My pleasure to welcome Rebecca Scarberry author of Jumper and Jumper Bounces Back (Volume 2)
Readers like to know some details about the author of the books they read and today Rebecca has given us a good insight into her choosing to become an author.
Q Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom? Garden shed?
Rebecca: Most of the time I write at my desktop computer in my home office, but I often take a pad of paper and a pencil and sit by one of the waterfalls on my property to write.
Q Do you write at set times e.g. morning, afternoon, evening, very early morning? Rebecca: I don’t have a set time when I write.
Q.What motivates you to write?
Rebecca: My only motivation is to entertain readers.
Q What are the biggest distractions to your writing time?
Rebecca: My husband is my only distraction. He loves the books I’ve written and has contributed to several of the story lines, but he’d like for me to spend more time with him. As a result, I’ve set aside two days a week where I spend nearly all my time with him. It’s working.
Q. What part of the world do you live in?
Rebecca: I live in the United States. I live on a secluded five acre non-working farm in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas. It’s a peaceful writer’s paradise. Well, it’s peaceful most of the time. Arkansas is in “Tornado Alley”. I lose my power a lot during the storms in March, April, and May. Three of my wireless modems have been fried by lightning because I failed to unplug them during the scary storms. Hard to think straight when my weather radio is saying a tornado is headed my way. Too busy grabbing a flashlight, and running for my underground shelter in the middle of the night. You might be asking yourselves, why would anybody live in “Tornado Alley”? Well, I used to think people were nuts to do so; but I get it now. The people, animals, and beauty that surround me are more important than safety.
Q. Are you from there originally?
Rebecca: No, I was born and raised on the beaches of southern California.
Q. Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?
Rebecca: Yes I have.
Q How do you overcome it?
Rebecca: I either change the direction of the story or add a new character.
Q. Have you taken any writers’ courses and have they been worthwhile?
Rebecca: I’ve never taken any writing courses.
Q. Have you ever belonged to a writers’ group? And what value did you gain from it?
Rebecca: I’ve never belonged to any writers’ groups. I’m way too shy for that.
Q. Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published? Rebecca: I have no desire to be traditionally published.
Q Have you ever tried to find an agent?
Rebecca: No, but I really should have one.
Q What would you expect an agent could do for you that you can’t do for yourself? Rebecca: So many parents and grandparents who’ve read my children’s book series to the little ones are saying the children want Jumper(a funny red beach ball who talks) to be made into a half hour TV program. I would expect an agent to help me to get the script I’ve written for one episode into the hands of television producers.
Q. Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie writer?
Rebecca: Writing and publishing as an Indie is currently a full-time career I enjoy immensely.
Q. How long have you been writing?
Rebecca: The first thing I ever wrote was a screenplay around 1988. I didn’t start writing again until 2009.
Q. What drew you to want to write a book?
Rebecca: In 2009 I had a story to tell about bad things that had happened to me recently. I felt that if I wrote a novel, whereby I killed-off a person who’d done me wrong, I’d feel better. It worked, but soon found that I really didn’t know how to write fiction properly. I wrote two short stories and later decided to lengthen them. I got help from two authors, Des Birch and Scott Bury. Soon after, I published Messages from Henry and Rag Doll. I may or may not edit and publish my very first novel. I doubt it.
Q. From where did you get the idea for this current story?
Rebecca: My Jumper series of children’s books came about in an unexpected way. My husband and I were driving down a busy city street on a windy day. A red beach ball had blown out of a bin of balls, situated in front of a toy store. That ball followed us for a quarter of a mile. My husband started telling me a story about what the ball would see and think. His story was funny, but not all that great. A week later, I decided to go ahead and write my version of what the red ball saw and think. Thus, Jumper was written and published in July 2013. Jumper Bounces Back followed, and then Jumper Meets Bouncy.
Q. What is your next project?
Rebecca: I’ve written the script for one episode of my Jumper series. It has been edited by a very talented author/screenwriter, Simon Okill, and I’m in the process of sending it to as many appropriate television producers I can find. Thank you Becky, readers will enjoy reading about you, Good luck for the future click HERE to see Rebecca books