I am very honoured to host this interview with Rebecca E Neely, especially after really enjoying her latest novel, ‘The Keeper’ – read on to find out more about this delightful author! Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I wish I knew! <grin> I actually started out brainstorming with this one idea – what if a woman who had a phobia on the interstate was carjacked and forced to drive the criminal across state lines? It just sort of morphed from there. How? I don’t know. I actually filled up a legal pad with ideas in just two days. Good and evil play a big part in the book, as does the psychic element. I believe we all have a ‘sixth’ sense. So I had fun with that! These characters have ‘sixth’ senses on steroids.
What is your writing process?
I think my writing process evolves every time I write another story. I outline the story, plot the major points, but I leave room for some surprises. ☺ Every story has a life of its own, and by honoring that, I think the story comes to full fruition. I also learn so much from my editor, as we polish the manuscript. She sees things in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine, and she always helps me make the story better.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I do both. In the planning, plotting and brainstorming stages, I think I use pen and paper more. And, if I hit a snag while I’m writing, I gravitate to pen and paper to work it out. Just the feel of the pen and paper in my hands is often inspiring. I use a specific type of pen too. I’m very picky about that ☺ I use Scrivener to organize my stories, and I love all the features it offers.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I love Libby Klink, the heroine in The Keeper, the 1st book in the Crossing Realms stories. I respect and admire how she’s able to grow over the course of the story. She’s presented with a lot of challenges, and she’s afraid, but she still rises to the occasion.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I think I’d like to be a Keeper, any Keeper, for a day ☺ I’m always about the underdog, and so are Keepers. They protect people who can’t protect themselves.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I love Irish names, and Geary appealed. Not only do I like the strong sound of this name, meanings include ‘passionate’, ‘wayward’ and ‘spear’. Nick is a warrior, and the other traits sum him up perfectly – he has a wayward soul as the story begins.
Libby Klink –I had a blast naming her. I’ve always loved the name Elizabeth (it’s my middle name, in case you were wondering what the ‘E.’ stood for ☺ ) But Libby is definitely no Elizabeth. And she’s no Betty. She’s somewhere between the two. There’s so many different names that come from Elizabeth, and that’s who she is – a lot of different people and traits.
As for Klink? Libby marches to her own drum, and Klink is deliciously odd as a last name. It’s one syllable, and it’s as perfect an example of onomatopoeia as I’ve ever heard. Klink! She is the sound – odd, out of place and different from everyone else.
Thank you so much to this amazing author for agreeing to be interviewed on my blog and to Barclay Publicity for arranging it all. Check out my review and the blog tour for Rebecca’s latest novel, ‘The Keeper’, here!