Thursday, 21 February 2013

Interview with Rebekkah Ford

Today we're chatting with author Rebekkah Ford about her novel, BEYOND THE EYES.

Welcome to We Do Write! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, when my parents were married, they were the directors of the The UFO Investigator League in Fairfield, Ohio. They also investigated paranormal activity and Bigfoot sightings. After they divorced, and my mom remarried, she moved my sister and me to Phoenix, Arizona where I grew up. And although my mom was no longer involved in paranormal investigations, talking and dealing with the “unknown” was still a constant source in our household. I think that's why I'm fascinated with the paranormal world and love writing about it. Not to mention, growing up in that environment, has given me an edge to the genre I write in.

That's awesome! How long have you been writing?

I started writing off and on since the age of seven, but I didn't knuckle down and truly focus on it until years later.

Tell us about BEYOND THE EYES. What’s the story about?

It's about an ancient battle of good versus evil, with many shocking and heartbreaking secrets revealed along the way. I take the reader on a journey with the main character Paige Reed, into a world where nothing is quite as it seems. The story is packed with romance, heartbreak, a love triangle, friendship, horror and suspense.

17-year-old Paige Reed's life changes after she receives a haunting message from a ghostly voice. Unexplained things begin to happen to her, and she doesn't understand what is going on. But then she meets Nathan Caswell who is no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when he notices they have an interest in Paige. Her life is in danger, and Nathan does everything in his power to protect her. And then there are two power-hungry dark spirits who wants something from Paige. They want her to find King Solomon's ring. When her father was alive he was close to discovering its whereabouts, and Paige is the only one who can find it. Whoever possesses Solomon's ring and has his incantations, can control the dark spirits and ultimately rule the world. If Paige refuses to help these malevolent beings, they'll kill her. She is then forced to deal with her emotional baggage she's kept bottled inside of her as she searches for clues on what her deceased father might have known. She discovers shocking information about him and his bloodline while trying to act like a normal teenager and hide what she's dealing with from her best friends. Time is running out, and Paige needs to make a decision that will not only change her life, but the fate of mankind as well.

How did the idea of the story come to you?

At the suggestion of my husband, I took what scares me the most, which is possession, me wondering if there are soulless people walking among us, and my love for history and the paranormal, gathered all those ingredients along with some other seasonings: romance, friendship, heartache, and created this story.

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

Yes, I have a critique partner. She's wonderful. I also have an editor who is awesome.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

What's a pantser? Hold on. I'll look it up. It's not in the dictionary. Wait! I'll Google it. I found it! It means: fly by the seat of your pants when you're writing your novel. LOL. To answer your question, I'm a plotser—I do both. I have a plot; however, I allow room for the creativity to flow into my story. That's where the magic happens. :)

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

Second guessing myself, thinking it's not good enough, even though my editor and other people tell me otherwise.

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

A dictionary and thesaurus.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?


What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

What's it called when you get really nervous and have to poop?



Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: beyond, yoga, and giant.

While I was doing yoga, I had an out-of-body experience and drifted towards a giant, shimmering ray of light and saw beyond it, lush green hills and snow capped mountains.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ... 

If I'm not writing, I'm probably at my day job or reading or spending time with my husband or doing the mundane things life requires of me.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

I want to thank the following people for their support: my husband Kevin, my dad and step-mom, my editor Chase Nottingham, Nancy Maddock, Felicia Tatum, and my fans, which still blows me away I have fans, but it's so cool! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. All of you guys are awesome!

And finally, where can people find you and your books online?

They can find Beyond the Eyes here:

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Rebekkah Ford said...

Thanks for having me on your wonderful blog, and thanks for the interview. I appreciate it. :) <3


Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wonderful interview! I totally love paranormal books, movies, TV shows...

Unknown said...

Fantastic interview. Beyond the Eyes sounds really interesting.