Sunday 1 March 2015


Title: Harvest
Series: Frankie Harlow
Author: Beth Martinu
Publisher: Damnation Books
Release Date: 1st March 2015

BLURB supplied by the author
Frankie Harlow is an 18 year old university student. She plays carer to her father, who never fully recovered from her mother’s death 6 years ago, and essentially had to raise herself. Her father’s incapacitation at the hands of love has her sworn off of romance, vowing to never let herself become so dependent on another. Her uneventful life revolves around her study, her
father, and her two life-long friends Alyssa and Cameron- until she finds a mysterious locket.

In her search for its rightful owner she learns more about the locket’s ancient origins, and the deeper she gets, the more it seems to embed itself in her very existence. When a man she had been dreaming about drops dead at her feet and the locket responds, it becomes clear the answer is more sinister than she ever imagined.

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What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?
Beth Martinu, Melbourne born and raised.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

Being a writer has always been on my list of aspirations. In grade 2 spent about a month writing a different picture book each night as "homework". Looking back, I wish I'd kept them! Writing aside, I also wanted to be a singer, an actor, a hairdresser, a doctor and a teacher.

 When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
 I'll let you know when it happens! I do so many things; I am so many  things. The leap  between someone who writes and being a "writer" still seems quite grand.

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?

Not necessarily a long time, but a lot of rejection. I understood that the market is flooded with brilliant authors all wanting to be heard, and publishers only have so many chances available to hand out. So when that email came through with a yes I was stoked, and extremely grateful.

Do you work another job as well as your writing work?

Sure do. I have three beautiful children, so I work 24/7 fulfilling all the positions that come under the umbrella of "mother". I also work full-time in a customer service position at a wonderfully supportive company.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say? 
Harvest is the title of my latest book (which also happens to be my writing debut!). Can I summarise in a tag-style? "Discovering your destiny is one thing, accepting it is a whole other kettle of souls".

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
 I started Harvest a long time before I really began to write it- if that makes sense. The story and the characters where there, and I had both  them and maybe half a chapter down on paper. Then I pushed it aside as life got in the way. After a while more details started evolving, the plot and story-line continuing to develop whether I was writing it down or not. I'd say it took about 9 months to complete from when I formally decided I was going to get this story down in its entirety.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

Harvest is the first book in the Frankie Harlow Trilogy. I'm about 5 chapters into writing the second at the moment- it's getting exciting!

What genre would you place your books into?
This question has plagued me from the moment I completed Harvest. From a recommended age stance it is definitely falling into New Adult over Young Adult. When considering themes explored, it could both fall into and fall short of several genres. There are supernatural elements, but perhaps not quite grounded enough to qualify for paranormal. It's romantic at times, but not a romance. There's quite a lot of personal growth, but it's not what I'd call a coming-of-age. I think I've got a slashie on my hands.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I write what I like to read. Although I'm quite eclectic in my reading tastes, I always come back to the same ingredients: characters who are a little bit vulnerable who start to come into themselves; sexual tension; a little bit of mystery; and a world not quite normal.

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