First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Becky and I live in the Pacific NW with my husband of 25 years and our two teenagers. We have a German shepherd beast, two cats and two rats—and yes, I hold the rats. When I’m not writing, I work as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor. Before you start hating me for being a size 2 or some other unreasonably tiny size, let me just tell you I love the 3 Ch’s: Cheetos, chocolate and cheeseburgers.
What’s your education, if it’s relevant to your writing, and how does that education help you/or do you find that you can write well even without the diploma others might think they must have?
I have a BA in graphic design from about a million years ago. I worked in that field until I had my oldest child, then I became a fulltime stay-at-home mom for 12 years. If I ever got back into that field, I’d have to go back to school. This will really age me, but when I was doing design, it was still mostly by hand, not via computer. Graphic design isn’t really relevant to writing; however, learning to work with art directors and clients and make their ideas work with my ideas has come in handy when working with editors.
Tell us about your most recent publication? My newest book is DELIVER THE MOON and it just released! It’s about a couple whose marriage couldn’t survive the death of their young son several years earlier. Now, they have a second chance—will they be able to set aside past hurts and make a new future together?
What inspired you to write this story? I read a statistic once that said 80% of marriages in which a child dies end in divorce. I found that horribly sad—one tragedy is compounded by another. Anyway, that got the wheels in my author mind turning.
How would you best describe your books? It depends on the books. My first book, BORROWED STILETTOS, is a short and very steamy romantic comedy, with lots and lots of sex. My second book, HER ONE-NIGHT PRINCE, is also a short romantic comedy but with no sex. Not one love scene. DELIVER THE MOON is somewhere in the middle on the steaminess scale, but it’s not even close to a romantic comedy. It’s more of a romantic, emotional drama.
What would you write if you could do write anything you wanted to write? I would love to write a horror novel some day. I actually have a great idea simmering in my mind. I even made a mock cover for it. But I don’t know if I have the talent to pull it off. We’ll see.
What do you love most about writing and what do you not like? I love revising. After the dreaded first draft is done (which gets harder and harder with each book I write), I really love going back and digging into the story again with revisions. Finally seeing the story come alive as it’s been in my head for so long is a magical thing. What I like least? The promo. I hate talking about myself. Hate being center of attention. I put up flyers at work today, announcing a book signing I’m doing there next week. Just seeing the flyers with my information on them makes me slightly sick to my stomach, as if I’m saying, “Hey, look how cool I am.” Argh.
What are you writing now? What’s next for you? I am working on a three-book series about baseball and weddings that I’ll be shopping around soon. I’m also thinking about self-publishing a book I wrote several years ago and wasn’t able to sell to “big” publishers. It’s my favorite of the ones I’ve written so far, so I’d love to see it in readers’ hands someday soon.
Available at The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=4897
I’m glad you came to visit today, Becky! A lot of your points resonated with me. I write in different genres, as the spirits move me, and I agree 100% that the first draft is the hardest to sometimes just fight one word at a time onto a page. I’ve even been known to give myself permission to just put ANY words on a page so I’m able to move on. The story really comes together in second draft anyway. Right?
Best wishes with Deliver the Moon and that pretty cover!