Interview with Rebecca Forster

When did you first start writing?
I was a voracious reader, but I always thought a writer was 'someone else'. So when I went to college and then graduate school I envisioned a long and happy business career. Then one of my clients requested my marketing team meet at his home. That's where I met his wife - Danielle Steel. I didn't know who she was and when I found out she was an author I flippantly said "I could do that!" That was it. A colleague dared me to write a book and I took that dare. I was in my thirties. Talk about the floodgates opening! I sold my first book and writing became my passion. I wrote for major New York publishers for 25 years. Three years ago I went indie. I can barely remember a time when I didn't write and will be forever grateful for the dare.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The decision to become an indie author was the result of a perfect publishing storm. Bookstores were disappearing in my area, digital devices were being embraced by the readers, and I had written a book, BEFORE HER EYES, that my publisher thought pushed too much of a creative boundary and decided not to publish it. Just as I was wondering what to do, I read an article about Smashwords and the rest is history. I published BEFORE HER EYES and it was voted B&P's Readers Choice Best Mystery. Over 8,000 readers voted. I never looked back.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am still pen pals with the first person who ever wrote me a fan letter - that was 28 years ago. Now, of course, I can talk to fans instantly with email, Twitter and one even made a Facebook fan page for me. That truly made me feel amazing. I answer every message as soon as I get it. I love hearing that people relate to my characters or to a situation I've written about. I am so grateful for the cheerleading. I've even named characters after people who write to me - with their permission of course. I doubt readers know what an impact their notes and good wishes have on me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sixth book in the Witness Series, FORGOTTEN WITNESS. This series features Josie Bates, a beach-rat attorney, her sixteen-year-old ward, Hannah, and her lover Archer. Instead of always focusing on a courtroom drama, I write so that each book moves a character's story forward. There is always lots of action, there is always something huge at stake and there is always a focus on the character's journey. It's exciting to write something that ties up one loose end only to unravel something else.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Stephen King because he is fabulous with characterization. I'm a fan of many Grisham books. Love Scott Turow. Rilla Askew (A Fire in Bueulah) was introduced to me by a friend. Some of my favorite Indie authors are David Wiseheart (Devil's Lair), Jody Lebel (Playing Dead), Pete Morin (Diary of a Small Fish), Tim Greaton (The Santa Shop).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am lucky to have a very close knit family. My husband is a superior court judge, my oldest son is a talent manager in Hollywood, my youngest just finished his Peace Corps service in Albania (guess what inspired EYEWITNESS?) and is also a writer. We all love our work, we love to travel, to have friends over, to see our extended family. I guess I get out of bed each morning to see what's going to happen to any one of us - and to see what's going to happen to the characters I'm writing about on any given day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to go to court and sit in on trials. I sew (just got a new sewing machine for my birthday), play tennis (I'm on a league team), go to the movies (a lot), take road trips with my mom and long trips with my husband. I speak at conferences. I used to teach at the UCLA Writers Program which was very exciting but the drive got to be a bit too long. I go to book clubs. I have been involved with The Young Writers Conference, an organization that brings authors into middle school classrooms to share our love of writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse. When a description catches my eye I stop and I look at reviews. I download the sample and read that. Sampling has always appealed to me as an author and a reader.
What is your writing process?
My corporate experience has definitely had an impact on my writing process. I am at my local coffee shop by seven on most mornings and work until two or three in the afternoon. Sometimes i compose, sometimes I edit, sometimes I work out timelines, but I work at writing seven days a week. I always begin with a concept - usually it's a legal concept - and then I imagine what person would be involved in the problem the concept dictates. Once I have the main character worked out, I come up with a title and it's off to the races. I usually write the first draft and then edit the entire manuscript five or six times. The process is really all about trying to create a seamless tale in which the reader can get lost.
Do you have any big wishes?
I wish a UFO would land in my backyard and I wish I could live overseas for one year.
Published 2013-08-15.
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Books by This Author

Foreign Relations
Series: Finn O'Brien Thriller Series. Pre-release—available July 31, 2017. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Disgraced detectve, Finn O'Brien, is determined to find out what happened to the homeless woman who hurtled off a freeway overpass but the L.A.'s poitician's want him to stand down and a foreign country wants him to turn a blind eye.
Severed Relations
Series: Finn O'Brien Thriller Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,930. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When the detectives of Wilshire Division refuse to partner with disgraced detective, Finn O'Brien, he teams up with his old partner, Cori Anderson, to solve the mystery of the murders of two children and a nanny in the tony Freemont Place neighborhood. Finn and Cori cut a swath across L.A. that runs from Freemont Place mansions to Hollywood's dive bars in search of the ruthless killers.
The Witness Series Bundle: 7 Josie Bates Thrillers
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 691,470. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Josie Bates and her blended family face the dark side of the law, redefine true love, fight the intrusion of politics and stand strong in the face of evil that comes at them from all corners of the world in this suspense-filled, seven-book series.
Dark Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller
Series: The Witness Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,190. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Hannah Sheraton and Billy Zuni are on the run, seeking the darkest corner of the earth they can find until the blood feud that targeted Billy can be resolved. Instead of finding a safe haven, the teenagers realize they have taken refuge in hell. Josie Bates is the avenging angel who must find them before it is too late.
Forgotten Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller
Series: The Witness Series, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,690. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A mysterious, unstable man disrupts a Senate hearing long enough to whisper five words to Josie Bates that will send her from the icy winter of Washington D.C. to the tropical warmth of Hawaii in search of Hannah. What she finds instead is a long buried truth. . .a truth that will change her life forever if she stays alive long enough to live it.
Eyewitness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,800. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
Blame is in the eye of the beholder when Josie faces her toughest challenge yet – one that comes from halfway around the world and forces her to question her faith in justice while threatening the people she loves most.
Expert Witness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,140. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
Hermosa Beach attorney Josie Bates is missing, and the cops say there's nothing they can do. They believe she can take care of herself, but the release of an old client and mysterious list found in her car say different. Racing against time, Josie's sixteen-year-old ward, Hannah Sheraton, and Josie's lover, Archer, must work together despite their differences to find her before it's too late.
Golden Threads
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,740. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Vibrant, exotic, wildly unconventional designer Char Brody wants to make it big in haute couture. In dark-eyed photographer Fletcher Hawkins she finds her soul mate. But when she suddenly has it all -fame, success and fortune - she has no time for anyone or anything. Can Fletcher convince Char that fame and fortune are nothing if love isn't part of the picture?
Rainbow's End
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,780. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Bridget Devlin's first nursing job transported her from a provincial Irish village to San Francisco to care for a wealthy old woman. When the woman becomes a friend and her handsome grandson, Richard Hudson, returns Bridget's affections,life seems perfect. But the woman dies leaving Bridget an heiress. She and Richard are torn apart - unable to see the old woman's true legacy is love.
Wilde's Gamble
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,640. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Dominique Baker is 30, single and tired of her high school teacher, Sister Thomasina tweaking her conscience every time a good looking man comes into the picture. T.J. Wilde is cocky, confident and concerned about a wrongly-convicted friend. He thinks Dominique has the evidence he wants; she thinks he's a bad bet. The gamble is, will they live long enough to discover the truth?
The Mentor
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,240. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00)
Federal prosecutor Lauren Kingsley is tapped to prosecute militia terrorists who bombed an IRS building. This is also her chance to make her mentor, Judge Wilson Caufeld, proud. When Caufeld is murdered, Lauren is trapped in a maze of consipracy, corruption and secrets leading right up to the Supreme Court. Lauren must decide who she can trust before she becomes the next victim of a vicious killer
Keeping Counsel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,470. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.86)
New Mexico attorney Tara Linley believes in the fairness of the law until she takes on her best friend’s lover as a client. When Tara learns of Bill Hamilton's shocking crime - and bound by the attorney/client privilege - she must find a way to protect her professional reputation, her friend and even her own life as circumstances spiral out of control at the hands of a madman.
Character Witness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,660. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00)
Kathleen Cotter is thrilled to be joining her uncle's Beverly Hills law firm but finds his practice is on the skids and his office on the wrong side of 90210. When a flamboyant new client offers Kathleen a chance to save her career, the young lawyer jumps at it. But the trail of lies and political corruption leave Kathleen trying to figure out not only how to solve the case but save her life.
Privileged Witness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,230. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
Grace McCreary says she tried to stop her wealthy, disturbed sister-in-law from jumping to her death, but the police accuse her of murder. Grace, sister of Senate hopeful Matthew McCreary, turns to Josie Bates for help. When Josie, Matthew's first love, steps back into the world of privilege and power she risks everything she holds dear - including her own life.
Silent Witness
Series: The Witness Series, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,700. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00)
Josie Bates is pulled back into the world of high-stakes law when her ex-cop lover, Archer, is accused of murdering his disable stepson - a son Josie never knew he had. Racing against time, she must prove Archer has been framed. Her faith is shaken as she battles to save Archer, almost despairing until she uncovers the most dangerous evidence of all - the testimony of the silent witness.
Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller
Series: The Witness Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 106,930. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.44)
When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, a California Supreme Court justice, her distraught mother turns to once infamous defense attorney, Josie Bates. Now a small town lawyer in Hermosa Beach, Josie wants nothing to do with the case since the gruesome evidence points to Hannah's guilt. When the girl is charged as an adult, Josie can't turn her back