Sunday, October 9, 2016

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Rebecca believes there is good in everyone, even though it may be hidden in some more than others. She also believes in love at first sight, yet has never managed to find it.

In one fell swoop she has the chance to prove both of her theories right, but fate has something more in store for her. Can she hold on to the happiness she has found?

A romantic suspense story which finds Rebecca going on a journey she couldn't have imagined, taking her from running a kids craft class to helping run classes in a male prison.

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     1.         What got you started on your writing journey?

My love for reading! I’m a sucker for romance and when a book truly gets to me, I can’t put it down, staying up until the early hours of the morning. I dreamed to create just that! So when an idea for a story came to me and the characters started to imprint on my mind, I couldn’t let them disappear. One of my closest friends encouraged me to begin writing. Once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.

     2.      Are there things that help to motivate or persuade your writing in any way?

Music, always music (with some fast paced walking!) If I’m after inspiration, I turn on Spotify, grab my dog’s lead (and the dog obviously!) and head out. I stop, type notes on my phone then move again, stop and makes notes… you get the picture.

     3.      What things do you like most about being an author and what do you like least and why?

My favourite thing is being able to sit down and create a different world. The characters build themselves up until they feel part of my life and I’m not ashamed to say that I love them all (Yep, I’m aware they’re fictional!)
My least favourite… I have sat for ten minutes contemplating this answer and the only thing I can come up with is my lack of time. If I could, I would write all day, every day only allowing myself short breaks for a cuppa!

     4.      If you could go back and talk to yourself ten years ago, what advice would you have for your younger self?

Honestly? Keep going as you are. Ten years ago, I was about to give birth to my first child, I have since had two more children, completing my family. The past ten years have been amazing. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t all been rainbows and sparkles. But with the family and friends I have, those hard times have been made easier and I know I’m one of the lucky ones.
Sometimes you have to plaster that smile on your face because it’s possible there’s someone around the corner that needs more help and support than you do.

     5.      If you were to talk to a person who was interested in becoming an author, what advice would you have for them?

If it’s something you truly want to do, create your characters to the point where you fall in love (or sometimes despise) them. Then write and keep writing until one day, you feel brave enough to let someone read it.
Find that one friend that loves books as much as you do. Be prepared for criticism but see it only as a way to grow. If you don’t have a friend as passionate as you, head to a book signing event. You’ll meet plenty of like-minded people, it’s amazing. Trust me.

     6.      What hobbies do you have outside of writing?

We’ve already covered that I love to read so I would say, my family and friends.
When the kids come home from school, I walk away from the computer and resort to mum mode. So I guess my hobby is driving – Driving the kids to gymnastics, driving them to swim lessons… etc.
I do love my girlie nights too - When we get some time together, we definitely make it count!

     7.      What place would you most like to visit if you could go anywhere in the world and what is it about that place that attracts you?

New York. It was always on my wish list and some years back my wish came true. My hubby (he was my boyfriend at the time) placed a very BIG apple in a box for my Christmas present. When I opened it, I cried (That’s a big deal for me – I don’t like crying in front of people!) We flew out on Boxing Day and had THE best time. Although I have been there I would love to go back and do it all over again. 

     8.      What is your magical word for the voices that live inside your head to be quiet so that you can sleep? (LOL)

Oh I never try to keep them quiet! If the voices talk, I listen and write down as much as I can. I have pretty notebooks everywhere, so there’s always one close to hand. The next day… I get to type and bring the ideas to life.

      9.      Was there any one person who inspired you while you were growing up in school?

Without a doubt, my mum. I have two brothers and a sister, she never told us how to live our life, only encouraged us in the direction we wanted to head (Even if sometimes that direction was a little crazy!) Mum is one of the kindest most generous people I know. She is one amazing woman!

1   10.    Last, but certainly not least, where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

By Chris Hemsworth’s side! Only joking (she says while reading the answer out loud to the hubby πŸ˜‰) Realistically, I would love to write full time and when the kids come home from school, to shut down the computer and chat about their day. Although my eldest may be at university in ten years! OMG! Scrap that, I don’t want to go forward ten years, I want my babies to stay with me.

About The Author

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I am a Scottish lass born and bred, grew up in Ayrshire now live in Bonnybridge. An avid reader as a child, my love of books has grown with me. I am a blogger, although I am currently taking an extended break, a reviewer and a beta reader. I am a huge supporter of indie authors, and still can't quite believe I'm about to join such an amazing group of people.

I work full time as a nanny in Edinburgh. To break the monotony of rush hour traffic I occasionally find myself daydreaming on my way home. It was during one of these journeys that the idea for Hearts in Danger came to me. Knowing I had to get the story out of my head I took part in Nanowrimo 2015. By the end of the month I had not only written over 50,000 words, I had surprised myself by sticking to it every single day.

What happens next, who knows? Wherever this journey takes me, though, I will be forever grateful for the help and support I have had along the way from family, friends, bloggers, reviewers and authors alike.

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