Since putting myself out there a little bit more I've made what I call Twitter Friends. Rebecca is one of them and not only that she's a author. What better addition to my Interview With Series than the one thing I want to be? I loved Rebecca's book Return To Bluebell Hill and her second will be released February 2016.
Why did you start blogging?
First of all, thank you so much for inviting me onto your wonderful blog, Rhianne. It’s great to be here! I originally created my blog back in May of 2010, although at that point, I had no idea why, or what I was even going to do with it, and it didn’t even have a name. It remained empty and unused and nameless until October 2013, which was when I had finally decided to turn it into a book-blog, and on the 17th of October, I wrote and shared my very first book review, so I guess that’s when you’d say that it really began. It all grew from that point. I think the main reason behind me choosing to write a book blog was because it provided me with a place to share my thoughts on the books that I’d read. Whenever I found myself finishing a book, my head would be swimming with all of these thoughts and feelings, and being able to have a place for me to put those thoughts and feelings seemed like a fantastic idea, cathartic even. Of course, Becca’s Books has changed a lot since then, not only appearance-wise, but I think my reviews have improved too. Once I realised that it was something I wanted to do permanently, I well and truly got into it and am very proud of where Becca’s Books is today! I love my blog, I love reading and writing reviews, so we’re the perfect match.
Did blogging pave the way for writing?
I wouldn’t say that the ‘blogging’ itself did, but I definitely feel that all of the reading and writing has helped me in some way. I’ve been reading for years now, and there’s a quote (although don’t quote me on it!) that says reading is the best research for writing, or something along those lines, and I wholeheartedly agree with it! Reading and admiring all of these beautiful novels and their authors’ skill only made me want to write my own more, it was just as case of nurturing an idea and sticking with it, which I thankfully managed to do with Return to Bluebell Hill, my debut novel with Carina.
You’ve finished writing your second books draft and set a release date - how does that feel?
Absolutely brilliant, although I know that there’s still a ton of work to come. Finishing my first draft is always exciting, but it doesn’t just end there. I’ll have rounds of edits, I may have to remove parts, add in parts, lengthen and shorten… It’s a lengthy process, but I feel better prepared for it this time, having already been through it once! I’m excited for what’s to come, but as I say, I shouldn’t get too excited just yet, I am nowhere near the end but that’s fine by me, as I want ‘A Home in Sunset Bay’ to be at its best when it’s time to meet readers.
How did you come up with the ideas for both books?
I have to admit that my second novel, ‘A Home in Sunset Bay’, is based upon the Chapman sisters because of that aspect in my own life. I have five, and have grown up with all of them, so I reckon I’ve got good experience in that department. Return to Bluebell Hill appealed to me because I just love the idea of going back to place which you haven’t been back to for a very long time, and having to face the demons that you’d done such a good job of avoiding. There’s something dramatic about it, and powerful, of having to become a bigger and stronger person to face your fears! Both have been very enjoyable to write and I’m thrilled to know that readers have enjoyed my debut, too! My ideas usually come to me from completely out of the blue, and then as I write, I’ll begin to add in other aspects, perhaps romance or family, both two things I adore!
Are you only going to write romance or will there be other genres you dabble in?
Romance really is where my heart lies. I’ve been loving the genre for so long now, I’m not sure I’d be able to write anything else, although it wouldn’t to hurt try and could very fun! A few reviewers mentioned that they thought there was hint of mystery within Return to Bluebell Hill, which I loved. It might sound odd, but I’ve always been a fan of horror, I’d like to try my hand at that sometime, but for now, I’m sticking with romance.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything! Music, real life, imagination, it can honestly come from anywhere. The simple act of opening my laptop and opening up a blank Word document always gives me a little thrill! I love knowing that I can create anybody and take them absolutely anywhere. The possibilities are endless!
A typical day in your life is like...
Coffee. Write. Read. Eat. Read.
Three of your favourite writers?
Jill Mansell, Holly Martin, Stephen King.
Is being an author your only job now or do you have another?
For now, I’m lucky to be able to devote my time to writing!
Advice for aspiring writers (like me)?
Keep going. Focus. Stay motivated. Fall in love with not only your story, but your own style. Admire how you work, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. A wise person once told me that everybody has their own destiny, and their own path towards it, too. Keep to your own, don’t get side-tracked, and you’ll get there!
Thanks to Becca for taking part, if you want to see more from her or get one of her books take a peak at one of her links;