Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dream to a Book! Interview & #Giveaway with author Rebecca L. Graf - Deep Connections

Please welcome author Rebecca Graf to the blog. Rebecca is currently on tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe', and touring with her new release, Deep Connections! Rebecca will also be giving you a chance to win a copy of her book, so be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win.

Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. Rebecca!

BK: Please tell us a little about yourself...

I am a mother of three children. My oldest who I look up to physically is 16. She is beautiful and almost six feet tall. My son is about the same height and will be 14 this month. My petite youngest is 10. I live with my husband and children in Wisconsin. I was an accountant for 20 years before I took a chance at freelance writing.

BK: Please tell us a little about your book....

Deep Connections is a paranormal/romance/suspense novel about a young teacher who is feeling an attraction for a friend. Just as they both decide to test the waters, they discover that Brenna is being stalked. The person seems to do things no human can do as he escapes out windows several floors up and defy the laws of science. It is about them discovering what the stalker wants and how to save lives. 

BK: What inspired you to pen this particular novel?

I had a dream one night of a man and woman who when they touched felt electricity. It was a signal of their destiny to be together. That is where the title comes from. They have a deep connection to each other.

BK: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I got paid for my first article I wrote online. I was paid to write articles that were published for the whole world to see. That was cool.

BK: How do you keep your story flowing?

I read it and envision it as a movie. If there is a jump in the film, I know it needs to be smoothed out.

BK: Do you ever run into writer's block, and if so, what do you do to get past it?

I do occasionally and it is normally because I’m tired or too stressed to think. When that happens, I pull away from the story and do something else. If that doesn’t work, I call in some friends who read my work and throughout possibilities. I find the ones I like and then let them morph into what they need to be for the story.

BK: What is your writing process like? Do you have any quirks, or must-haves to write?

I tend to like quiet while I write. Other than that no. Maybe I should develop some to inspire creativity.

BK: Where do you hope your books/writing will be in the future?

I hope where anyone can read them. I want to write hundreds of books. I know the odds are against me, but the stories are there and I want to get them out.

BK: What do you hope readers will take away from your books?

A sense of enjoyment and frustration when I leave them hanging.

BK: What is one piece of advice you received that you carry with you in your writing?

I have to admit that most of the advice given to me was not useful. Most were trying to put me in a mold and my writing in a structured format. I think the best advice was to write as me.

BK: What is one piece of advice you would give to new and aspiring writers?

Sit down and write. Don’t let others tell you if you can or cannot. Just write and don’t stop until the first draft is done. Let it consume you.

BK: Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?

Oh, my. Those that know me well would laugh. I’ve got so many projects going on. I am trying to get the sequel of Deep Connections, Dark Connections, to the editor. I’m also working on getting the first two books of my Redemption Series ready to be published in December. These are Christian children’s books about the last days of Christ.

BK: Where can readers find you?

I can be found at www.rebeccagraf.com and at my blog for book reviews and such www.abookloverslibrary.com. I can also be found on facebook, goodreads, and librarything.

Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. It's been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.

Rebecca Graf worked as an account for 20 years before taking a chance at a dream. Starting off with writing online, she began to build a reputation and a number of followers. Now, she has one children's book, A Gift for a Mouse, published with Deep Connections being her first adult novel. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children as well as two cats, Oreo and Cookie, and two dogs, Bug and Mocha. Rebecca has started her own publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, with two partners. Their goal is to help new authors to achieve their dreams. She also spends her days crocheting and knitting....

Twitter: @rebeccagraf

Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Release Date: August 23, 2012


Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?
Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”
She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in his eye was not merciful. Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!
The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel. Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.

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David M. Brown said...

Great interview, Rebecca.

Wishing you all the best with Deep Connections and the many books you have to come :)