Thursday, February 7, 2013

Liza interviews Rebecca Royce -

Hey peeps! Today we've got my favorite author, the author who nudged me into publishing Saving Casey. In fact, if not for Rebecca, you wouldn't even be reading this blog.
Peep Rep: That means I wouldn't exist.
Liza: That's right Peep Rep. You nor Maniac the marketing kitten would exist.
Peep Rep: How about Jess?
Liza: Jess has existed for about twelve years. Now can we focus on our lovely author, Rebecca Royce.
Peep Rep One: Rebecca Royce? Oh, we love her! Is she bringing any of her wolfs?
Peep Rep Two: I love her Warriors series.
Liza: Enough! She's written too many great books to go through one by one. This blog will be three feet long before Rebecca gets to speak. Now be quiet and let me interview Rebecca. Rebecca, come on in, it's safe now.

Rebecca: Was it unsafe before?
Liza: No, just unnecessarily chaotic. Have a seat. I hear you have a new book out.
Rebecca: I do. It's called Forever. It's the first of a my new Dragon Wars Series.

Liza: I can tell it's going to be another fabulous series. Give me the blurb:

Devin Owen has come back from the Dragon Wars a changed Werewolf.  For one thing, he's lost his wolf side as well as most of his desire to live.  He spends most of his life doped up to handle the pain from his injured leg. 

Lena Knox knew the moment she met Devin that he was her mate.  But, she'd been a child at the time and he hadn't noticed her at all. Now, all grown up she wants Devin to be the wolf she’s waited for.  Not that she has a lot of time for longing with life crumbling around her.

Liza: Excerpt please?

“You’re my mate, Devin. I’ve known it since the first time I was in your company when I was seven years old.”

Devin gripped the side of the table he stood next to like she’d struck him. “No.”

“No?” She hadn’t expected the pain of his rejection. She’d known he might not believe her at first. Tears she refused to shed clogged her throat. “It’s not ‘no.’ I’m your mate, such that I am.”

Lena knew she wasn’t an ideal Female specimen. Her skin frequently broke out in horrible bouts of acne, although she looked pretty clear at the moment, her chin jutted out too far, her hands were not dainty, and when she shifted, her Wolf form frequently had trouble coming to a stop at high speeds. More than once she’d collided into trees, bushes, and other Wolves.

But she knew she was a nice person. She could work hard, and she never asked anyone for anything but common decency. She’d be a good mate to him, and he shouldn’t be rejecting her outright.

Unless he found her absolutely repulsive to look at…

“You’ve made a mistake. Whatever you thought you smelled when you were a child was the wild fantasy of a young girl. You should be over it by now.”

She sighed. “Devin, I can still smell it. I promise when you get to know me you’ll find out I’m not wildly fanciful. I live in the real world.”

“I can’t smell it on you. Not at all. I’m sorry, Lena. You seem like a nice kid, but if you can really smell mating from me, then it’s one of those rare occasions where one Wolf feels something the other doesn’t.”

Lena had heard about those situations. It was every young Wolf’s deepest fear. Something went askew with the chemistry. One Wolf felt mated and the other one didn’t. They could even mate with someone else.

“I think you should go home and work on getting over whatever this is because, at least for my part, it is not a mating.”

Lena’s heart might explode from her chest. She turned on her heel. What else was there to say, really? He’d said no. He didn’t feel it. She’d waited fifteen years for him to come home, and it had been for nothing.


Liza: You never disappoint. Your stories are always unique and compelling. What's your favorite part of writing them?

Rebecca: The part where I write 'The End' and I feel I've told a really, really good story.

Liza: Me too! I love writing 'The End' and I hate removing those two words before I send a book out for submission. Those six letters give me such satisfaction. So, is there anything you don't like about writing?

Rebecca: I think, as a rule, authors are very insecure about their writing. Sometimes when I’m in the middle of that feeling, I don’t love writing.

Liza: What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever offered you about writing?

Rebecca: Treat it like a career if you want it to be a career.  If you want to be a writer, actually write. Don’t talk about it. 

Liza: Man is that the truth. That's why I hired Marketing Maniac--so I could have more time to write.

Rebecca: How's that working out?

Liza: Not too well. I seem to be spending a great deal of time being interrogated by the FBI over stolen blimps and defacing national landmarks.
Exhibit One

Rebecca: Yeah, that could be a problem.

Liza: Don't get me started, I could go on for years... 

Peep Rep: Please don't. We want to hear what Rebecca has to say.

Liza: Good point. I'm terrible at these interviews. Bad Liza does them so much better...

Rebecca: No. You're fine. Leave Bad Liza sleeping...or whatever she's doing.

Liza: I think she's out kidnapping another author. Hasn't anyone heard of door locks? 

Rebecca: I believe she travels via the internet. Maybe a better virus program could protect them.

Peep Rep: Don't really care. We want to know more about your new series Forever. What part of writing this took you out of your comfort zone?

Rebecca: Some of the love scenes are really hot and--

Liza: Hold on! I'm doing this interview. Rebecca, don't talk to the Peep Reps. They are out of control as is. So what was the hardest part when writing Forever?

Rebecca: There are a lot of very emotional scenes in this story.  I had to really go through a lot of stuff with the characters. It was hard.

Liza: People don't realize how much weeping and suffering we go through when writing a novel, nor how hard it is to type when you're sobbing hysterically. 

Rebecca: And the cost of tissues!

Liza: Which is why everyone needs to buy their books from authentic book sites. The pirate sites do not send Rebecca any money when you go on their sites. And if you aren't careful, she won't be able to buy tissues, which means she won't be able to dry her eyes to type, which means you don't get anymore of her wonderful books.

Peep Rep: What? No! We promise NEVER EVER to buy from pirates. So help us God.

Rebecca: Thank you Peep Rep.

Liza: Don't talk to the Peep Reps. Instead, describe Deven in 5 words.

Rebecca: Strong, Hot, Committed, Damaged, Alone.

Liza: And Lena:

Rebecca: Determined, Kind, Loyal, Smart, Lovely.

Liza: Now if Deven had been allowed to write the story, how would it have differed?

Rebecca: Well, a very exciting scene at the end would never happened. He never would have allowed it.

Liza: Tell us a secret of one of your characters, and what will happen if it gets out.

Rebecca: Lena's family is having difficulties and if it get's out they'll be the pity of the whole neighborhood.

Liza: Whose your fav? Deven or Lena?

Rebecca: *shakes head* I love them equally.

Liza: And favorite line from the book:

Rebecca: He. Had. Just. Run. From. A. Female. They should have just left him in prison to rot.

Liza: Not just any female, but from what I gather, his true mate.  Can't wait to buy this. In fact, let's do the buy links now:


Liza: Now, we've got you firmly stocked for tissues, let's move to more general questions about your writing. Have you ever had a secondary character demand their own book?

Rebecca: More like six of them. All the Westervelt brothers demanded their own book.

Liza: And their mate. I love that series. If I recall, there's one brother yet to find his mate and happiness.

Rebecca: I’m writing his right now. All I can really say is that Gabriel has been suffering a long time and his brothers don’t know it.  Things will finally come out that have needed to come out and a final battle will occur. Not everyone will come out the other side…

Liza: Well, time for my silly questions. Are you ready?

Rebecca: Probably not, but go ahead.

Liza: You meet an alien from outerspace. How do you explain what you do for a living?

Rebecca: Have you seen Galaxy Quest? The aliens don't understand the idea of fiction at all. I'm not sure what I'd say. I'd probably be so shocked at actually meeting an alien that I'd be speechless.

Liza: How is your life different from the tv show Castle?

Rebecca: Well, when not writing, Richard is off solving crimes. I'm cooking dinner and driving carpool.

Liza: And what about Stephen King?

Rebecca: I understand he has several assistants. I don't have any assistants. I only have 3 little boys who drop and spill things a lot.

Liza: Which would you rather have: 3 assistants or 3 little boys?

Rebecca: That's easy. My 3 boys.

Liza: I didn't actually say they were your three boys. And in fact, they are 3 alien boys who don't like fiction and possess lethal ray guns.

Rebecca: In that case, I'll take the 3 assistants.

Liza: Good choice, because those three are actually your 3 little boys. See how tricky I am?

Rebecca: Are you about done? Because I need to get back to writing.

Liza: One last question. You've landed on a deserted island and discovered there is already a person on the island. Who is it and why are you glad to see this person?

Rebecca: You, Liza. So we can keep critiquing each other. 

Liza: *smiles* Lucky for you, I've been on the island for awhile and we have two working laptops and satellite broadband. So let's get to writing!

Peep Rep: I liked this interview. Can we have a bio on Rebecca. She's a wonderful person.

Liza: I agree. 

BIO of the wonderful author and human being, Rebecca Royce

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They’ve just moved to Texas where Rebecca is discovering a new love for barbecue!
She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

Liza: Here are some links for my stalking peeps.

Rebecca: Thanks so much for being here with me today, Peeps. 

Peep Rep: Come back any time Rebecca. We love your stories.

Liza: Two last requests. Rebecca and I would both love to hear from you, so leave a comment please. And follow me. It cheers me up when my followers increase.


  1. Wonderful interview!! I tweeted.

  2. Thump, thump, testing testing. Does this thing work? Lots of people are visiting, but no one is commenting. I want some talkative peeps. You've no idea how fun it is to receive comments after a hard day of cooking up a blog.

  3. Oh, nice Liza is back again. LOL Great interview! I love Rebecca's Warrior series as well. Looking forward to the next book. And, I bought Forever, and can't wait to read it. All the best to both of you! :)

    1. Thanks Jessica. I have to switch it up, you know. Can't be bad all the time.

  4. I always love nice Liza and mean Liza makes me laugh! Thanks for coming back Jessica


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