Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Rebekah Raymond!
Born in Ontario, Canada, Raymond was raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She resides there now with her husband and two small children.
Raymond has always been very interested in the Arts. Writing and reading were always a frequent hobby, and she was involved in music through school from grade 3 onwards, and in Art for many years. After graduation, Raymond attended Alberta College of Art + Design and received her BFA with a major in Drawing.
Without further ado, here is Rebekah’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I don’t know if I always wanted to BE one, but I have always BEEN one…
Why did you choose to write thriller stories? Truly, I think it chose me. I have written science fiction, romance, and poetry before, but I think thriller is truly my niche at this time.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? In Life’s Defeat there are scenes where the main character’s captor is trying to test her mortality by making her commit suicide. It was by far the strangest thing I had written or discussed, especially when my editor (who has a criminology degree) approached me about the technical aspects of one of the methods.
What are you currently working on? I am doing my read-throughs and edits on book two and three of the Life’s Series, prepping them to send off to beta readers and then my editor. I am also writing Book four, and a novella backstory based on the series. As well, I am co-writing a historical adventure story/novella/novel with a friend overseas. [You are busy.]
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Life’s Defeat began as a short story a few years back. A friend and I occasionally dare each other to write something, then share it with each other. While I can’t remember the exact inspiration for the story I know that it was born out of one such dare. After that the storyline took on a life of its own – the characters dictate what happens, narrating their own plots. I am just their handy writer, bringing their stories down onto paper.
What was the hardest story for you to write? The third book in the Life’s Series was by far the hardest. It is written from the perspective of a young man from about his sixteenth to forty-fifth year. I’m not sure if it was because I am not a man, or because he is so different from my own personality, but geez he fought me sometimes with what he wanted to say. [I find writing from the male perspective much harder. I can only imagine the same is true of male authors writing about females.]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I used to be a pantser, however a seminar with Daniel Abraham changed that quite a bit. [Another recovering pantser!] Now I try to do at least some outlining before I write. Getting down rough notes at the beginning, any important events, and a possible ending. Once I have tapped myself dry of the immediate thoughts about the new piece, THEN I write.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? This is a difficult one to answer, although I would have to say it is currently the man whose backstory I am writing right now in the novella. He is a real jerk, a womanizer, and a general ass near the beginning. We eventually see maturity set in but until then he is a swearing-like-a-sailor, sleep-with-anything-with-two-
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I truly believe that it is impossible to NOT write a facet of your personality into each and every character. That is likely because each one of us has so many, it would simply be difficult not to. Right not I would have to say Tomlin is my closest reflection of my own personality. He is a sweet guy, an avid reader, a constant student, but he knows when business needs to happen and that sometimes, people get hurt.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Of course, I think everyone must at some point. I like to keep a few story’s in the background at all times, just in case I get writer’s block. Sometimes all that I need to get rid of it is just to work on something unrelated, work out the clogs from the plumbing so to speak. [Nice perspective.]
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I would love to revisit fantasy at some point. I tried it years ago when I was much less experienced, but I have a temptation to dig out some old storylines and re-invent them. [That sounds like fun.]
Which authors inspire you? Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Abraham, Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, the list goes on…
What novel would you read multiple times? There are a few that are my regulars. I read the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey (all 9 books) at least once every few years. I also find myself drawn to Cider House Rules and Little Women on a regular basis.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? I would love to have met Maya Angelou, as she was such an inspirational woman, so truthful and poignant. Also, Leonard Nimoy as Spock was a huge motivator for me as a child. He was my favorite character of all time, my inspiration for logic-based thinking, and was the reason my father and I got to spend so much time together (as we both loved Star Trek).
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Hands down, the Loch Ness Monster.
I don’t know why, but I have always been obsessed with that creature, and hope to one day go sit and watch for Nessie myself.
What is your favorite color? There is a fictional color called ‘sangoire’ that I imagine would be my favorite. It is a red so dark it is almost black. In its absence, I would say ‘rosewood’ (which is also an extremely dark red).
Rebekah wears many hats. She’s a part-time writer along with being a senior claims adjudicator in medical claims and an academic strategist for college students. You can catch up with her online at…
Thank you Rebekah for participating in my Author Spotlight! It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Join me next week as I feature Jules Dixon!