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 Becca Vincenza!
Becca Vincenza lives in wonderful Michigan. She has an obsession with candy, her animals and of course books. When she’s not wearing her author hat, she’s working to pay off her student loans for her acquired English degree.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Probably not. I imagine at one point in my life I dreamed of being a vet, or something else. My dream to be a writer started in 5th I do know that.
Why did you choose to write your genre? Is it wrong to have the simplest answer of: I love it? I love that there aren’t really rules. People can’t come into my book and be like, nope that’s not how it is in real life. Well, no, because I primarily write paranormal. I have dabbled with fantasy and boy that’s a journey and a half. But I love paranormal for its endless possibilities.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Hmm, probably my prequel for my Rebirth series. It’s a male/male romance, but it wasn’t meant for that really. It was a story that had brewed its way into my blood. My guys had their own stories to tell, and damn did they want it to be told. I remember one of my close friends telling me, that she really hated Xavier-one of the main characters in Stolen– and I was so deeply hurt by that. I knew his story, all his sacrifices but she got only a glimpse of him. But it was a weird one for me, since I am not a guy, I am not gay, and I am not a father. [I totally get that.]
What are you currently working on? Many things. I have a book releasing in March. I’m currently writing the next novella in my novella series. And I’m self-editing the next in the Rebirth series called Burned.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I think I would like to take up Hunter’s Heart for this question since I do have two projects going on simultaneously right now. Hunter’s Heart is actually a companion piece to Hexed Hearts. For almost every book I have published to date, I wrote in dual POVs, my characters demanding their own time. When I started writing Hexed Hearts, my hero Hunter was silent. Much like he is in general. It wasn’t until I was half way through writing the book did he start to chatter. After that it was all over for me. There was so much that he didn’t get to say. So much we didn’t get to know about him. He deserved his own *cough* novella.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I think I have to go with Stolen again. I know I already used it as an answer, but I’m going to be very unimaginative. But their story was dark, it rarely had moments of happiness. It was a struggle for both of them, and they both came from dark pasts looking for a brighter future. But sometimes it’s easier to slip back into the darkness than face the light. My boys taught me that.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m a pantser. That means I rarely plan. It pisses my editor right off. I’m trying to get better! I heard post-it notes are the way to go. I usually have a very, and I do mean very, basic outline. Sometimes I don’t even get an outline until I’m half way through the novel.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? That’s a toss up. If you had asked me a year ago I’d tell you Elijah. But currently I think my favorite character and don’t tell them this *jealous babies* would be…Mallory. She is my heroine in my new novella that I’m writing – Authorized. She’s funny. Sassy. And when she should be totally terrified she ends up cracking me up.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Oh all the time. I shouldn’t say it like that, but yeah it happens more frequently than I like. Sometimes I think its because the story isn’t going the way I wanted to wrangle it into. I’m stubborn, and if I have an idea I want to do it. I will do everything in my power to make the story go that way. Only sometimes the book doesn’t want that. So I have to let that go. Other times I just need to take a step back and I will read. Nothing regenerates me better than an amazing read…or two…or you know like ten.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I would like to say no but its hard not to give your characters a little piece of you. And I think for each character it’s a little different. One thing is for sure, I can guarantee you, most of my heroines do not like eggs. Why? Cause I don’t.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Which I’m sure I’ll check out the final frontier pretty soon. I have such a fascination with alien romances lately that I have just fallen in love with the possibilities that Sci-fi creates. But its also terrifying, I am not technologically inclined and when dealing with Sci-fi you start touching into territory I’m not use to.
Which authors inspire you? Many do. And this is like asking which is your favorite book. There is no one answer. Any book I read, any friend that gives me advice. The list is endless.
What novel would you read multiple times? Oh boy. This is a good question. I don’t really like to re-read books. *Gasp* I know! But ugh there are too many out there to read for the first time! But I can say I stayed up all night re-reading the Beastly Tales by MJ Haag. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy-tale, I love reading retellings, and this is by far one of my favorites. And I swear I’m not just saying that because MJ is a friend. But damn did she do that story justice.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Am I allowed to kidnap and keep said fictional character???? *puppy dog eyes* Okay in all seriousness, if I knew I wouldn’t lose my shit, probably Cornelia Funke, the author of Inkheart. I remember it being of one of the first books that really got me to start to read and ignited an addiction. *Not going to lie I would die if I met Ruby Dixon – just flat out hyperventilate and pass out*
What is your favorite quote? “All that we seem to be is but a dream within a dream” by Edgar Allan Poe. I almost got it tattooed on my body. But then I decided to get my own words tattooed on me.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? EEEE! Dragon! No wolf. No dog. Dragwoog….a mixture of all three.
What is your favorite color? Purple or red.
When you’re not writing… I wish writing was a full-time career for me, or rather should say I wish it was my only full-time career. I work as a pharmacy technician. As wonderful as it would be I don’t see myself being able to quit my other full time job. Perhaps I will go to part time if all goes well but writing is a tricky thing.
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Thanks for hanging out with me today, my friend! Join me next week when Amy Hale will be stopping by.