Interview with Becky Villareal

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre - I love the drama and the romance
The Rag Coat - the way the family and community pull together and the way the children learn to appreciate the coat
The Girl by Catherine Cookson - Cookson writes so clearly about this time in history in England
Tommie De Paola's fairy tales - one of my favorites to read to my students
The Little Prince - it reminds me of my son Gabriel
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fiction for pleasure
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Sharing the book with my friends on social media sites I'm signed into.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually a leather ottoman that sits in front of a matching chair
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in McKinney, Texas. I was influenced by the small towns and safety of living in a safe environment where I was free to be a child.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was five years old. My grandfather provided us with all kinds of office paper that I was able to make into tiny books. I would write and illustrate them myself and often gave them as gifts.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My husband and I are both teachers. One day I picked him up from work at an elementary school and noticed the strange holes in the ground of the schoolyard. As a scientist I wondered what kind of animal or insect would create those kinds of holes. It wasn't until later, as I walked across a playground in heels that I noticed I was creating the same kinds of holes in the ground.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The desire to see something I created in print and available for someone to read.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the confidence and the tools to be able to print a book on my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to play with words and place them in all kinds of order in order to tell a story. I also like to study human nature and be able to covey the strengths and weaknesses of people through stories.
What are you working on next?
I am working with Anaiah Press on a book entitled Gianna the Great that will be coming out in the spring of 2015.
Why did you sign up with Anaiah Press?
When I began looking for a place to publish and I found Anaiah Press, I read up on them first and saw their "mission statement". Anaiah Press is a Christian digital-first publishing house dedicated to presenting quality faith-based fiction and nonfiction books to the public. So I knew their values would be closely aligned with my own and I would feel comfortable working with them.

Then, when I began working with Jessica Schmeidler, I found out that their statement . . .to provide our authors with the close-knit, hands-on experience was indeed true. Jessica has helped me every step of the way with encouragement and personal technical help. I could not have asked for a better way to be introduced into the world of publication and I can foresee a long relationship with Anaiah Press.
What inspired you to write Snake Holes?
The character Sarah Jane is just as rambunctious a child as I was. She loves playing with tarantulas and horned toads just as I did and can find something wonderful everywhere, even in the schoolyard where she feels unwelcomed.
Published 2014-06-28.
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Books by This Author

Snake Holes
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,770. Language: American English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
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Sarah Jane Alexander wants more than anything else to have everyone see past her dress with the torn sleeve. You won't believe what happens to her and how she becomes the hero of the day!