I am delighted to welcome Rebekah Louise today! 🙂
Rebekah Louise self-published Love, Life & Dreams: A cocktail of five short stories on 25th May 2017.
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
Hi, I’m Rebekah Louise. I am 32 and live in Worcestershire with my family. The things I love to do the most when I’m not writing is to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy cups of coffee with a large slice of cake (preferably chocolate). I also am a fan of yoga and going out for a cocktail or two.
My book is called Love, Life & Dreams and is a collection of five short stories. The idea behind the book was for women (men too if they like a bit of chick lit) to be able to sneak away for 10 minutes to read a full story in one go. Each story is unique so hopefully there is something for everyone.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
Various places. An idea may have been sparked from something I have watched on T.V. or a conversation I’ve been part of (or overheard). I have formed some of my stories using a title or a theme, using this to create ideas and a plot.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Yes, when I am bringing my characters to life I often think about people’s traits, mannerisms, likes and dislikes and I may form a person from that.
How do you pick your characters names?
They have to suit the individual so I imagine what they would look like and choose an appropriate name. Other times it may be a name I like and I pair it with the best character in that particular story.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
Idea, jot down notes, turn the notes into a bubble diagram, start writing, research, write some more and then edit.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
In no particular order I would have to say:
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I think it would be Sophie Kinsella. I would like to know where her inspiration comes from and the key to her success in the literature world. I am quite nosey so I would also want to ask her about what her life is like behind closed doors – what does she enjoy doing? Favourite foods, that kind of thing.
Were you a big reader as a child?
No, not really. I enjoyed Malory Towers and Sweet Valley High books when I was a teenager.
When did you start to write?
I started a blog about four years ago and I enjoyed connecting with people through my writing and sharing my experiences. I then began writing stories about a year ago.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
I think I would choose ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by B.A. Paris. As much as I enjoyed the story, the ending was too abrupt. I wanted to know what happened next. I would want to see her husband brought to justice in the public eye. I would also like to know what happened to the main character (Grace) and how she re-builds her life?
Is there a book you wish you had written?
No, I think the ideas behind each book and story is personal to each author.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
Mmm something like, The Life of a Chicholic.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
I would invite Sex & the City character Charlotte. I think I would enjoy settling down in a cute tea shop with her, sipping tea from china cups whilst eating cream scones.
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I am planning my next story. I am thinking of taking one of my short stories and continuing the journey the character is on.
Do you have a new release due?
No, not yet. Within the next year would be great.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
On the release of Love, Life & Dreams it was just me and my little boy at home – we had cheese sandwiches and went to the park. So hopefully with my next book we will do something a bit more grand.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
I love to hear from readers, I am on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and have a website too.
You can find them all here: www.rebekahlouiseauthor.co.uk
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Just a big thank you to those of you who have read Love, Life & Dreams and if you haven’t yet, I hope you will enjoy reading it.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Rebekah Louise 🙂
Love, Life & Dreams is a collection of five short stories. Each story is unique and is ideal for enjoying whilst on holiday or for escapism.
In Doctor’s Orders, meet sisters Emma and Alice. Alice comes to her sister’s rescue after her marriage breaks down. Little does Emma know what the future holds for her.
In Julie, meet Tom, a successful businessman and a loving father, that is until Julie shows up at his office.
In Live the Dream, meet Louis and Emma. Share in their moving story about the wonders of love and imagination.
In Off the Record, meet James. He is a top radio DJ who makes a mistake that leads him to consider his behaviour.
In Suite 200, meet Ania, a cleaner of a five-star hotel. Life for Ania is arduous and her future looks bleak, that’s until she meets a guest that will challenge her view.
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These stories sound very engaging and perfect for a holiday read. Each subject was rather intriguing too. I enjoyed reading the author’s biographical details and notice she counter-balances her love for large slices of chocolate cake with yoga!!
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