Hi, Becca! I loved Against All Odds, and I'm excited to get the chance to chat a bit more about your writing process. Thanks for being here!
First, tell us about Against All Odds.
Two years after a violent break-in left Elizabeth Seymour widowed and with blood on her hands, she’s finally starting over in the little town of Avalon, Ohio, with her daughter, Haley. She has the house of her dreams, a good church, and friends she can rely on. Everything seems to be falling into place—until she receives a threatening note from Veronica Sadowsky, the sister of the man Elizabeth shot, the same woman who tried to ruin her life once before. This time, though, Veronica won’t stop until she gets revenge.
When Elizabeth's home goes up in flames, she turns to family friend, Doctor Gilbert Callahan, a widowed father of three. He invites her and Haley to stay with his family. As Veronica draws Elizabeth into a game of increasing stakes, she and Gilbert only grow closer, learning to trust and rely on one another. But Elizabeth’s presence in Gilbert’s home endangers his family and creates tension with his oldest son. Preserving peace in the house is hard enough, but when Veronica comes after Haley, Elizabeth will risk everything—including her life—to get her child back.
What does your editing process looks like?
Sometimes, it depends on the book. I edit a lot by ear: I'll read what I wrote to myself and make changes that I can hear need to be made. I edit a lot while I'm writing. I say it depends on the book because sometimes, I write long hand in a notebook, then type it. I didn't do this with Against All Odds. For the most part, I typed that from the get-go. I usually don't make major changes in the plot in the middle of a draft, though there have been rare exceptions to this.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Getting myself to stop. Seriously, this novel went through around 10 drafts prior to submitting to Anaiah Press. I had a difficult time stopping because I'd come up with idea after idea and ways to change it. Finally, I determined I'd stop.
If you could give your younger writer self some advice, what would it be?
Don't seek perfection in your writing and read more, especially the classics.
How do you reboot your creativity when you have writer's block?
Listen to music, get my mind on something else for a while, write something else. I often have more than one writing project going at a time, so if I'm stuck on one but the other is flowing, I concentrate on the other for a bit.
And I just must know! Tell me about your next project!
Which one? LOL! Seriously, I do have two projects going right now. The more finished of the two is another romantic suspense called (for now) Her Sister's Keeper. I don't want to get too detailed about this one yet (I want to surprise my editor; she doesn't know that much about it yet), but suffice it to say, there's a surprise at the end of this one. My MC, Deidre, has no idea who is after her! The other is a project I've had going for a long time (years!) that it'll be difficult to find a home for because it's a Christian paranormal series (gasp!) with a protagonist who's a non-traditional vampire.
Thanks, Stephanie! This was so awesome, and I had a great time talking to you!
Against All Odds is available at Amazon.com. Check it out!