Who am I?
My name is Beth Gadsby and I’m a fantasy writer from Derbyshire, England. I’ve always loved books. My love of fantasy began with Tony Abbott’s The Secrets Of Droon series, Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider (I blame my love of dragons on this book), and, of course, the Harry Potter series. Currently, my favourites include The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, the Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore, and Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.
I’m studying for a Linguistics degree at Newcastle University, but in my spare time (when not reading or writing!) I enjoy painting, knitting, gaming, and photography. I also love food and cooking, and run a vegetarian food blog called Messy Veggie Kitchen; it’s still pretty new so if you’re interested, I’d really appreciate you checking it out!
What do I write?
I’ve been writing books ever since I could hold a pen. Thankfully, my writing’s much improved from the unfinished, un-thought-out, and badly illustrated “books” I wrote when I was six!
I spent my teenage years writing stories to post on FictionPress.com, some of which I took down to work on further, but the rest of which you can still find here (if you want to. Actually, only if you really want to. I mean, do you really want to read the bad teenage writing I gave up on? Are you sure?).
The first draft of my first novel, The Children Of The Forgotten, was completed in 2010, when I was 14. I later reworked the idea behind The Children Of The Forgotten into the short story Where The Forgotten Things Go, a fantasy piece about beings which traverse time instead of space. It was published in the Electric Reads Young Writers’ Anthology 2015.
I had my first short story published in 2012, in the Red House Young Writers’ Yearbook 2012. It’s a contemporary story called Keys about grief and the death of a loved one, which I was inspired to write by staring at my set of keys. I’ve had two more short stories published since then: Where The Forgotten Things Go (see paragraph above), and Games, a contemporary story about university life, which was featured in the Newcastle University Creative Writing Society Anthology 2016 – a book which I helped organise and edit!
In the summer of 2012, I started writing my current novel The Secrets The Dead Keep (which you can read more about here), finally finishing a first draft in 2014. Right now, I’m working on the fourth draft, and I post updates on my progress under the category “The Secrets The Dead Keep”.
What do I post?
I would usually post once a week, on Wednesdays, but due to university commitments, I’m currently posting once every two weeks, still on Wednesdays. The only exceptions are my monthly writing updates, which I post as close to the end of the month as possible.
My most frequent posts are book reviews: I read mostly fantasy (both adult and YA, though currently I prefer adult), and review any books I have enough prevalent thoughts about, which is the majority of books I read. I read as a writer – that is to say, critically, and often with writer-y things like plot structures in mind. I’d like to say that I review books from a writer’s perspective because it’s my unique selling point, but in fact it’s because I couldn’t stop reading as a writer once I started.
I also post monthly writing updates on the progress of my novel, The Secrets The Dead Keep. This is pretty self-explanatory so I won’t say much about it, but this year I’m working on the basis of monthly writing goals which I set for myself in January.
Other posts may be on the following topics: writing advice, travel, university, miscellaneous book-related stuff… I even wrote one on knitting once, but not many people seemed interested, so I’ll probably refrain from writing more of these in the future. You may also find the occasional food-related post if you look hard enough, but these days I tend to post those on my veggie food blog instead.
Where else can you find me on The Internet?