ve worked for a die-cutting factory, I’ve been a personal assistant, I’ve worked in a hardware store, I’ve sold boots and hair-dye to punks in a niche boutique in Montréal, I’ve been an inside sales-rep for video editing software, I’ve done tech support, I’ve been a manager at one of the big software companies, and I currently do freelance graphic work.

Now, I am an author. How about that?

Makes me wonder what the next thing will be.

The Blogger Girls give Caged 4.5 Stars!

JustJen writes: “Wow, where to start with this one. This called to me right away, from the cover and the blurb, it just sounded like my kind of story, and I wasn’t disappointed. It is everything that the blurb leads you to believe and then some….”
Read the Review

New 5-Star Review of Caged & New Teaser Promo

 

New 5-star review by Annette Gisby from zipperrippers.blogspot.co.uk:

A book with BDSM, pirates and an adventure, how could I resist this?

I’ve seen this book placed in some retailers as erotic, but I think calling it that does it a disservice. This book is much more than erotica, and while sex does feature heavily, it is more about the relationships and emotional aspects than the physical ones.

Read the rest at zipperrippers.blogspot.co.uk

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New teaser promo:

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What do you think?

 

Random post in which I share my favourite movies

Taking a break from writing to give you a list of my top twenty-five movies, presented in no particular order (and updated from time to time).

  • High Fidelity
  • Mad Max
  • Seven
  • Bronson
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • True Romance
  • Warrior
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Darjeeling Limited
  • Farinelli
  • Fight Club
  • RoboCop
  • Velvet Goldmine
  • Lawless
  • Last Night
  • Stuart a Life Backwards
  • In Bruges
  • Ghostbusters
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Predator
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Locke
  • The Drop

I can’t write and watch at the same time. I miss watching movies.

Author of the Month

I am April 2014’s AOM on Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst! Read here

How very cool is that?

 

 

Fan Mail

It’s fan mail Wednes— oh hey it’s only Tuesday. *scratches head* How does that happen?

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I am happy that I put my email at the end of Caged. It’s nice when people take the time to write to me!

Today’s email (and my reply):

Dear Bey,

I just want to say holy shit and wow.
Keep writing. I know a lot of young writers give up because the market is hard, but keep it it up! 

Thank you! It makes me happy to know that I’ve made someone happy. *Grin* though I am a new writer, it does not mean I am young!

Yes, I will definitely keep writing for as long as it makes me happy. I’m not in this for the money… I just want to share what goes on in my head.

Thank you so much for writing to me!

Caged is Awesome Indies Approved!

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What does this mean? you ask. Well, for one it means that has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction.

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  • identify and honour independently published books that meet the same standard as books published by major mainstream publishers and their imprints,
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