I am so thrilled to be interviewing the talented Rebekah A. Morris here on the blog today!
Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her best selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
Kylie: Can you share what the moment was when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
Rebekah: You know, I never wanted to be a writer. I hated writing in school, and it wasn’t until after I had graduated that I “accidentally” found out writing could be fun. But I still wasn’t planning on being a writer. The whole idea seemed to come about gradually, and it was a startling thing when I published my first book and realized just how much I enjoyed it. So, I guess I can’t say there was one specific moment that I knew I wanted to be a writer. If there was, it was after I had published my first book. 🙂
Kylie: I recently finished reading your books “Gift From The Storm” and “Unbroken” and I’m currently reading your first book “Home Fires Of The Great War”. They are all so different and also equally wonderful reads. Do you have a favorite time period to write in?
Rebekah: Oh, favorite time periods to write in is hard. I have tried so many and enjoyed them all. Perhaps my favorite, if I have a favorite, might be the late 1800s, but then I also enjoy later on too. There are things I like about different time periods, but I guess I like not having to include cell phones and computers the best. 🙂 Back when things were simpler and a bit slower paced.
Kylie: What books and authors would you say have had the most influence on you as a writer and author?
Rebekah: One author who has influenced me the most is Isabella Alden. Known as “Pansy,” Mrs. Alden wrote in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Her books are very strongly Christian and were the first books I remember reading where the characters didn’t just go to church or read the Bible and pray a little. They lived their lives for Christ, talking about Him was as normal and natural as talking about a close friend. They aren’t just romance books, or all for children, and I think that helped me realize that my stories didn’t all have to be one kind of book for one specific group of people, and that yes, I could write about real people living real lives who didn’t just “put on Christianity” now and then, or who only prayed when danger threatened.
Kylie: What are some of your must haves when getting ready to write your books?
Rebekah: I have to have my NEO, since that’s what I do my writing on, my water bottle, and some paper to keep track of how many words I write, and to jot down anything important like names of new characters. Other than those things, and either inspiration, or just a determination to write something, I just need some quiet.
Kylie: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy spending your time doing?
Rebekah: I love to read (all authors should love to read), play music (piano and violin), play with my nieces and nephews, and walking with my sister. I knit, hand quilt, design the covers for my stories, and reading. Did I already mention reading?
Kylie: Do you have any new books or projects coming up in the near future?
Rebekah: Yes, actually, I do. I am currently working on the next Woodbreak book titled “Phil Wood” and have an idea for the next book in the series. I also have a few short stories that I’m hoping to get done in the not too distant future, as well as a new Christmas Collection book for this year, and possibly other stories or books. If I were to show you the list of my started stories, you’d probably wonder how I keep them all straight. 😉
Kylie: Where can readers connect with you and purchase your books?
Rebekah: My books can be found on Amazon, my website: Read Another Page and on Light of Faith (Light of Faith only carries the physical books, and any books ordered from my site, come from Light of Faith since it’s my brother’s business.) Readers can connect with me on my website: www.readanotherpage.com and on Goodreads.
I want to thank Rebekah so much for stopping by the blog today and I encourage you to check out her wonderful books!