Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Meet Christian Romance Author, Rebekah Roberts

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Hi, Rebekah,
Glad you're here.  Tell us about yourself and your new book, PETALS.  I understand it is Book One in the Once Upon a Tuesday Series.  What an interesting title, I can't wait to hear how it came about . . .

Rebekah says: 
Petals was originally called Calla and Griffin: A Modern Day Version of Beauty and the Beast.  I laugh now, when I think about how long that would have been.  After I came to my senses and realized I didn’t need the whole storyline on the cover, I changed it to simply Petals because roses are such an important theme in Beauty and the Beast as well as my novel

“Beauty might just be the beast.”’

Calla Williams is not like other girls.  Most girls spend their whole lives trying to be beautiful, Calla already is…and she hates it.
When she is shipped off one summer to live with family friends in their dilapidated Mississippi plantation, Calla is faced with the prospect of living with strangers and their teenage son.  This is annoying because, like any other boy, he is sure to fall in love with her on sight. However, Griffin Davenport is not your typical teenage guy. With his hot temper and half of his face severely scarred, “hate at first sight” is closer to what she finds.
Though the two teens try to stay out of each other’s way, an odd attraction to each other makes staying away anything but easy.
Now, Calla must deal with growing feelings, her own prejudices, and finding the secret to Griffin’s past. As hate turns to friendship and friendship becomes something more, Calla learns a startling truth: God uses even how we look in His plan for our lives.

When not writing, how do you relax?

I love to go to the movies.  I try to see anything that even looks halfway good.  When I was a little girl, my dad and I would watch a movie at home every night and we would go out to the theater at least once a week.  I still love to watch a good movie, but I am much more apt to fall asleep these days. 
Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself. 
I am 24 years old. 
I’m an avid walker, I take the twins that I nanny out on a walk every morning and I love to go walking by myself or with a friend.
I played the Scarecrow of Oz in my church’s huge interactive play and I just got the cast list, so I am excited to be playing it again this year.
Before I went gluten-free my favorite snack was cold egg-rolls, now I love to chop up a banana and put a little salt on it.    
What Projects are you working on now?
I am working on the sequel to Petals, a novel called Sheltering Snow.   It will be a modern version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which in my mind translates into: A teen runaway, with a secret, is befriended by a family of quirky siblings who have a few secrets of their own.  

Excerpt from Petals
              When I made it to the kitchen, I found it dark with all the curtains pulled.  I flicked on the switch and, just as the night before, the room flooded with light.
          A man was standing to the side, leaning against the stove. I let out a little shriek, startled to find someone in the dark room. 
          The first thing I noticed was his face. It was horribly scarred. Half of it was normal while the other half looked mangled. He was tall and huge, completely dwarfing me. The room felt suddenly too small for comfort.
          “Need something?” he asked. He sounded angry but I didn’t know why.
          “Just…um, the cream.” I moved to the counter where I could see it sitting, but my eyes stayed on Griffin. I knew it was Griffin, I mean, who else could it be?
           “What are you staring at?” he said, anger rising in his throat. He spat out he words in tone that sounded automatic.
          “Um… sorry… I.”
          “Wanna see freaks? Go to a circus.”  He stepped forward and got right in my face. His breath was hot, making goose bumps fill out all over my arms and back.  I could see every twisted, graphic line of his face; it looked like something out of a horror movie. The closeness of his massive body felt almost like an attack.
          He stared into my eyes for a moment, then he moved past me, his nose almost grazed mine.  He stomped through the door; it wobbled back and forth on its hinge 

Bio for Rebekah:
Rebekah Roberts’ obsession with fairytales, romance, and Jesus came at an early age. She knew as a young teen that she wanted to write books for girls that were both fun to read and good for them.
While working as a nanny and volunteering in her church’s youth group, Rebekah continues her mission to write wholesome romances and uses fiction as a platform for The Unfolding Rose Ministries; where she helps to promote true beauty and self confidence in girls.
Rebekah was homeschooled through high school.  She continued her education at Moore Norman Technology, where she studied creative writing. She uses her education to instill a love of the craft in the next generation through teaching writing classes.
Growing up in small town Oklahoma, she loves the old south and history, which finds its way into her writing and everyday conversation with dreams of plantation houses, WWII dances, and Victorian trivia. She has a passion for taking an old story and making it new.
When she is not writing or working with youth, she loves to watch sci-fi movies with family or enjoy a pot of tea with good friends.
Petals is her first novel. www.RebekahRoberts.net

Author Contact Info:

Twitter: @RebekahFRoberts
Facebook: facebook.com/RebekahRobertsWriter
Email: rebekah.thestoryteller@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by, Rebekah, and good luck with your series!

Afterthought: I love this cover!


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