Monday, May 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Rebecca Berto

Today we are happy to be a part of the Drowing in You Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours
Find the other tour stops HERE.

Drowning in You (Finding Forever In Us #1) by Rebecca Berto
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: April 5, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
316 Pages

Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart. 

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune. 

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m unlike everyone you know (probably). I’m 22 but haven’t been to a club since maybe January this year? According to my boyfriend, the bins go out for trash pick-up more than I do. I write obsessively and read obsessively. And I love to make fun of my stupidness. See? I’m ultra unique.

What is your favorite (non-spoilery) scene in Drowning in You?
Non-spoilery…hmm…that’s hard. It’s a bit into the story, but in no way spoilery. It’s the first moment my main characters, Charlee and Dexter, connect with the readers and it’s intense without being about sex. Charlee and Dexter are overlooking a reservoir from a lookout and the little details make it so special—skin contact, stolen glances… There’s such an emotional connection and I adore it.

Was it difficult to write a story with such dark themes?
Not really. I actually struggle to write happy, light, fun fiction. I fear it will seem too boring and all giggles and nothing interesting. But making someone feel like their heart has been tugged and torn up? I can describe that with tension.

Did you have to do any research while writing Drowning in You?
I was sneaky this way. I only did minor research for the medical knowledge for one storyline, but my main characters are a swimmer and musician and I’ve been both. I also know what love feels like so in all, my research was minimal, luckily.

What gave you the most trouble while you were writing? What did you find easiest to write?
I somehow write things that make no sense when I read back. I have a tendency to make sure every word of every sentence of every paragraph have impact and sometimes it gets too much.

When I redraft I do lots of deleting.

How long did it take you to write this novel?
I wrote this one end of last year and then came back to it. I remember three quarters in I totally lost direction and put it away for a little bit, but guestimating, I think it took five to six weeks to write.

Where do you find the most inspiration while writing?
After a brainstorming session where I can get my thoughts together. Usually I either read or go for a walk with my doggy before I write. It means I’m full of creativity and inspiration. I fear I’ll write flatly if I wake up and write immediately.

What kind of books do you like to read?
I like reading books with an emotional punch. So I swing from Literary to New Adult because they both offer emotional satisfaction for me in different ways. They’re two of my current favourite genres at the moment.

How do you want your readers to feel when they finish Drowning in You?
Rewarded. I’ll make no secret that I’m an awful author to my readers. My books involve death either as an ongoing theme or a death of a character mid-story, and I tend to have gut-wrenching scenes that hurt like hell, so by the end I like to make it a huge satisfaction.

Drowning in You isn’t an easy ride, but the ending makes it all worth it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes! It’s better to undervote your abilities: “I’m not good enough yet”, “I don’t have a big enough social media following”, “That sentence still looks odd”, etc. Always have higher goals than you think you can reach.

I have more drive when I have a goal. If I think I’m fair good at something, I see no point in trying my best—I’m already there.

Big thanks to Rebecca for joining us today, and to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours for letting us take part in the tour!

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