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Author spotlight: Becca Seymour

6 January 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Becca Seymour. She will be attending ARR2020 in Brisbane.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

Despite always been a reader, it wasn’t until my early twenties that I started writing. But it was also a crazy busy time in my life where I never seemed to finish anything. It took me close to fifteen years later to reach the point where I needed a creative outlet.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Having always been an avid reader, it’s difficult to pinpoint a given author or book that was romance genre specific that hooked me. From the start I enjoyed novels with romantic elements, and in many ways it was likely Louisa May Alcott and Little Women, which I read regularly from the age of about nine, that made me appreciate the full scope of romance. Louisa May Alcott introduced me to a world where strong characters can swoon and fall in love without losing themselves in the process.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I love young adult fiction, especially fantasy, yet there would definitely be a romance subplot should I consider that route. I would consider a mystery someday, but I’m not sure I’m cut out for it. I’m too impatient as a reader and am always second and third guessing, desperately trying to predict the outcome.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Let Me Show You is the first book in my True-Blue series. It has two amazing leads, Carter and Tanner. It’s a small-town, low-angst romance so I can see Chase Crawford (The Boys, Gossip Girl) playing Carter, a kind and loving veterinarian, and possibly Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Punisher) playing Tanner; he’s a down-to-earth handsome construction worker, who’s loyal, and generous, and says it how it is. I’d need to hear his American accent though as this series is set in the US.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Sitting down and simply writing. Finding the time without finding reasons to pull myself away from the keyboard is tricky. This usually happens when I’m 25,000 words into a story. This word count is my huge wall. Every single time, without fail, I pause and find all the reasons to not continue. Those 7,000 to 9,000 words after are hard and can take weeks. It’s once I’ve finally surpassed those and am closing into 40,000 words that the rest tend to come so much easier.

What is your favourite place to write?

I wrote my first two novels in my bedroom in the evening on my laptop. My hubby was working away, so it gave me the perfect distraction. Admittedly, it wasn’t great for my back.  In the past year though, I’ve found myself writing more on my Mac in my office. It’s quite effective as when I need a break from work, I can open my manuscript and spend fifteen minutes getting some words down before returning to my day job. I then tend to write after 9.00 pm, when my son is in bed so there are no distractions and I can centre myself.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Not one single character or one singular person, no. Rather, there are lots of scenarios based on real-life events and situations. Just like there are personality traits in my characters from people I know, and a lot from myself. Always interesting when my characters are men.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

Is it bad that I have to head to my Goodreads account to double check this? I inhale books, but I legitimately am terrible at remembering titles. I can usually describe the cover though.  My last five-star read was Upside Down by Australian author NR Walker. It was so many levels of incredible. It made me laugh and swoon and was filled with beautiful tender moments where I thought my heart would burst from my chest. It was such a breath of fresh air for the romance genre with an asexual main character.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

In Becoming Us (True-Blue #3), we catch up with Kirkby residents Scott and Davis as they navigate through the ups and downs of fatherhood, relationships, and juggling … balls. Two years have passed by and it’s clear love can last, just as it can grow. But that doesn’t mean real life is always perfect, nor does it mean fatherhood isn’t as exhausting as it is wonderful. With humour and lots of heart, Becoming Us is a story of not giving up and fighting for what you love.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

I’ve just finished my March release, Thicker Than Water, my first non-contemporary novel, so I imagine I’ll still be hard at work on editing that ready for publication. I aim to be completing two more novels in my True-Blue series, and Remedied, book 3 in my Coming Home series too. There will definitely be a fourth book I’m working on. I’m just not sure what yet.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.

 

One Comment
  1. 6 January 2020 4:56 pm

    Thank you. I can’t wait until March.

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