Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, we had to offer something that included a book shelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but no one has dared to cover them. WE get personal! Because when you sit on the RRBC “SHELF,” YOU are an open book!
Today, I have with me on the “SHELF” our very own “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR CO-ORDINATOR and Current “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Rebecca Reilly! (Yes, she deserves to be in the spotlight, too!)
NJ: Before we get started, how does the “shelf” feel to you, Rebecca? Is it comfy?
Rebecca: I’m never comfortable talking about myself! No matter how soft the shelf, I feel itchy!
NJ: (Another one of those who insists they don’t like talking about themselves. Why won’t people just come out and admit that they love chatting about themselves…like I do!) OK, Little-Ms-Uncomfortable-Talking-About-Myself…oh, I’m sorry, I mean, Rebecca…let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name?
Rebecca: Technically, Rebecca Reilly is my pen name. My parents chose the less formal, Becky, to put on my birth certificate.
NJ: Hmmm, that’s odd, or shall I say…different. I’ve always found it to be the other way around, Rebecca being the given, and Becky being the nick-name. OK, “Becky, tell us where you were born? Do you still live there now? If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?
Rebecca: I was born in the Apricot Capital of the World, Patterson, California. I now live in El Dorado Hills, California.
NJ: Well, those of us on the board know that you live in sunny Cal because when we’re all in the throes of horrible weather, you’re throwing your awesome sunshine in our faces. So are you married or single?
Rebecca: I will celebrate my 32nd wedding anniversary this summer. I am blessed! My husband is not only gorgeous, he’s a very good man and, for some reason, he loves me a lot!
NJ: Yes, Rebecca, I would tell people that, too, but… how would you explain the fact that he’s the one claiming “I have a headache (again) tonight?” It’s OK, you don’t have to answer, I’ve been there. I know… it IS a little embarrassing. Anyway, moving on from that…kids or no? If yes, how many? Sons or Daughters?
Rebecca: I have a twenty-six-year-old son and a twenty-nine-year-old daughter (who added a son-in-law to the family). I also have a twenty-two-month-old granddaughter and another granddaughter due to make an appearance mid-July.
NJ: WOW! Sounds fabulous in the kid department! So, which would be your favorite child (and be honest…I’m sure they’re not reading this interview)…
Rebecca: The one who calls, visits, or invites me over for dinner.
NJ: Any pets to go along with those kids? If so, what kind?
Rebecca: Sorry, Nonnie, I am a CAT PERSON! Schroeder is a seven-year-old tabby we inherited from my daughter when my granddaughter was born.
NJ: OK, Rebecca, that’s fine, but in my world, Schroeder is going to look like this. Now, this next series of question, we’re going to run thru them really fast. One word responses would be great! Favorite food?
NJ: Favorite color?
NJ: Favorite sport?
Rebecca: To watch—Giants Baseball. To play–Volleyball
NJ: (Guess she forgot what a one word response looked like when we got to that question). Rebecca, how about your favorite TV Show?
Rebecca: I only watch sports: Baseball, Golf, Football, Basketball
NJ: Favorite Actress/Actor?
Rebecca: I don’t have one. I’m not into movies or TV.
NJ: (Oh, now she doesn’t have a response). Couch potato or workout nut? Be honest. And by the way, this is how I imagine you:
Rebecca: Work-out nut—Absolutely! I run 4-7 miles a day, do Zumba 5-6 days a week, bike 30-50 miles every weekend, and throw in yoga and weights when I can.
NJ: (I was right). Biggest pet peeve that makes you want to stomach-punch somebody?: (For the record, NJ does not condone violence but she does believe in being honest so she has to admit that there are times when she feels like some friendly stomach-punching is a little necessary).
Rebecca: Mean people…
NJ: Did you tell your husband to point at me while you were saying “mean people?” *Sigh* Anyway, are you neat or messy?
Rebecca: When I am most creative, I am extremely messy. When I am neat, it is a sign I need to break free.
NJ: Facebook or Twitter?
Rebecca: Both. I’m learning Twitter through RRBC.
NJ: Rebecca, I’m glad you said that because the thing that makes me happiest when I hear it, is that because of RRBC, so many people have been introduced to, have learned how to, have created …all because of RRBC! You would be surprised at the number of people who didn’t know how to use Twitter before the club, or didn’t have a blog before the club, some didn’t even know HOW to blog before the club, didn’t know about blog tours and most special of all, is I know that we have given new meaning to what support actually is, and have shown many, what real support looks like. That’s RRBC and what it has done for the literary community. That and so much more!!! Rebecca, name two of the most supportive people you’ve met on either Facebook or Twitter? Hurry and tell us so we can become their friend.
Rebecca: Carol Marrs Phips @Car01am.
NJ: Nonnie Jules or Wonderwoman? Be honest now…my feelings are made of pure steel! (Nonnie’s not too sure what this one will say, so she scoots a little closer, delicately pushing Rebecca close to the edge, in case she needs to enact an accident).
Rebecca: Nonnie taught Wonder Woman how to be wonderful!
NJ: Oh, Rebecca, that’s so sweet of you to say! (as she pulls Rebecca a little closer to the middle of the shelf, out of accidental harms way). Everyone knows the names Mark Twain and Stephen King but how about you give us two names of some INDIE authors that you favor?
Rebecca: Beem Weeks.
NJ: Great choice! Now tell us what it is about him that you’ve come to like?
Rebecca: I loved Beem’s “SLIVERS OF LIFE!” He is an exceptional writer, and that book made me laugh, shiver, and moan!
NJ: Rebecca, now give us ONE good INDIE book you read that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:
NJ: OK, nice choice. What was so great about it to you?
Rebecca: The reader gets a taste of many indie-authors’ writing styles and voices.
NJ: After you read books, do you post reviews?
Rebecca: Yes, I do.
NJ: What do you think readers should base their reviews on?
Rebecca: How the story speaks to them. If the writer has difficulty mastering the language or communicating clearly, that should be mentioned.
NJ: Are you one of those who are afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?
Rebecca: I am honest, but gentle. I do not finish books I do not like, so I rarely give a low rating. I know the mood I am in, or the place I am in life, has a great deal to do with whether or not I like a book. That being the case, I temper criticism. On the other hand, I have re-edited each of my books because of reviews. For “HAUNTING MEGAN,” many people mentioned formatting issues of which I was unaware. I am grateful for their comments and made the corrections.
NJ: Read any poorly written books lately?
Rebecca: Not the entire book, but yes! Unfortunately, Amazon does not have any restrictions on quality for Indie Authors!
NJ: Very well said and completely true!!! One of my all-time pet-peeves! Rebecca, we know you’re an author so tell us, how long have you been writing?
Rebecca: I have been writing my entire life! I was first published in 1991 by Standard Publishing.
NJ: What books have you written?
Diary of a Christian Woman: How I Used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage http://bit.ly/amazondiary
Christian Sex and Marriage-It’s Complicated http://bit.ly/SexMarriagePB
The Geek Club http://bit.ly/RRgeekclub
Heart of a Kitty http://bit.ly/RRkitty
Rebecca: I think Christian Sex and Marriage-It’s Complicated has the power to help build communication and intimacy in all marriages/relationships. I did a great deal of research, including hundreds of interviews, to get the down low on what is really happening behind closed doors. Each chapter has self-evaluation questions and exercises to deepen intimacy. It is frank, how-to, funny, and poignant. It is the best thing I’ve written, and I don’t want to write anything else like it! It drained me!
As for my fiction work, I like and hate them all!
NJ: Do you have a blog or website?
Rebecca: I do at www.RebeccaReilly.net
NJ: Now, please name three great online resources or organizations that every author should belong to:
Rebecca: RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB is the only one I belong to.
NJ: Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?
Rebecca: RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!
NJ: And how were you helped by that amazing club?
Rebecca: RRBC has many, many resources! First, there are hundreds of authors willing to support you on Twitter and other social media forums. There are numerous people who will answer questions ranging from self-publishing quandaries to plot advice. HAUNTING MEGAN was chosen as the 2015 RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, Book of the Year and received a 1st Place RAVE AWARD! I’ve been promoted all over Twitter as a #PUSHTUESDAY winner and as a MEMBER OF THE MONTH!
NJ: Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, so what do you think of the club?
Rebecca: I just raved about it in the previous answer but, here is part of a blog I posted about my experiences with RRBC:
What did I gain from joining RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB?
- My Twitter following has grown from 1800 to 5149 (as of this moment). These are real followers, not bought.
- I average 20+ tweets and re-tweets about my books, posted by others, each day.
- I have been given two blog radio interviews-one from RRBC and another from a host who saw all of my support on Twitter.
- My work has been featured on multiple writers’ blogs.
- My book, Haunting Megan, has been chosen to be Book of the Month and 2015 Rave Awards Book of the Year. It has received a great deal of extra support, a chat room discussion, and many more sales and reviews
- I have learned how to support other authors.
- I’ve read books I would not have read and explored genres I would have ignored.
- I have developed relationships with writers and readers all over the world.
- I have a peer group who is always available to answer questions, give feedback, and encourage me on my writing journey.
- I belong to a team.
- My life has been enriched because of RRBC.
NJ: Have you come across any other online entities like it?
NJ: Would you recommend it to your friends and family?
Rebecca: I do!
NJ: This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up. Any final words?
Rebecca: Thank you, Nonnie, for your tireless energy and creativity! You have blessed me, and countless other authors and readers!
NJ: Rebecca, thank you for joining me ON THE SHELF today and for being one of the most fun-nest guests ever! And thank you for those very kind words. They truly mean a lot to me. This was one of my best interviews, ever, if I must say so myself! Or maybe I should say that my guest was one of the best! I’d also like to personally THANK YOU for your time and dedication to our “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR program. Rebecca fights like no other to ensure that each SA has the best week ever when they sit under this particular spotlight, so let’s all thank her for that!
To my guests, please support Rebecca by picking up a copy of one of her books above. You can also support her by visiting the blog stops along her tour which ends on Saturday. You can find the tour line up here.
Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet? Well, here’s your chance! And since Rebecca was on the “SHELF” today, tell them she sent you. Take care and we’ll see you next time, right here on the shelf, with another AMAZING RRBC member!