Robert Beatty is a New York Times bestselling author who lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His fourth novel, Willa of the Wood, was released July 10. Staff writer Veronica Correa sat down with him before his speaking event at Southpoint Barnes and Noble.
The Daily Tar Heel: How did you start writing?
Robert Beatty: I had a corporate career and was the founder and CEO of an internet software company and had a full life, but throughout that whole life the thing I most wanted to do was become a published author. So I just kept writing and practicing and improving, and each novel would get a little better. And then one day I decided to write a novel for my daughter. We started working on it as a project together. Me and my three daughters and my wife and I fell in love with that. It’s so fun to be able to write for my daughters and to write for a specific audience like that, and they add a lot to the creative process. We ended up writing Serafina and the Black Cloak, and that turned out to be my breakthrough novel.
DTH: Would you say your family was what inspired your Serafina series?
RB: Yeah, and in particular the character of Serafina was inspired by my middle daughter Genevieve, who used to love to sneak around the house and prowl around. So we incorporated that characteristic into the Serafina character and went from there.