WEDNESDAYS WITH STARLA KAYE: Jane Beckenham writes about romance, love and honor

Today I am happy to welcome Jane Beckenham, a romance writer from ‘down under’ in New Zealand. Her website theme proclaims “romance, love and honor at the turning of a page” and I love that!

Let’s take a bit to get to know Jane.  So many writers get verbally accosted with the question “You write WHAT?” What is your response.

Romance of course, finding everlasting love, because isn’t that what we all want in the long run…I just write about the journey along the way.

(Starla) Great answer. I love the journey idea.


What are your hobbies or other interests that get you away from the stress of writing?

Mad keen on interior decorating even despite my family rolling their eyes when my eyes start glazing over about colors and furniture etc!

(Starla) I understand the ‘family rolling their eyes’ thing. When I get frustrated, I rearrange the living room furniture. My husband rolls his eyes and just suffers through it.


What made you decide to try and be a published author?

I just started writing…and I haven’t stopped.


Do you have a couple of random thoughts about yourself to share with your readers?

I’m onto my third artificial hip–on the same leg–had the first one when I was 16 years old.

(Starla) Wow! I hope you are doing much better now.

I met my hubby on a blind date and we married 11 months later.


How long have you been writing? What is your main writing genre?

I’ve been writing about 12 years and I wrote contemporary romance and sometimes time travel/romance and I’ve just had my first Regency published.


What do you love about writing? Hate about it?

The freedom to create any story I want…and the problem when I can’t think of any story to write!

(Starla) I also like being free to write any story that flutters through my mind.


Have you faced a big writing challenge, other than just starting?

Personal stuff getting in the way has been a challenge, health issues, as this year I was diagnosed with polymyalgia and trying to keep going while dealing with the pain was not easy.


What two things do you wish you had known before you started writing?

That it’s totally addictive and that it’s totally addictive.


What do you want your readers to take from your books?

I want them to finish the book with an ‘ah ha’ kinda feeling and hopefully a smile on their face.


Where do you find inspiration for your stories?

Just in my head, one story though – To Kiss an Angel was inspired as I  watched clouds passing by from my hospital bed after I was bed bound for a month after surgery.  The story however didn’t get written for another 9 years.


Is there a general theme or message in your books?

Love always wins out…eventually.


What is your favorite part about building a story world?

Creating my characters’ backstory, finding out what makes them tick.


When do you get your best story ideas?

Unfortunately…usually at 2 in the morning!  Or sometimes just as I start to wake up – again – at about 6 a.m.   I’ve stopped jumping up to get a pen and paper, and just pray I can remember it all later.   Not always, sadly.


Do you write a story clear to the end before doing more than simple editing?

Oh yes, I’m a start to the end kind of girl. A bit of editing, fine tuning, but nothing super major until I’ve got a clear story.


Is there anything unusual about your writing habits?

Well, I would have said they’re OCD, but I’m a bit more restrained now. I try and write M-F at least every morning, whereas I used to write 7 days a week – maybe it’s just that I’m getting older.


How do you get beyond writer’s block?

I cry, rant, rave, pray, ask friends to help brainstorm and then often just shut my eyes and type what the heck comes into my head, ignoring spelling mistakes, punctuation, everything, just write – and yes I really do it with my eyes shut.  It’s amazing what comes out!


What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

Usually I come up with a title, a character/s name and an opening scene then it’s a long haul to get the conflict, backstory, GMC all sorted out.  But I get there in the end.


How do you deal with rejection?

A dose of chocolate, a drink, a hot bath, a few tears and then back to the computer.  It’s part of the game, I don’t think you ever get used to it, but you have to accept it.


Now let’s talk about your newest release from Samhain Publishing, Secrets and Seduction

Genre:  Contemporary

Length:  Novel

ISBN:  978-1-60928-489-3

Released:  6-21-2011

Publisher:  Samhain Publishing

Buy Link:  Samhain Publishing


Did you have a favorite character in this story?

I think the heroine Leah is my favorite character in this book mainly because she has a child that is disabled and I can relate to that.  I see the hurt and pain she experiences as a mother, the guilt and need to ‘fix’ her daughter, knowing she can’t.  But also her fear of being sucked in by a man she doesn’t trust, and the fear of losing everything she holds most dear.


Did you have a favorite scene in Secrets and Seduction?

My favorite scene I think is after the fire, they are at Mac’s apartment.  She hears the wail of a fire engine going through the darkened city and it reignites a fear of another fire. Mac soothes her and it really is a tender scene.


He wants to hate her, but a little lust wouldn’t hurt…

The only emotion Leah Grainger can muster when thinking of her dead husband is relief. Until she learns his gambling debt threatens her beloved farm and the child she wanted to protect from the rootless existence she grew up with.

The last straw? Her husband’s brother demands a meeting. When she charges into his office to tell him she won’t let another Grainger screw up her life, the startlingly handsome, former oil rig wildcatter goes for the jugular. He’s claimed legal guardianship of her daughter, bought her mortgage…and he’s moving in.

The final email Mac received from his suicidal brother blamed Leah for everything. If it’s the last thing he does, he plans to protect his niece. Even if it means using his millions to gain the upper hand. And hardening his heart against the beautiful Leah’s protests of innocence.

Yet something seems off. Leah is nothing like the uncaring woman his brother described. She’s warm, loving…and when a new threat to her child surfaces and she reaches out to him in need, his body won’t let him say no. Even when her last secret forces him to make a decision that exposes his most closely guarded possession. His heart.



With every step up the grand marble entrance of Mackenzie International, Leah Talbot-Grainger wanted to spit tacks. Fury somersaulted in her stomach as she focused on one man.

Mac Grainger.

She’d thought he’d disappear. Definitely wanted him to. Needed him to.

Fat chance!

His velvety smooth messages left on her answer phone reminded her every single day he wasn’t backing off. What the heck did her dead husband’s brother want?

“I won’t wait any longer” had been the last one.

Then she received his letter demanding she attend a meeting. No “come and see me”. Just do it, or else.

Leah had stewed, waiting, and wondering, until eventually, anger overrode common sense, and here she was about to storm into the lion’s den.

Standing at the columned entrance, she tilted her head back. The midday sun glinted off the towering edifice that housed his international conglomerate.

Mac Grainger might have money, and lots of it, if the tabloids were correct about the elusive Midas Man returning to New Zealand’s shores, but he was not going to tell her what to do.

A little part of her subconscious stamped down the fact that right now she was doing exactly what he wanted, because she had come to see him on his turf, just as he demanded. But there was too much at stake, and she intended to tell him to back off.

Perspiration dotted her brow and seeped a sticky trail between her shoulder blades. She rotated her shoulders as if it would afford her the luxury of relaxation, then rubbed damp hands down the sides of her T-shirt. Exhaling a long, trembling breath, she entered the marble lobby and headed toward the bank of elevators.

The elevator doors hissed open, and a millisecond later she realized the elevator wasn’t empty. She stepped in and gave the man on the other side a momentary glance.

The guy was…well, big. Tall. Strong. And broad shouldered enough to do a linebacker proud. He seemed kinda familiar, in a vague sort of way.

But looking wasn’t a good idea, because he gazed right back, and the hairs on Leah’s forearms prickled to attention. You’re over men, remember?



Author Website:  Jane Beckenham

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7 thoughts on “WEDNESDAYS WITH STARLA KAYE: Jane Beckenham writes about romance, love and honor

  1. Betty Ann Harris

    Great interview Starla and Jane! Jane, I find it interesting that you decide on a title first, then a character’s name and the plot. I thought I was the only writer who does that!

    I LOVE your books, Jane. I have Secrets & Seduction on my TBR list.

  2. Marika Weber

    Hi Jane! Hi Starla! I loved, just loved Secrets and Seduction. One of the better books that I’ve read this year. Mac and Leah were perfect for each other.

    Great interview Starla and Jane.

  3. Jane Beckenham

    Many thanks to you all for popping in for a read and leaving a comment. Much appreciated. So glad Marika that you loved Lean and Mac. I loved writing them, particularly Leah, because as an adoptive mother, I could totally understand her fears etc re losing her child, plus the interesting thing was the illness that Charlee has (perthese disease) is in fact the childhood illnes i myself went through, so the emotions are very real.

  4. Serena

    Hi Jane,
    Every time I read one of your blogs, I find out somehting new about you and your writing process. You always write such yummy heroes!! Can’t wait to read Secrets and Seduction



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