MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR REBEKAH DODSON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi! My name is Rebekah Dodson, and I write women’s fiction, romance, and time travel fantasy. I currently have 15 books and short stories published! My release, Abby’s Promise, is military romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I actually saw this cover on Sly Fox Cover Designs and got the idea for Abby and Joey right away! I was also inspired to write Abby as a college professor – I wanted this story to be a little sweet and a little taboo at the same time.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I grew up as a military brat, so it made sense to make Joey in the Marines in Abby’s Promise. Most of my writing is inspired by movies and TV shows – my Paris series is steeped in romantic comedy, and The Curse of Lanval is all because of my obsessed with Doctor Who!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I had to research a lot about professors, and about Joey’s time in the Marines. I also had to research guns, as this is Abby’s fear, and also something very important about her past.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a strict writing goal of 2,500 words a day. Most days I get in about 10,000 words or so. I write in the mornings (before 6am). I have a busy day as a college professor! I use an office that is closed off to the world – it makes all the difference!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes I do! My new apocalypse/romance series, Life After Us, will be out later this year! I can’t reveal too much about book 1, Poppy Bloom, but I can tell you it’s a slow burn romance about two enemies turned lovers as they survive the Oregon wasteland after nuclear war.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
In Abby’s promise, I used Abby, Joey, and Abby’s daughter, Zoey, names that sound similar, for a reason. Zoey was named after Joey, though not her father, it demonstrated how much Joey means to her.
In my other series and books I didn’t have any real inspiration, I just look at covers and the name comes to me! Sometimes when I’m stuck I choose names based on what the name means, and fit that with the characters’ personality.
Where do your ideas come from?
Mostly from observing students or watching the general public. I love hanging out in new places and making up stories in my head about the real life “characters” I meet every day.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes. There are two! Romantic suspense and more fantasy. Romantic suspense novel, Road More Traveled, will be out later this year!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Slowing down the action. I’ve been called “fast paced” because my characters talk, dance, interact, but they do move quickly.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
My publish is making one for Abby’s promise, and I love it so far!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My PhD! It’s not done yet (next year) but being in school and being a professor is the best thing I ever did.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
When someone says “I read that character and related to them and I realized someone knew what I said as going through.” ❤
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully with 50+ books and able to teach a couple of classes and travel as much as possible.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes! I was in 6th grade when my short story about a civil war-era girl finds her true love on a dance floor – it was published in a 4H magazine and I’ve been hooked ever since.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
FIND YOUR TRIBE. Seriously. Find people who love your book and help you promote it. If you don’t have an audience, and no one sees your work, you won’t survive. It’s a competitive field, so the more people that have your back, the better. Start before your book is done!!!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d still be a writing and speech professor. I hope I never have to give it up. Teaching is life.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)?
Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I usually don’t respond, unless it was something like “I don’t remember it”, which is just an unfair review. When it’s bad, I usually just remember it’s only one person’s point of view.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The release part. I’m always worried no one will like it.
What are you working on now?
More stories in my Curse of Lanval series! Historical journeys through time here we come!
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here is the working synopsis for my next release, Poppy Bloom, Book 1 of the Life After Us series:
My name is Vickie Morel. Yesterday I was an accountant at a law firm in downtown Portland. My life in Oregon was fine, and my contractor fiancé, Will, and I were living the American dream: two story house, shiny cars, a boat to call our own, and work we both loved. We traveled around the world, laughing and living life. That was until Portland was decimated by a nuclear weapon dropped by a terrorist organization, World Without Americans, and Will went missing. The only man that can help me find him is a pilot, Ambrose Palamo. He’s promised to keep me safe, but all I want to do is find my fiancé, no matter the cost. My resolve is weakening, however, as the days go by I can’t resist my savior and my friend from our undeniable attraction.
My father called me Ambrose, but the people of America call me something much worse now. I don’t know how much longer I can live in this nation embroiled with racism and hate. As soon as I get my aviation degree, I’m out of here, I’m going home to Samoa. This job at the airport is all I have left. Everything changed when the bomb dropped, and I met Vicki – strong, independent, and dead set on finding her fiancé. We’re on the run from terrorists, being shot at daily, all just to find out that World Without Americans wants us dead. I don’t know if I can protect Vicki anymore, but I must honor my heritage and my name. I must bring light to this dark new world. But I’m not sure I want to help her find him anymore, as I feel myself falling for her every day. Whatever it takes, I’m getting her to her fiancé, even if it means the world—my world—is ending.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I chose to write romance because I enjoy developing a deep, emotional connection between characters, usually with a great deal of dialogue. I also write fantasy, and I love playing with alternative history and world building. I usually take turns: romance, then fantasy, and so on. Usually the fantasy has a little romance, too.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother introduced me to Lord of The Rings, American girls, Nancy drew, and Anne of Green Gables as a kid. I was homeschooled, so I had lots of reading time, and we went to the library often!
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love a variety of different books, especially Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork series and the City of Bones series and just about anything by Charlaine Harris, author of the True Blood series.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Definitely Guillaume Lanval from Curse of Lanval. He’s a fast talking smartass and he’s so much fun to write.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! I love to write but I get carried away. It’s exhausting!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Sex. I can’t write it, and I hate it. I struggle with getting my characters to physically connect because they do so much talking.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I’m original and it’s often unpopular. My characters struggled with depression, anxiety, panic, obesity, bipolar, etc. They have real issues, and I don’t pretend they are fine.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Courtney Cannon with Fiction Atlas Press has been a HUGE help in getting many of my books off the ground! She connected me with other writers like Janae Keyes, Deliaria Davis, Marketta Sower, Diane Morrison, and Sarah Buhrman. Over the last two year we have all released dozens of books between us, I’ve hired several as editor, and we have worked on teasers and cover feedback. They are my team of rockstars – even though we all write in a different genre!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Smile Because it Happen” the tale of religious isolation to world famous author 😉
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Are my characters based on anyone I know? And yes, they are, my muse. He knows 😉
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Pre-order Abby’s Promise: http://geni.us/Bz21WA
Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gillnation/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️