I’m pleased to introduce the indomitably wonderful Rebecca York! Thank you so much for coming over to the blog! Here’s a little snippet about Ms. York.
Rebecca York is the author of 140 published books, mostly romantic suspense, which, means she spends most of her time sitting and writing. Her latest release is Harlequin Intrigue, HER BABY’S FATHER, about a woman who goes back in time to save the man she loves. SHATTERED MAGIC, a medieval fantasy novella, was out last month. Her Decorah Security series (DARK MOON, CHAINED and AMBUSHED) is at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and other e-book outlets.
@rebeccayork43 on Twitter and at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-York/122426234846?ref=hl on Facebook.
1. Who was your first author crush and why.
Ray Bradbury. A lot of my early reading was science fiction short stories, and his were some of the best.
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
I always loved making up stories. But I thought I could never write professionally because my teachers discouraged me so relentlessly. I am dyslexic. And I can’t spell. And teachers always marked down my papers for poor spelling.
So I didn’t even dare think about a writing career until the seventies, when I was a stay-at-home mom with two small children in Columbia, Maryland. I wanted a part-time job and wondered if I could sell articles to one of my local newspapers. (Back then, there were five of them in town.)
I approached one and sold the editor an article about a seminar I’d taken for women who were trying to make career choices. (My husband proofread it for me, and he’s proofread all my work ever since.) They paid me $10 for 1,500 words, although it probably took me 25 hours to write the piece.
At the time, the idea of sitting down to write a novel would have been too intimidating. I had written hundreds of articles for local papers and then national magazines before I ever thought about a longer work.
While I was getting a solid background in nonfiction, I started taking a class at my local community college that was run as a writing seminar. Participants brought what they were working on and read it—articles, chapters of books, poems, essays. I learned a lot about novel writing by listening to the chapters of other students and participating in the critiques. Since I had always wanted to write fiction, the class made me long to write my own novel. Because my main reading as a teenager was science fiction, mystery, and suspense, I started with what I knew. And since I was still worried about length, I decided to try a juvenile science fiction novel (40,000 words).
I read my chapters in class, got feedback, and learned how many more skills it takes to write fiction than nonfiction. About a year later, I decided I’d absorbed everything I could from the teacher and formed my own critique group where writers could bring their works in progress and get feedback. (Thirty years later, we’re still meeting—with a number of the same people and some newcomers.) It was only after I’d sold my science fiction novel, INVASION OF THE BLUE LIGHTS, that I started writing romance.
I suppose the short answer is—it was a long journey.
3. What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
Well, I don’t like to get stuck on Chapter Thirteen, or page 13 or 113. I write on a laptop and take it all over the house. Right now I’m on the “catio” (the screened porch that I built to air out the cats) with Ozzie, my crazy mom cat. (Her daughter is Harriet.) When it’s cold, I like to curl up under the covers with my laptop and a warm cat. In winter I also love writing in the sun room surrounded by potted plants and flowers. I love working at home and stopping to cook or garden. Because I’m married to “mister travel,” we take frequent trips. After RWA this year, we stayed in California for an extra week. Before that we were on a river cruise in Belgium and Holland. Our next big trip will be to Turkey next spring.
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
The clown is mugging behind the priest’s back. The priest sees him from the corner of his eye and is praying that they won’t get stuck in the elevator together. And the writer is praying that they will—because it would make such good material for a book.
Chocolate or *flowers
*Talk or Text
Mountains or *Beach
Cowboy or *Marine
*Wine or Beer
*Cats or Dogs
Ebooks or *Paperbacks
Pantser or *Plotter
Batman or *Superman
Ability to fly or *Power to be invisible
*Prius or Hemmie
Follow the rules or *Break the rules
*TV or Movies
*NY or LA
*Vampires or Angels
Fall or *Spring
*Neat or Messy
*Werewolf or Genie
*Tell jokes or Pull pranks
*Home cooked meals or Go out to a restaurant