Beth Turley, 25, recently signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster. She hails from Waterford, CT, and has wanted to be an author since she was five years old.
Her upcoming books are middle grade, and the first book is called If This Were a Story. The book follows a young girl, Hannah, who has trouble speaking about her feelings. She internalizes all of her grief, but has to start confronting it when she finds a note on the classroom floor.
“Hannah is an introspective 10 year old with a love of spelling and stories,” Turley wrote in an email. “She’s also especially sensitive to sounds, and uses them to sense the emotions going on in the world around her. She has black hair and blue eyes, and is starting to struggle with acne.”
The second book Turley will be writing for Simon & Schuster doesn’t have a name or synopsis yet, but Turley is excited to keep working on it. “I haven’t brought it up to my agent or my editor yet, we haven’t talked about book two at all,” Turley told Fictionist in an interview. “We just know it’s part of the deal and it’s going to happen eventually. It’s definitely in the works, and I’m actually really excited to get back to working on it when I’m done with the revisions for this book. “
If This Were a Story comes out in fall of 2018. To hold you over, we put together a Q&A with Turley. We’ll start with some getting-to-know-you questions:
Dog or cat person?
What are you reading now?
iPhone or Android?
Favorite place to write?
Least favorite drink?
What’s the most interesting thing in your purse or wallet?
What can always make you smile?
Now for some more in-depth questions:
How does it feel to be a 25-year-old with a publishing deal? That isn’t too common.
I’m honestly just so grateful. I feel like people put 25 on this pedestal — ‘I need to accomplish this by 25’ — and for me, I did want to have a book deal by 25, that was my main dream, so I’m super thankful and amazed, really.