About Becky Lower:
Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the United States in search of great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it in America on a covered wagon headed west or in Regency England. Her Cotillion Ball Series features the nine children from an upscale New York family prior to and during the Civil War. Her first Regency, A Regency Yuletide, received the Crowned Heart and has been nominated for the prestigious RONE award from InD’Tale Magazine. A regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After section, her books have been featured in the column on nine separate occasions. Becky loves to hear from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website at www.beckylowerauthor.com
What inspires you to write?
For years before I started writing, I would spin all kinds of yarns in front of people. In my stories I could become the Olympic ice skater, the girl who went cross-country on a wagon train, keep the family together in the face of disaster. When I saw the movies Titanic and Dances With Wolves and saw how the lives of normal everyday people would change as they became part of a historic event, I decided to write down my stories, where everyday people would witness and participate in events happening in their lifetimes. I love history and the lessons gained from reviewing it, so it made sense for me to write historical fiction.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I begin thinking about a story, I usually know how it will begin and end, but not the whole middle. I create a beat sheet, based on Blake Snyder's Save The Cat technique, and then write a synopsis from that. It's difficult to write a synopsis even when you have a finished manuscript, so my process is even more so, but I find it helps keep me on track. When I'm working on my first draft, I shoot for 1,000 words a day, five days a week. But I must confess, I spend at least as long editing my first draft as I do writing it.
How do you develop your characters?
By the time my synopsis is finished, I have a pretty good feel for my principal characters and what drives them. But sometimes they wander off in unexpected ways while I'm writing and my synopsis changes accordingly. I use a lot of secondary characters in my work, too and am constantly surprised when one of them leaps out at me and won't exit stage left when they're supposed to. I have one like this in my current WIP. I didn't even give her a name to begin with. She was merely Miss Spectacular Bosom. But she leapt from the pages and ended up becoming very much a part of the story. Her name became Anjanette Shelby and she's now in line to become the headliner for my next series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I fell in love with the romance genre when I read A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I've read a lot of Nora Roberts over the years, along with Julia Quinn. A more recent favorite is Tessa Dare and I've started reading some cozy mysteries by Lynn Cahoon.
What genres do you write?: American historical, Regency romance, contemporary
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
Where to find out more about the author
Link To Becky Lower Page On Amazon
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