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Rebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings. She is a Florida native and a graduate of Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fl. A love of history, research and journaling led naturally to a passion for writing. She enjoys travel and has traveled extensively across the United States and Canada as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Her reading taste run from the classics to light fiction. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking, baking and sharing recipes on her blog
Her current works include, Summer Storms and Winter's End, books one and two in The Seasons of Faith series, and Julianne the first book in The Coastal Chronicle series. She is currently working on Jessie a coming of age novel set in coastal Florida during the early days of the United States manned space flight program. Jessie is the second book in the Coastal Chronicles Series.
Rebekah currently resides in Florida along with her "attack" cat, Mia.
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Interview With Rebekah Lyn
1. You released 3 books last year, Winter’s End, Summer Storms, and Julianne. How hard was it to have 3 books out in one year as far as marketing is concerned?
There were about four months in between each release. Once they were all available it became a challenge to find the right balance in promoting each book. I always feel like one of them is being neglected and end up shifting my focus to that title for a few days. I enrolled Summer Storms and Julianne in KDP Select and had some success with the free days, but chose not to go that route with Winter’s End. Instead I’m experimenting with 99cent sales, which seem to have been more effective for me.
2. If I was a new fan which book should I pick up and read first to get an idea of your writing?
I would suggest to start with Summer Storms since it is the first in a series, but if you are between the ages of 16-25 Julianne may be a better fit. The characters in Sumer Storms are a bit more established in their lives where Julianne is still trying to find her niche.
3. What is your favorite scene from Winter’s End?
This is a tough call. I really do enjoy writing the action scenes in the beginning and end of the book, my fingers just fly over the keyboard and I’m in that moment. But, I have a soft spot for the scenes between Ian and Lizzie. Ian is a great guy and I enjoy seeing each new surprise he planned for Lizzie.
4. You did a huge book blast with Crossroads a few weeks ago. How was the process? And did you see as many results as you hoped?
It was a great experience. I was glued to my computer the first day searching for mentions of the book blast and promoting each of the blog posts. There were a couple of things I would improve upon in the future and I shared those thoughts with the Crossreads team. They are a wonderful group and very open to new ideas. Overall I am very happy I participated, I was exposed to a whole new group of readers and will definitely consider this a part of my promotion for future books.
5. Was it harder to write Summer Storms or Julianne?
Julianne was probably a bit harder to write because it was actually my first completed novel. I was so happy to finally finish one of the many projects I’ve started over the years, but at the time the indie publishing explosion hadn’t happened, and I wasn’t in a place to pursue an agent. Almost three years passed before I wrote again. Summer Storms developed much faster than Julianne did.
6. When is your next book going to grace the shelves?
I am aiming for late summer, of course summer in Florida goes until December or January. Honestly, I am working hard on Jessie, the second book in the Coastal Chronicles, and hope he will be available later this year.
7. What advice do you have for others who are interested in putting their toes into the genre of Christian Fiction?
Be grounded in your faith. Be sure that you are being called to write Christian fiction. These are stories that can change people’s lives. I pray over my books and seek God’s guidance are I write them.
8. As a Florida native what is your favorite part about the sunshine state?
Growing up here, it’s hard for me to appreciate the warm weather we have in the winter, but days like today, when it’s in the sixties with a brisk wind, bright sunshine, and a crystal blue sky make me understand why all the snowbound folks dream about it.
9. You recently started enjoying playing with tea’s. Do you have a favorite one yet?
I love tea. There are so many flavors it really depends on my mood. For Christmas my dad made me this beautiful team box to hold tea bags. I have it crammed full, but there are still probably 100 or more in my pantry. Jasmine teas are relaxing in their aroma and taste. I keep a Blueberry Acacia tea in my desk at work for those afternoons when I need something to make me smile. Tazo’s Passion tea is delicious hot or cold. On cold winter nights I enjoy a Fiery Chai or Winter Spice. I am always looking for a new flavor to try.
10. Do you have a favorite story from the bible?
The Epistles of Paul are probably my favorite books of the Bible. I love that Paul was such an upright Jew, a leader, a man who knew the law inside and out. He persecuted the new believers in Christ because of his knowledge of the law, but God chose him to be one of the greatest ambassadors of the new church. This story shows how God can change our hearts. When I am going through a tough time I think about Paul sitting in a jail cell, cold, hungry, beaten, and yet he is singing praises to God. That gives me strength and reminds me that I have a pretty good life.
11. North Carolina mountains are breath taking. Do you have a favorite spot to visit and gaze at the beauty?
There are so many places I love up there. My family has been visiting the Smoky Mountains since I was a kid so they are like a second home to me. One place in particular holds a special place in my heart, Wayah Bald in Franklin, NC. On a clear day you can look out and see parts of Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. The Appalachian Trail comes through here and you never know who you might run into. We’ve met folks from all over the country and even a couple from Germany. It’s a wonderful place to fly kites, take a picnic, and just bask in the glory of God’s creation.
12. If you could travel anywhere in the world (your family can come too) where would you like to go?
Funny you should ask. I am very close with my parents and we have recently been dreaming about a trip to Europe. I went back in 2000 for two weeks and fell in love with Venice. I’ve been wanting to take them there to show them this special place, but they don’t fly. We’ve been plotting out how they can take a transatlantic cruise there and back and spend the months in between the voyages exploring Europe. My mom has even found a renovated barn near Milan that she wants to rent out.
13. You love to bake. What is your favorite dessert to bake?
Oh you have found my weakness. I could live on dessert if I wasn’t worried about fitting into my clothes. I found a lemon soufflé recipe when I was reading Under the Tuscan Sun and it is melt in your mouth delicious. It’s the perfect desert on a hot summer day to make you feel refreshed. I just bought a lemon tree today so I can have fresh lemons anytime.
14. What is the first thing you think of when I say the words… Open Skies?
That’s the opposite of Falling Skies one of my favorite summer TV shows.
15. What is a question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview but never have? And what is the answer?
Can I sell your books in my store? My answer would be yes, of course.