Meghan: Welcome back, Rebekkah. It’s been awhile since we sat down together. What’s been going on since we last spoke?
Rebekkah Ford: A lot. LOL On the book front I finished writing book 2 in my Legends of Deceit 2-book series. The release date is pending.
Meghan: Who are you outside of writing?
Rebekkah Ford: I’m a wanderer. I love going to different places and explore the area. I’m also a YouTuber. Our channel is called Dare to Live. Freedom is our message/brand, and our channel expresses that in all the things we do and talk about.
Meghan: How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
Rebekkah Ford: I’m fine with it, but it makes me nervous. LOL
Meghan: Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Rebekkah Ford: A gift because writers have the ability to create characters and worlds and then transport the reader to those worlds. It’s magic. 😊
Meghan: How has your environment and upbringing colored your writing?
Rebekkah Ford: It has colored it a lot. When my parents were married, they were the directors of the UFO Investigators League. They not only investigated UFO/extraterrestrial sightings, but they also had done some paranormal investigations as well. So, I think the reason why I’m fascinated by the paranormal world and love writing about it is because of the way I grew up.
Meghan: What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research for your books?
Rebekkah Ford: How psychiatric hospitals use to treat their patients back in the early 1900s.
Meghan: Which do you find the hardest to write: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
Rebekkah Ford: The middle because I have to plan out plot points and make sure the story is flowing correctly and going in the right direction.
Meghan: Do you outline? Do you start with characters or plot? Do you just sit down and start writing? What works best for you?
Rebekkah Ford: I write down the idea of the story I have in mind, then a rough outline, then I write out a character sketch.
Meghan: What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline/plan?
Rebekkah Ford: I follow their lead. My character Ameerah is a lesbian. I didn’t plan her that way, it just happened.
Meghan: What do you do to motivate yourself to sit down and write?
Rebekkah Ford: I think about the story and where it’s leading to, then ideas come to me, and I have to sit down and write about it.
Meghan: Are you an avid reader?
Rebekkah Ford: I am. I love to read.
Meghan: What kind of books do you absolutely love to read?
Rebekkah Ford: Paranormal romance, metaphysical, new age/spirituality, thrillers, fantasy, and dystopian.
Meghan: How do you feel about movies based on books?
Rebekkah Ford: I think the books are better than the movies, however, sometimes Hollywood does a good job turning a book into a movie.
Meghan: Have you ever killed a main character?
Rebekkah Ford: I can’t tell you that.
Meghan: Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
Rebekkah Ford: No, however, I do enjoy the evil characters getting defeated by the people they caused pain to.
Meghan: What’s the weirdest character concept that you’ve ever come up with?
Rebekkah Ford: Drenths. It’s in my book Tangled Roots.
Meghan: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever received? What’s the worst?
Rebekkah Ford: The best feedback was when my readers told me that Ameerah and my Beyond the Eyes trilogy (she’s a character in the trilogy) would make a great movie. They loved the concept and how I wrote each book. The worst feedback was when a reader wrote on a forum that she didn’t like my book and threw it across the room because it was a waste of her time. I’m thinking it was a troll who said that, but honestly, every writer has received bad reviews. You have to have a thick skin in this business.
Meghan: What do your fans mean to you?
Rebekkah Ford: They mean a lot to me. I appreciate them so much. I haven’t published a book in a couple of years, so their patience and support means the world to me.
Meghan: If you could steal one character from another author and make them yours, who would it be and why?
Rebekkah Ford: Lestat from Interview with the Vampire. He’s a great character.
Meghan: If you could write the next book in a series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
Rebekkah Ford: Well, I plan on extending my Beyond the Eyes trilogy into a series. I wrote the trilogy in such a way to where I could continue writing more books in that world with the same characters without the storyline getting stale or ridiculous.
Meghan: If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
Rebekkah Ford: Anne Rice. It would be about vampires and witches.
Meghan: What can we expect from you in the future?
Rebekkah Ford: More books. 😉
Meghan: Where can we find you?
Meghan: Do you have any closing words for your fans or anything you’d like to say that we didn’t get to cover in this interview or the last?
Rebekkah Ford: Yes, I do. We all have goals in life, some takes longer than others, but that’s okay. If you continue to work at it, eventually you’ll accomplish your goal(s). It can be writing that novel you always wanted to write, going to school to become a paleontologist, or whatever your heart desires. You can do it! For me, the last two years have been rewriting my entire life which is why I haven’t published a book. It takes a lot of work internally and outwardly to disregard everything you have been taught and told and start over. This includes facing and overcoming the dark part of the psyche. So, once everything gets sorted out, the second book to my 2-book Legends of Deceit series, will be published. I’ll also be writing more books in the future, so stay tuned and thanks for sticking with me. It means a lot to me.
Rebekkah Ford is an award-winning author who writes paranormal romance and fantasy novels. When her parents were married, they were the directors of the UFO Investigators League, they also had taken on some paranormal cases as well. The way Rebekkah grew up aids her in her paranormal storytelling and probably the reason why she’s fascinated with the unknown.
Rebekkah is also a blogger and freelance writer. She writes versatile and in-depth articles on various topics.
Fun Fact: Rebekkah and her husband converted a cargo van into a camper and plans to travel the U.S. full-time, writing and videotaping their journey as digital nomads. Rebekkah is not only an author, but she’s also an explorer in search of adventure, new discoveries, and to live life minimally and deliberately. She’s a YouTuber (Dare to Live channel) and believes we weren’t born to just pay bills and die. The core message on her and her husband’s channel and website (Exploring Rabbit Holes) is FREEDOM.
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Beyond the Eyes 1: Beyond the Eyes – FREE on Amazon
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.
In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year-old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.
Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.
Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?
Now immortal, Paige is emotionally and physically stronger than ever. She must find the location of the ancient incantations to prevent mass genocide. But the war against good and evil is spawning another war–a battle between the dark spirits themselves. Paige is saddled in the center of both growing revolutions and is ready to take on the dark forces. But Nathan’s overprotectiveness prevents her from taking action, and he’s hiding things.
Paige’s personal life gets more complicated when Brayden arrives back in town and offers the equal partnership she desperately craves from Nathan. Then there’s Carrie and Tree, her two best friends and only family she has left. Unfortunate circumstances thrust them into Paige’s dark world, giving her no choice but to allow Nathan to arm them with combat techniques in hope they’ll be able to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, Paige is having visions and discovering abilities she was unaware of. When Anwar comes to visit, his weird behavior alarms her. Could he be turning to the dark side?
Time is running out. Paige not only needs to find the incantations but also to untangle the bands around her heart and make a decision that could leave her with a life worse than death–a life of betrayal from the ones she trusted most.
The Exciting Continuation Of The Beyond the Eyes Trilogy.
If you could have the power to control evil, would you want it?
In a rainy, misty town filled with moss-covered trees and dwarfed by wooded mountains, Astoria, Oregon, holds many secrets and eighteen-year-old Paige Reed is one of them. She’s immortal, has magical abilities she’s discovering, and harbors King Solomon’s power inside her. With his incantations, she can control the dark spirits who lurk among societies in soulless humans.
But her problems are mounting.
Her best friend slips into a coma, and Paige must tap into her newfound powers—powers she’s unsure of—to save her.
Through this ordeal, Bael who once commanded a legion of black souls, forces Paige to make a pact with him, causing her to abandon the ones she loves. When she finds out where Solomon’s spells are and tells Bael, she begins to have second thoughts about her agreement with him.
Will she risk everything to claim the spells that hold the power to control the dark spirits so she can enslave him? Or will her one true love find her before she makes a horrible mistake that could damage her for life?
And most importantly, what does the Devil’s third mean and what is Bael really up to?
After eighteen-year-old Carrie Jacobson discovers she was a witch in a previous life, she seeks to reawaken that part of her soul. With the help of an eccentric enchantress and a boy who is more than he seems, Carrie succeeds and is spellbound by the memories of her life in Europe during the 1600s as a powerful witch named Isadora. Carrie reverts to her bewitching, more volatile form and sets out to break a curse she cast long ago on her coven.
Carrie’s boyfriend Tree cannot help feeling uneasy about the changes he sees in the woman he loves. When Carrie’s past clashes with the present and dark magic intoxicates her once again, Tree must take drastic matters into his own hands and attempt to save Carrie from herself.
With Tree’s help, will Carrie be able to resist the allure of her new powers? Or will she plunge into the deep end and give into them?
Sometimes even the dead seek salvation.
In 1925, eighteen-year-old Ameerah Arrowood is murdered in an insane asylum. She finds herself transported to a dreary realm that turns out to be a recruiting station for the dark spirits. With animosity in her heart toward humanity, she decides to join them.
For the next ninety years, Ameerah possesses soulless humans, living a hedonistic, mischievous and sometimes vengeful existence, but now she’s seeking salvation so she can crossover and save her lost love who is stuck in the lower world.
Ameerah enlists the help of her dark spirit friend Derek, who is straddling the line between Heaven and Hell. She tells him how it all began, weaving between historical timelines to now, hoping to gain understanding about why her parents betrayed her and wanting to get rid of the guilt weighing on her heart. In the end, the unexpected unfolds, which changes her forever.