Name Rebecca York
Age Over 31
Where are you from? Washington,, DC
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc
I have a BA in American Thought and Civilization from The George Washington University and a Masters in American Studies from the University of Maryland. I am married with two grown children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m working on a novel in my Decorah Security series. It’s Found Missing, a sequel to Rx Missing. I’m also going to be in a boxed set, Summer Heat, which is on Pre-order now at all major e-venues
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I always wanted to write. I started my career writing articles for my local newspaper and then for bigger papers and magazines. But I also wanted to write fiction. When my kids were young, I took a writing course at my local community college and started writing a novel. It’s Invasion of the Blue Lights, which is going to be made into a major motion picture soon. (Fingers crossed that this really happens!)
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when I sold my first newspaper article—about a seminar for women who wanted part time jobs.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I always read science fiction and fantasy, so Invasion of the Blue Lights is a science fiction novel for kids. I was standing outside on the Fourth of July, watching the fireworks from a distance, and thought—what if space aliens landed during the display? Nobody would pay attention to them.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I think my style is pretty straightforward. I have to force myself to do descriptions of my characters. Or, really, all my heroes look like my husband, if he were younger and slimmer.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I was thinking about the fireworks and imagining blue bursts of flame.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
After that first novel, I switched from kids’ books to adult romances. I want people to feel the healing power of love in your books.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I try to write realistically about modern men and women, but at the same time, there are always strong paranormal elements in my books. Some of my heroes are werewolves or vampires. Other heroes and heroines have paranormal powers like mind reading. So a lot of what I write comes out of my imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I write romantic suspense, and my early model was Ken Follett. For my werewolves, two stories inspired me: Darker than You Think, by Jack Williamson, and The Wolf’s Hour, by Robert McCammon.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Without Fail, a Jack Reacher novel, by Lee Child.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My critique group. We’ve been together for over 30 years. And my writing friends.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s the beginning of my story, Outlaw Justice, in the Summer Heat anthology. Leah is fleeing from an abusive husband, and she is insanely lucky to run into her old lover, Steve Outlaw.
Here’s how Steve and Leah meet at the beginning of Outlaw Justice:
“Just great,” Steve Outlaw muttered as he took in the beer bottles, pizza boxes, and other debris littering the floor of his mom’s old house. Obviously, the last tenants had trashed the place.
The mess was bad enough, but something else made his senses tingle. The scent was wrong for a dwelling that had been closed up for weeks.
It smelled like someone was in here. Or maybe burglars had recently broken in, then cleared out.
He stifled a curse. If he’d still been on the job with the Baltimore PD, he would have been carrying his service revolver. But he’d quit six months ago after recovering from a nasty gunshot wound to the leg. Medical had wanted to keep him on desk duty, and he’d been too restless to sit on the sidelines.
Now he looked around the room, hoping to see something he could use as a weapon. When he spotted a broom leaning against the sagging couch, he picked it up and held it in front of him as he turned toward the closet near the door. The bad leg ached from the effort to move quietly. He ignored it and kept going.
The closet was clear, so were the dining room and the kitchen, except for a couple of folding chairs lying on their sides. But the smell of humanity was stronger near the pantry, and when he threw open the door, a figure leaped out, trying to knock him down in a frantic rush to escape. Since he wasn’t entirely steady on his feet, the tactic almost worked. Dropping the broom, he spun to the side, grabbing a slender arm and wrenching the intruder toward him.
The light was dim, but the breath froze in his lungs when he saw her face. Was he making it up? Or was the woman standing in front of him really Leah?
She looked a lot like the girl he remembered from high school—blond with shoulder-length hair, blue eyes and an elegant nose and mouth.
She was still pretty, but now she looked older and wiser. Or was it sadder? Or terrified at having been discovered? He wasn’t sure about the negative emotions she was fighting to hide. But he saw her breath quicken and her hands tremble.
“Leah?” he asked, struggling with his own roiling emotions as past and present collided.
Her head bobbed in answer to the sound of her name.
Trying to cope with this out-of-kilter meeting, he asked, “What in the name of God are you doing here?”
She glanced at him, then down at the tips of her running shoes, as though she could avoid confrontation by looking away. Although he didn’t want to break the physical contact, he could feel the tension radiating through her. To give her a little space, he let his hand drop away from her arm, but he kept his gaze fixed on her, hoping she wasn’t going to make another run for the door.
In a voice he had to strain to hear, she answered, “I couldn’t think of anywhere else to go.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
It’s all challenging. I’m better at plot than character.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I travel a lot and try to use my travel experiences in my work. We went to India a few years ago. Part of Rx Missing is set in a luxury hotel in that country. I often use the Eastern Shore of Maryland as the setting for books. Outlaw Justice is set there and in Baltimore. I use Washington, DC, frequently because I know the city well. I’ve set stories in other locations I’ve visited, like Florida and Chicago.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sitting down and facing the blank screen. I’d rather edit than have to come up with brand-new material.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Sit down and write. You won’t get anything done unless you spend hours writing. Consider your first draft a work in progress, and spend a lot of time editing and polishing.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Since I’m dyslexic, it was hard for me to read until 5th grade. The first book I vividly remember reading is Red Planet, by Robert Heinlein.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Just about anything sad makes me cry. My husband can make me laugh.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d really like to meet President Obama.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love cooking and under my real name, Ruth Glick, I have written 15 cookbooks. I also love gardening and crafts.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Suspense, mysteries, action adventure. I’d like to see more good romances. I love getting involved in a good series.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food—I like lots of different cuisines.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Not sure. I would have worked with fabric craft.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My Amazon author page is at