Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Houston Author Event Interview & Giveaways: Day 7 Spotlight on Rebecca Donovan

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 

We’ll be featuring a different author and their interview here for the next several days. Make sure you scroll to the bottom and enter the AMAZING Rafflecopter for your chance to win a SIGNED paperback from each attending author and keep scrolling for another chance to win various swag from the event. If you submitted a question on either My Secret Romance’s Facebook page or Oh Whimsical Me’s Facebook page, you get extra entry points.

Today’s spotlight is Rebecca Donovan! You asked the questions, she answered them. Enjoy!

What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been a writer. I had a winter off and decided to take a chance and write. Things just lined up and it was a whim. I messed with it for a year and half before I self published.

What are you planning to do next?
I just finished the stand alone book called What If. I just submitted to a publisher who I’m signing with. It will be out this fall. Then I’m going to start Jonathan’s trilogy it’s called The Burning series. It’s the spinoff character from Barely Breathing. It’s going to be a dark, violent, awful book. It’s not a love story, at all. Be afraid. *insert laughter*

If you could turn one of your books into a TV series or a movie, which one would you choose?
I’m working with a production company. (Stayed tuned for news guys! She’s working on something pretty exciting.)

Do you have a dream cast?
I’d like it to be a fresh face where that character is only attached to that actor.

What inspired your characters?
I worked with teens, troubled teens, out of college. I have a degree in Psychology. That’s where the abuse side of it came from.

My characters are a little bit of me. It’s easier if I write them this way. So a little bit of Emma is in me. A little bit of Sarah is in me. But, I have to know my character before I get started, so I develop their personalities. I have to know them inside and out, their motives and personality before I can touch the paper. For example like with What If I started developing the characters right when I got done with Out of Breath like last July and I didn’t start writing it till September and I still didn’t get it right till like December.

Do you write every aspect down for them?
No, it’s all in my head. It’s in my head. I plot things on a calendar, like the major points what’s going to happen, so it’s chronological. It’s in pencil so I can erase things. Then I can connect those organically.

I actually wrote What If out of order. I’ve never written that way before. It was very intimidating to me cause I’m very organized. What If is a completely different experience than writing the Breathing series. I had to write from a twenty year old male’s point of view. It was counter intuitive cause I’m a female. I wanted it to feel authentic.  

Who do you fangirl over?
I don’t. I let people live their life. I can appreciate their product and what they do. Especially musicians. But, I kind of just let them be. I’m afraid of what if I don’t like them. It’s very cool when I do get to meet people. I just try to let them be.

Those chimes were ringing again. Stop by Rebecca’s website to learn more about her and her books.

About Rebecca
Optimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe what’s supposed to happen… will. In that regard, I don’t know how to give up; it’s not part of my biological make-up.

I’m a passionate (and some would say overly enthusiastic) individual. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times than I’d like to admit). But I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do – fail or succeed.

I think this is evident when I write. I leave nothing behind, and spill it all out onto the pages. I give it all to my readers – love it or hate it.

The path I’m on is very often my own. Sometimes I veer off at the sight of something more interesting or captivating and get caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way…

Connect with Rebecca Donovan: Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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