Christmas Awards 2011

Monday, 6 April 2009

Rebecca Myer's Interview

Tell us a little about yourself—I’m a victim of American wanderlust. I’ve lived in 7 different states and have visited 46. I plan to see the other 4 within a couple of years. If I had been born 150 years ago, I would definitely be on a prairie schooner headed west.

What do you write?—I write contemporary romance-short stories, novellas, full-length novels-the length doesn’t matter, the story does.

Why do you write?—I like to tell stories, either orally or in print. An idea keeps running around in my head until I put it on paper.

What are you writing now?—I just finished a full-length contemporary novel called The Duchess of Round Hill, about a woman who buys an old Victorian house and fixes it up, with the help of a handsome carpenter, who happens along at the right moment. But just as their relationship blooms, her childhood sweetheart returns from the ashes of the World Trade Center, claiming he’s had amnesia since the disaster happened five years earlier.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?—I’m most comfortable in an old pair of blue jeans and moccasins.

Are you in love? Have you ever been?—I have had my share of romantic heroes, all of whom show up in my novels, in bits and pieces. Currently, however, my love is divided between family, friends, life in general and my dog.

Do you have a dream lover – and what does he or she look like?—My dream lover is a compilation of all the best features of the men from my past. I recently met a man who was buying a gift for his wife and asked my advice. His choice of gift, and his reason for giving it, struck me as the most romantic thing ever, so right now, he’s tops in my mind. Looks don’t really matter. Blue eyes or brown, it’s what’s going on behind the eyes that counts.

What kind of comfort food do you like best?—I like a mug of hot chocolate, and a bowl of warm graham crackers and milk.

What makes you laugh? Cry?—It’s little, silly things that make me laugh, which I try to do daily. I don’t cry often, but I just lost a very dear friend to cancer, so tears have not been far away lately.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?—I have two jobs, so I spend a lot of time working. I don’t consider writing work, so that would have to be my first choice, along with hiking the Appalachian Trail.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!—A good heart.

What do you hate about life?—That it must end sometime.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?—When I saw my first story in print, I considered myself a success. Everything since then has been icing on the cake.

What are you going to write next?—I’ve been working up to this one. I have sketched out the plot line for a real-life early American explorer to get vaulted through time to the 21st century, into the lap of a most dysfunctional family. It’s going to contain a lot of history of early America, which I love, intertwined with a romance. A huge challenge, and I’m looking forward to it. I already made a trip to the Redwoods in northern California, where the final chapter takes place. I wrote the final chapter in the San Francisco airport, while the emotions that I had in the forest were still fresh. I had tears streaming down my face as I was writing it, and received some strange looks from my fellow passengers!

Rebecca Myers/Caliente/ Published by Red Rose Publishing

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