Interview with Rebecca Winters

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wrote since I was little. I won multiple Author's Choice Awards for poems while in high school as well. When I was injured in the military I couldn't do anything to help my husband with income so after a while my husband told me I should write down the stories I kept telling him that I wanted to write about. When I finally sat down and started writing I had wrote my first book and edited it within two months. After I started looking for a publisher and an agent. I started on the sequel a few months ago and have it almost finished now with what I have already edited. After my last experience I decided I didn't want someone telling me how long I have to stay with them or that they couldn't do the cover art the way I wanted or even that the way I had written something is wrong and it needed to be changed. When deciding all of that I decided to self publish and never looked back.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing and it calms me down. Whenever I feel anxious or irritated I sit down and start writing and it has an instant calming effect. Sometimes I feel like my brain is going to explode from all the different things I want to write about trying to claw their way out, but when I finally get the things out I want to say things get very quiet for me and I feel an instant sense of pride and accomplishment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Pack Of Lies Series has quite a bit of things from my life mixed into the stories but exaggerated so they're more interesting.
What are you working on next?
I'm almost done with Deceit Among The Pack, the sequel to Pack Of Lies, and when that one is finished then I will be starting on A Growing Pack, the third book in the series.
What is your writing process?
I just write. I write and write and write. When I get a chapter done then I go back through and read it making whatever corrections or changes I need to make to it but I try not to make too many changes because I've learned that what I wrote the first time through is generally the best with the story. Before I start writing anything after I come back to the computer from a long break or over night then I make sure to reread the chapter before and go from there.
What do you hope to accomplish with writing your books?
I think the only thing I want is to possibly brighten someone's day a little like other people's books do for me. I think if my books can make others smile and make them want to read more then I'm doing something right. But, when I do write, I write because I ultimately just want to write my stories down. I do this for me but if others happen to like the books too then it's a bonus. I do hope others like them too, though.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Florida until I was 10 and I don't think that place really had much of an influence on my writing. After that I moved to Ohio and we moved around to two or three different houses a year and that I think had more of an effect on me. I was always the new kid and moving from place to place so it was hard for me going back and forth from one school to another. That was when I really threw myself into my writing. I used a lot of what I went through in my books so some of it is fake and some of it is based on my life even though it's labeled as fiction. I had to make things more interesting though so things are more interesting than they were for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm either reading, doing homework, housework, taking care of my kids or husband or writing down the billion different ideas I have in my head for my books so I can use them later.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Honestly, I've been writing for as long as I can remember so I don't remember what the first story I had ever written was but I know I was very young when I wrote it.
When did you first start writing?
Junior High School was when I wrote my first poem that was published but I started writing short stories since I started school.
How do you approach cover design?
That's another hard question to answer. I think the cover design is one of the single most important things, second only to the story itself. The cover needs to convey the story in a way that makes people feel a need to read the book as soon as they see the cover since it caught their attention so easily. I'm very picky when it comes to cover design and am in the process of changing the cover to Pack Of Lies now since I don't think it portrays the message I want it to portray. I almost have a very specific design for the cover in my head and I try not to deviate from that whenever possible.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers, though I'm sure there aren't many yet as Pack Of Lies is my first book and the second isn't out yet but the readers I do have mean a lot to me as it seems unreal sometimes thinking I did something that someone likes. To me reading is one of the greatest joys, so if I can give someone else that kind of joy then that means more to me than I could ever convey to people. Just knowing people took the time to read something I wrote and liked it enough to be a fan and want to read other things I write seems unreal at times.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Again, I was very young when my mom had taught me to read so I don't remember the first story I had ever written, no, but I do remember when I was in third or fourth grade I read The Giver and I was really moved by it. I think that was when I decided I wanted to write for sure. I remember thinking about the story for weeks after reading it thinking about every little detail of the book and wondering how people would be so willing to give up their individuality just to be told what to do every second of their life and be happy about it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow. That's a question that will be too hard to answer because I literally have too many authors that I love to read that I couldn't list them all. I love Becca Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Ethington, V.C. Andrews, Veronica Roth, Stephen King, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, basically most horror/mystery/action/paranormal/spy/espionage/military/young adult books among others so generally if the author writes books in that category I most likely like them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh boy! I think this will be the question I wont be able to answer since the list I have is way too long to just pick five but I'll list five that I really love. The Giver, The Divergent Series, The Landry Series, The Hush Hush Series, The Imdalind Series
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything! I have so many books my husband hates it. Especially every time the military moves us and he has to load and unload them. I love anything I can get my hands on really, though I'm not big on contemporary romance books for the most part even though I do find a few I like here and there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get an email from Book Bub daily giving me about ten books, give or take a few, that are all 2.99$ or less with some being free. I love those emails. That's where most of the books on my IPad have come from. The ones that didn't come from those emails are normally the series that go with ones I've gotten from those emails.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both a Kindle and an IPad and love reading on both of them.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children are what gets me out of bed every day. They are my heart along with my husband. I don't know what I'd do without them. Whenever I'm home alone, however, I love writing and reading. The trick is finding the time between school work and housework.
Describe your desk
Full. I have a desk full of office supplies and one computer and a long folding table with a laptop and all my school supplies on it. Yet even with all that I still can't manage to find enough room and everything still feels too cluttered for my taste.
Published 2015-03-12.
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Books by This Author

Deceit Among The Pack
Series: Pack Of Lies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 125,290. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Time after time Rain's past keeps rearing up stronger than before, each time becoming a worse threat than the ones she already defused. This time Rain can't outrun her past and endures the greatest loss imaginable; the loss of a child. Ghosts from the past, loss of loved ones, lives at stake and deceit in her wolf pack make Rain question her ability to keep anyone safe, let alone her family.
Pack Of Lies
Series: Pack Of Lies. Price: Free! Words: 65,550. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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When push comes to shove there's no one better at doing what needs to be done than Rain. She is the best in the world and she knows it. The problem is she hasn't been working in five years leaving her slower than she used to be. Will her intuition be as deadly as it used to be? And can she get back into the swing of things in time to stop these people from trying to kill her and her children?