Interview with Carlyle Labuschagne, author of A Beast So Beautiful!
What inspired you to write this book?
My publisher wanted a certain type of book from me to fit into the trend , but after three years it was always something I needed to spend a lot of time on , contemplation, musing and trying to write for the wrong reasons didn’t work for me. My stories have to come from a hidden, scary, and philosophical , mind-bending, and most importantly a profound place inside of me.
We releases a boxset themed forbidden love , and I transformed that book into the idea I wanted it to be, at first it was a short story but once I got my rights back I fell into a big dark place where creativeness went to die. As a newborn Christian I surrendered this book to God and just like that I was in love and the concept, characters and theme came out that Ive been hiding for a long time. But it was the right time – I can only hope.
What can we expect from you in the future?
OH gosh I have so many series I have not finished , but first I will do the follow up of A Beast so Beautiful. Now that book will be super exciting to write.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
The broken diaries is a small spin off from The broken novel and a short story about another characters point of view.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Beast so Beautiful
King Ivor is an ass, drunk woman and child beater. He is bitter and revengeful on his prince Leif blaming him for the death of Rurith Kingdoms Queen.
Prince Leif has been locked up in a tower for six years after discovering his mothers corpse.
He was created by magic as the king could not produce a male heir.
But magic came at a cost and Prince Leif is half human half something else.
Avelyn is the redheaded beauty taken in by the kingdom to marry the prince. For six years she secretly visits the prince in his tower. She is spirited, direct and a problem solver.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
They live in my head!!
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
They live in my head!
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Creating characters and worlds and conflict and drama and doomed fates along with tortured lovers.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Ivor – to avenge his wife’s death. Expose his son for the beast he is and steal away his bride as payback.
Prince Leif wants to rule the kingdom with trust loyalty with Avelyn at his side.
Avelyn is driven by seeing Prince Leif take the crown, and because she was tricked into marrying the cruel king seeks out a secret affair with the love of her life. Pushing him towards overthrowing his father.
Who designed your book covers? CHBB publishing – Rebecca Poole
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Put more humor in it.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes to look out for details and got to learn more about the English tenses and sentence structures as I am not English myself I learn more with each book.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Without them I would be far from my dreams and leaving my healing words to the masses.
How did you come up with name of this book?
Book titles come easily to me. They just pop in my head. And as the beast has morals and a big heart he is beautiful inside and out.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Most of the male leads I pull the ethics and ways and inspiration from my husband – who we have been together since high school and everyday he surprises me with his dedication , his sacrifices and his selflessness.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Oh no we have a lot of fights, but Ive learned to lose control (probably the only time in my life this happens) and let them come and flow and be.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
It’s a faced pace story, a reverse Beauty and the beast that meets Game of thrones – fight for the crown.
An ancient magic that will bring the kingdom to its knees.
I know in my heart that my passion, dedication and prayers for this book , took a lot of putting myself out there will show in my writing. Because readers can feel the energy and truth in the author’s writing.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have written Into the Night my prequel to Dead of night my dystopian romance . It is about 70 percent done.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
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