Our interview today is with Rebekah Lyn. Thank you Rebekah for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.
Answer: I have a wonderful family and I’m eternally grateful for the support they have given me since I started writing. I’ve worked in the hospitality/tourism industry for almost twenty years, which has given me a ton of inspiration for one of the main characters in my Seasons of Faith series is a hotel concierge. I grew up in church, but when I went out on my own, I went through a period where I had to figure out if I really believed in God from my own heart or from habit. It was a difficult time, but I came out with a much stronger faith and a passion to help others who might be experiencing the same doubts.
Question: Tell us about things you enjoy & what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?
Answer: Of course I love reading, but I also enjoy traveling and cooking. I’ve recently started gardening and I’m learning how to properly grow and dry my own herbs.
Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books & Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?
Answer: I have a fantastic support team that I couldn’t do this without. I work with Laura Wright LaRoche at LLpix.com on my cover designs and she is absolutely fantastic. I have several beta-readers who have been incredibly helpful tightening up my books before I send them off to an editor. I also have a wonderful publicist who manages my website and finds new avenues for me to promote.
Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?
Answer: I am still searching for what works best in promotions. I’ve had some success with sites like Book Bub and Ereader News Today, but the price is going up on paid promos and with the marketplace becoming more saturated, it’s becoming harder to make enough sales to pay for the promo. I also recently participated in two group sales, which was a new experience for me. I think networking and getting out to meet people face to face is important. I’m currently working on growing my newsletter subscriber list. If anyone would like to subscribe, visit RebekahLynBooks.com. The sign up is on the home page. Last month we had a give-a-way and one lucky new subscriber won a box of Grimaldi chocolate covered potato chips. Anyone who signs up before December 31, 2013, will be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of Jessie before it is released for sale.
I will always love my print books. I recently read that vinyl albums are making a come back so there is hope that print books will one day do the same. Everything is retro at some point. However, I understand, for a society that has become so immersed in technology, ebooks are taking over. I would like to believe ebooks might open the door of literature to some of the younger generation who might not ever pick up a print book.
Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
Answer: Along the lines of networking I have created an opportunity to meet readers and share one my passions, hot tea. Afternoon Tea with the Author is an opportunity for me to gather at the home of one of my readers, introduce myself to their friends, and talk about writing, my faith, and how I hope to reach both believers and non-believers alike with my books.
Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.
Answer: I had the chance to go to Rome in 2000. I was only there for a couple of days, but I was in awe the entire time. I was overwhelmed by all of the history, the magnificent art, and the thought that I could be walking the same steps that Paul walked.
Question: What is your current WIP?
Answer: I am currently working Jessie, the second book in the Coastal Chronicles. Jessie is a historical fiction set on the east coast of Florida in the early years of the space program. I grew up in the area during the Shuttle program and didn’t realize how little I knew about the start of space exploration. Writing this book from the perspective of a teenage boy in the 1960s has been an exciting challenge.
Question: How many books do you have out?
Answer: I currently have three books out- Summer Storms and Winter’s End in the Seasons of Faith series and Julianne in the Coastal Chronicles. I’m very thankful they have all reached amazon best seller status.
Question: What are your future projects?
Answer: I have two more books planned in the Seasons of Faith series and a third book for the Coastal Chronicles. I am hoping to have the Seasons of Faith books out in the spring and winter of 2014.
Question: What is your favorite book/character?
Answer: There are so many books that I have a hard time justifying reading a book more than once when I could be discovering something new, but there are three books that I have indulged in several times- Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, Julie Andrews’s Mandy, and Hannah Hurnard’s Hinds Feet on High Places.
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