Friday, January 20, 2012

❤author: Becky Due Interview and Giveaway!

❤ I'm thrilled to welcome author, Becky Due, to the blog today. Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Becky! Will you please share a short bio with us?
Like the main characters of my novels, I spent many years running from my life, looking for love, crying a little and laughing a lot along the journey of finding myself. Through writing, I found my passion. I am the author of several books and I’m currently working on my next novel. Happily married Scott and I live in Colorado, Florida and Alberta, Canada with our two furry "kids".

❤ Tell us about you books, and more specifically, The Dumpster, which I reviewed recently!

Well, if you’re looking for something — love, friendship, entertainment, laughter, hope, inspiration, strength — you’ll find it in my novels. The women in my novels are never rescued by men; these women rock!

Winner on the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (Romance), The Dumpster: One Woman’s Search for Love, is about an average woman looking for love in all the wrong places. This is a lighthearted novel where you can relax, have fun and hopefully laugh out loud.

❤ I know I sure did! What inspired you to write your first book and then how did you get published? Tell us your call story.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, so moving into a writing career seemed natural to me. The publishing story is a long one. After finishing my first novel, The Gentlemen’s Club: A Story for All Women, I sent out the query letters and had many agents interested, but because I couldn’t afford a professional editor at the time, I felt defeated. I kept writing, working hard and saving my money. By the time I could afford the help I needed, writing and publishing had changed. Therefore, I started my own publishing company, and the rest is history. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s challenging, but I love my career.

❤ How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

Of course, I’m in every book in one way or another. It is usually all of the ridiculous stuff I do that finds its way into my books. I don’t think I’ll ever tell what is fiction and what really happened. I have so many great friends who also find their way into my stories, but usually because they are just so amazing to me.

❤ What are your biggest motivations for writing?

I have to write. I’m not happy unless I’m writing… just ask my husband. My biggest motivation comes from my readers. I’m crazy in love with my readers. They are the best!

❤ Can you honestly say being an author is your ideal job? Do you ever sometimes wish you hadn't begun a writing career?

I am so thankful for my career. I feel blessed everyday; I get to do what I love. When I have down days, like we all do, I give myself a break. I take the day off and do something else I enjoy, like painting, going to the movies or napping in front of the TV.

❤ How would you describe your writing style and tone?

I write the way I like to read. When I pick up a book, I hope it moves along quickly. I want to live in the story for a short time, and then I want to get back to my life with a new, empowered, inspired outlook. And that is what I try to do in every one of my books.

Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you had known before getting published.

A book will not market itself — make sure you have a marketing and sales plan. This career is a lot of hard work and takes a lot of your time, but like anything, if you want it badly enough, go for it.

❤ Are there any books or authors you idolize?

I’ve been touched by so many authors and books, but I’d have to say, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote is my favorite book. I’m very sentimental and I read that book at a time when it made an important impact on my life. Books have a way of doing that.

❤ What's a question you always want to be asked during interviews? How would you answer it?

Well, I think it is interesting how we get little signs throughout our life, guiding us to our purpose. I had so many little signs along the way, and I wish I had listened much sooner. I’m thankful I figured it out. I hope all women tap into that inner voice and find their passion. We have the power to change our lives anytime we want, at any age.

❤ What’s the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books?

“I’ve decided to go back to school because of Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength.” The woman could not put her finger on what part of the book inspired her, but she said something in the story made her want a better life.

She did go back to school -- in fact, she will graduate next year.

That’s the kind of thing I hope for with every book I write.

❤ Wow! The effect books have on readers is an amazing one. What's next for you?

I’m working on my next novel — editing stage — and I have another project that started as a screenplay, but I’ve decided to rework it into a novel.

I'm certainly looking forward to them! Where can you be found on the web?

❤ Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to ask our readers?

I’d love to let your readers know that I am giving away a package of my books to celebrate this interview. You’ll receive The Gentlemen’s Club: A Story for All Women, Touchable Love: An Untraditional Love Story, Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength, The Dumpster: One Woman’s Search for Love, and my children’s book, Blue the Bird: On Flying.

You heard her right! Becky's giving away all FIVE of her books today! To enter this fabulous giveaway, leave a question or comment for Becky.

Giveaway runs through February 3rd, 2012 at 11.59 pm (your time).
This giveaway is open to ALL readers 18 and older (by the prize provider's request), international folks included!
Please include your email address in your comment! If I don't know who to contact once you are chosen as the winner, your prize will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!