Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I have a very special guest with us today. She has been gracious enough to come visit and share a little about herself and her debut novel, break from you. One thing I like about Rebecca is that she likes to tackle the "tough subjects" through her writing. We get into this during our little chat, so pull up a chair and check this out!
Howdy Rebecca! Thanks so much for joining me today!
Hi Leigh! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I am so excited to be here and chat with you! How are you doing?
I just baked a batch of lemon bars that were oh-so-delicious, so I am doing good! I have a few questions to ask you, so I'm just going to jump right in.
1. In 30 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
I love pinwheels, bright colors, daisies, long talks with friends, and time with my family. I’m outgoing – not at all shy. And it goes without saying, I love to write. (That was 30 exactly!)
2. Your debut novel, Break From You, is now available! Give us a brief synopsis of what this book is about.
Break From You is an emotional story about a seventeen year old girl’s journey through an abusive relationship. Here’s the (agonized over and dreaded) log line: When Brooke Myers’ finds herself falling for the boy who saved her from a burning building the night of homecoming, she is forced to reevaluate her relationship with her abusive boyfriend and face the ghosts in her past.
3. On your about me page, I can tell that you are passionate about writing about “tough topics.” What inspired your current novel?
Well, the idea for Break From You came from a dream about a fire, a cowboy, and another element I can’t tell you about without spoiling the story. I ended up sitting on the idea for a while. After a few chats with some friends and hours of research, I learned about the prevalence of teen dating abuse and knew that was the direction I wanted the story to go. Most of my stories have elements of tough issues in them. I think it is very important to talk and to raise awareness. However, it is very hard to even start the conversation about these types of issues, let alone have a deep discussion about them, so what better way to starting talking than through a good book or movie?
4. You’ve been doing a lot to raise awareness for Dating Violence. Are there certain website that people can go to for help? What is the best thing for someone to do who is trapped in a violent relationship?
It is important to get help. The best thing for someone to do is make sure she does not isolate herself. If she is planning on breaking up with her partner, she needs to make sure she is in a very public area and not alone with him. She needs to go to a trusted adult or friend and get in touch with a trusted organization. These organizations have professionally trained staff to listen, understand, and help. One of the best organizations for more information or to get help is Loveisrespect.org. Anyone can visit their website or text “loveis” to 77054 (Note: I used the pronoun “she” however, it is important to know that anyone can be a victim of dating abuse, including boys.)
Rebecca, thank you so much, for sharing a bit about your book and dating violence with us. I think it’s important to raise awareness for things like this and I appreciate you being willing to talk about this with us today. Thank you again for having me! It is an honor to be here today and raise awareness on teen dating abuse. It is so important to stand up and speak out.
Now, just to lighten things up how about a few popcorn questions?
Yay! This should be loads of fun!
Yep! This is the fun part!
Twitter or Facebook? I love twitter because I love to chat with people and twitter is perfect for that.
Chocolate or Popcorn? Popcorn. (Sadly, I have a lot of food allergies and Chocolate happens to be one of them)
My heart is broken for you. I'd die without chocolate, but popcorn is yummy too!
Night Owl or Early Bird? Night owl! My rule is to never get up before the sun.
Snow or Sunshine? The sun! Although I don’t hate the snow- I just like the sun more.
Oceans or Mountains? Mountains! I am a Colorado mountain girl through and through!
Okay- now your turn…twitter or facebook? Chocolate or popcorn? Night or morning? Snow or Sun? and Ocean or mountains?
LOL! Oh goodness, you're turning the tables on me! Okay... here goes:
Sun - FOR SURE!
and Mountains, all the way!
Thanks again for being here Rebecca! It's been a great visit! I hope that our visitors are about to use the great information you have shared.
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