Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Rebecca Waters

Is there a story behind your book Breathing on Her Own?
My husband and I are at that age where some of our peers are raising their grandchildren instead of enjoying their retirement. In each case it is because their own children made poor choices. I allowed myself to wander down the “what if” path. What circumstances would it take for that to be us? How would I react? What would I do? Of course the story took a different turn, but that’s where it began.

What started you on your writing journey?
When I was in second grade, my teacher liked one of my stories so much she published it in our school newspaper. From that point on, I considered myself a writer. I used my writing in a variety of ways throughout my life, always thinking that one day I would turn my pen to fiction and pursue publishing. Then, in 2011, after my husband suffered through a series of heart issues, he and I decided to retire the following year. That was the turning point. I made a career change and wrote Breathing on Her Own.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I actually love this question! I have always thought I would love to live in a 1940’s musical. You know, get up in the morning to the birds singing. Then sing and dance up to the mailbox where I would mail a letter to the love of my life. The neighbors and postman would all be part of the chorus. Well, you get the idea.

What is your favorite season of the year?  
Autumn. Particularly Thanksgiving. I have fond memories of this season. I grew up on a farm. We worked hard all summer, so autumn was a time of rest. And Thanksgiving? The whole family would gather. It would be the first time we broke out some of the canned vegetables or the bread & butter pickles. After dinner my cousins and I would study the big catalogues and put our name on the two things we wanted for Christmas. Only two. If the crops were good, we knew we stood a chance of getting both. But if the crops were poor that year, well, Grandma and Grandpa would get something close to what we wanted.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Oh, yes. Actually in Breathing on Her Own, my debut novel, I take my characters from Ohio to Tarpon Springs, Florida. It is in Tarpon Springs my main character Molly comes to terms with her crumbling faith. She likens her Christian life to the dolphins swimming in the Gulf—coming up for air, or in her case, a little Bible, every once in a while, but spending most of her time in the deep, dark waters of life.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I love to make Cranberry Chicken and Rice for family and friends. It is easy, colorful, and delicious. I’m happy to share.
1.In a bowl, mix together 1 8oz bottle of Catalina dressing, 1 package of dry onion soup mix, 1 can of whole berry cranberry sauce.
2.Arrange six boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a baking pan. Pour the cranberry mixture over the chicken and bake in a preheated oven (350) for 45 minutes.
3. Serve over steamed white rice.
Add a salad and you are set!
I like his so much I had a sweet church lady in Breathing on Her Own bring this meal to the Tipton family during their crisis.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I’ve noticed my writing tends to always be about forgiveness and restoration. But then, that’s what the Bible is about, so I’m okay with that. 

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
 “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto man.” Colossians 3:23 This has been my mantra. I’m a wife. A mom. I hear women talk about not feeling appreciated. God appreciates what I do. When I was in college and graduate school, I would look at a difficult or dull assignment and remember this verse. It helps me make sure I give my all to anything and everything I do.  

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I have completed a second manuscript I call Shirley’s Cuppa Joe. It is about a young woman who owns a coffee shop in Door County, Wisconsin. I wanted to go through this process of publishing the first one before I attempt a second, but I think I may pitch it to my publisher once Breathing on Her Own has been out for six months.

Back Cover

Molly Tipton and her husband are looking forward to retirement but Molly's life suddenly spirals out of control when her oldest daughter is involved in a terrible accident. An icy road and a sharp turn leave one woman dead, another clinging to life.
While two families grieve, details emerge that reveal Molly’s daughter was driving under the influence. As she prepares her daughter for the prospect of a vehicular homicide lawsuit, Molly discovers her oldest child is not the only one injured and under attack for past mistakes. If it is true time heals all wounds, what are we to do with our scars?

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About Rebecca
Rebecca Waters and her husband, Tom, have been married for forty-two years and have three grown daughters. Her daughters are all married and mothers themselves to seven precious little ones.

Rebecca taught in the public school system for nineteen years, kindergarten through grade two. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, Rebecca taught college students seeking to be teachers at Cincinnati Christian University for the next fourteen years. She sees teaching as a ministry.

Since retiring from Cincinnati Christian University in December of 2012, Rebecca has been actively engaged in writing. Rebecca sees writing as both a gift and a ministry. Although she has published in professional journals in the field of education, Rebecca now turns her pen to fiction and children’s books. She also enjoys freelance writing opportunities. Her most recent nationally published articles may be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Home Health Aide Digest. She has had articles in The Lookout Magazine, published by Standard Publishing as well.

Rebecca’s first novel, Breathing on Her Own, was released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas on March 24, 2014

To connect with Rebecca:
FB: (please “like” me)
Twitter: @WatersAuthor

Rebecca Waters is giving away a copy of Breathing on Her Own.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for this wonderful interview. I would like to read "Breathing on Her Own" -- please enter my name in the giveaway.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. I hope I am never put in that situation. (raising grandchildren) I'm still waiting for them.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Martha Sturm said...

I know we all must die at some time, and I am ready for my own death. To go through losing or almost losing my son, daughter-in-law or grandson would be a great test of faith.


Rose Chandler Johnson said...

I enjoyed reading this fun interview. I'm a fan! I'd love to win a copy of Breathing on Her Own.

Rose Chandler Johnson said...

Here's my email:

KayM said...

Sandra and Rebecca--great interview! I enjoyed it so much. Oh, and the Chicken recipe sounds like a fun one to try.

Rebecca Waters said...

Thanks to all who stopped by and all who left a comment! Good luck to all!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book.
Joyce Guard

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