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Monday, November 2, 2009

Rebecca Vickery's Looking Through The Mist



In addition to being a wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter, Rebecca J. Vickery loves writing romances when she can find the time. These stories include a twist of the paranormal (special gifts), mystery, adventure, or suspense along the way to a happy-ever-after ending. She is currently experimenting with self-publishing and also has books submitted to traditional publishers.
Rebecca, it's a pleasure to have you here.

When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?

I loved writing assignments in school. When one of my poems was included in the Children’s Highlights Magazine at an early age, I was hooked on being published. With romance being my favorite genre to read, I could think of nothing better than to write exciting contemporary romances.

When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish? Is there a message you want readers to grasp?

When I began writing novels, I wanted to provide escape and relaxation for those who enjoy reading and hopefully make enough to cover my writing expenses. That goal has evolved into a determination to write quality fiction, be an accepted member of the industry, and to help other writers whenever I can as well as paying my writing expenses. My message to readers would be for them to realize that shared love and never giving up will see us through a lot of ordeals. I put my heroes and heroines through some grueling circumstances, but love always triumphs in the end.

Briefly tell us about your latest book. Series or stand-alone?

 My latest book, which will be available soon (maybe even before this is posted) is Following Destiny. It is a stand alone, but there is room for a sequel if I ever have time to write it. This paranormal romance is about Andrea Duncan. She inherits a house and a very special ring along with a friendly local sheriff and a large ugly mutt.

What’s the hook for the book?

Andrea hears voices. They eventually lead her into a serial killer’s path. Must she die to follow her destiny?

My characters tend to develop themselves. I feel like a lowly scribe at times taking dictation as the characters tell me the story. I often hear a snippet of news, or see something on television that starts the “what if’s” in my head. I usually know the area for the story and the main details for the primary characters right away.

Who’s the most unusual/most likeable character?

I think Cord McConnell, the tough but tender hero from Surviving With Love is probably my favorite and most likeable character. He isn’t typically handsome, but he has such a good heart especially with kids, you just have to love him. You have to read the book to understand what I mean. My most unusual character would probably be Heidi, the large ugly dog, in Following Destiny. She hears the voices right along with her mistress and has a very definite personality.

How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?

I have always enjoyed the outdoors; camping, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. And I was raised with the old-fashioned values of love, commitment, and working hard. I think all of those factors are very evident in my writing.

What are your current projects?

I’m currently working on 3 different contemporary romances. Finding Treasure is set in Seattle and features a woman with a special gift for locating hidden treasure and lost items. Seeking Shelter takes place in South Dakota where a modern-day rancher purchases a rogue stallion someone wants to kill. Then there’s Healing Rain about a young woman in Texas with the gift of touch healing who works with problem horses.

Where can folks learn more about your books and events?

The best way to keep track of me is to check regularly at my home website, Romance With a Twist: http://www.romancewithatwist.com or on my blog at http://www.rebeccajvickery.blogspot.com My books, Looking Through The Mist and Surviving With Love, are available on Smashwords.com. and at WordClay.com
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Susan. I have really enjoyed this interview.

It was my pleasure. Contnued success, Rebecca.



Susan Whitfield, author of The Logan Hunter Mystery Series

www.susanwhitfield.blogspot.com

14 comments:

Susan Whitfield said...

Nice cover. Who designed it?

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks so much for having me here today. My cover was designed by independent cover artist, Laura Shinn. She has done all 3 of my beautiful covers so far and won a P&E Award last year for her cover art. She is so easy to work with and makes the process easy and affordable. Anyone who wants to see her other work should visit www.laurashinn.com

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the great interview. I really enjoyed learning more about Rebecca and her writing. Following Destiny sounds like a great intriguing read.
Thank you for sharing,
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo

Miriam Newman said...

Rebecca, I know your current books well and am really looking forward to you plowing through your WIPs so I can have some more (please?).

MarthaE said...

Hi Susan and Rebecca! Sorry to swing in so late! Rebecca -I love that you had a poem published in Highlights! That is so cool! *BG*
I am really looking forward to more of your books! Best wishes!

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi RK, Miriam, and Martha,
Great to see you dropping by and thanks so much for the kind words. Friends and fellow authors mean so much. It's amazing what we can accomplish when we know there are folks like all of you to stick with us and cheer us on when we need it.
Hope you all have a great week,
Rebecca

Laura Shinn said...

Becca,

Great interview! Thanks for mentioning the covers I've designed for you. I loved doing all three, but "Looking Through the Mist" is so compelling. It's one of my favorites. *g* I think it's the eyes...they do follow you around the room. LOL

To everyone else who hasn't read any of Rebecca's books yet, it's well worth the time. Her stories are interesting and always engaging; I couldn't put the book down! I stayed up one night until 5:00 am reading! LOL I'm looking forward to reading "Following Destiny" as well.

Write like mad, Becca! I want to read more! *g*

Laura Shinn
www.laurashinn.com

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Thanks so much, Laura, for reading my work and most of all for creating my beautiful covers. I'm going to have posters made of them and hang them in our hallway instead of all the portraits of the ancestors. LOL

Miss Mae said...

Hi Becca,

Terrific interview, and what a gem of interest to learn you'd been published at such an early age! From the excerpts I've read, I know that your writing is flowing and flawless, and your reviews are always superb. The hallmarks of a gifted writer!

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Miss Mae,
I count that as high praise coming from a bestselling author such as yourself. Thanks so much for dropping by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Well, I'm late to the party, but I just saw the notice. Nice interview by the way.

Your stories are fabulous,but so are your book covers! Posters--they'll look great.

Anonymous said...

Nice interview, Rebecca!

Susan Whitfield said...

I enjoy having other authors over for an interview. I learn so much! I've noticed that more writers are offering interviews as well. It's good all around. Thanks to all of your for dropping by and giving each guest comments and questions. Please come again. There's a new author each week, and beginning in January, there will be two a week.

Rebecca J Vickery said...

Hi Karen and anonymous guest,
Thanks so much for your comments. It means a lot to have your support and friendship.

A special thanks once again to Susan for this great opportunity to talk about my work.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Rebecca