- Title: Deep Connections
- Series: Connections Series #1
- Author: Rebecca Graf
- Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery,
- Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
- Format: Ebook | Paperback
- Length: 298 pages
“Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone’s blood.”
Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in some older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind. Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, she gazed at the man behind the wheel of the speeding car. She shivered when she saw he was just as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and what did he want with her?
Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.” Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know you won’t jump out.”
Thank you so much for doing this interview for My Seryniti.
Nova – How did the book Deep Connections start for you? Image, Idea, Dream?
It was more of a dream. When I go to bed and have trouble sleeping, I let my mind create stories. I have done that since I was a small child. I sometimes focus on a particular story for days if not weeks. The one that inspired Deep Connections was one that followed me throughout the day. I couldn’t shake it. A friend of mine suggested that I just write it down to get it out of my head. Well, now it is an 80,000 word book.
Nova – Did you have any growing pains with this novel?
I did. As I wrote it, I found myself making all sorts of changes. I had never even tried to write a novel. I had 25,000 words written when I wrote this scene of a kidnapping by this evil looking man. Suddenly the story took a new turn and I had to delete scenes, move them about, and add so much more. It was hard to have to change things over and over as I am not one to do that and it was my first time. The worst was learning to not fight with my muse. She always wins.
Nova – Do you have a message you try to convey when writing a story?
Yes, that one can get lost in a new world. It is a fiction story. It is not real. I try to make the characters as real as can be, but it is a story where reality doesn’t have to belong. I want people to start reading and to lose themselves.
Nova – What are you reading right now?
Gabriela and the Widow for a book tour I am hosting. I’ll refrain from commenting on it as I haven’t had my stop yet and the review is not complete, but I’m not wishing I never started it. J
Nova – Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences?
I really can’t name any particular ones as everyone I read influences me. I learn how to write and how not to write. I learn what I enjoy and what I do not.
Nova – What do you do when you’re not writing?
Many things. I have a 16 year old daughter, 14 year old son, and a soon to be 11 year old daughter. They are highly active. I love to read, crochet, and spend time with my husband when he is home. On top of that I run four online sites including a publishing company, Silver Tongue Press.
Nova – Have you always wanted to be an author?
Not really. I wanted to be a teacher which I still aim to be one day. I did have the urge to write though, but felt I didn’t have the talent.
Nova – How did you break into the industry?
Contacts. I have been reviewing books for a while and have gotten to know a lot of people in the industry including other authors I use to help learn more.
Nova – What is your writing style? Do you create outlines for your writing or do you just sit and type away?
I just sit and type. I rarely outline unless it is about plans I know I want but am afraid I’ll forget. I like to let my muse dictate. If I don’t, she gets vicious and makes everything in my life harder than it needs to be.
Nova – I noticed you read quite a few genres, do you have a particular that you love to read? Do you feel more comfortable writing in one genre over another?
I love mysteries and romance more than anything, and many of them move among other genres which suits me just fine. I like writing suspense and mystery with some romance. Deep Connections started as a romance but quickly became something else.
Nova – They say everything happens for a reason! Are you glad you lost your accounting job and were encouraged to write?
Oh, yes. I am very glad. The thought of going back into the field actually makes my stomach hurt. I love writing and expressing myself in a way that doesn’t get me arrested.
Nova – What is your next project? What have you been working on recently?
My friends laugh at me as I have probably a dozen writing projects going on at one time. Right now, I am focusing on finishing the last bit of editing on the sequel which is called Dark Connections and get through the second draft of the final book, Deadly Connections. In addition to that, I am working on a suspense story that is actually starting to creep me out as I write it.
Now for the silly questions! Hang on to your hat!
Nova – Do you write using a computer or the old fashioned pen to paper?
Computer! My muse demands that I get it down immediately and she talks too fast. Pen and paper would have me in chains with her. By the way, her name is Pest. I think it is a perfect name.
Nova – Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what’s on your playlist!?
If I do, it is instrumental. I cannot write with music as I begin singing along. Not good. Pest gets very angry.
Nova – Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Sleeping in. I’m doing it a lot lately and it feels so good.
Nova – What is your favorite word?
LOL – acquiesce – I had heard it before, but it wasn’t until Pirates of the Caribbean that I fell in love with the word. It is even fun to say.
Nova – What is your least favorite word?
I’m not sure. I guess any crude words. They make me very uncomfortable.
Nova – Do you talk to your characters?
I try. They refuse to acquiesce to answering. They are quite content at dictating to me what I am to say. When I try to talk to them, they get a little hostile and begin throwing curve balls in the plot. Not fun.
Nova – What sound do you love?
Waterfalls. To me that is the most pleasant sound.
Nova – What sound do you hate?
Incessant chatter. Drives me nuts.
Nova – What’s your favorite time of year?
Spring. I love the colors as they break forth from the brown and grey winter.
Nova – Best vacation spot ever…
The best one I have been is San Antonio. It was the best vacation I had ever had as an adult.
Thank you so much for taking the time to indulge my curiosity!
About the Author:
Rebecca Graf lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children. She worked as an accountant for 20 years before taking the plunge and write online for various sites and companies. Now she runs a publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, and writes full time while trying to keep up with all the activities of her children.
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