A few years back I met Rebecca Rose at a writing class I was guest lecturing at. Back then she was not yet published, but she was feverishly working on a book. From the moment I met her I saw the desire and passion for her craft. It was evident that she would become a published author. And sure enough, now several years later, Rebecca is the author for two novels, Divine Redemption and Divine Turmoil, both of which have gotten terrific reviews. Her third book, Divine Valor is currently in the works. Recently I got to talk to Rebecca about her books and her budding career. Below is our conversation.
Michael Aloisi- To start off, I have to ask the questions I ask in all of my interviews, starting with: What made you want to write?
Rebecca Rose- I don’t think it’s a ‘want to’ and much as a have to. I find my thought process is much more organized when I’m writing. I’m more sane and happy.
MA- When you decided to start writing, did it come naturally to you or did you have to study the craft before you produced anything of quality?
RR- I always feel a little guilty over this. It was a very natural thing for me. I actually wrote my first novel, Divine Turmoil, and then thought to myself–maybe I should take a class on this. LOL I didn’t even have internet when I start on this adventure! Studying your craft is very important, and I wish I knew that ahead of time. There is so much to learn in the writing world. It’s constantly evolving and never boring. J
MA- How many things did you write before you published your first work?
RR- Well… I wrote my novel Divine Turmoil and then started being published monthly for a local magazine. So, I guess that would be it. I was very lucky in this business. The hardest part for me is getting out there and in front of people. The thought of public speaking used to scare the heck out of me.
MA- What is your writing process like from start to finish?
RR- I’m a pantser, which is a person who writes like they’re reading a novel. Most times I don’t know what’s going to happen and who my characters are going to be. Usually, toward the middle I’ll start plotting a little, just to make sure I stay on the right path. Last time I didn’t do that, I ended up with a mess and a complete rewrite!
MA- Are you a writer that plots and plans out their stories or do you let the kernel of an idea grow on its own?
RR- I have kernels that grow everywhere. I keep a list of ideas so I don’t forget them. Someone can say something, I can hear song, or see something, it doesn’t really matter. It’ll spark my muse and a whole book will begin to form.
MA-How often do you write?
RR- I try to write everyday. At one time I pushed myself to do it everyday, no matter what, and I became too stressed. I have to write when the need hits me or I produce very little.
MA- Where did the idea for your first novel, Divine Turmoil, come from?
RR- My grandmother passed from Colon Cancer and it was very hard on all of us. She was our glue and I needed a way to work through my pain. I had talked about writing a novel for years. One day I was driving in my car, when I looked in the rear mirror I saw leaves bellowing in my cars wake. I remember that day because I felt as if I needed to get away from everything. Thus, the beginning of Divine Turmoilwas born and the story.
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