Interview with Rebecca Friedman

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in Westchester, New York and spent weekends and holidays with my grandparents at their hotel The Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, New York. It was a very different and amazing way to grow up. There was always this sense of wonder. There were always new things to learn about and watching my grandparents live made it seem as if anything could be possible. I hope that has influenced my writing as well as my life.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing when I was very little. My mother encouraged reading and writing so by the time I got to kindegarten I was able to read. Reading and writing took me to new and unexplored placed from an early age on.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book is a labor of love. I suffered a stroke in 2007 - much like Ever Falk, the protagonist does in my book. As a result of the stroke I lost the memory of many of my words. I would go to speak or write and draw a blank unable to recall the words which I knew that I knew.I wanted to create a character who didn't find it acceptable to give up or give in. A character like Ever who fights back, who gives her all amidst her changed circumstances.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Time. I have written to many publishers for my children stories and sat and waited for answers.Some people read the books, some never ever bothered to from the look of their responses. I realized that time is precious.It is especially precious to someone who has lost so much time. I am proud of what I have captured in this book. What is the point in writing a book if it isn't to have your words be read?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am a word freak. I love words, the sound of them when put together just right. I like the emotions they elicit when chosen correctly. It is like coming up the a magic potion that works just so.
I also like to play the "what if" game. What dog spoke to me? What if...I could fly? Imagination has a hand in everything.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Ernest Hemingway and F.Scott Fitzgerald for their honesty with words. I am a huge fan of the Bronte sisters. Jane Austen, George Sand, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Anne Lamott, Stephen King (on writing) and Colleen Hoover.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am excited to be here. I am grateful and fortunate to be alive and to be able to do the things that I do. My dogs and cats inspire me as well. They make me get whether I want to or not. They make me go out and feel the sun on my skin and breathe the fresh air. The thought of coming up with things to write about and possibly sharing it inspires me. Life inspires me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I spend time with friends. I visit with and play and read with my friends children.I enjoy cooking, and growing roses. I spend time going for walks with my dogs. I also currently have a job.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a children's book next.
What is your writing process?
I just write. due to memory issues from my stroke, I put notes in my phone so I will be able to use them as a guide for my writing. I also write on junk mail, envelopes...anything laying around. Then I write more. I write too much so that I have something to sift through and edit later. But mainly I just write.
Published 2015-09-27.
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Books by This Author

Ever. After.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,680. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Ever Falk’s life growing up at her families resort hotel in the Catskills, and in Westchester, New York never prepared her for the fight of her life. We follow 40-something year old Ever when she suffers a stroke and she is forced to look at her life, loves, and family through different eyes.