Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Rebecca Reddell, aka Becky, and I was born and raised in Independence, Missouri. I've been reading and writing since I can remember. The feel of a book in my hands, the smell of the paper, and the contrast of the letters and pictures against the page were intoxicating to me as a child. My passion for reading led to my passion for writing. I have written five books. One is a poetry compilation I put together to share my thoughts on emotions, family, life, love, and inspiration. Later, I wrote my own take on fairy tales, and those retellings comprise Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty. Creating my own books is something I love to do. It's my dream.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is the current book I'm working on right now: The Battle. It's a WWII, historical fiction novel, and it's my own special twist of what happened during the war. I first came up with it a few years ago during a creative writing class. I was inspired by the characters who popped up in my mind and took me hostage to their story. Their lives became so real to me. Their personalities were blatant and well-rounded, and it's my hope I do them justice. They've become my friends, my family, and I love them. I hope everyone else will enjoy them as well when they get the chance to meet them!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think everyone does. I have to listen to some type of music as I write. Usually, it can be classical, but I tend to listen to songs that set the mood I'm trying to create as well. Having a ton of coffee on hand is essential. Also, I don't sit down and plan everything out to the last note. I do plan, know my ending, and create character profiles, but then, I let the story and those characters take me where they want to go. They often surprise me, and I think it makes the reading more interesting.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are too many to count! I love so many authors and books, I could list them all day long. I think I did on one site at another time.
The authors who specifically stick out in my mind and are ones I currently read, who influence me, are: Sarah Dessen, Kelly Creagh, Frederick Backman, Suzanne Collins, Francine Rivers, Julie Klassen, Alan Gratz, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, Lisa Gardner, Mark Zusak, Ruta Septys, Dorian Tsukioka, J.L. Hendricks, and so many others. The authors' books that I love to read and reread have changed my life. I'd like to think they influence my determination and imagination to keep writing.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on my WWII, historical fiction novel The Battle. It's Book One in a four-book series. I'm excited to finish the edits and revisions and get it to my beta-readers. It's my own special twist on the war and what might have/did happen. I've already started in Book Two, and Book Three and Book Four are already planned out. I'm so excited to share it because I love these characters and their story so much!!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I primarily share on Facebook and Twitter. I'm also on Google+, Pinterest, and have started to navigate Instagram. I love to connect with readers on any of the platforms. I send out a monthly newsletter and have a blog site as well as my author website. I hope to grow those platforms and hear from readers and what they enjoy reading.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep going! Even if you get discouraged, never give up! You can do it. Trying, working hard, and climbing that hill is all worth it in the end. When you have finished your project, it is such an amazing and life-changing feeling. Put your fingers to the keys and just write!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I once heard in passing, I can't recall who said it, that the "only failure is when you don't try at all." That struck me hard. Fear is a huge deterrent. It will throw doubt up and negative thoughts and have you focus on what people don't like about you or your work. It's a large obstacle to overcome, but if you just keep going, shake off the discouragement, and do what you were meant to do, then you have succeeded. You've given effort, and you didn't give up. This is tremendous, and you have to keep fighting the good fight. Whatever means something to you, keep going. It's all worth it in the end.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading five nonfiction, WWII books. It's all for research, and I'm actually enjoying it. Lol. I love reading about what others were doing to make a difference during this tragic time period. I'm also reading in a slow manner some poetry by Poe, Keats, and Byron. A copy of Agatha Christie's Poirot mystery nearby too. I have certain times to read certain things, and I'm loving it all. After all, I have a Goodreads 2018 Goal to achieve. 😉
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm working on The Battle and the rest of my four-book WWII series. However, I have a list of ideas in my head for what's next. I can't say much more now, but when I said I was an eclectic reader and writer, I meant it. 😉
What is your favorite book of all time?
I plead the Fifth. There is absolutely no way I could pick just one. We'd be here all day.
Seriously, this question is meant to make readers self-combust, lol.
Although, I have reread Sarah Dessen's book Just Listen more than ten times. I'm just saying…