Author interview 131 – Sydnie Beaupre


Sydnie Beaupré

Canada

Age 27

Sydnie Beaupré is more than just a girl: they’re an openly LQBTQ2IA author that lives in their own imagination: a post-apocalyptic, zombie-inhabited world, where magical creatures and supernatural occurrences are simply the mundane.
Outside of that, Sydnie can often be found in Montreal, Quebec where they were born and raised – and also where they chose to set their second novel, Such Exquisite Calamity. When they’re not struggling to write at least one paragraph a day, you can find them reading the same six books they’ve been reading for the last two years out of obsession, playing their three stringed violin, or singing very off-key despite being a great singer. And reliably, you can always find Sydnie spending time with their amazing friends and crazy family over a good cup of coffee or tea.
Synopsys: Readers of books written by Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate will love this take on Fallen Angels…
When Khiara Banning was born, her soul— the purest of all souls— was inextricably intertwined with the outcome of the final battle between good and evil. However, due to her parents’ foolishness she was cursed, cursed to be truly alone; no Guardian, no Soul Mate. But yet, when the fallen angel—Cael—heard whisper of this and from the exact moment he first saw her, he knew with the core of his being that he above all others needed to protect her. Cael begged and pleaded with God to be appointed as her guardian and because He is fair, it was permitted. However, He ruled that if any mistakes were to be made, Cael would instantly be stripped of his title.
Years later, the curse evolves in a terrifying new manner that not even God could have predicted. The only entity who knows the key to reversing the effects of her life, no… world changing curse is none other than the Goddess, Morrigan, whose curse tainted Khiara in infancy. She alone has knowledge that could change Khiara’s fate forevermore.
Can Cael’s perseverance, love and angelic power surmount the poisonous evil influences that rise up as the final battle draws nearer? Will Khiara be able to endure the relentless onslaught? Her survival is crucial, as the fate of the world depends on it.

Readers of books written by Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate will love this take on Fallen Angels…
When Khiara Banning was born, her soul— the purest of all souls— was inextricably intertwined with the outcome of the final battle between good and evil. However, due to her parents’ foolishness she was cursed, cursed to be truly alone; no Guardian, no Soul Mate. But yet, when the fallen angel—Cael—heard whisper of this and from the exact moment he first saw her, he knew with the core of his being that he above all others needed to protect her. Cael begged and pleaded with God to be appointed as her guardian and because He is fair, it was permitted. However, He ruled that if any mistakes were to be made, Cael would instantly be stripped of his title.
Years later, the curse evolves in a terrifying new manner that not even God could have predicted. The only entity who knows the key to reversing the effects of her life, no… world changing curse is none other than the Goddess, Morrigan, whose curse tainted Khiara in infancy. She alone has knowledge that could change Khiara’s fate forevermore.
Can Cael’s perseverance, love and angelic power surmount the poisonous evil influences that rise up as the final battle draws nearer? Will Khiara be able to endure the relentless onslaught? Her survival is crucial, as the fate of the world depends on it.

Romelia:    WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Well, the book was first called Khiara Banning for the title character before I titled it Dark One. And the earlier draft had Cael’s name spelled khail.

Romelia:    WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I look at religion differently after writing this story, because I had to do a lot of research about different religions for the book. I now look at religions as literature.

Romelia:    WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I had a dream that I remembered one day when I was in the middle of math class in ninth grade.

Romelia:    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Open and ready for a book that takes religion and turns it on its head.

Romelia:    HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Actually quite a bit. I had to research angels and baby names. Khiara means Dark One. Cara means friend.

Romelia:    HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Very important. When I chose Jae Stephens I knew I’d made the right decision.

Romelia:    WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?

Sydnie Beaupré:   The ending was the hardest scene to write because I actually didn’t want it to end that way. I had it one way in my head and it was coming out completely different from what I’d originally planned.

Romelia:    WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I’m most similar to Khiara. Cara is my best friend, Victoria is my mother, Khiara’s father is my father, and both Liam and Tristan are people I was close to at the time of writing the novel.

Romelia:    HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   It took me six years to write Dark One.

Romelia:    HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I came up with the title based off of the fact that Khiara means Dark One.

Romelia:    WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Totally. I’m older than her, but we’d get along splendidly I’d say.

Romelia:    IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I have no idea what I’d say to my characters, if given the chance. I think I’d just try to become their friend.

Romelia:    WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I am a huge pantser. I have no idea where the plot is going until it takes itself there.

Romelia:    WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?

Sydnie Beaupré:   A cup of coffee and my Spotify playlists.

Romelia:    IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I’d pick Victoria, because she’s so interesting. People want to know her past. 

Romelia:    IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Jennifer L. Armentrout, because she has alpacas and is one of my favourite authors.

Romelia:    WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I work during the day and the night, whenever I can really. My schedule as a whole is pretty open right now thanks to COVID-19, so I have a lot of time to write.

Romelia:    HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Nope, I can’t say that I’ve ever travelled outside of Montreal for book research.

Romelia:    WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   My favourite thing to drink while writing is coffee. Cold or hot, as long as it’s coffee I’m happy!

Romelia:    HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I tell everybody that I know that I finished my book, and I usually buy myself a little something as a gift to myself.

Romelia:    WHAT RISKS HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOUR WRITING THAT HAVE PAID OFF?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I write in first person, and not everybody likes that style of writing. But it’s paid off, because people seem to enjoy the book.

Romelia:    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU FIND?

Sydnie Beaupré:   Last week, and I found five pages of me! It was awesome. Links to my books, links to interviews I’ve done – it’s great.

Romelia:    WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?

Sydnie Beaupré:   I’ve never thought about that before. I guess exhaustion would be my kryptonite. I can’t write when I’m tired.

Romelia:    TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Sydnie Beaupré:   I only learned how to tie my shoes as an adult, because I was a Scout leader and the kids decided to teach me.

Romelia:   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Sydnie Beaupré:   I love llamas, I’m shy, and awkward, but I’m fierce and passionate about many things. I love to read and of course write and something I hate about the world is transphobia – it is simply put, bigotry.

Contact details:

sydenayrox@hotmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/SydnieBeaupreBooks

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