Meet Rebecca Rose
Rebecca Rose is a native of Long Island and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and their two daughters. She is a graduate of Fordham University and of Regent University Robertson School of Government. Rebecca is a fan of politics, movies, and the Washington Nationals. She has written extensively as a journalist and is excited to release her debut novel with the Love, Politics, and Survival series.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?
It just came to me! Initially it was just a working title. I started to think about the main ideas of the series, of how it’s a romance, as well about a political landscape, and, in many ways, is about survival.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? IS IT PART OF A SERIES?
It all came to me in a dream, about a brother and a sister on a bit of a survival trek. Then I developed the political landscape around it. It is part of a series, as otherwise it would probably be like 800 pages! It is meant to be one long story, though, as the first chapter from the first book is the prologue and the last chapter of the last book will be the epilogue.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR BOOK IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES OR THOSE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
It’s funny you should ask that. People have asked that, especially since my husband and one of the characters share the same name. I started writing before I even met my husband though, and I just have a love for the name, Adam. I also don’t necessarily equate it with other life experiences from myself or others. That’s why this takes place in the fictional country of Waldovia. I wanted the politics and political experiences to be the country’s own, which also gives me more freedom.
WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH WENT INTO WRITING YOUR BOOK?
Mostly reading up on how to create characters. Also what responsibilities might go into someone who is Director of Security and Action for instance, which is the title of the character Edward Roth. You might compare his title to that of the Secretary of Homeland Security, here in the United States.
WHAT CRITERIA DID YOU USE WHEN SELECTING THE COVER FOR YOUR BOOK?
I always envisioned the Whitfield family living in this big house, with a long driveway and a gate. They’re members of the wealthy upper-class, or at least used to be, but don’t like to be lavish and gaudy.
WAS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR BOOK THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CONVEY?
Yes, mostly about the importance of family and friendship.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BOOK?
Hm, that’s a good question! I think you could read through your book so many times and each time find something you’d like to change. It was a bit challenging to decide where to end the first book, but I’m overall happy with it and can’t wait to put out book two!
IF YOUR BOOK WOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE LEADS?
What a great question, as it is actually a hope of mine to turn this into a TV series if not a film. I always imagined Ralph Fiennes, one of my favorite actors playing George Whitfield and Juliette Binoche as his wife, Maria Whitfield. I loved them in The English Patient. The same goes for Christoph Waltz as Director Edward Roth. For Adam Maier, I was thinking of Tye Sheridan. I like Mackenzie Foy for Cassandra Whitfield, Dylan Minette for Danny Whitfield, Finn Cole for Scott Ambrose-Roth, Luke Benward for Howard Forrester. I’d love Daniel Craig as Gregory Whitfield, reminiscent of his role in Defiance. Kenneth Branaugh is likely my choice for Director Karl Bradford.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BEGIN WRITING?
With my fiction writing, I began this story when I was about 14, after the dream I had. I remember working on it while vacationing in Michigan, when the plot at the time was a lot darker and had more of a dystopian feel. The current version I’ve probably had for about a year.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?
I became a paid, published journalist my senior year of college in March 2012. I definitely considered myself a writer then. With my fiction writing, I’ve had this dream for a while, but I suppose it only really hit me a few years ago.
DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING STYLE.
With my fiction, I definitely have a narrative style, but I’d also call it a descriptive style too. I like to get into my characters’ heads and emotions. Interestingly enough, this book series started out as a first-person, multi-perspective work. I was thankfully able to still convey that from a third-person narrative. I also like to jump sometimes between flashbacks, which you can stay tuned for in future books.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?
Constructive criticism is tough to receive at times but it’s really very necessary! Also, when someone edits your work, it’s really not personal. It’s to make you a better writer!
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A WRITER?
Being patient while still maintaining a vision. Also trusting in God’s plan isn’t always easy, but it is crucial.
NOT INCLUDING FAMILY, WHO SUPPORTED YOUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
Well my family has been very supportive, especially my husband. College was a crucial time for writing, novels and articles. My good friends during my college years, specifically Sebby and Caitlin, were very supportive. Courtney and Karen have been as well. I am very blessed to have such supportive friends, from ones I’ve just met, to ones I’ve known for many years. Also, Paige Etheridge, who is also an author published with Solstice, has been incredibly supportive.
WHO WAS YOUR FIRST PUBLISHER AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THEM?
My first novel has been published with Solstice Publishing. They were very welcoming and supportive, which made them a great place to start. I learned a lot about each step of the publishing process
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Yes! To keep at it, no matter your age or how long you’ve been writing for or how long it’s been since you last wrote. There was a period of time when I didn’t write for a year or so. But I never gave up on this project and I’m so glad that I didn’t. If it’s your dream, definitely keep at it!
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?
Thomas Hardy has written some fantastic works. I loved reading him my senior year of high school and in college. The Mayor of Casterbridge might just be one of my favorite books. For a more contemporary author, I love Lisa Klein. I also think Greg Gutfeld, a political commentator is just as witty as you can be.
WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?
I’m currently re-reading The Plague by Albert Camus. No time like the present with the current circumstances, right?
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
I’m very emotional. It doesn’t take much to make me cry, from arguments with a loved one, to sad news I see on TV, to painful memories.
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE WHO EVER LIVED, PAST OR PRESENT, WHO WOULD THAT BE?
As cliche as this may sound, I’d love to meet Jesus Christ.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES?
I’m a big fan of Netflix’s Maniac, as well as Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Vampire Diaries. I like a lot of dramas, specifically The Departed, Black Mass, Drive, Gladiator, and Blood Diamond.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?
I am a big fan of Sia, Coldplay, and OneRepublic. I have a story playlist I’ve been compiling over the years, and it’s got quite a bit of Coldplay, OneRepublic, and Imagine Dragons.
WHAT DO YOU WANT WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE?
I hope to be the kind of person who it is fitting to say that I was “A loving mother, wife, and daughter.”
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The country of Waldovia has been plagued by political deceit and corruption, and perhaps none have been so caught up than George Whitfield, who had made the mistake of choosing nobody’s side in the latest coup against Director Edward Roth, of the Department of Security and Action. George is forced to resign and become Edward’s Deputy Director. While to some, George may have been given a promotion, he is really fighting to keep his family intact, especially when a new coup is forming and his son is suspected to be involved. The book takes on themes not only of family and politics, but of love and friendship as the Whitfield family tries to navigate their corrupt world.