We Could Be a novel by Valeri Beatrix
By: Sevyn Scott May 17th, 2019
Emerging fashion designer, Sasha Ellis, is on the cusp of receiving the fame and success she’s worked a lifetime to achieve. If only she put that same energy into finding love…
Enter gorgeous actor and singer, Vincent Parker. He’s looking for a woman to complete the package and Sasha fits perfectly until a secret from her past threatens to pull the curtain on their budding romance.
Will Sasha leave her baggage and chance a new journey in love, or will old habits prove too hard to break?
The tea on this novel
***NO SPOILER ALERTS!***
Valeri did an amazing job creating a fuctional book about realistic romance. A lot of us have been torn between lovers leaving us wondering if we’re making the right decision with the one we’re willing to take that dangerous chance on. We Could Be is a novel anyone can relate in that aspect, even more if you’re in the entertainment business.
The whole time being submerged in Sasha’s romantic involvement with the famous Vincent Parker, I thought about those juicy blogs about who’s sleeping with who while being in a relationship with someone else we constantly come across.
Though it wasn’t filled with drama from cover-to-cover which could be too much for some readers, Valeri added just enough to stir up these spicy characters. Left with a happy ending, this novel left me with a smile on my face and wanting more. To be honest, I wasn’t ready to come to the last page. I would personally like to see Valeri revisit these characters. They definitely can have a lot more to tell!
Reading this book had me feeling like I was the main character, Sasha. I was with her every step of the way through her romantic journey. Valeri did a wonderful job making the reader feel as if they are part of the book, that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to reading her upcoming novels.
An interview with the author
SS: Alright, Valeri, let’s jump right in. You recently released your second novel, We Could Be. Can you briefly tell us what the book is about?
VB: Sure. At its core, it’s the story of what happens when a woman who’s afraid of commitment, finds herself falling for an A-list movie star. I thought it would be fun to see how she’d overcome her issues with men and allow herself to trust someone that every woman wants!
SS: I definitely got that while reading. Was that the story you always intended to tell, or did your ideas change along the way?
VB: Oh my gosh, this story changed so many times, it’s crazy. It started out with a woman who just couldn’t let go of a man everyone (except her) knew was no good. It was a nice idea, but at the time, it felt like a story I’d heard before, and I wasn’t sure how to make it new, so I put it down. Fast forward 6 years, through marriage, and babies, and moving…by the time I finally got back to writing, I had all these new ideas for it and decided to run with them.
SS: Wow, that was a long time! Would you recommend other writers take time off from their story if they can’t get the words out?
VB: I’d definitely say take a day or so to let yourself breathe, or read a book to clear your own story from your mind, but please, don’t take 6 years off!
SS: Don’t take too much time, good advice. Are there any other tips or traps aspiring writers should avoid?
VB: Girl, there’s not enough time in this interview for all of them. I think a major one would be not to fall into the trap of perfection. For a long time, I focused so hard on making my writing perfect, that I could never actual write! Like, I’d write something then the editor in me would change it, and change it, and change it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, especially the first draft. You just need to get the words out then hire an excellent editor!
SS: That’s interesting. You started out as a Freelance Editor, right? What started you on the path to writing?
VB: Yeah, I still edit in my “down time”, but I started focusing on writing because I had soooo many ideas, I mean, I have an excel spreadsheet full of stuff I want to write. I wish I was one of those writers that could work on multiple stories at a time.
SS: Hmm, multiple stories, it seems hard enough to write one. How do you balance writing with family life?
VB: Ha! That question implies that I’ve found balance. I have an infant at home, so right now, I just write whenever she goes to sleep! I’m trying to be one of those people that wakes up at 5am, but umm…yeah…
SS: Yeah, that’s pretty early. So what books have you read that influenced or helped your writing?
VB: Ok, I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for this one, but Twilight (the book) had a huge influence on my writing. Lots of critics hated it because the writing is so basic, but as you may (or may not) know, readers adored it! It was one of those books that showed me it’s not about how you write, but WHAT you write…what story are you telling and how are you conveying that to your readers. Now, that doesn’t mean you can write something filled with typos and bad grammar, but it does mean you don’t have to try and be Proust! Some great books to read for writing advice are Stephen King’s On Writing, Wired for Story by Lisa Cron, and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. This last one is for screenwriting, but the principles apply to fiction as well, especially when you consider that most movies these days are based on books!
SS: I’ll add those to my list! So outside of writing, are there any other talents you have?
VB: Yeah, I’m also a singer/songwriter, and I speak 6 languages!
SS: 6 languages?????
VB: Ok, so technically, no, I can say hello/goodbye in 6 languages, hehehe!
SS: Maybe you should add comedian to the list!
VB: Jack of all trades, right!
SS: OK, Valeri. Thanks so much for this interview. Anything else you want to say? Links you want to share? How can readers get in touch with you?
VB: Thank you, and thanks everyone who’s read the book or sent me feedback. I truly appreciate you taking the time. If you haven’t read it yet, please check it out on Amazon. If you’d like to learn more about me or books I like to read, follow me on IG @authorvaleribeatrix or check out my website, www.valeribeatrix.com. I’m not very active on Facebook, but you can catch me there too, if you’d like. Lastly, I’ve got some old videos on Youtube you can check out if you’re hankering to hear me sing, user name: Ginelopy.