My guest today is romance author Rebecca J. Clark, who's wanted to write romance since reading her first Harlequin at the age of eleven. She's here to tell us a bit about herself and to share some things from her newly released DELIVER THE MOON.
Tell us, what is the story behind your book title?
I love coming up with book titles. In fact, I can’t start writing the book until I have a good working title. DELIVER THE MOON was easy to come up with. When planning the story, I knew the heroine would sometime tell the hero, “You promised me the moon before. How do I know that you’ll be able to deliver this time?” And the title was born.
Do you ever dream of writing in a different genre?
Actually, I read more action thrillers and serial killer type stories than I do romance. I love David Baldacci, Tess Gerritsen and I would love to try my hand at writing a horror, thriller or something completely different. But I think I would need a police, legal or law background to write the type of story I love to read. Maybe someday.
What part of the writing process brings you the most pleasure? The most angst?
I love the pre-writing process, when I just have the premise and the idea of the characters. I’ll have the greatest story in my head and my fingers are just itching to get that story onto the screen. The part of the process that brings me the most angst is when I start writing that first draft and I realize the story in my head is WAY more interesting than what’s actually coming out.
Oh, I have soooo been there. What is one of your most embarrassing or laughable moments?
A few years ago I had a group pitch appointment with Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks. A couple of the other writers were super nervous, so Deb was trying to relax us with some small talk. Going along with this, I mentioned how much I loved Sourcebooks covers. She asked if I had a favorite so I told her about one in particular I loved. She wasn’t familiar with it...because it wasn’t a Sourcebooks book. Open mouth, insert foot. Luckily, she was very gracious about my gaffe. But I never sent the book she requested, certain she probably wrote in her notes about what a dork I was.
How do you see your career in five years?
Right now, I write exclusively for small presses. In five years, I hope I’m writing for a bigger publisher as well as my small presses (I’m very loyal to those who helped me along the way), and I also hope I’ve had some success as an indie author. I hope I’m making enough in royalties to write full time. Now, whether I choose to write full time is another story (I love my job), but I would love to have that option.
What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up the first in a proposed series of three books involving baseball and weddings. The baseball part is fun to write, because I love baseball (even though my Seattle Mariners just keep breaking my heart), and because my husband played in the minor leagues for several years before I met him. So he’s a great resource. I’ll have him read a scene and he’ll go, “Uh, that would never happen.” Or, “It’s a myth that ball players do that/say that/think that.”
Has your road to publication been a walk in the park or a steep mountain climb? Give us some details?
It’s been steep and it keeps getting steeper. I have been my own worst enemy in my 15-year journey to publication. I made so many mistakes along the way. My first mistake was not joining RWA for the first few years. Another mistake was not having a critique partner or beta reader for my first couple of books. Another mistake was trying to write for the market and trying to make my voice sound like my favorite authors. Another mistake was taking rejections seriously—if an agent or editor rejected me, even if their comments were glowing, I assumed they wouldn’t want to see anything else from me. I could go on and on and on with dumb things I did along the way, but I think you get the picture.
Tell us about your current release…or soon to be release.
Once upon a time, he promised her the moon. It's time to deliver.
Louisa D’Angelo used to believe in happily ever after—until the tragic death of her son and the demise of her marriage. Now, five years later, with her life back in order, she has a great career and a wonderful man in her life. So what if the passion and excitement isn't there? In her book, passion and excitement only lead to heartbreak. Then, her ex-husband shows up and upsets her tidy little world.
Gabe D’Angelo never believed in happily ever after—until he met Louisa who taught him how to love and be loved. But their happiness was short-lived. Guilt and grief forced Gabe to walk away. Now, though he's pulled his life together and should be happy, he realizes something’s missing. After seeing her from afar at a family wedding, he knows what it is. It’s Louisa.
The problem is convincing her she's still in love with him.
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