The brilliant and open-minded Rebekkah Ford – be sure to connect with this author.
Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. Her fascination with the unknown is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes trilogy.
Describe yourself in five words? Loyal, trustworthy, stubborn, honest, and open-minded.
Who do people say you look like? Linda Hamilton.
If a star could play you in the story of your life who would you hire? What genre would your life story be? And do you have a snappy title for your life story? I would hire Jennifer Lawrence. The genre would be contemporary. The title: A Reason To Live.
What fact about yourself would really surprise people? I was suicidal when I was a kid.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear? I talk to my husband about it, and I read inspirational articles. Oh! I also read all the good things people have said about my books.
What scares you the most? Being sad and lonely for the rest of my life.
What makes you happiest? Going to bed with my husband every night . . . to sleep. LOL. The other thing makes me happy too. Writing stories, good food, watching my favorite TV show and reading, also makes me happy.
What’s your greatest character strength? I’m not a sheep.
What’s your weakest character trait? I sometimes don’t think before I speak.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? I overcame a lot of adversity and broke the negative cycle of the life I was headed towards.
What do you hope your obituary will day about you? She was a good person who inspired a lot of people and made this world a better place to live in. She will be truly missed.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? Theology.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I really don’t know. I mean, the world is pretty much unstable right now. I would love to live in the woods though.
Tell us about your family? When my parents were married, they were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio. They also investigated paranormal activity and Bigfoot sightings. After they divorced, my mom remarried right away and moved my sister and me to Phoenix, Arizona where her mother lived. My childhood went to hell from there. However, dealing with the paranormal world still remained a constant in my household, and I’m grateful for the knowledge and being brought up to have an open mind.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask? Marilyn Monroe, George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens, Benjamin Franklin, Constantine, Jimi Hendrix, Sir William Wallace, Albert Einstein, Plato, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nostradamus, and Homer. This would be one hell of a dinner party. I would love it! The conversations among all of us would be awesome!!!
What’s your favorite meal? I have a lot of them. But one of my faves is fried chicken, mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits with butter and honey, and sweet corn on the cob.
What color represents your personality the most? Lilac.
What movie do you love to watch? Tim Burton’s, Alice In Wonderland.
How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing? Yes, I think they’re a good thing, if it doesn’t take over your life that is.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do? Write stories for a living, which I will one of these days.
What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up? What makes you angry? I’m passionate about writing stories, living a happy life, and knowing the truth about everything. What gets me angry is rude, stupid, heartless people. Also people who abuse animals and children.
What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life? The doctor I was working for was wearing a heart monitor. One morning he came to the office looking like crap, so we told him to go home. All the nurses gave him a hug, and when it was my turn, his heart monitor beeped continuously. It was really loud. Dr. Hurley looked at me, smiled and said, “You got me all worked up.” He moved his hands around, doing a little dance, making a joke out of it. I was so embarrassed. He was one of the best doctors I’ve ever worked for.
What would you love to produce in your life? I would love to help produce the Beyond the Eyes trilogy movie.
What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? No. I have no idea why I’m here, except for to learn and grow more so my soul–who I truly am–can evolve.
How important are friends in your life? I think it’s very important to have good friends.
How many friends does a person need? I don’t think a person needs a lot of friends. I mean, I’d rather have a handful of true friends than loads of not-so-good friends.
What does love mean to you? Unconditional.
What social issues interest you the most? Writing, history, survival, theology, metaphysics, and world issues.
When you get free time on the internet or you go to the library – what do you want to read about? I’m always on the internet, although I love the library. I like to read fiction because that is what I write.
Do you find the time to read? Yes, I do. I think it’s very important to read.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it. Hidden by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. I haven’t read it yet, because I’m reading another book at the moment.
Who do you admire? My husband.
Why do you write? It makes me happy.
What motivates you to write? My love for telling a story motivates me.
What books did you love growing up? Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
Who is your favorite author? I don’t just have one, but here are a few: George Orwell, Anne Rice and J.K. Rowling.
What book genre of books do you adore? Paranormal.
Is writing a gift or a curse? Both. It’s like sadomasochism, it’s painful at times, but you enjoy it too much to stop it.
What book should everybody read at least once? George Orwell’s 1984.
How did you develop your writing? I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and the more you write, the better you become. It’s endless. In this profession you continue to evolve until you take your last breath.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Dreams, music and other stories.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? Marketing.
What marketing works for you? I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure that one out. If you know of any tricks that work, do tell.
Do you plan to publish more books? Hell ya!
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full-time… I have a day job at the moment. I’m a manager and book-keeper for a mom and pop propane company. I think it is rare for an author to write for a living. Most of them have day jobs.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? Yes, I’m fortunate to have some wonderful online writing friends. I love them.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Success in writing for me is having readers love my books and to be able to write for a living.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? I do blog tours, giveaways, interviews, eBook fairs, blog posts, and I try to get as many reviews as I can.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? My book that’s coming out in the fall (The Devil’s Third) is the third book in my Beyond the Eyes trilogy. The main character Paige discovers where King Solomon’s spells are. Whoever has Solomon’s powers and spells can control the dark spirits. Bael who is the most powerful dark soul around, forces Paige to make a deal with him. He wants her to destroy the incantations, but then unforeseen events occur, and Paige begins to have second thoughts on her pact with him. Will she risk the people she loves in order to obtain the spells for herself in order to enslave Bael? Or will her one true love find her before she makes a horrible mistake that can ruin her for life?
How often do you write? And when do you write? I write everyday, or at least attempt to. I write before I go to work in the morning and in the evenings. I also write on the weekends.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – what keeps you going? My passion for getting the story out of me onto to the screen.
What’s your next project? My next project will be a totally different book–a new trilogy. I’m still working out the details of it though.
How do you feel about self-publishing? I think self-publishing is great. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get your story out into the world, and it helps build your confidence as well. I could have taken the traditional route, and I had some agents interested in my Beyond the Eyes trilogy, but I wanted to publish these books on my own. I wanted to see if I could do it, and I did.
***You sure did!
Rebekkah’s book cover.
Blurb for Beyond the Eyes – the first book in the YA paranormal trilogy:
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.
After a ghostly voice whispers a haunting message to seventeen-year-old Paige Reed, Paige’s life takes a nightmarish turn. Unwilling to tell her friends about the supernatural occurrences happening in her life, Paige feels more alone than ever–until she meets Nathan Caswell.
Nathan is not only hot, but seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them that cannot be denied. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits, and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
And then there are the two power-hungry dark spirits who believe Paige can find King Solomon’s magical ring for them, because when her father was alive, he was close to finding it. If Paige doesn’t comply with their demands, they’ll kill her.
Paige is forced to dig deep into her father’s past and unearths shocking secrets about him and his bloodline. With the past and present colliding, Paige is only sure about two things in her life: she needs to outwit the dark spirits to stay alive, and she’s completely and helplessly in love with Nathan.
“A thrilling, wholly satisfying first book to a new young adult series. It will keep you wanting more.” –Valentina Cano, Carabosse’s Library
“Beyond the Eyes is haunting yet passionate. This breakout novel is quick and hip, a saucy must read.”–Charles Land, Judas Pistol
Where to buy Rebekkah’s books:
Beyond the Eyes
Barnes & Noble:
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Add The Devil’s Third to your TBR list
Where to connect with Rebekkah Ford:
Facebook Author Page: http://www.Facebook.com/RebekkahFord2012
**Thanks so much for talking to me today Becki! I wish you much success with your book writing. Please come back and tell us all about your next book.