Monday, July 23, 2012

Guest Post : Subversive: The Warrior Book 3 by Rebecca Royce

Rachel Clancy has been through a lot. She’s been sent to fight vampires, lost two boyfriends—one to a vampire and one because of his daddy issues—and now she is trying to lead a secret revolution that could change Genesis, her home, forever. Her confidence is shot, her hands are shaking, and she hasn’t felt a real emotion, except for anger, in a long time.

But Rachel should never be counted out. She sees things others can’t, even if her ideas are considered downright traitorous. There is an important life for Rachel to lead in the world, even if its filed with vampires and werewolves instead of romance and flowers. Rachel has always had to fight, she’s good at it, and the evil that has stalked her hasn’t forgotten her name.

Rebecca, how did you come up with the plot for Subversive and create your leading roles?

This is actually a question I get asked pretty regularly and I know that it’s frustrating that I pretty much have to go…I don’t know. Ideas come to me. Some of them go the second they enter my head and they’re never heard from again. Some of them hang around for a while.
In this case, although I can’t tell you, because I really don’t know, where the idea for Subversive or The Warrior series came from, I can tell you a little bit about the path I travelled to write this book and it will at least answer your question about the leading roles.
For most of career, I have been writing very Adult fiction. I say this because its hot stuff. I would never want a Young Adult reader to check it out. I first thought The Warrior stories would be Adult in nature.
 I tried and tried to write it. First, as an adult 3rd person Romance novel where both Rachel and her love interest (just one at the time) both got point of view chapters. There were lots of other Warriors and I thought, for a time, that they’d all get their own books. 

But, I couldn’t seem to finish the book. That’s weird for me. One of the things I’ve been able to do that has allowed me to have this incredible career that I just love is that I can finish the books I start. I know a lot of writers struggle with finishing a story they’re working on. I generally do not. So it frustrated me that I could not make it work.
Okay, after a time, I decided to see if I could rework the story. I did a massive rewrite. I took the book, eliminated the love interest’s point of view, and wrote adult Rachel in first person. Well, that seemed to work better. Sort of. Something still felt off.
Then it occurred to me. The problem was…Rachel was not a grown up. She was a teenager. Then her story worked. Wow. Boy did she work. She wouldn’t stop talking to me. Very anxious to have her story told, very frustrated that I had taken so long to get her.
And it turned out she didn’t have only one interest. She had many guys wanting her attention. But, her original love is still there. I’m just not going to tell you which one he is…or if he is who she will actually end up with.
Is he Jason? Is he Deacon? Is he….? I’m not telling. But that’s where they came from.
Thanks so much for having me today.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

 She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

 In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

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  1. I actually find myself reading more and more YA. It's an exciting time. I am looking forward to reading The Warrior series.


  2. I really enjoy reading about how the book came to be. This is just one fascinating facet of Subversive...looking forward to reading more.

    So Rebecca, tell you have an unpublished book hiding out in the bottom of a drawer someplace, never to see the light of day? If so, what would you need to do to make it publishable? Or would you just leave it there, moldering in the dark!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. Hi Rebecca, I enjoyed learning more about you.

  4. It really sounds like an interesting story...thank you for explaining more about it!


  5. Love the blurb. I like tough heroines. :)

    I've been reading a lot of YA and middle grade books. They're so easy and fun to read.

  6. I must read this book it sounds amazing .
    Have a fantastic weekend

  7. I'm really excited for this. :)