Thursday, September 13, 2012

Deep Connections: An Interview and Giveaway with Author Rebecca Graf

Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.”

Today we are joined by author Rebecca Graf as we talk about her romantic suspense book, Deep Connections. Welcome Rebecca!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a former accountant who really got tired of corporate America and wanted to be creative. I am currently going back to school to get my history and English degree. I am happily married with three children and live in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. I just partnered with a friend of mine to start our own publishing company. That is going better than expected after being open two months. I love to read, write, cook, crochet, and knit.

Is writing a full-time career for you? If not, how else do you spend your work day?

Writing is almost full-time. I write on my books, but I also freelance-write at various sites. It’s a great way to get extra cash and get my name out there. Other than that, I’m studying for school or running my publishing company.

If you had to sum it up Deep Connections in 30 or less words, what would you say?

Mmmmm. (That doesn’t count). A woman finds love and obsession leading her to make a decision that will change all lives.

Do you have a favorite character in the book? Who and why?

My favorite character is Tahnee, Slaton’s mom. She was not a huge character at first. I never planned her to be, but as I wrote she began to develop and become more prominent. I love her strength and wisdom.

Without giving it all away, please tell us a little something about how Brenna is going to get through their biggest challenge.

Brenna is going to be able to get through the challenges presented to her through several ways. One will be the strength she pulls from those who love her and stand by her. She is not used to that. She is used to being alone in the world. She’ll also have to find within herself the courage to face these challenges and risk her own life. She is a woman who has courage but is scared to use it.

What is your favorite scene in Deep Connections?

I have several favorite scenes. Most of them are either the cliffhanger ones which I will avoid mentioning for obvious reasons, but I also love the scenes of lightheartedness between Brenna and Slaton. They joking is fun to watch and gives you a glimpse into their personalities. Sadly, the joking fades as the tension rises.

Do you have to be alone or have quiet to write?

I have to have quiet to write. When I get involved in a scene, I have to see it playing out in my mind like a movie. Then I have to translate it to the words needed. When I get distracted, all that flies away. This can be frustrating in a house the size of ours and all the voices.

Do you have plans for a new book?  Is this book part of a series?

This is the first in a trilogy. Dark Connections and Deadly Connections will be coming out next year. Dark Connections is about ready to go to the editor.

What do you have in store next for your readers?

The sequel for Deep Connections is about done and ready for the editor. It is called Dark Connections and will literally pick up where Deep Connections ends. In that book, the readers will see more of Tahnee and Grey as well as seeing Layford stepping forward and becoming a major character. He’ll even find an love interest. There is so much that will be discovered about each person including who Creeper really is.

What has been your greatest pleasure or personal success as an author?  

I love hearing that someone liked the story. It makes me happy. When a friend read Deep Connections for the first times, she quickly came back demanding more. I loved it.

What type of hero do you like best?

My favorite hero is the strong type that has tenderness, humor, and a good streak of stubbornness. He can be so much fun. I’d be attracted to him.

Is there a genre you wish you could write, but haven’t made the plunge? Which one and what appeals to you about it?

I like to write across many genres. I’m working on a romantic/suspense. Deep Connections is a paranormal/romance/suspense. I’ve got several children’s books ready to come out as well. I do tend to lean toward the romances because they are fun and warm my heart when I read them. But, I do really want to write some cozy mysteries. That would be so much fun.

Laptop, desktop or notebook and pen for writing?

I use a laptop. I take it with me most places though I use the pen to jot notes down and work with ideas.

Do you believe in writer’s block? Has it ever happened to you?

Yes, but I see it as more like not able to see the forest for the trees. I’m too much in the book. I can’t see it. I used an analogy to describe this recently. I’m the writer in the pool of my words. I need to step out and see what I’m missing, but I can’t find a way out. Someone else on the other hand is outside the pool and can see the stone steps under the water that I cannot see. Once they direct me, I can finish it. Sometimes, I need that little bit of guidance to open the floodgates.

You’re spending one year living on a desert island – which three authors do you want with you?

Tom Clancy for sure. I love his books. I could devour them for their adventure. Then there is Amanda Quick, or Jayne Ann Krentz. I love her romances and the humor that is always present there. Edger Allen Poe would be third because that man can scare the hibbyjibbies out of me without any gore, demons, or such. He has such a way with words.

The Book

Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Release Date: August 23, 2012
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The Author

Rebecca Graf worked as an account for 20 years before taking a chance at a dream. Starting off with writing online, she began to build a reputation and a number of followers. Now, she has one children's book, A Gift for a Mouse, published with Deep Connections being her first adult novel. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children as well as two cats, Oreo and Cookie, and two dogs, Bug and Mocha. Rebecca has started her own publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, with two partners. Their goal is to help new authors to achieve their dreams. She also spends her days crocheting and knitting....

Twitter: @rebeccagraf

The Excerpt
Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?

Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”

She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in his eye was not merciful. Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!

The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel. Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.

1 comment:

  1. It's great having you with us today Rebecca!