Hi everyone! Book Monster Reviews is very pleased to welcome author Rebecca Zanetti to our site today.
This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.
Rebecca attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Political Science emphasis. While there she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Graphic newspaper, a member of the Pi Phi Sorority and an intern for President Reagan, who still gave 3-5 speeches a week, even though he was no longer president.
After college, Rebecca worked as an art curator and a Senate aide before heading to law school, where she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho. She married Tony Zanetti in the middle of her second year of law school and became pregnant with their first child during the third year. She graduated law school, gave birth three weeks later, and took the Bar Exam three weeks after that. All she remembers about the bar exam is that it was so quiet in the testing room, she thought about taking a quick nap. But she continued on, passed the bar and became a lawyer. She worked for a large firm, then a small firm, then the county while also teaching legal classes at her local community college. Now she writes about vampires.
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day. Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning awards throughout the writing industry for her work. She is currently working on the Dark Protector’s Series published by Kensington Brava.
Rebecca is the creator of the awesome DARK PROTECTOR series. The series currently has three books and a novella. "Fated" was the first book, and the newest book is "Claimed", which was just released on October 25. The novella “Tempted” will be released next April, and book 3, “Hunted” will follow a month later. In case ya'll are not familiar with the series, here's a look at the two released books….
"Fated" - Book 1 of the DARK PROTECTORS
Now that you are acquainted with the DARK PROTECTOR series, let's get to know more about the amazing author behind the books.
Book Monster Reviews (Carla): Hi Rebecca! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us! We’re happy to have you with us today!
Rebecca: First, thank you so much for having me on Book Monster Reviews! It’s wonderful to be here. I’m in Seattle at a conference right now, it’s about 5am, and I have an amazing view of the day just beginning outside my huge window in my hotel room.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Rebecca: Great question! Three things, huh? Well, let’s see. After college I wasn’t sure what to do with my life, so I started dating my karate instructor and we headed over to Australia to backpack around for about a month. It was quite the adventure! A second fact would be that I have a slight phobia about Nutcrackers. Weird, huh? I know some people don’t like clowns—I don’t like Nutcrackers. A final thing is that I’m a complete klutz. A lot of people know this, but I don’t think it’s on the web. Until now. J
2) What are some of your favorite hobbies or things you like to do when you're not busy writing?
Rebecca: I live in a place with definite seasons, so it depends what season it is. In the summer, we spend a lot of time at the lake swimming and waterskiing. I also golf and we go camping sometimes. In the winter, we snowmobile. Of course I love to read and well, I do like to head to Vegas once in a while and gamble with my mom and sisters.
3) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Rebecca: Probably when I was young. I always figured I’d write someday, but there were a lot of things (and still are) that I wanted to do. Getting a law degree was one of them, and having a family another. Someday I’d really like to study genetics just for fun. I don’t think I want to work in a lab. I’m a bit of a germaphobe, too.
4) What made you decide to start out writing in the paranormal romance genre?
Rebecca: The hero in my story kept turning into a vampire. There’s a lot more leeway with characters and world building in a paranormal – you can make anything up so long as there’s a rationale. And that hero can be over the top Alpha, which in real life doesn’t work. But in make-believe, I love those over the top Alphas.
5) Do you have any writing quirks or things that you can't go without to start the writing process?
Rebecca: Yes. I can’t write without my thick, comfy socks on. Even in the heat of summer, I need socks on my feet. They don’t have to match. I’m worried that I’m giving away too much of my quirky (nice way of saying weird) personality here! J
6) Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do to get the creative juices flowing again?
Rebecca: No, I don’t suffer from writer’s block. I suffer from procrastination and/or taking on too much at one time. The only thing to do is sit down and start pounding out on the keyboard. It’s easier when there’s a deadline, and much harder when I just have to make myself sit and get it done.
7) Who are some of the authors that have inspired you to start writing?
Rebecca: I have so many favorites! Nora Roberts, Lora Leigh, Cynthia Eden, Janet Evanovich, J.R. Ward…I could keep going forever.
8) How long did it take you to get your first book published?
Rebecca: We were snowed in December of 08 and I started a book, finishing it in January of 09. FATED sold that December. So, it took about a year. It sounds easy, but during that year I studied really hard to fix that first book and figure out how to write. I think being a lawyer really helped with the analytical process.
12) What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Rebecca: “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” -- Helen Keller (I think anyone entering the turbulent publishing world right now would agree with this quote). J
13) What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview but never have been? Can you please answer that for us?
Rebecca: What does writing remind you of? Well, thank you for asking that! Writing reminds me of golf. One day you find your swing, the next day there’s a frickin sandtrap in your way. No matter what, you have to swing to move forward.
14) What's next for Rebecca Zanetti? What do you have planned in the upcoming months?
Rebecca: I’m working on book four of the Dark Protector series as well as a new project about a group of soldiers. Other than that, life. I’ll be at RWA next July (in Anaheim) and am looking at conferences to attend for spring.
15) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Rebecca: Thank you. Please keep sending me emails and letting me know what you think about my books. I love hearing from you! Writing can be lonely, and when we hear from readers who liked our characters or understood the weird little world we tried to create, it is just fantastic. Also, thank you for buying my books. I need sales to keep my publisher publishing them. J
Thank you so much Rebecca for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us. We would love to have you back again in May 2012 to help celebrate and promote the release of Hunted.
Rebecca: Thank you so much for having me over today! I’d love to come back any time.
If you would like to find out more about Rebecca and the DARK PROTECTOR series, you can visit her at any of the sites below.
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