Rebecca Barber

Rebecca, one of four kids to her parents who are both primary school teachers, was born on the south coast of Australia before moving to the country. 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 surf they settled in Canberra where Rebecca lives today. 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? Writing is something I’ve always done, but I’ve found that when I am most stressed or worried, the words just flow.

2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? It’s an early start, generally in pyjamas and I just write. Very few breaks and I most of the time forget to eat!

3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Get away from the computer! Usually as soon as I lay down for a nap ideas flood my brain so I jot down notes and conversations in my phone

4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? Definitely a punster – no notes, thoughts or ideas it just comes out!

5.Are you traditionally or self-published? Traditionally through Limitless publishing

6.What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? It wasn’t what I expected that’s for sure. The whole process moved so fast and there were so many decisions that needed to be made on the fly that I hadn’t even considered before. For any aspiring authors my advice would be: One, enjoy the rollercoaster, it’s crazy but I loved it. And Two: ask questions. For weeks I didn’t know what ARC was until I asked and then I was told I wasn’t the first to not know that one

7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Just seeing it out there. Nothing else mattered to me at all. It’s something I’ve always done and always loved, but seeing it out there and the reviews from people who weren’t my family was spine tingling!

8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? My book which is about to be launched is “Nobody’s Obligation” which is a sports romance which I think women would love. Ava is a boring nobody by day but author by night and writes a book about an Olympic swimmer. When the inspiration himself shows up to read her the riot act for putting his life in print life takes them on some turns as he battles to figure out should he really hate her or not?

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.) It’s hard work! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The one thing I’ve found it that the publishing community and other authors are more than willing to help and offer advice. They are the most supportive bunch I have ever been involved with and their experiences have been invaluable.

10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? It takes me usually around 3 months or so to write a book depending on what else is going on at the time. Working full time is definitely a hindrance in this regard

11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. I was extremely lucky that the publishers did this for me, this is definitely not something I am good at all. I have no creative capability when it comes to things like this.

12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Read – way too many books, travel, attend concerts, spend time with friends and family & cook… I love to cook!