Throughout the month of May, we will be showcasing the works of author Rebecca Skovgaard and some questions posed to her. Join us in learning more about this outstanding author.
WP – Rebecca, what type of stories do you write?
RS – I write love stories, pure and simple. Even in the erotica I write (because I love writing hot sex scenes, too, don’t ask me why), the story is all about men and women falling in love and figuring out how to work out a relationship. I love the sweet energy of it, those first moments of attraction and longing, yearning. And the work of it, too, that push-pull, compromise-or-hold-strong plain hard work of hammering out a life together that benefits every party, that builds something stronger than a person can have on his or her own. That process is sometimes messy, and I like the mess, too.
Get in there—into love. Muck about in it. Get muddy and even bloody. See what rises. What’s better in life? (And, yes, I know Conan’s answer. Remember, he’s a Barbarian. With fair potential as the hero of a romance story, now that I think on it. Imagine the woman to tame him!)
WP – What made you first want to be a writer? Is there someone who inspired you?
RS – I was one of those girls fortunate enough to have a father who made me believe I could accomplish anything I wanted to do. Of course, as I grew up, I learned that isn’t quite true—not everything is under my control. But, as a foundation, it was very vital to me.
And so, when I went to sleep every night not with visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, but tales of intrepid girls accomplishing heroic deeds while looking great and attracting the attention of handsome males, well…of course, I would wake up thinking I could write those stories. It’s what I grew up wanting to do, expecting to do. It’s been a long and windy road, but here I am. Thanks, Dad.
WP – What is your creative process like? Do you prefer quiet or a noisy atmosphere when writing?
RS – I write sitting on my living room couch, with my feet up on a pillow on the coffee table (I say I invented the ottoman coffee table—I just haven’t bought one), surrounded by really a lot of plants and great light and rainbows from the crystals (also a lot) I’ve hung in the windows. (Plus, if you want the color: some nice paintings of cows and farm kids, Aunt Madalyn’s pretty quilted wall-hanging, and a good-sized naked man-statue demonstrating chi meridians—always a conversation-starter.)
When my husband Ton is around the house, I use sound-deadening headphones. Sometimes I use them when he’s sitting next to me, reading. He says, What? I’m breathing too loud? And the answer is, Yes.
So, quiet, I guess I have to say.
If I get stuck I take a walk or work in my gardens (see above, re: a lot. I guess I don’t do things in small measures). That’s true about the walk, though, even if I don’t get stuck—it’s a house rule. But usually I can trust my characters to get me out of a jam. If I just keep writing, they’ll lead the way.
WP – is your favorite part about being an author?
RS – What’s not to like? I get to sit around playing with these great stories (well, I think they’re great) in my head and, since I’m putting them down (electronically speaking) on paper, I get to feel productive about it. Who could ask for anything more?
WP – Is there any genre you want to try, but haven’t yet?
RS – As a sub-genre thought, I do have a couple historical romances at the bottom of the drawer I might try dusting off soon, but really, I guess I’m a one-trick pony. I can’t imagine writing anything that isn’t, at its base, a love story. I expect my writing to change, my stories to shift some over time. If that doesn’t happen, then I’d have to guess I’m not doing a good job living.
But I love romance. I tell people this all the time—I love that, when reading a romance, I can trust it to have a happy ending. And, when I’m reading for pleasure, I don’t want to have to stress over that.
Bad things happen in life. We all have to figure it out, to learn how to be happy and fulfilled and not make our children crazy anyway. That takes a lot of time and energy, as it should.
Here, though. Take a break. Put one of my books in your hand and your feet up on an ottoman coffee table. Relax and enjoy. It all ends well. No stress.
More to come…
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