Rebecca Brooks

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Interview By: Night Owl Romance

Date: October 11, 2016

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Hi Rebecca, Thanks for stopping over on Night Owl Reviews. First off, please tell us about your book "Make Me Stay".

Samantha Kane, known to her colleagues as “The Wolf,” is a no-nonsense CEO who comes to Gold Mountain, Washington to secure the land she needs to transform the sleepy ski town into a major destination. But the man she’s trying to buy from, Austin Reede, refuses to sell. Strong and rugged, Austin is a former Olympic skier who rebuilt his life after tragedy ended his career. Now he coaches Olympic hopefuls on a high school girls’ team and goes for long runs with his favorite four-legged friend. If you’re used to heroines who are perfect—or who make perfectly good doormats—I have to warn you. This book isn’t for you. When Sam unexpectedly meets Austin on the slopes, she makes an impulse decision not to tell him who she is. But the more things heat up between them, the more she has to lose when the truth come out. It’s not just her business at stake anymore, but her heart.

What should readers expect from you titles?

Independent, self-reliant heroines. Strong, rugged heroes who are alpha without being assholes. Travel. Adventure. Gorgeous scenery that's part of the story. And plenty of heat! (Somehow an outdoor sex scene—or two—always manages to work its way in.)

What's next for you as an author?

MAKE ME STAY is the first book in the new Men of Gold Mountain series and currently I'm hard at work on the next books in the series. Readers will meet Austin's friends Connor and Mack in MAKE ME STAY, and then get their story in MAKE ME BEG, coming in March 2017!

Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?

About a month after my debut novel was published in 2014, I got a tweet from a reader with a picture of a woman's upper back freshly tattooed with the words: "Sometimes she was lonely and often she was alone. But she wasn't unhappy. She had made peace with what her life had become." It took me a minute to realize I was reading my own words. I'd been a published author for all 30 seconds and someone had gotten a tattoo with a quote from my book. I haven't met this reader, although it would be amazing to someday see her ink in person. But when I think of reader interactions, this is definitely on the top of the list!

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

I'm neither! I'm both! The one time I took the Myers-Briggs test, I scored exactly a zero between introverted and extroverted, which I think actually describes me pretty well (and hopefully doesn't mean I have zero personality). I love spending time with people and being with others, but I also need time alone to recharge. I feel out of whack if I don't have a balance between socializing and me-time—although I think I've started to lean more toward introvert as I've gotten older. Or else it's just that if anything takes me away from the computer too long, I start to get the itch to go home and get back to writing.

What is your favorite or most fun place to shop online?

I am such a sucker for fun, geeky t-shirts! You have to keep me away from Woot - People submit t-shirt designs that get voted on, and the top ones are sold on the site (or something. I'm too distracted by t-shirts to pay attention to all the details). They're silly, nerdy, punny, and totally absurd. I have one with a kid zombie that's sick of brains and wishes it could eat a sandwich, and another with blocks of tofu wearing masks like they're disguised as different animals. I'm a vegetarian and this cracks me up to no end.

What's your best vacation experience?

I love to travel, and I write a lot about travel and adventure, so if I'm not on vacation I'm probably in the midst of planning my next one. I love to hike, and I've had amazing trips to the Himalayas, the Andes, the Alps, the American southwest, and more. The best trips that immediately jump to mind, though, are two I took with my husband. The first was our honeymoon in Switzerland. We stayed in a friend's family's chalet in the Alps and it was just as incredible as it sounds. The second was a trip we took in the summer of 2014 to the Pacific Northwest, which inspired MAKE ME STAY and the Men of Gold Mountain series. We had a week in Portland, went up to Seattle to visit friends, and then spent five days in the north Cascades, where MAKE ME STAY is set. It was so beautiful, I'd love to go back. I keep thinking maybe some day I'll take a vacation that's relaxing instead of a trip where I'm always doing something, but that hasn't happened yet!

Thanks for coming over Rebecca!

Thanks so much for having me!