Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Welcome Back Guest Spotlight Author Drea Becraft

Getting to know an author is the highlight of any blog owner’s day, especially when it’s someone as likeable and talented as Drea Becraft.
She took some out of her busy life to answer some questions just so we can get a glimpse of the author behind the books.  Always fun and interesting!!
Now let’s get down to business.

Drea, what’s been your biggest influence on becoming a writer? 
Actually, other writers. I pick up a little bit of skill with each book I read so they are my biggest influences I think. 
I’ve heard a lot about your “to be read” list and it’s quite impressive.
How did you feel when you got your first publishing contract?
I was so excited I screamed and danced around my house, my kids thought I was crazy, but I so could not contain it. Lol! 
I bet that was a sight to see. Don’t worry, by the time your kids need therapy, you’ll be able to afford it.
How do you categorize yourself: pantser or plotter?
Definitely a punster. I know where I want the book to go and certain big events that need to happen, but other than that it just comes as I write it. 
See, that’s why we get along so well. Your writing style could be what makes you a great writer.  So what makes a book great in your eyes? 
The ability to evoke emotions whether it be crying or laughing and everything in between.
                                                             
Provoking emotion isn’t always an easy task.  What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give a beginning writer?
Just write the story down. The rest is the easy part. You’re going to get rejected. Even the best do, but it only takes one yes to be able to call yourself a writer. 
Very true. After a writer achieves that, things tend to become very busy. You’re a prime example of that. It’s also important to give yourself a treat to celebrate those small daily accomplishments. Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Caramel and cherry flavored pop. 
Yummy!
That’s great motivation to reach goals. What else influences your writing? And why?
Actually, I have written some of my best scenes after watching movies that have made me cry or are filled with action.  I am a visual kind of person and when I am watching a movie it all clicks. 
I can see how that could help put you in the mood. See, getting to know you isn’t very hard so far. I wonder if we can test that a bit. Name one thing readers don’t know about you?
In school, I hated English with a passion, but now my entire life is centered around writing it. Talk about a huge wakeup call. Lol! 
Writing it and speaking it aren’t always as similar as one would think. So many rules, so little brain capacity, huh?
I hope you have enough brain cells to keep writing, which brings me to my next question. What are you working on now?
At the moment this interview (Come on you know you like me and my smart ass remarks ;0}) No, the biggest thing right now is “Forget The Yesterdays”, the follow up to “Live For The Todays” 
I do love your sarcasm, among many other wonderful and special traits. Tell me, other than me and my spectacular writing abilities, who’s your favorite all-time author?
I could no sooner pick a favorite child. It can't be done, to pick just one, so I am pleading the fifth. 
Smart girl…wink wink! LOL!
Seriously though, there are so many aspects and types of scenes that are interwoven to create the perfect story. One particular type of scene that garners a lot of attention would be the steamy ones. Are love scenes easy/difficult to write?
For me, they are difficult. It’s one thing to read them, it’s a whole different can of worms to write them. 
I’m with you there, honey. I do love writing them, but that doesn’t make them easy. The same goes for genre. Some are easier than others. Do you write in one genre or several different ones? And why?
I write mostly contemporary whether it’s just plain romance or paranormal I have to have the modern technology. It’s just too much to think of a world with no shower or toilet. Lol! 
That actually never occurred to me. A world with no showers? Nope, not for this lady. I like civilization too much. Unless it’s a deserted beach somewhere, then we may be able to work something out. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? 
Right now nowhere. I am happy with where I am now, but last week it was RT conference. I always so much fun at those. 
I’d like to attend one myself. We should do something about that one year and see if we can stir up some trouble with some of our mutual friends. Sometimes we all need a break.
How do you deal with the dreaded writer’s block?
Step away for a couple of days and I don't mean just that story. I mean from all writing. 
That is a great idea. I’ll be paying attention to your daily updates and remind you of that when you complain that you need a break. You are a busy lady.
Do you have another career besides writing? What is it?
Full-time mama, and yes, that is a career and bigger than any other out there. We don't get sick days or vacation days it’s a 24/7 job for each child and I have three. Lol. 
Amen sister!! Fortunately it’s a very rewarding job. What’s your biggest reward in being a writer? 
Getting my voice out there and knowing people get a little joy out of what I write. 
True.
To date, which is your favorite story? Which one did you have the most fun writing?
I am going to have to say “Live for the Todays.” It’s the only one that is so close to my heart and reality, that it speaks the most to me. 
When a story speaks to a writer in that way, it makes it even more powerful. It must take a lot to build something so moving with characters that touch our hearts. How do you go about developing your characters and setting?
Most of them come to me as dreams and I just mold around that. Like I said, panster through and through. 
Well, I am so glad they come to you in any form and thrilled that the end result are such great stories. Your readers feel the same, I’m sure. If you had the opportunity to say one thing to your readers, what would that be?  
Just THANK YOU.  I can't say that enough. Just taking the time to read what I write is a grand thing to me. 
I couldn’t agree more.
Now, for some fun stuff. 
Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup?
Strawberry, but all are a bit messy to my OCD self lol. 
Yeah, I can see how a little messy chocolate sauce could put a damper on a romantic moment.
So why don’t we move on to the last question and get down to something really fun. What is the craziest/sexiest thing you have ever done in public?
Define public. And I am pleading the fifth (Hubby would kill me if I didn't). 
So unfair!! I’ll have to find another way to get it out of you someday. I really want to thank you for everything, Drea. Tomorrow we will be meeting Anastasia from “The Thrice Princess” and I, for one, am truly looking forward to it.

While her fate was set during the previous great wars of immortals, Anastasia Gruff is nothing but mortal until the night she stumbles upon a scene that turns her world upside down. Now, she struggles to adjust to a world where nothing is what it seems, and feels more at home than ever before.
     Devlin Miconis, heir to the vampire throne, is facing certain death. When a mortal woman saves his life, and gives him back his soul, he must figure out how to repay her. Now that she has given him something to live for, can he protect her from those who mean her harm?  


To find Drea or download her book,
“The Thrice Princess”,
follow these links…
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2 comments:

  1. What a great post and gorgeous cover. Congratulations on your release. Sounds scrumptious.
    Liz

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  2. Thank you so much for visiting, Liz!!

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