Monday, August 27, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Becca Whitham



About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?
BW: I haven’t been to CFRR yet.

Rachel: Oh the adventures that await you!
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What part of CFRR are you most excited about? Are you a hugger?
BW: I’m going to answer both of these together because, yes, I’m a hugger and it’s the thing I’m most looking forward to. Many of the CFRR authors and coordinators are my blog-land buddies. I’ve never met them in person. I can’t wait to pull them into a great big hug to show them just how much I love and adore them.

Rachel: I CAN'T WAIT FOR HUGS!!!!

Just for fun...
If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?
BW: I would be Weather Woman. I’d take the torrential rain flooding one part of the world and divert it to areas suffering drought. Or I’d blow a particularly fierce hurricane back out to sea or a tornado away from densely populated areas. As for my costume, it would be either teal or burgundy (because those are really good colors on me) and—most importantly—it would cinch, tighten, and lift until I was shaped like Scarlett Johansson.

Rachel: Oooooh! I love this!
What secret talents do you have?
BW: If I told you, they’d no longer be secret.

Rachel: Sneaky, sneaky.
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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
BW: Israel. Hubby and I have been planning it for years but, until he’s out of the army, I doubt we’ll go. We want to spend a month there…maybe longer. We also want to visit the Dominican Republic to meet our Compassion child. Of course, I still want to get to Italy. And Germany. And I would love to visit Sweden and the Netherlands. Oh…and Prince Edward Island, Canada. And let’s not forget Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine because then I’ll have been to all fifty states. You see the problem?

Rachel: Indeed I do....And I must say that I feel the same way.
If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
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BW: France. My daughter and I went to Paris several years ago. The language is so beautiful. Even their word for “toilet” is lovely. Latrine. How very elegant.

Rachel: I do love French.
If you were a spy, what would your code name be?
BW: Agent 355 in honor of the woman who was part of the Culper Ring during the Revolutionary War.

Rachel: YES! This is perfect. Did you see the post Roseanna White shared 2 weeks ago here? Create your own spy name! Inspired by the Cupler Ring. Mine is Mildred Bell.

About reading...

How do you organize your books?
BW: My husband is in the army, so we move often. I’m constantly given a chance to organize (and reorganize and re-re-organize) my bookshelf. Currently, my books are divided by shelf in the following categories: non-fiction research books; books about how to write books; books I’ve read organized by author; more books I’ve read shoved to the back with books I haven’t read in front of them; more books I haven’t read piled on the floor of my office, and even more books I’ve either just finished reading, am in the process of reading, or plan to read next piled beside my bed. And there are a few books here and there in other parts of the house because…well…because I’m not a great housekeeper, and they tend to stay wherever I was last reading them.

Rachel: Organizing books is soothing for me. Everytime we have moved, the books are what I look forward to unpacking the most.
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How often do you pleasure-read?
BW: I try to read for an hour a day, usually before bed. Sometimes that backfires on me and I end up reading late into the night…or the next morning.

Rachel: Been there...Done that...
Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?
BW: Because it has the ability to reach inside and imprint your soul so that, once you close the book, you are different for having lived through the character’s journey. Some of the best theology I’ve ever heard has come to me through fiction.

Rachel: This is a beautiful description. And I agree 100%!

About writing...
How many books have you written?
BW: Are you counting the ones I’ve started, the ones I’ve only written inside my own head, or ones I’ve actually sat down and typed out? Oh—who am I kidding?—I wouldn’t be able to count the number in any category. Published? Now that’s easier. I currently have eleven listed on my author page. I have two more coming in 2019, although they will most likely release after CFRR.  

Rachel: That is exciting news. And you can never have too many story ideas.
What genres do you write? What are you working on now? What is your next release?
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BW: Published writing I’ve limited myself to Historical Romantic Suspense, but I have several ideas for Contemporary Suspense. Once I’m more established, I’ll consider publishing in both genres. I’m currently working on the third novel in a three-book series that Gina Welborn and I have co-authored. We ended Book One with a pretty big cliffhanger, most of which we solve in Book Two, so now it’s time to wrap up the last remaining romance and mystery. Book Two in this series releases in October 2018 with the promotional e-book only novella releasing three months prior in July. We haven’t yet been given publication dates for the final novel and promotional novella releasing in 2019.

Rachel: I have recently started reading Romantic Suspense and I LOVE IT!!!
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
BW: I don’t write in the shower, but some of my best ideas come when I’m shampooing my hair. I’ll act out dialogue between characters or work through a knotty motivational problem. If I’m suffering from writer’s block, sometimes I’ll take a second shower to allow the steam to open up my brain cells.

Rachel: Steamy showers are truly inspiring aren't they? Hehe!
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What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with?
BW: Before I was published, I could concentrate on writing. Now my days are divided amongst writing the current book, promoting the book I wrote two years ago, editing the book I wrote last year, putting out proposals for the books I hope to write in the future, and building relationships with readers through newsletters, social media, and personal appearances. Now do you see why I’m such a lousy housekeeper?   

Rachel: Totally in the same boat.
Which aspect is most natural for you?
BW: Brainstorming. Hands down. I can chase rabbits down holes for hours on end! I have a natural ability to see disparate pieces of plot and organize them into a linear progression that builds conflict and/or suspense.

Rachel: Imagination is a beautiful thing. I love opening the doors to the mind.
Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?
BW: I usually work in solitude, but when the deadlines are pressing and I’ve been locked inside my house for five days straight, sometimes I’ll shake things up by going to a public place.

Rachel: Getting out of the house, away from the kids and housework, definitely help me to concentrate!

Thank you so much for joining us today Becca!

About the author...
Becca Whitham (WIT-um) Award-winning author, paper crafter, and Army wife, Becca currently resides in Virginia with her husband of over thirty years and a twelve-foot long craft cabinet she thinks should count as a dependent. So far, neither the army nor the IRS is convinced. In between moves from one part of the country to the other, she writes stories combining faith and fiction that touch the heart. You can find her online at www.beccawhitham.com





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2 comments:

  1. Hi Becca! I've enjoyed learning more about you. I hope to meet you in person at CFRR. Thanks for the fun spotlight!

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  2. BECCA!! Write Contemporary Suspense! Yes Please!! I can't wait to read it <3

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