Interview with Rebecca Sorens

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Joy -- I usually reserve for real life, but I enjoy creating characters and have them come to life. I have to practice being a practical person -- so I'm writing some practical but fun books about being healthy and happy.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot! Wish I had more. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell everybody on your social media to look for books by Rebecca J Sorens.

Soon to come -- books on how to be healthy and happy.
What are you working on next?
I want to share what I've learned about healthy living and being happy. The first of those books, inspired by my blog www.bebeautiful-behappy.com is called "Exercise for the Lazy and Intelligent Woman." I'm also working on number three of the Silverton Cozy mysteries, after Number one - "Henri Loses Her Beau" and number two - "Louisa's Luck Has Changed." In between I wrote a modern Mary Poppins story after seeing the Saving Mr. Banks movie. I want to be both Emma Thompson and PL Travers (author of Mary Poppins).
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh gosh, I read continually and now I am enjoying the oldies. Wilkie Collins The Moonstone, 1868, was a real treat, and I want to read his other one. I started watching the BBC of it, such a bad habit! Of course I don't get the writing that way, but I do get the story. A friend in Barcelona is sending me mystery novels, but I read before sleep so they can't be violent. My all-time favorite book is "One Hundred Years of Solitude."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When I remember I have something to do and something to say, and people who want to know. Daylight helps too, and so does doing stretches before my feet hit the floor.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Now I get to take a walk on the beach. I'm so lucky to be living on the south coast of Spain.
What is your writing process?
Somebody gives me an idea usually. The opening of Henri Loses Her Beau really happened to a friend of mine. Someone she met one evening sent her a card and flowers a month later and never showed up in person. As far as I know he didn't die though, I made that part up. The next one about Louisa is inspired by a friend who has visitors stay at her house, almost a bed-and-breakfast. I saw a movie I loved about Irish gangsters (In Bruges) and I put those two ideas together (renting out the rooms to gangsters).

I have a beginning and know how it will end. Then I make a loose outline, more as I go along than at the beginning, but I'm trying to get more efficient with making the story line. The truth is, the story comes as it goes along.
How do you approach cover design?
Thankfully I have a graphic design degree. I enjoy doing my own covers and designing them for other writers too.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Of choice? An iPad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in in Arkansas--southern US, in the suburbs. A mysterious old lady lived in the center of the woods. I feel like my childhood's influenced my life, and therefore my writing, greatly. But isn't that true of everyone?
Published 2016-01-01.
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Books by This Author

Louisa's Luck Has Changed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,780. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Louisa makes her house into a B&B, but she has no idea her helpful guests could be Irish gangsters. Her friend Henrietta, the local sleuth, is concerned, until Henri starts a sexy fun relationship with a guest who looks like Johnny Depp. When a body is found in Louisa’s garden, Henri has to work with the local detective to prove her new boyfriend had nothing to do with it.
Watching Out For Jolene
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Before this happened, Jolene never needed anyone to watch out for her. She lived in the big city with her good job, until taking her dog and cat to live in a trailer on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. When danger barges in, will the local cowboy or will the Native American win her heart while protecting her from harm?
Henri Loses Her Beau
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,600. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Jefferson the Norwegian Cat plays a big part in Henrietta's life. But it's the dachshund who has to lead the way to find the truth about what happened to his owner *sigh* the one who would have been, she's sure of it, Henri's long-lived soul mate.
The Country Wife
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,260. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Sharon is happily married, but she senses the student watching her who comes for summer work on the farm. He is an art photography student who takes pictures of Sharon as she hangs up laundry, and soon she is posing for him in other fun ways. Will she be seduced, will he?
The Initials of Clara and Stanley
You set the price! Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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Clara is caught carving her and her boyfriend's initials into the furniture by her mom. When her mom invites Stanley over for dinner, Clara is sure that her un-charmed life is about to become even more disastrous.
The Meeting
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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In the cafes and cobbled streets of the old part of Barcelona, a newly arrived American woman meets a typically classically handsome man named Angel for a short but sweet romance. Leave a review!
Non-Birthday Short Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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short story about a geeky computer guy whose cat gives him the right message
Harriet and Her Lost Dog
Price: Free! Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Harriet is a 10 year old Afro-american girl who lives with her white mom and white step-dad. She tells us what happens when the dog who looks like her -- brown with kinky hair -- gets lost on the plane trip.