Monday, May 10, 2010

Rebecca Savage Interview

Joining us today is Rebecca Savage. Rebecca was born and raised in rural Missouri, but she left the small town when she joined the USAF and became a Morse Code Operator with a Top Secret SCI Clearance and flew away to basic training in San Antonio, Texas then on to Biloxi, Mississippi for special training then on to Italy where she was stationed for 5 ½ years.

Rebecca writes Contemporary Romantic Suspense because she lived it, and many of her stories she can relate to very well. Rebecca has three children, one grandchild, and has returned to rural Missouri, but she is now a teacher of History and German at the college and high school level.

Rebecca hopes you like her work and would love it if you read her stories and emailed to tell her what you think:

[Anne] When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

[Rebecca] I’ve always been an avid reader, and at the end of the summer of 2003 I finished my Masters in History and I started reading romance when a friend of mine handed me a book when I said I wanted to read something for fun after having to do all that non-fiction reading for my Masters. I read for a year then I was lying on the couch one day reading, and I thought, “What would I write if I write?” It would have to be romance but with a good, fast-paced storyline. I got up and sat in front of the computer and penned my first story that summer. It’s now published along with all my other works. I can’t imagine my life without writing now.

[Anne] Tell us about your latest book.

[Rebecca] My latest published book is a story called Guard My Body, and it is the second of a series of six, the first being Guard My Baby. The heroes are a group of ex-mercenaries who worked together for years, so they come in and out of my stories. So you get to know the secondary characters very well. The heroine is a librarian with a wild side. She is asked to insert Top Secret information in a missing tooth in her mouth and transport it for reasons you’ll understand if you read the story. lol

Anne] What inspired you to write this story?

[Rebecca] I like reading and writing suspense, and the CIA interests me, and I have lots of friends who are librarians, and I worked with a clearance, and I was looking at information in my classroom about terrorism and crossing the border of Mexico, and I write a story revolving around all those elements.

[Anne] How did you go about researching your book?

[Rebecca] I didn’t have to do much research because of what I teach and what I did in the military, but I did have to look up some location information and specifics on who runs the CIA and how the levels of echelons an territory controls work.

[Anne] Do you have anything new in the works?

[Rebecca] I am working on the third of that series of six called Guard My Life, and I am also working on a fantasy called Dragon Fire, which is a working title right now, but it’s a dragon story based on Chinese dragon personalities and power colors and elements.

[Anne] What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

[Rebecca] I am more of pantser than a plotter, but I figure out the basic storyline before I take off running, then it just comes to me. The dragon story is the most difficult because I’m out of my element, although I am incorporating military characteristics and FBI workings.

[Anne] If you could be anyone of your characters, which one would you chose to be and why?

[Rebecca] If I could be any one of my characters, it’d be the librarian. She lives the best of both worlds. She gets to work with books all day, hang out with a sexy CIA operative at night, and live out her wild side fantasy every new and then. lol

[Anne] Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? (Okay so maybe this isn’t very likely to happen but since I’m asking the questions…)

[Rebecca] Italy! Yes, I’ve been there before, but when you leave that country, you leave a bit of your heart behind. I want to go back. Badly. lol

[Anne] You’ve just been informed that your latest release was a NY Times bestseller and Hollywood wants to turn it into a movie. What actors would you choose to play your main characters?

[Rebecca] Wow! What a dream that would be! I’d choose Gerard Butler & Jessica Alba.

[Anne] What type of books do you like to read when you’re not writing?

[Rebecca] Anything Romance! But especially suspense and historical and dragons.

[Anne] Name three things you can’t live without (excluding spouses and family because that’s a given).

[Rebecca] Books, teaching, and fun in the sun!

[Anne] What advice would you give to any aspiring writers out there?

[Rebecca] Okay, put the tune to Finding Nemo with this line: “Just keep writing, writing, writing. Just keep writing…”

[Anne] Where can we find you on the web?

[Anne] Where can we purchase your book(s)?

[Rebecca] You can link to any of them from my website. Just click on their covers.

[Anne] Is there anything else you’d like to add?

[Rebecca] Just please let me know what you think of my work. I’m always open to criticism. Well, I’ll pretend to be anyway. lol


Rebecca Savage said...

Anyone who leaves a comment here AND on the contact form email by cut/paste exerpt from my interview and sending it to'll be entered to win free pdf of any one of my books;)
Thanks for stopping by:)

Cathy M said...

Hi Rebecca,

What great questions and answers. My son had classified clearance while in the Navy, so I think it's fascinating that you include your experience in your stories.

I still have Italy on my vacation wish list.


Rebecca Savage said...

Glad to hear your son had that experience! I loved my job in the military and the fact I knew weird things:)Everyone should experience Italy:)

Cathy M said...

One of my boys is actually going to Italy in the fall, not my Navy dude. It will be his first time in Europe, and he is going to enjoy those 3 wonderful weeks with his girlfriend. I am totally jazzed for him.

Crystal Ennis said...

Hi Rebecca and Anne.
Great interview! I bet you have a vault full of interesting ideas for your books, Rebecca.

Thanks for another facinating interview, Anne.

Good luck to both of you with your writing!

Anne Patrick said...

Hi Cathy and Crystal. Thanks so much for dropping by.

Rebecca, thanks again for allowing me to interview you. It was fun!

Krista Plott said...

Great Interview Rebecca and Anne, anxious to read both of your books !!