INTRODUCING….Becca St. John.
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
My first four books are medieval romantic adventures, spurred on by marrying an Englishman and moving to the UK. Castle hopping became an obsession and many trips up north, to the highlands, led to those locations. But I don’t just write Medieval Historicals. We lived near Jane Austen’s home and spent many an afternoon touring London and Bath, with their beautiful Regency architecture. Hence, my last two books, An Independent Miss and Summerton, take place in the Regency era.
2. What’s your favorite beverage?
Water. I keep jugs of it in the fridge, steeping in various flavors; cucumber and mint, ginger and lemon, strawberries & blueberries. My splurge of choice, and something I keep meaning to learn how to make, is Kombucha ~ if anyone has a recipe please share!
3. If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be?
That’s tough, because it depends on whether I’m writing ~ and one song, over and over would kill me. As a meditator, I’d opt for silence. But there are artists I could listen to continuously. Loreena McKennitt and Gregorian Chants flavored my medieval work, classical influenced my Regencies. Just to relax, I love Annie Lennox, Cat Power (if you’ve never heard of her, check out Cat’s rendition of New York on youtube ~ awesome!), John Mayer, and Jack Johnson. Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe, just maybe, I could listen to one song over and over again but it’s a tie between Joni Mitchell’s Blue and Cat Power’s New York.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
First draft is always a struggle because I’m a panster. I’ve tried to outline, but strayed from it so quickly there was no point in continuing that way so, I sit down and face a blank page with every new scene until the first draft is done. That’s where the discipline of writing is the most important. Playing with a book, once it’s done, is the most fun!
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Interesting idea because we just made that decision and have ended up in, of all our choices, southwestern Florida ~ a lovely compromise, as my husband loves to fish. My druthers would be the coast of Maine or, perhaps, Connemara Ireland. I love England, but it’s just too congested. Mind you, when we were in Peru, I claimed I could live in the Amazon jungle and then, in India, I told my friends, “I could live here.” This must be why we travel, because we can’t live everywhere LOL.
6. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Love to read everything from non-fiction history (my favorite is A Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England ~ I have three versions of it: ereader, paperback, and audible) and ancient religious documents to fiction. The genre is immaterial as long as the writing compels. My first and favorite Historical Romances are, Flowers in the Storm by Laura Kinsale, any of Joan Wolf’s Regencies or Eloisa James. I have every single book written by Jayne Ann Krentz in every genre. Jennifer Cruise makes me laugh, as does Janet Evanovich. So, like music, I’m all over the show and we haven’t even gotten into mysteries!
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
If anyone really figures this out, they will make a fortune. Stephen King calls it the magic, others claim muses, some say from deep inside. Who knows? A few are convinced that much of my work is channeled. When I figure out exactly how to turn it on, when I want, and shut it off, when I don’t, I’ll let you know. For now, I don’t ask where my ideas come from but continually shout out, “thank you!”
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
Not to be funny or sarcastic, but any reader is ideal ~ as long as they stop reading if the book isn’t right for them. Nothing is a perfect read for everyone. I’m fine with that. But when someone picks up my book and enjoys it enough to find me on Facebook or write a review or, even better, read another one of my books, I know we have something in common, something fundamental. One of the things I love about romance readers is their belief in the power of love, not just in love relationships but within friendships, families, and communities.
9. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to swim under water like a dolphin! I love to swim, especially underwater, but don’t have the courage to deep sea dive.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
This winter I released the first of my Lady Eleanor Mysteries ~ a Regency romance with a touch of gothic. The sleuth, Lady Eleanor, manages to find both trouble and troubled young lovers in each book of the series. Plenty of sparks and adventure for all.
Be sure to come back to read more about Becca and her novel, SUMMERTON, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Becca is giving away a Regency Retro Silver Pendant necklace, along with an e-copy of SUMMERTON, to one lucky reader who comments on her **Author Peek** Interview or Killer Book Bench blogs. Thank you, Becca, for sharing your story with us.
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