♦Welcome to another edition of the Open Book Blog Hop!♦
7 questions you might ask an author…
This week on the Open Book Blog Hop we’ve been asked to craft 7 questions to ask one of the authors in the hop. These are the seven questions I came up with, and the author I get to ask them of is the up and coming Rebecca Lovell. Rebecca Lovell started out writing fan fiction when she was in middle school, and all of it had original characters and romantic entanglements. Over the years she has gotten much better at writing and moved on to her own work but the romance has always stayed the same.
Rebecca enjoys reading all kinds of books (her favorite writers include JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Carolyn McSparren and Lynn Graeme), and loves swimming and interesting beer (current favorite is Revolver Brewing’s Blood and Honey). She lives in Texas with her cats and is uncertain about the weather.
Let’s get started…
1) Who do you credit the most with getting you where you are in publishing?
Since I’m just starting out, I’d have to say that my book manager Patti and my editor Carly have helped me out a lot. I wouldn’t know half of the things I do about social media without Patti, and Carly has whipped an already great story into awesome territory. I love them!
2) What one thing can you not live without (Person, Place, Animal or Thing).
It seems a little silly, but I have this necklace that a friend gave me for my 30th birthday. It says “Fearless” on it and I’ve worn it every day since then with the exception of the time I had surgery, and even then my husband had it so it was close by.
3) If you’re willing to talk about a bad patch in your life, and how that has made you not only a stronger person but a more informed writer, let my readers know a little bit about this.
Originally, The Detective’s Brother was picked up by a small startup publisher and everything seemed to be going great. I got an awesome cover, a sign on bonus, and then all of a sudden they shut down. I tried to get someone else to publish it and no one else would even look at it. It really made me lose my motivation but my husband reminded me that being rejected is part of being a writer and that maybe I should look into other avenues. I kept pushing along and finally found a publisher. I learned that giving up hurt more than the rejections, so I keep on going no matter what now.
It sounds weird, but I love okra chips! If you’ve never had them, they’re awesome. Super crunchy and a little sweet!
5) Do you consider yourself Mainstream or Underground?
Probably a little of both! It’s hard to write romance and not be a little mainstream, I think. I’m still sort of an indie writer but if there’s such a thing as mainstream indie, that’s where I am.
6) Are you working full-time to support your art, and how does that limit what you can do, if it all?
I do! I work full time in the medical field, which means I’m on my feet 10-12 hours a day, and am incredibly tired when I get home most nights. I usually get a little writing in before bed but it means the bulk of my work has to get done on my days off. Sometimes I’ll work during my lunch break, too. I have to make time to write, which is pretty difficult some days, but it’s worth the effort.
7) What are you working on now?
I’m actually doing a couple of things! I’m rewriting an old story called Framed that I’m hoping will be my second book, and also working on a pirate-themed side project. The former will be set in the same time period as The Detective’s Brother – Texas in 1885 – and the latter in the sort of Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) time period. I’m still doing a lot of research but I have finished the outline!
Thank you for letting me answer these questions, they were a lot of fun!
That was a lot of fun! Glad to have you on the blog and learn a little bit more about you, Rebecca!
PJ Fiala is originally from Missouri. She moved to Wisconsin with her family when she was 13 years old, city kids learning to farm. The farm started out with 28 rescue cows (they were adopted from the Humane Society who took them from abusive circumstances). With all the hard work and the deep winters, Wisconsin was a hard sell until PJ met her husband. They have four children and three grand children. The pair enjoy riding their motorcycles, on which they meet new places and visit places new and old.
PJ comes from a long line of veterans: “My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.”