Friday, November 12, 2010

Author Interview with Becca Wilhite

I'm totally honored to have Becca Wilhite on my blog today!

I first ran across Becca when I found her book at the bookstore. I read the synopsis and thought it was a sounded like a fun book. I wasn't disappointed. I loved the characters and the humor. Later I had the chance to sit in on a class Becca taught at the UVU Conference I blogged about earlier. It was there that I saw she had another book, and you know me, I had to buy it and get it signed so I could add it to my collection.

I asked Becca if I could spotlight her and her great books on my blog and she kindly agreed. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!

What was the best advice you got before you were published (or on your writing journey) ? The best advice I've been given on writing is to write. Writers write. Every day, if they have any sort of character whatsoever. Write while you're waiting for acceptance or rejection. Write in the fifteen unscheduled minutes you have. Write about what you love.

If you could be one of your characters for a day who would you be and why? I think I'd like to be Betsy from Bright Blue Miracle. I've always wondered what it would feel like to live inside a beauty's head. What is she really afraid of? What are her insecurities? (And, you know, so people look twice.)

If you could meet one of your characters for lunch who would it be and what would you talk to them about? I'd meet Sarah from My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions. We'd eat something on white bread and I'd listen to her recount the voices in her head. We'd laugh a lot, and then we'd order ice cream. Lots of ice cream.

What’s been a fun perk of being published? I get to teach at writer's conferences and visit classrooms to talk about writing. I love to teach (just not every day) and it is so fun for me to hang with writers and students.

Looking forward to anything in the future? I'm looking forward to everything in the future. :) I have a manuscript out right now with a publisher, and we'll see if it turns into a Real Live Book.

Any upcoming events I can tell my readers about? I'm teaching a class on truth and Fiction at the LDS Storymaker's conference in May. If you come, you will laugh. *Unless you have no sense of humor, in which case I make no guarantees. And also, I'm sorry for you.

Biggest/hardest change since being published (in writing or life, etc)? Reality is a little tough. I thought that being published meant making a great deal of money. It doesn't. But that's okay. I love to write and that's the best part.

What's a good book you've read this year that you'd recommend to others? "Matched" by Ally Condie, "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin, and "Paranormalcy" by Kiersten White.

If your load was lightened what is a guilty pleasure you would partake in? My load is so light. I love to read. And watch movies. I think if I could, I'd go to see a musical every week. How bout it? Want to join me?

I’ve heard you read stories aloud and it was so enjoyable. Have you ever thought about doing voice acting? I love reading aloud. It is one of my favorite things. I read to all my kids way after they learned to read by themselves. I think I just enjoy the sound of my own voice... :) I also love to act, although I've never done any voice-talent stuff, I do get on stage once in a while.

In your book My Ridiculous Romantic Obsession, Sarah’s a total romantic. Did you pull any of her personality traits from yourself (current or past) ? Pretty much all of Sarah's insecurities are mine. Also the British voices in her head. But I'm not so much a romance-novel reader. (As if I'd tell you if I were!)

Do you wear a certain pair of shoes when you write? Do you have a favorite? I write in socks. I love socks. Cotton ones. Or wool. But I do love shoes. Someday, I'll own loads of them. Loads.

Do your kids think you are as funny as I do? Aw, shucks. My kids think I have the capacity for funny. They're actually pretty fond of me (which is really saying something when you consider that two of them are teenage girls). We do have a lot of fun at our house. Come on over. We eat dinner every night at six.

I heard you were working on a different kind of novel than you’ve done in the past. Are you enjoying the process so far? I've actually finished a draft (and a half) of an early-chapter reader. It's a blast, but in a way, a shorter book is harder to write. All the words count. I can't just write a thousand junk words, thinking I can always cut them later. A thousand words is ten percent of the finished product. So the process is different. Also, I get to read lots of that kind of books, which is way fun. Franny K. Stein, anyone? Oh, the wit.

Thank you, Debbie, for having me visit on Cranberry Fries!

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I love to help spread the love of great books. Comment on this post (by Nov 19th) and I'll pick one lucky person to win their choice of Bright Blue Miracle or My Ridiculous Romantic Obsession.


samantha.thomson said...

Love that she recommends paranormalcy - great book!

Jenni Elyse said...

The covers and the titles of her books sound interesting and intriguing. I'll have to add her to my to read list.

Greg and Kimberly ... said...

Those both sound great, thanks for introducing me to her! She sounds like a lot of fun. I am going to put these on my wish list.

Kayla said...

Those both sound like tons of fun! What a fun blog post, it's always great to "meet" new people online!

Mandi and Adam said...

What a fun interview. Her books sound great; I would love to read both of them.

Kristie said...

Looks like one more author to put on the list of to reads! Thanks for sharing. It sounds so good, the titles are intriging!