Becky has Master’s degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. In her writing she tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history: Why? She always wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel.
When not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, photography, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!
Her latest book is the mystery/suspense, Touching Death.
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About the Book:
Rachel Angeletti knows things. She always has. With one touch she sees secrets, emotions, lies. Her gift helps her to be the best museum curator in Chicago. It also makes her personal relationships difficult.
Her life is complicated enough when a run in with her ex and an unanticipated vision sends her reeling. One touch and she sees death. One touch and she is thrown into the midst of killer’s dark fantasy. Now Rachel is in a fight for her life against a killer she knows too little about.
With danger stalking her around every turn Rachel is in a thrilling race against the clock. Can she catch a killer before he catches her?
Touching Death will take you on a riveting, page-turning, journey into the mind of a killer and the heart of a survivor.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid so I guess so. I wrote my first short story in 1st grade. I wrote it backwards so it wasn’t exactly easy to read, but the Amazing Adventures of Tommy and Ralphie were some of my favourite stories to tell when I was a kid.
What was your inspiration for Touching Death?
A few years ago I was walking through the Arms and Armory wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art when I had the thought ‘what if someone touched one of these artifacts and could see the past?’ In that moment Rachel Angeletti was born.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
Growth and spirituality. I like to show characters learning to trust themselves, to forgive themselves, or to believe in themselves. People’s journeys are fascinating.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
The first draft went pretty quickly, I had it down in about three months. The editing took twice that long. With every book there is a time where it just clicks and I know the book is good. Sometimes that happens right away other times it needs to be massaged a little bit.
Are you disciplined?
Describe a typical writing day. I make myself write at least 500 words a day. If I didn’t still have my day job I would be able to write more, but right now with working full time it just isn’t possible. But every day after work I write. And on the weekends I write. Nora Roberts once said her best advice to writers was ‘ass in the chair.’ I try to follow that advice!
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I talked before about waiting for the click that tells me the book is good. It took a long time for the click to happen. For whatever reason the story just wasn’t gelling. After speaking with a few of my betas and my editor I moved some scenes around and added some history and depth. Boom. Click.
What do you love most about being an author?
It gets the stories in my head out into the world which is just the greatest feeling. Plus, I get to work in leggings on my sofa with my cat at my side. What could be better?
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I decided to self-publish after talking with several other authors. With Amazon the process is very easy. The difficult part is that I didn’t know anything. My first book was definitely a learning process for me. I had to learn about editing, cover design, marketing. Overall, I’m very happy with my decision although if a good deal from a publisher came my way I wouldn’t say no.
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