Rebecca Forster USA Today and Amazon best selling thriller author
What is the best thing that you love about your work?
I love when certain parts of a story or a turn of phrase mean something special to me and the reader. That connection is priceless.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A close-knit family, good friends, remaining curious and productive. I also am pretty darn happy sitting in front of a roaring fire with a good book. Sadly, I live in Southern California, so the roaring fire doesn’t happen often.
What is your greatest fear?
Close spaces terrify me.
What is the trait that you most deplore in yourself?
Hopefully there’s nothing deplorable about me. Perhaps I am disappointed in myself when I get lazy either in my work or life in general.
Which living persons in your profession do you most admire?
My youngest son, Eric Czuleger. He is a true writer, born not only with the talent to construct stories, but the intelligence and heart to communicate his message exactly.
What is your greatest extravagance?
On what occasion would you lie?
To save someone I love from extreme pain or someone I don’t know extreme embarrassment.
What is the thing that you dislike the most in your work?
Constantly sitting while I type, edit, type, edit – you get the picture. I also miss an office atmosphere of corporate life. I miss wearing suits and high heels sometimes, too.
When and where were you the happiest in your work?
I was in Albania in 2013 researching a book and fell in love with the country, the people, and the fascinating history. I have been back three times and hope there is a fourth.
If you could, what would you change about yourself?
I’d be taller and less gullible.
What is your greatest achievement in work?
The fact that I took the first step and wrote a book and then sent it to agents and editors. It seemed a crazy at the time. Who was I to think I could write a book? So, yes, trying was my greatest achievement.
Where would you most like to live?
Albania or Alaska.
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is picture of my husband and two sons. It was taken in Paris as we paused in some grand building. It is unique in that the image captured exactly the individuals and fine men they are.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is the most inspirational location in your city?
Coffee Cartel, the coffee shop where I have gone to write every day for over 20 years, is my inspirational place. I see all walks of life, hear amazing things that grow into stories.
What is your favourite place to eat and drink, in your city?
I don’t have one. I like different places based on my mood.
What books influenced your life and how?
A book called Make it Stick was important to me when I worked in marketing. It definitely ‘stuck’ with me as a young executive. In fiction I would choose Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White. It’s considered the first legal thriller. I’ve read it three times and it is the book that inspired me to write legal thrillers.
Who are your favorite writers?
Eric Czuleger, Stephen King, Terry Hayes to name a few novelists. Peggy Noonan is my favorite journalist.
You Only Die Once. What music would you listen to on your last day?
The Moody Blues, Nights in White Satin.
Who is your hero or heroine in fiction?
Whichever hero or heroine in a book or movie that takes me out of my present time. I am theirs for the duration of the experience.
Who are your heroes and heroines in real life?
My husband is my hero. He is funny and quiet but it is his character I admire so much. He is unwavering. My mother definitely takes the prize as heroine. She is 95 and the most courageous person – not just woman – I know.
Which movie would you recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Airplane. Smartly written and everyone needs a good laugh.
What role does art play in your life and work?
I love classic art, especially portraits. I also love mummies. In a museum you will most often find me in places where the lives of real people are conjured up through images. I think writers and artists do the same thing – we bring time, place and people to life.
Who is your greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My husband, hands down. He is a judge so he’s my in-house research department when I need legal advice for a novel, he footed the bill when I decided to quit work and write fulltime before knowing if I could actually make it, and he was the one who pulled my first draft of my first novel out of the trash and hid it until I was ready for another try.
Whom would you like to work with in 2019?
I would like to work with a producer to turn The Witness Series into a television series. The unique relationship between a lawyer who not only defends her teenage client but goes on to become her guardian has been compelling to many readers. The series is also timely since the lawyer is white and the teenager black. The ‘family’ they create is unique and dramatic.
Which people in your profession would you love to meet in 2019?
I would like to meet two wonderful authors – Luke Roymn and Claude Bouchard. I only know them through social media but count them as friends. It would be lovely to actually shake their hands.
What project, in 2019, are you looking forward to working on?
I am just finishing up Lost Witness, book #8 of the Witness Series. I have two books for the Finn O’Brien Thriller Series in my head and I would also like to create two new series based on my stand alone novels – Before Her Eyes and Beyond Malice. Okay, so maybe that’s all a tad ambitious for 2019. I’ll settle for releasing Lost Witness before the end of the year.
Where can readers see you or your work in 2019?
Readers can find my work on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Nook. To introduce myself to new readers, I make Hostile Witness free on those sites. Just type in Hostile Witness, Rebecca Forster and you’ll find it. The Finn O’Brien Thrillers are available only on Amazon. They are in the Kindle Select program so those readers who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited can read all of them free. Readers can also visit my website, http://www.rebeccaforster.com and see my thrillers. In all, I’ve written over 35 novels. Most are thrillers but I also have the humorous Bailey Devlin Series and some women’s fiction novels. There is something for everyone.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to you?
Those words mean you keep working until you can’t see the computer anymore, and maybe longer. Passion may slow me down with time, but for a writer the stories never stop.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Jenny Jensen has been my freelance editor for over 20 years. Without her, I would not have the career I have today. A editor who can get into a writer’s head – no matter what their genre – and enhance the work is awesome. So many want to change what’s written. You can contact her at http://www.jennyjenseneditor.com/
How can readers contact you?
Follow or contact me at any of the sites listed below, visit my web page, http://www.rebeccaforster.com, or simply write me at email@example.com. I love connecting with people and always answer my own mail.
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