WRITER UNLEASHED: Beth Prentice started writing to fill in time but has become a best selling author.
WRITER UNLEASHED: Beth Prentice started writing to fill in time but has become a best selling author. Patrick Woods

Mum 'killing time' becomes best selling author

WHEN Beth Prentice sat down to write a book about four years ago to keep herself busy, she never dreamed she would end up being able to call herself a best selling author.

But Mrs Prentice, of Twin Waters, has earned the right to use the title after cracking best seller lists in the United States with her first published book with a United States publisher.

Mrs Prentice learned yesterday that Killer Unleashed had made the USA Today Best Seller list, coming in at number 100 in the list of 150 top selling books.

"I'm just so excited. Even to have made it to number 150 would have been exciting but to go into it at 100 was even more exciting,” she said.

The book, available as an ebook and hardcopy, had already made it on to four Amazon best seller lists, coming in at number one in three categories and number 21 in the overall list for ebooks and hardcopies.

Mrs Prentice's latest published novel, Deadly Wipeout, is also hot on its heels coming in at number one in three Amazon categories and number 127 overall.

The 47-year-old mum of two's success as a writer has come as a bit of a surprise given she was more into maths than English as a student, went on to become a bookkeeper, and was never much of a reader.

"It's only been in the last five years that I've thought about writing. I always liked telling stories but never ever thought I could write,” she said.

Mrs Prentice decided to write a book to kill time while her husband was working away.

"I didn't tell anyone. I just sat down and wrote my first book and it just went from there.”

She self-published on Amazon with encouraging results and did the same with a second book before approaching Gemma Halliday Publishing in the United States with success.

"My kids were teenagers and I thought I'm going to chase a publishing deal just to show them than you can do something out of the ordinary,” she said.

"If you'd told me five years ago that I was going to get a publishing contract, I would have laughed at you.”

Mrs Prentice described her books as romantic suspense mysteries with a little humour and a twist at the end.

"I like to keep all my books as something that you can read which will leave you happy, where you can leave your life for a couple of hours,” she said.

She gets her ideas from "everywhere”, writes notes on her phone if she wakes up during the night, and writes during the day, trying to keep to office hours but with plenty of time for coffee.

She said she was still getting used to her new identity as a writer.

"People say, 'What do you do?' and I say, 'I guess I'm an author.'”

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