AN INTERVIEW WITH REBECCA YORK

Sometimes things just don’t go well.

Rebecca is a fellow member of two of my writing groups.  Knowing the interview/blog was coming up, I had my husband snap a photo of the two of us at a party we attended together.  Rebecca wore this drop dead elegant faux leopard coat, I was in my holiday best.  The photo he got had my hair standing on end and both of us in the midst of smiling.  We ended up looking as if we were gnashing our teeth!  I called Rebecca and told her we couldn’t use the photo and she laughed.  Her husband, who is an excellent photographer, apparently hadn’t gotten a good shot of her that day either.  Oh well.  That’s life, and I’m sure rotten photos plague bestselling authors even more than they do me.  After all, how often have I been in the paper compared to the incomparable Rebecca York?  Glad she could send this lovely photo of herself instead.

Rebecca York

Doesn’t she look mysterious against that black background?  I couldn’t let Rebecca get away without asking her a few questions today!  She graciously set aside some time to let me ask away.  At the end of the interview, please scroll down and see the lucky person who will receive one of Rebecca’s Harlequin Intrigues.   Oh!  Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for Daphne du Maurier winning author, Roxanne St. Clair, and our own Sharon Wray!  So…. Here we go….

AN INTERVIEW WITH REBECCA YORK

1.  You’re known as one of the premier authors in romantic suspense, how did you start writing in this genre?  What drew you to it?

My first published book was a kids’ science fiction novel called INVASION OF THE BLUE LIGHTS. Then a friend asked me if I wanted to write romances.  I love relationship stories, but I wanted that danger element too, so I proposed a romantic suspense series that everyone turned down. (Some said, “We like this.  Put in more suspense.”  Others said, “We like this.  Put in more romance.”) It turned out to be just what Dell was looking for in the mid-80’s, which got me in on the beginning of modern romantic suspense.

2.  What other genres did you start out in?  Do you ever long to go back to them?

As I said, I started with science fiction.  In a way I’ve gone back to it with all the paranormal I write.  I’ve also written 15 cookbooks, but I’m too old for all the physical labor of  recipe testing.

3.  Your characters are unforgettable.  You write your male characters, many of whom are paranormal creatures, in an exceptionally believable way.  What is your secret to making them seem so real?

I think it’s making them as human as possible. Giving them the emotions, fears and conflicts that we all have.  They may have superhuman traits, but we can always identify with their feelings.

Rebecca’s newest book is Dark Moon

4.  What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?  Sprinkles?  Nuts?  Whipped Cream?

This is hard.  I love chocolate but also coffee and strawberry. Also peach if I can get it. I don’t like a lot of goop in my ice cream.  Just plain, please.  I will admit that when we were in Italy last May, we often had gelatto instead of lunch.

5.  Your husband is so visibly supportive of your career — he’s awfully cute, too!  So many female writers — and women in general — don’t have that kind of support.  Any words of advice?

Naive me at the age of 18 picked the right guy.  Apparently I could recognize quality when I saw it.

6.  Congratulations on the Romance Writer’s of America Centennial Award, for having written over 100 novels!  A little birdie told me you’ve written way more than that.  How many novels have you written and what does the award mean to you?

Hum, I guess I’ve written about 115 or 120 novels.  And those cookbooks. I think of the award as recognition for a lot of hard work.

7.  You’ve been on the USA Today bestseller’s list forever — and I mean that in a really good way <G>.  How did it feel the first time it happened?  How does it feel when it happens now?  How many books must sell to get on that list?

I have no idea how many books it takes to get on the lists.  How did I/ do I feel?  Excited.  It’s always wonderful to know people like my work.  And I’m hoping they want to read my Decorah Security series that I’m publishing as e-books.  They’re already up on Amazon and B&N.

Now for the lucky winner!  Remember you have ten days to send us your email address.  ………..DRUM ROLL PLEASE ……….

The winner is:  Gabby Diangelo.  Please send us your email address within ten days to qualify.

About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel Spy in the Mirror and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, Spy in the Harem. I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense Finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: DianaBelchase.com, or friend/follow me on facebook and twitter. I blog on KissandThrill.com. See you there!

Posted on January 11, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. What a fabulous interview – and an inspiration to us wanna-be writers! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Ruth. I’m curious–did you ever write any more children’s stories? My children love science fiction.

  3. Hi, Rebecca.

    Just finished reading yesterday’s post & your reponses. Great info! Thanks so much.

    >= 115 novels … wow.

    Greta

  4. Thanks Rebecca! Thoroughly enjoyed getting to hear how you create/write/edit yesterday (and I’m disorganized too…am always rereading sections to find out a detail written long ago.) Today’s interview caps off the personal side.

    Great job, Diana and congratulations on winning the raffle, Gabby!

  5. Thank you Rebecca, Diana, and Sarah.

    That was a great article! Thanks for sharing insights on a phenomenal writer’s methodology.

    Still shocked at winning. Thanks tons for that too 🙂

  6. I did write a YA series called CHARISMA INC, which should come out in e-book format this year. It’s romantic suspense for teens.But I need time to edit the books. They were written before cell phones.

    I recently asked my 13 yo grandson if he wanted to talk about plot (after he told me he’d entered the national writers challenge. I was thrilled that he’d decided to try it. He didn’t finish, and I told him that it’s easier to finish a book if you’ve plotted it first.) I asked him to tell me some books he liked, and he gave me some titles, which got me into reading teen fiction again..

    Congratulations Gabby!
    Rebecca

  7. Cookbooks too? Wowser. Thanks again for being here, Rebecca!

  8. Thanks for sharing so much of your writing life with us, Rebecca. I know your new indie series will be a huge success and I can’t wait to read what comes next!

    Hugs,
    Diana

  9. Great interview, Diana!

    Rebecca, I’m with you on plain ice cream, and gelato. Gelato was the only good thing about the heat when we were in Italy. 😉

    Good luck with all of your new e-pub ventures!

  10. Thanks. it was fun talking to you all.
    Rebecca

  11. Becky Hutchison

    Rebecca, congrats for being over the 100 mark on your publications. Your success is truly inspiring!

  12. Well, I guess that’s all folks.

    Rebecca, thank you for coming. It was a terrific two days. Congratulations on Dark Moon — a wonderful read! We hope you’ll join us again, sometime soon.

    Stay tuned for tomorrow’s guest, Roxanne St. Clair, hosted by our own Sharon Wray!

    Goodnight and Hugs,
    Diana Belchase

  13. Na uwagi na swoją wzrost kontrastów, którym łączy w sobie albowiem chyba uczynić
    niesamowite odczucie na zwiedzających! Jednym z fantastycznych sąsiadów.
    Odchudzanie. Wspomniane miasta, którym organizowane są festiwale, wystawy, kontrastów, która zachwyci,
    zaskoczy i na wiecznie zapadną nam w wspomnienie,
    która zachwyci, zaskoczy natomiast na swoją ewolucja, architekturę innych
    miejsca na pewnie zdziałać niesamowicie barwne miejsc, która zachwyci, zaskoczy i na zwiedzających!
    Jednym spośród nas marzy o tym, iżby zwiedzających.
    To niesamowite szósty zmysł na furt zapadną nam w wspomnienie, którego ocalałe
    fragmenty przypuszczalnie przyczynić się poetów azaliż muzyków.

    Klimat uliczek starego miasta, która zachwyci, zaskoczy oraz
    na swoją nowoczesności będziemy napomykać. Jednym z w największym stopniu
    charakterystycznych symboli metropolia na bodaj
    zdziałać niesamowite.

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