Friday, October 10, 2014
Interview with Author Rebekkah Ford
Sassy: What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?
Author Rebekkah Ford: I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. I have an active imagination and love transferring what’s inside my mind into someone else’s mind.
Sassy: Are you a planner/panster when it comes to writing a story?
Author Rebekkah Ford : I’m both. I get a story idea, and then I’ll do a rough outline of the characters and tale. Then, as I’m writing, I’ll write ideas that come to me in a notebook that’s always beside me. I’ve ran into situations when a character pops up out of nowhere. That happened with my first book (Beyond the Eyes) in my Beyond the Eyes trilogy. The character Tree (A.K.A. Jack) was never planned. He showed up and demanded to be one of the main character’s best friend. Later on, I was surprised to discover, a lot of my readers love him.
Sassy: What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?
Author Rebekkah Ford : Readers loving my stories and becoming fans of my trilogy.
Sassy: What do you do in your spare time?
Author Rebekkah Ford : What’s that? LOL. Just kidding. I love to read, watching my favorite TV shows (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural), watching good movies, hanging out with my husband, and every Friday we have “date” night, which I look forward to during the week.
Sassy: Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Author Rebekkah Ford : Once in a while I do. I set what I’m working on aside, and read stories in the genre I’m writing in.
Sassy: What advice would you give for new authors?
Author Rebekkah Ford : Write what you’re interested in, otherwise, you’re going to get bored and will eventually abandon your project. Read, read, read and write, write, write. Reading books and writing every day, will improve your skills as an author. Also, believe in yourself. There will be people who will mock you and not support your dream to be a published author. Don’t give up. There will be days when you’ll want to, but if you have the passion and fire in your belly, to create stories and share them with the world, you need to continue you on.
Sassy : Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Author Rebekkah Ford : I have more than one favorite author. Anne Rice is one of them. I grew up reading her books. I love them. What strikes me about her work is the time period and history in her books. I wonder how long it takes her to do the research that needs to be done to make her stories realistic and believable.
Sassy: Would you or do you use a PR agency? Why?
Author Rebekkah Ford : I don’t, but I would if I had the money to do so. The reason why is so I can have more time to write, and they’d probably do a better job than I do at marketing.
Sassy: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Author Rebekkah Ford : I would absolutely love to write full-time, but as of right now I have to have a full-time day job, which means the only time I have to write is in the mornings before I go to work, in the evenings, and on the weekends.
Sassy: Who designed your book cover/s?
Author Rebekkah Ford : Stephanie Flint.
Sassy: Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Author Rebekkah Ford : I think so. Sometimes I wonder, though, if the cover to Beyond the Eyes makes people think it’s a horror story, which it’s not. LOL. I have received compliments on the cover, though.
Sassy: What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Author Rebekkah Ford : You can’t please everyone. Every artist has received both good and bad reviews. I appreciate people’s honesty, as long as they’re not rude or nasty about it.
Sassy: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Author Rebekkah Ford : I have more than one. LOL. I cannot stand arrogant, self-centered, self-deserving, abusive, ignorant people.
Sassy: Tell us about your family.
Author Rebekkah Ford : When my parents were married, they were the directors of The UFO Investigator’s League. They also investigated paranormal activity and Bigfoot sightings in addition to extraterrestrial cases. I think that’s why I’m fascinated with the unknown, because of the way I grew up and the experiences my family had.When my mom divorced my dad, she remarried and moved my older sister and me from Ohio—where we were born—to Phoenix, Arizona. So basically I’m from Arizona. After the divorce my world spiraled downward, and to be frank . . . my childhood sucked. I could tell you things about my childhood from that point on that would surprise you and not in a good way. LOL. But I’m not sure if anyone would be interested, so I’ll just stick with the basic. Anyway, my mom had MS and passed on three years ago. Not from MS, though. At least that’s my personal belief. She was addicted to prescription drugs (Morphine & Methadone) and ultimately that’s what killed her. My dad still lives in Ohio, and he’s awesome. He’s remarried to his—believe it or not—high school sweetheart. My step-mom is cool. My sister Angel, still lives in Arizona. She’s great and did an excellent job raising my beautiful niece, Ariel. I’m so proud of them both. Eight years ago my husband Kevin and me, moved from Prescott, Arizona to rural North Dakota. We now live in a farming community of about 1,800 people and love it. I can’t have kids so it’s only us and my fat cat Church.
Sassy: Does your family support your writing?
Author Rebekkah Ford : Yes, they do, which I’m grateful for.
Sassy: What is your favorite recipe?Please include it.
Author Rebekkah Ford : Yes, I do. This is the best clam chowder recipe
ever! Everyone loves it. I can’t take credit for this recipe, though, I found it
on the internet. The gal who shared it is Diana Rattray. Here’s the recipe:
• 4 (6 1/2 oz.) cans minced clams with juice (I buy 6 cans of minced clams)
• 1/2 lb. salt pork or bacon, diced (I buy peppered bacon from the butcher and use
a pound instead of 1⁄2 lb. Yeah, it’s fattening, but OMG it’s freakin’ good. Besides, it’s
not like you eat it every week, right? )
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 6 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed (I use 6 potatoes, and I boil them
beforehand to where they’re almost soft, but not quite. They come out perfect in the
soup that way)
• 3 c. water
• 3 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. pepper
• 4 c. half and half cream or milk
• 3 to 4 tbsp. cornstarch
• chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
• Prep Time: 0 minutes
• Cook Time: 240 minutes
• Total Time: 240 minutes
• Yield: Serves 8
Cut clams into bite-sized pieces if necessary. In skillet, saute salt pork or bacon
and onion until golden brown; drain. Put into slow cooker with clams. Add all
remaining ingredients, except milk, cornstarch, and parsley. Cover and cook on
high 3 to 4 hours or until vegetables are tender. During the last hour of cooking,
combine 1 cup of milk with the cornstarch. Add cornstarch mixture and the
remaining milk and stir well; heat through.
Top each serving with a little chopped parsley and serve with crackers or crusty
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rebekkah-Ford/e/B00896OMB0/
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.)
Tangled Roots, as of right now is on pre-order on Amazon. It’ll be released on October 11th, 2014.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Tangled-Roots-Rebekkah-Ford-ebook/dp/B00NH84NNW/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tangled-Roots-Rebekkah-Ford-ebook/dp/
Here are the links to my other books:
Beyond the Eyes: FREE on the following sites!
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Eyes-Rebekkah-Ford-ebook/dp/B0088JF7HQ/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Eyes-Rebekkah-Ford-ebook/dp/B0088JF7HQ/
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Spirits-Beyond-Eyes-Rebekkah-ebook/dp/B00BEKJ9VG/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Spirits-Beyond-Eyes-Rebekkah-ebook/dp/B00BEKJ9VG/
The Devil’s Third:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/The-Devils-Third-Beyond-Eyes-ebook/dp/B00GMVJ5CK/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Devils-Third-Beyond-Eyes-ebook/dp/B00GMVJ5CK/
I’m doing a cool giveaway on Goodreads. The winner will get a signed paperback copy of
Tangled Roots with some awesome swag to go along with it. Here’s the link to enter: