First of all, I want to wish all my readers a fantastic holiday season and a new year full of promise and wonderful adventures! This shall probably be my last blog post before the big day on Sunday, and I want to reach out to all of you and give you a great big hug. It truly warms me to know that so many of you are reading my words. The stats tell me everything. I appreciate that you spend the time on these pages...I do, from the bottom of my heart.
Back to business...
Today I welcome author Rebecca Royce to my REV UP Wednesday party! Rebecca is the author of twenty-eight books, most of which belong to 7 thriving series. More's on the way by this prolific writer. YA, sci-fi, contemporary, paranormal - Rebecca pens amazing tales in many different genres to suit all tastes. On the personal front, she's a proud mom of three adorable boys and a doting wife to a very deserving husband - and amidst all the chaos of family life she keeps coming out with wonderful stories that take us through all sorts of worlds and adventures.
How does she cope? Keep writing, she says. Never stop. Like that Nike commercial says...just do it. Her advice really paid off - a strong work ethic always wins.
Here's a little about her journey...
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing my whole life. That’s not an exaggeration. I once wrote a book in fourth grade. But, I’ve been published since 2009.
When did you decide that you wanted to write for a living (that "aha" moment)?
The day Her Wolf was published.
What did your family say when you told them you wanted to be a writer?
They asked what I intended to do for a living while I did that. Well, that was years ago when I first brought it up. Later, when Her Wolf came out, they were concerned with how I would manage with the children too.
What is your preferred genre both for reading and writing?
Paranormal, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction, or Historical Romance to read. Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction Romance to write.
Did you start by writing full time or did you have a day job?
I still have my day job, which is being home with the kids. So, its kind of like I have two day jobs.
Did you take any writing courses or did you just sit and write a book?
I have taken classes but when I wrote Her Wolf, I wasn’t taking any at that point.
Did/do you have a crit group or mentor to guide you?
I did. I used a Yahoo Critique Group that was fabulous. After that, I’ve had Critique Partners that have been fantastic.
Do you use a/several pseudonym(s) and if so, why did you choose to have one/them?
I use Rebecca Royce, which is a pseudonym. But I use it for everything.
How long did it take you to make your first sale? What was your first thought when you did?
A year. And OH my goodness! Yes! WOO HOO!!
Did you sell the first story or novel you wrote?
How many drafts did you write of your first novel before you felt you got it right? What about now - do you still write several drafts of a story?
3 for the first one.
Now, I write a draft, it goes to the CP, and then maybe a Beta reader. Then submitted. Unless either the CP or the Beta reader thinks there is a major problem.
Do you read industry or writing related blogs? If so, can you share some useful links?
No. I don’t. I like to read authors' blogs.
Did you get an agent first or did you submit directly to publishers?
I submit to publishers directly. I’m still hoping to some day have an agent. Any out there interested? LOL
If you signed with an agent, how did you go about the process of finding your agent/publisher?
Did you ever get rejected? If so, how did you handle it?
Oh yes. It hurts. But you have to keep moving forward.
What, in your opinion, do agents/publishers look for in a new author in the current market? Is it all to do with talent or with trends?
I’d like to think it's talent.
What do you think of the changes going on in the book industry (e.g., e-books vs. print books, and big publishers getting involved in digital publishing)? Where do you see the industry going?
I think it's going to end up on the side of e-reading.
Do you think writers should consider self-publishing?
Yes. As long as they also have a professional edit in some form and know something about PR or can hire some one.
How do you feel about so many bookstores closing across the US?
Do you think this trend is similar in other countries?
I don’t know. I don’t want to comment on something I haven’t learned.
Are your books available in print or in digital format?
Both. Most are in e-format alone but some are also in print.
What advice do you think aspiring authors should heed today?
Write every day. A little bit. You need the experience and it is a job.
What are you working on now?
The next book in the Westervelt series.
What is/are your favourite book(s)? Do you read only books from the genre you write in?
No, I read almost anything. Anything Nalini Singh writes is brilliant.
Do you read when you are plotting or writing a story?
Yes, I read every day.
What book inspired you to write romance (or whatever genre you write in)?
Christine Feehan’s Dark Hunter series.
What hero/heroine/character was the most fun or challenging to write for you?
Oh wow. Rachel Clancy, my Young Adult heroine, is always the hardest for me. She’s very opinionated about her own story.
How do you juggle work, writing, chores and family/personal life? Do you have a secret to time management that you want to share with readers?
I have no secrets. It's really, really hard. We all struggle with it. But it’s a high brow problem to have. We’re so lucky to have family who want to be with us and take up our time. We’re so lucky to be writing.
Do you have a ritual that you follow when it comes to writing?
I open the document, write the chapter heading, put the spacing in double space, and then I save the chapter. Then I get going.
Where do you see yourself, careerwise, in 5 years time?
I hope I’m reaching even more readers and still loving this.
What's your website URL?
Are you on Facebook?
How do you connect with readers?
E-mail, Blog, Twitter, Facebook…
As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.
She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
Latest releases... (Click on book titles for more info)
Behind The Scenes - released September 23, 2011.
Love Beyond Sanity - released October 1, 2011.
Hope you enjoyed Rebecca's stopover.
Until next time, live well and love deeply... and enjoy the holidays safely :D
~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love. "Mile High to Heaven" and "Mr. & Mrs. Foster" available at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.