Les Becker is a writer based in Sault Ste. Marie, ON CANADA. You can find her online at http://www.lesbecker.com.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My main character, Ruby Daniel, is based on my "L'il Ol' Landlady", a sweet little 90-year-old lady who has, over the past decade, become my very best friend. When she sold the building I lived in, I purposely moved myself and and my then-teenaged daughter into a one-room basement bachelor apartment simply because it was the only place I could find that was close to Ruby's house.
"The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs", the first in a 3-part series entitled "The Ruby Chronicles", is based on a true story told to me by Ruby. Her story was a simple little anecdote wherein she was handcuffed to a drunk by a police officer as a joke, and released about 15 minutes later. I thought I could write a better story.
I think I nailed it - Ruby is still angry with me over how I portrayed her mother.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Sensitivity. I spent so many years collecting rejection slips that I didn't think I could handle even one more.
When her crude and offensive employer plays an embarrassing prank on her, Ruby Daniel gets revenge with the help of her mother, whose devious tactics and unrestrained glee in the details of retaliation leave Ruby in awe, and a little fearful of the woman who raised her.