IT’S ALMOST OFFICIALLY SPRING!
And today’s a special treat – not only do we have the interview with Matt Cox up, but we’re going to double down and interview Rebecca Lange too!
Rebecca is a mom of two boys (13 and 15 years old), has been married to her husband for over 16 years, and is currently living in Germany. She was actually born and raised in Germany but moved to the US after she met her husband in Scotland at a wedding. (That in itself is a super cool and crazy story.)
When did you write your first book, and how old were you?
I have been writing stories for myself since I was a teenager. My first book, however, was written in 2012. I was 33 years old.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love watching chick flicks, reading, listening to music, spending time with my family, and interacting with friends and relatives on social media.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I am always surprised and fascinated by how a little story idea can turn into an actual book. I love when something develops in my head and takes over my mind until it is ready to be written down.
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I have written eight books so far, six novels (one is yet to be published), and a novella, which counts as two, since I wrote two versions – one in English and one in German. My favorite is usually the one I am writing at the time.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
If I were to suggest anything, I would say stay true to yourself and your writing style. I know for myself, as tough as self-publishing is, I am grateful I have the freedom of keeping my books my own. I think it is essential that we write in a way we are comfortable with. Every author has their style, and to stand out and be unique, we need to write what is in our heart, not what we think others want us to write. We can’t copy the style from someone else. It just doesn’t work. We need to own our uniqueness.
I also think we must be persistent and stubborn if we want to pursue our goals and dreams. Even if we didn’t quite get what we wanted to achieve in the end, at least we can say we tried.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do hear from readers, and so far, everyone I heard from liked my books and writing style. It sure feels good when someone tells you what a great writer you are and that they love your books. Throwing myself out there and publishing my book was hard because you don’t want negative feedback and have someone tell you that you are not good at what you do and love, but when people love your work, it makes one happy.
Do you like to create books for adults?
I write for teenagers and adults but don’t add mature audience topics (like sex and cussing). I always address difficult subjects but don’t go into extensive details that would make the reader uncomfortable or make the rating go up. I found it relatively easy to create a good novel and avoid things that are not necessary or leave to the imagination.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I am not sure I had a wish of what I wanted to be when I grew up as a child, but my dream job was acting as a teenager. I always loved acting and still do. Acting and writing have been my biggest passion for a long time, and I took some acting classes a few years ago, did short films and many auditions, and loved it (well, the acting, not the auditions) J
What is the first book that made you cry?
I am not a crier while reading. The tears usually happen when I watch a movie and actors do a great job bringing something to life. However, I read a book last month from a fellow Indie author, where the ending caught me off guard, and it made me cry. It’s a scarce thing.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It does both. I get super excited when I have a romantic scene or something funny on my mind and finally write it down. I love the feeling of butterflies when I write something romantic and can picture it. That being said, writing is extremely exhausting at times. Not just the writing, but the thinking that goes along with it. My mind becomes active to the point of not letting me rest, which makes some things a bit difficult, but I still love it.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be as original as possible, but I write what I like reading. I do what I can to stay true to myself. I might explore a new genre now and then, but I stick to my writing style. I enjoy books the most that have a little bit of everything, including humor and romance, and that’s what you will find in my books. Although I tackle tough and even dark topics, I don’t enjoy books that are just gloomy. Life is an up and down with challenging times and moments of fun, romance and happiness, and I try to bring that across in my books.
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