Rebecca Woods, author of the “Silver Falls” series, took some time to give us a glimpse at the person behind the book by answering a few questions.
CF: In 100 words or less, tell us what “Nathan of Silver Falls” is about.
RW: In another rollicking Silver Falls adventure, Nathan attempts to escape the long tentacles of the bank to get back to farming, all the while managing the rambunctious triplets and a few unwelcomed changes in his family. Meanwhile, Caleb Layne returns to Silver Falls with his youngest daughter, Emma, who soon meets the handsome Hayden Larssen and a strictly forbidden love is born! As in the past, David Harrison continues his quirky antics in bringing progress to the area while also trying to marry off his “old-maid” of a daughter, Susannah. Charming, romantic and still full of fun!
CF:What inspired the “Silver Falls” series?
RW: In 1991 I received a phone call asking if I would babysit a child full time for the school year. I was very reluctant, but the parent was so desperate that I finally agreed. Within hours, my phone began to ring, each time with another desperate parent who “just happened to have heard” that I was babysitting. Each time, I wanted to tell them “No!” I had 3 children of my own and a baby to care for… but each time they were so desperate that I eventually consented. By the end of a few days I was babysitting 25 children! Most of them were after school, but it was a crazy madhouse event either way! After an entire school year of keeping a white board on the front door just so I could keep track of who was coming and going I really wanted to do something for myself… so I wrote a book! It was an awesome adventure, like watching a movie in my mind! I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with the characters and dialog. In 21 days, it was done.
CF: How do you find time to write and juggle the demands of everyday life?
RW: Try to stay organized, pray for opportunity and ideas, and make it a priority. It’s usually a challenge.
CF: Which author(s) inspired you most in your writing endeavors?
RW: That would be a toss-up between Kate Wiggins and LM Montgomery. I love the way that Montgomery weaves several plots into a book to keep the story moving. That has probably influenced my style most, but Kate Wiggins was the author who inspired me to try my own hand at actually writing a book.
CF: What book are you reading right now?
RW: The balance ledger of my check book. (laughs) Other than that, the most recent book I read was “There Is No Death” by Sarah Menet, a near death experience where the subject is shown the future. Her “predictions” have been remarkably accurate. Fascinating read!
CF: Which author, outside your genre, do you admire most?
RW: Emma Orsca.
CF: If you were to try another type of genre, which would it be?
RW: A post apocalyptic book or cataloging of near death experiences.
CF: If “Nathan of Silver Falls” were turned into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?
CF: What’s your favorite movie?
RW: “Pride and Prejudice” – all the many different versions of it.
CF: In 25 words or less, what advice would you offer to aspiring novelists?
RW: If something’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well. Start with a prayer and write from your heart about things that interest you. Be original.