Rebecca Barber

Bec Barber PictureRebecca, one of four kids to her parents who are both primary school teachers, was born in Wollongong on the south coast of Australia before moving to the country with her family. After a few years of embracing all that country life had to offer, the family relocated to Port Macquarie with its white sand beaches. After a brief period enjoying the sun and the surf they finally settled in Canberra where Rebecca still lives today. But all through her childhood a notepad and a book where never far away. These days Rebecca is an avid reader, and when she isn’t buried in a book or cheering on her beloved football team she’s spending time with her husband Robert and their overly spoilt dog Levi.

1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? It’s something I’ve always done but it was never a chore. The only way I can get ideas from being replayed in my head is to write them down – it’s how I relax

2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I don’t have formal writing days (I wish I did). I work full time in a demanding job and write around everything else. Weekend are usually up early writing while others sleep in and then during the week, I write for an hour or two after dinner.

3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?Walk away. I’ve found the more I try and force it the more like garbage is to come out. I go and bake, have a nap, read – anything really just to take my mind off things. I find this generally works for me

4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?Definitely a pantser – I tried plotting and half way through I found the plot buried underneath a pile of other stuff and I realised what I thought would happen is nowhere near what came out. I like to let my characters grow and see where they take me

5.Are you traditionally or self-published?I’m traditionally published through Limitless Publishing (two out already and 3 more in the works!) 6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? I found it eye opening. I didn’t realise all of the other stuff that goes along with publishing something you’ve written. I thought I could just write L The advice I would give is ask for help! There are a million people out there who love to help others and watch them succeed so don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask.

7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?Seeing my writing looking like a real book – complete with proper editing, a real cover and a marketing campaign behind it. It’s surreal and super exciting!

8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? My most recent book, Nobody Knows, is the story of unlucky Gillian who falls in love with the charming and seductive real estate agent, Joel. After a whirl wind romance Joel and Gillian are married and expecting their first child. Although Gillian is ecstatic with her life, Joel is less than impressed with the monotony of domestic life and he comes to resent not only the life they’ve built but Gillian as well. This is a contemporary romance novel, targeted at women.

9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) Don’t try and do it all yourself. Ask for help. There are so many ways to do it and so many opinions on how it should be done. I felt like I was being swamped, but I got the help from some amazing people and now I feel back under control.

10.How long on average does it take you to write a book?When I’m writing something I feel passionate about, 2-3 months usually.

11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. This is one of the hardest things I found in the process. I had very little input and it made me very nervous, although the designer was amazing and listened to my requests for changes – I’m not very arty so I don’t imagine much will change on this front moving forward.

12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Read a lot. Maybe too much! I bake, hang out with the family (and the dog), watch football, argue with my husband about football.