Interview with Rebecca A. Engel

What are you working on next?
The manuscript I'm preparing for publication now is a bit of a change for me. My usual books are mystery-romance. This new book does have mystery and romance, but is more of a scandalous saga covering several decades and told from multiple points of view. This should be out by the end of January, 2015. After that, I will publish a sequel to Past Matters.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first thing I ever wrote, outside of school assignments, was a family history. I was probably in about third grade and was inspired to write it by some book I'd taken out of my school library. My brother found it recently and sent it to me. I wrote it about the two generations preceding mine, mostly featuring who they married and how many children they had, and that they had a nice life. My brother thought it was hysterically funny that I seemed obsessed with reporting everyone had 'a nice life.' (But isn't that what we all want?)
What do you read for pleasure?
I have eclectic reading tastes. I like to read memoirs and biographies, history (WWII was a recent obsession), and books on art history. In fiction I like mysteries, but I'm inclined to pick up anything that looks like it has a good story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Believe it or not, when I was first published as an indie author, I didn't even have an e-reader, only the reading apps Amazon and Barnes and Noble offered for your PC. I didn't like reading on the PC too much as it always caused eyestrain for me. Then my children gave me a Kindle Paperwhite for Mother's Day, and I am absolutely in love with it! First, it allows me to brag endlessly about being the strongest woman in the world because I can lift over 300 books in one hand. Second, if I want to read and my glasses aren't around, I can adjust the size of the type and read with no problem. Third, if the room's a little dim, I can brighten the screen, but the brighter screen doesn't seem to cause the type of eyestrain reading from the computer monitor did. Fourth, I love the way I can stow it in my purse and not have to pick out just one book to take with me wherever I go. Finally, my children also gave me a cover for the Kindle which allows it to stand freely so I can read it easily while I eat, something I like to do because I have limited reading time.
Published 2015-01-16.
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