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Monday, August 22, 2011

Talkin' Tuesday with Rebecca Rose

Good morning! Today I'm interviewing ME. Things have been really crazy in my life for the past eight months and I have to thank everyone for being so understanding. THANK YOU!!

-What's you favorite read & series?

RR-I have to say Nora Roberts. Once I read Sea Swept I was hooked. I read and read and read until I dissected every plot and prose by her. It was a crucial moment for what later would become a lifelong dream.

-What/who got you reading?

RR-My Meme're, grandmother, she had to quit school in the fourth grade do to polio. In her sixties, she decided to go back and get her high school diploma. I was in the eighth grade with a fourth grade reading level because we still hadn't discovered I was dyslexic. Her and I learned to read together. 

-Too organized Plotter or Maniac Panster?

RR-I'm a crazy Panster. There are notes everywhere. Sometimes it amazes me that I can get so much done. :)

-You were nominated for an EPIC Award and won the title of 'Best First Line in a Novel' for you novel, Divine Turmoil. Did you lose your mind or what?
RR-I threw up. Really, I did! The EPIC Award is an international contest and I was up against some best selling authors. I just couldn't get my head around the fact I was a finalist with all those great writers. When I won, 'Best First Line' I became completely speechless. A very rare occasion. For days I walked around in a daze. It really was the moment when I knew I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing.

-When writing, must you hide from the kids? Where do you go and what kind of death threats do you shout?

RR-My kids are really great. They learned early not to bother me too much. I threaten to make them sit on the couch holding hands if they don't stop fighting. I REALLY WORKS! I also warn them that I'm going to be working so if there is anything they need to ask or know they have ten minutes to do it.

-Is there anything we all would be shocked to know about you?

RR-Well lets see...I've changed a clutch on a Neon I owned. I've done tune ups, changed alternators, plumbing, electric and have shot myself with a three and a quarter inch stud nail when my nail gun misfired. I have also just moved back into my home after three and half months of living on my front lawn in a trailer. We had EXTREME ice damage from this past winter and 85% of our home had to be gutted. It sucked!

For Fun

Red & sexy or Black & mysterious? 

Wine with cheese or Beer with TV?

Beer with TV, totally!
Independent kitty cat or adoring lovable dog?
I actually have a 30 pound cat! He's really cool.

Great cook or master at ordering take out? I'm a order out, eat out, queen. LOL I'm so bad at cooking that I gave my family the Teflon Flu once.

What's your biggest pet-peeve, in the world, that makes you want to beat something/someone?
Oh gosh, I have so many! I would have to say the biggest is people who choose to be weak. There was a time when I lived in my car for two weeks because I had nothing. I could have given up, but instead I became empowered. I wanted to prove to the world I could be something. Every time I think or look at my children and husband I'm reminded of how that one moment could have change my life so drastically. I could lose it all again and still be grateful because I have them.

Back to Work
-You have an insane amount of energy. What do you do to ground yourself to stay focused?

RR-I really do have a lot of energy, don't I? LOL Truthfully, I think what drives me is to be the best I can be, while still being there for my family. They help ground me. My husband will say, "Will you just sit the hell damn, please?" Until I started meditation and Reiki, I had a hard time slowing down. Heck, today I took a nap!

-What's the biggest misconception people have about you & your writing?
RR-That writing romance is soooo easy. There is so much more to an author career than people realize. And, it isn't easy. Plus, us romance writers don't walk around in high-heeled slippers and sexy nighties! LOL

-Does your husband like to brag about your career as a romance writer?
RR-Hell ya! He likes to see peoples reactions when they're told.

-Do you ever get so overwhelmed you want to quit?
RR-The only time I ever thought about quitting was when I was trying to get my career off the ground. I was working 60 hours a week and there wasn't much time left for family. When I voiced quitting I was told flat out, by all of them, to not even think about it. :)

 -What part of writing makes you want to pull your hair out and scream like a banshee?RR-If I say everything will that count? Writing is torture for me. Why do I do it? Because it's less torture when I'm doing it! LOL

-Any advice for aspiring writers?

RR-Write! If it hurts and makes you cry, write about it. If it makes you happy and laugh, write about it. Someday those experiences may become one of the greatest stories ever written.  

I'm giving a free ecopy of my novel, Divine Redemption to one luck guest who comments!

Divine Redemption
Sometimes Redemption Is The Only Salvation Needed To Forgive Yourself.

In his first ever selfless act Donald Write takes a bullet for a man he just met, Daniel Allen. Now he's changed his name and moved across the country to live with Daniel’s family whose welcoming home reception wasn't very warm.
Jacqueline is Daniel’s daughter. This soft spoken, well dressed lady soon teaches Donald that looks can be deceiving and her heart can be his if he’s willing to open up and except her gift of love.
Donald hadn't counted on the intense and immediate attraction to Jacqueline. She’s the boss’s daughter and off limits; that is until he finds himself with an irresistible primal need to be with her. She shows him love in a way he's never felt before and gives him the strength to become the better man he's always wanted to be. But how can Donald touch and care for someone so pure of heart when their future can be destroyed by his past? A future built on redemption and second chances.
WARNING: This novel contains M/F romance, action, and explicit sex.

You can find me, Rebecca Rose at:

Have a Sparkling Day and I'll see you next week when I have paranormal fantasy author, Chandra Ryan!
Rebecca Rose 


  1. Lori rnlmac@msn.comAugust 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    great interview

  2. Your interview was great. You actually threw up? I know I would have done the same thing if I had won, too.

    Congratulations, late, on the win. Divine Redemption sounds really great.

  3. Lori, thank you for stopping in!

    Harlie, yes I did get sick. I couldn't help it. *laughs* My poor husband! Thank you for coming by.


  4. Congratulations to Lori! You won the free copy of Divine Redemption.

    Enjoy and everyone have a Sparkling Day!
    Rebecca Rose

  5. Lori rnlmac@msn.comAugust 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    great excerpt! can't wai to read it