I was given the incredible opportunity to sit down and have some one-on-one face time with the attending authors at the recent Houston event. It was a blast! I got to pick their brains for five minutes each. Thanks to all of you who submitted questions, I was armed and prepared. ~Nadine
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Today’s spotlight is Rebecca Shea! You asked the questions, she answered them. Enjoy!
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been a writer. I just never sat down and took the time to do it. I’ve always had the stories in my head, I just never really took the time to sit down and really fulfill the actual story put it pen to paper or sit down with the laptop to do it. So, I finally did that in I guess starting in 2012 is when I kind of really started working on the story. It took me a good eight months to get it out and where I was comfortable enough to say okay I’m going to send this out to beta readers and send it out to an editor. So, it took me a while, but it was just taking that time for myself to take that story and let it out of my head.
What are you planning to do next?
I am still working on two different stories. The third and final book in the Unbreakable series, which is titled Unforgiven, that will close out this series. Then I’m working on a standalone romantic suspense called Evil Lives Here. That one right now is kind of my favorite story. It’s just very different that the contemporary romance that I’ve been writing. It’s still contemporary romance, but it’s a little darker, a little more suspense to it. I read multiple genres. I fluctuate between romance and mystery thriller. I love Mary Higgins Clark. I love Patricia Cornwell. So, I’m kind of taking some of those little things I’ve read in their work, just that, that suspense background and working it into the romance, contemporary romance novel.
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If you could turn one of your books into a TV series or a movie, which one would you choose?
Oh my gosh! I think it would be Unbreakable. I think that there is just a lot happening in that story. There’s a lot of characters. There’s a lot of depth in that story that eventually carries on to Undone, but you get so much background in Unbreakable. I think that would be the one I’d make into a movie. It’s funny too cause those are the ones that I found real life actors to envision as my characters.
Who’s your dream cast?
For Gabe Garcia is was Jay Hernandez from the Friday Night Lights T.V. series. Jessica Harper, Jess, I really envisioned Emma Roberts; the dark haired Emma Roberts as her. Just kind of that young, very innocent sweet face. And Landon was always
Stephen Amell from the Arrow series. He’s just got that very sexy, rugged look about him. Kind of that all American, even though he’s Canadian, that all American, kind of that sandy blonde hair, the blue eyes but very mysterious kind of look to his face too which is just totally my Landon. So, that would have been my dream cast.
What inspired your characters?
I don’t even know. It was just like I said, it was a story that I had in my head and I just you know just wrote it.
What is the time frame from start to finish for your first book?
My first book, I started writing it in December of 2012 and I published it in July. It was technically done in June, but I waited. For me I just wanted to take my time with it. So, it was I guess about eight months total for my first book. Which everybody tells me is not a bad timeframe cause some people work for years on a book.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Well, I’m not always a writer. I actually work full-time in the financial services industry. I’m a Marketing Manager for a bank. I love my job. It keeps me busy. I love my co-workers. I never to intend to quit just to write. I love writing to write. I love writing stories. I guess it’s a hobby of mine. But, if I ever became dependent on it to pay my bills or put food on the table for my family I feel like I would lose the love for it because now it’s the pressure.
Who do you fangirl over?
Oh my gosh, Rebecca Donovan. She was like my…I just…I just get nervous. I took a picture with her today and I was like ahhhh. I love her and she’s so sweet. I really respect her and what she’s done with her business. I just I adore her.
Well that’s it folks! Ten authors. One fun event. I thank all the authors for their time and you for stopping by and reading their interviews. Check out more about Rebecca Shea below.
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable and Undone. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.
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