Author Spotlight: Rebecca E. Neely
It is my pleasure to have author Rebecca E. Neely as a guest today. With her interests in music, writing, family, crafting and traveling, she sounds like a woman who could easily be described as artistic! Rebecca has a background in freelance writing and accounting and she is also a member of Savvy Authors and a PRO member of Romance Writers of America. To top it all off, her debut novel, A Mighty Good Man, was recently published with Soul Mate Publishing.
KH: Welcome, Rebecca, to my blog, The Passionate Writer!
RN: Hi Kim! It’s great to be here. Thanks for hosting me today!
KH: Congratulations on your new release! Tell us a bit about your background.
RN: Here is my short bio:
Rebecca E. Neely was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Her father, an English teacher and a writer, instilled in her a love of words, and literature, especially short stories, at a young age. Her mother, a voracious reader, gave her Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild as a Christmas gift when she was nine, and Rebecca’s been hooked on reading stories of all stripes ever since. Rebecca’s family also owned and managed a restaurant until she was about sixteen, and she grew up in the business, working, cooking, and eating. She’s thrilled to publish her first book, A MIGHTY GOOD MAN, with Soul Mate Publishing. Rebecca enjoys finding, and reading new authors via her Kindle. Live music inspires her, as do the characters she’s blessed to have in her life, including her daughter, her boyfriend, and her mother. She loves drawing, crafting, walking, and camping. She also enjoys traveling, going to music festivals, and exploring cities she’s never been to before with her daughter. In a former life, she earned a B.S. in Accounting, and worked in that field for about a decade. Since 2001, Rebecca has freelanced, writing a wide variety of copy for local magazines, and businesses all over the country. She is a member of Savvy Authors, and a PRO member of Romance Writers of America.
KH: What is the genre and heat level of your book?
RN: Sensual, romantic suspense.
KH: What was the inspiration behind your novel?
RN: The setting for A Mighty Good Man was inspired by my experience, growing up in my parents’ restaurant, working, cooking and eating. That hallowed place lives on in my memory, and is truly part of my soul. The people who worked there were larger than life, and also live on in my memory. Cooks, waitresses, busboys, dishwashers; men, women, young, old, and in between – they ran the gamut from high school student to retiree, from vagabond to workhorse. Some came and never left, some worked one shift and never bothered to return – characters, all of them.
I remember hanging out at the counter with my Dad for hours, while he drank coffee and talked with customers. I would sit, fascinated, by the adult conversation, and the things I heard, and shouldn’t have heard. A unique and well-rounded education was mine for the taking on topics as varied as the economy, the local steel mill, sports, hunting, the president, politics, family, and religion. Regulars inhabited the space, claiming it as their own: they made it a hub in the community, not just as a place to eat great food, but as a place to connect, to complain, to celebrate, and to come together.
It doesn’t get much better than that!
KH: I totally agree. I like how you describe things; you give a different view of everyday objects, which provides the reader with a new perspective. I also find that your writing brings the action in the scenes to life. Do you have a favorite scene or moment from your book that you would like to share here?
RN: Yes! Following is an excerpt of A Mighty Good Man:
Well, he’d wanted hidden, and now he was hidden. Her Aunt Henry would’ve done the same, she knew. Certainly the roundup of misfits who’d odd-jobbed their way through here over the years bore testament to that. If he needed a doctor, she’d see to it. But the police, and whoever was after him? That was his concern, not hers. Hank wanted no part of it.
He could just park it in the cooler for a few minutes, stay out of sight while the help clocked in, and be on his merry way. She’d make sure of it.
Fists pounded on the door she’d just locked. She jerked to attention, pushing off the cooler. “Pretty sure that ain’t a Jehovah’s Witness,” she muttered. Shit! This wasn’t part of the deal. Now what?
The pounding continued. Whoever was on the other side wasn’t going away. If she didn’t answer the door it would only make things worse, most likely for her and ‘Cooler Man.’ Hank forced her feet to move. Act calm. Think calm.
Just in case that didn’t work, she unearthed the Smith & Wesson .32 revolver her aunt kept stashed in one of the utensil drawers, and shoved it in her pants pocket.
Adrenaline and fear pulsed through her, propelling her forward. One foot in front of the other. No big deal. She’d answer the door, see about the fist pounder and then he or she, or they, would leave. Or she could get shot. Yeah, right. No big deal.
KH: What will readers love most about your hero/heroine?
RN: I think readers will enjoy ‘Hank’ and Jack because they’re flawed, and they know it, and they don’t apologize for it. They’re gritty folks with good hearts and souls.
KH: Now, for my favorite question: what 3 words would best describe A Mighty Good Man?
RN: Gritty, good read!
KH: Do you have any upcoming events that you would like to share with readers?
RN: Yes, A MIGHTY GOOD MAN is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, from February 2nd – February 13th. I invite readers to check my website for tour dates and stops. During the tour, I’ll be awarding 2 $10 Amazon gift cards, one to a randomly selected visitor, and another to a randomly selected host. Please join us! http://www.rebeccaeneely.com/
KH: Where can readers best reach you?
Thank you, Rebecca, for being here today. I wish you much success with your book tour!
Readers, don’t forget to visit Rebecca’s website for a chance to win an Amazon gift card and a copy of A Mighty Good Man.