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Self-assured and independent, she doesn’t need me—but she wants me, and undeniably I want her too. At war with myself as I battle the secrets of my past, I don’t know if I can allow her to see the darkest parts of me, the parts I’ve left untouched—undone.
As she chips away at the walls I’ve built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love—forever.
Do you have a favorite author who has influenced you as a writer?
Yes, I have two authors that have influenced me as a writer. First, Rebecca Donovan, and second, AL Jackson.
Let me preface this by saying I learn something from every single book I read. I take something away from each book, each author, and every story. But without a doubt in my mind these two women, are on a pedestal for me.
Rebecca Donovan was the very first author that I read in the New Adult genre. I hung onto every word of Reason To Breathe back in 2011 when I first read it. There was something in the way that she could weave tragedy, heartache, and yet promise into her novel that was so inspiring. When I was writing Unbreakable I remember trying to weave those familiar traits into my story. Obviously, they are 1000% different stories, but I wanted my story to connect with readers on the same type of level that Reason To Breathe connected with me.
With AL Jackson, it’s a different influence. AL’s writing is poetic. Her word choices, her sentences are like that of no other author I’ve read before. I love reading and rereading AL’s books. Her mix of angst, steam, heartbreak, and forgiveness are the total package for me. I love that AL uses little words that are so unique, and consistently uses them in her novels. Now when I write, I look for something, a word, a symbolism, to identify me with my writing.
From a business perspective, both of these women serve as someone I admire. I admire and love their positive personalities, how they interact with their readers, and their keen business sense. I truly believe these two women are here to stay in this ever-changing industry. I can’t wait to see what their future work looks like!
About the Author
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.
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