Today, our guest of honor is Rebecca J. Clark. It’s so nice to have you here, and I’m sure you’re ready for a good time! Let the party begin!
Wine or beer? (If you want club soda, I’ll have to send you to the corner.)
Beer? Ick. But I’d love a glass of Cavignon.
Cake or chips? Are you a sugar or salt person?
May I please have both? I promise to work a bit harder on my treadmill tomorrow.
Are you old enough to drink? LOL.
Oh, please. Of course I am. I just don’t LOOK old enough. (cough, cough)
Tell us about your new release.
Her One-Night Prince is a Cinderella story about a woman’s dream to be something she’s not for just one night at her class reunion.
As all fairy tales go, however, happy endings don’t come easily.
Shy and sheltered Lydia St. Clair is uncomfortable around men, so she advertises for a gay man to be her date and revamp her style. Mitch Gannon answers Lydia’s ad and he’s perfect for the job–he’s handsome and, even more important, he’s charming.
Unbeknownst to Lydia, Mitch is straight and answered the ad as the unwitting victim of a practical joke. Before he can reveal the truth, Lydia is convinced he’s her fairy godmother, ready to transform her into the belle of the ball. And Mitch, prince that he is, doesn’t have the heart to set her straight.
I originally submitted it (years ago) to a Harlequin line that folded during my submission process. Talk about a bummer, because back then, there were really no other options for short, romantic comedies. Hooray for small presses!
What makes your character and story so special?
My heroine, Lydia St. Clair, could be a good friend. She’s genuinely nice, honest and fun to be around. And a bit insecure—because who wants a friend who thinks she’s perfect, eh? What makes my story special? Because I wrote it. No? Well, then… I’ve been told by reviewers and readers that it’s a feel-good story, that it reminds them of the old-fashioned sweet Harlequin Romances. Yes, those romances with plenty of sexual tension but no sex. If you’ve read my first book, Borrowed Stilettos, you’ll know I’m usually all about the sex. LOL. But not this time.
All right, I guess you can come in. Now off to the roast….
What do you like doing besides writing and reading? Is it dangerous?
In my day job (ie: the one that pays the bills LOL) I work as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor. So, obviously, I like to workout when not writing and reading. I teach Zumba, Pilates and yoga—it’s so awesome to get paid to exercise. That shouldn’t be dangerous, but in the past couple of years I’ve had several injuries. I think I keep forgetting I’m 46, not 26. Dammit.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The first draft. They’re a complete mess. I think my dog could write a more coherent, intelligent one. Seriously. I recently realized, though, that my first drafts are complete crap whether I write them really fast or really slow by agonizing over every scene/paragraph/word. So I’ve started writing really fast, just to get them over with.
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I once streaked through a graveyard. Yes, buck naked. In the snow. At midnight. Sober. I have no idea what that says about me, but if you met me in person, you’d probably never guess that about me. But really, would you guess that about anyone?
Who is your favorite author and why? Do you write what you read?
My favorite kind of book to read is straight contemporary, which is what I write. I also LOVE romantic suspense, and have plans to try this genre in the future. However, while in drafting mode, I can’t read the same genre I’m writing in. During those times, I’ll read anything and everything. Right now I’m reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
My favorite author? That is WAY too hard a question—I have too many to list. But I will give a shout out to two of them. Avon author Candis Terry (www.CandisTerry.com) was the first romance writer I met (about 15 years ago) and is now a CP and one of my BFFs. What I love about her stories is she always makes me laugh and cry—sometimes at the same time. Her stories are incredibly sexy and romantic. The other is HQN author Laurie London (www.LaurieLondon.com). I don’t just love her books because she is my sister. Laurie has an amazing way with description and setting. When I read her books, I am there. I can really see what her characters feel, see what they see. She does this so well, I really hate her sometimes.
Are you a pantser or plotter?
I am a pantser trying desperately to become a plotter, because I think it would make the process less frustrating. I’ve tried using outlines before, but it just takes the fun out of writing for me. Plus, I never know my characters enough before writing to have a clue what they’ll be doing halfway into the story let alone at the end. What works for me is writing those really horrendous first drafts which are more like a glorified and pitifully ugly outline. By the time I reach the end of draft one, I usually know who my characters are. Then, and only then, do I plot. I’ll use a big piece of paper and a bunch of sticky notes. I’m trying to move this process to WriteWayPro, to save paper, desk space, and my husband’s sanity, but…
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
The old clichés are so true: Write what you love to read. Write every day. Never give up.
What else are you working on right now?
I tend to work on a few projects at once (I’m a Gemini—I get bored easily). I’m currently in drafting mode of a sweet romance (short story) that I’ll be submitting to The Wild Rose Press in the next few weeks. I’m also revising a long, steamy contemporary that I hope to self-publish this summer. And a fitness ebook that I’d like to self-publish by the end of the year. And a follow-up to my first book, Borrowed Stilettos.
Thank you so much for coming!
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