Today I will be interviewing Rebecca Royce author of multiple book series including The Westervelt Wolves and The Conditioned series.
What do you think makes a good story?
A captivating plot with well thought out characters.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
The day I published Her Wolf: The Westervelt Wolves Book 1
What was one the most surprising things you’ve learned in/while creating Eye Contact?
I think that Eye Contact has forced me to stretch, to think outside of several boxes and I think that I was pleased to learn I was capable to doing that.
How did you come up with the idea for Eye Contact?
I have no idea. I know that is frustrating. Its like ‘oh c’mon, how could you not know?’ but it is the truth. I’m never exactly certain where any of my ideas come from. Usually, I can name a list of several things that contribute to my stories but in the case of Eye Contact, I just have no idea.
If you had to pick one character from Eye Contact that you liked the most who would it be?
It’s hard for me to pick between Spencer and Addison, the two main characters because I adore both of them so much. I mean that. I really love them. So I will say Roman Lewis, who is a character who appears in this book and in the next book in the series, Embraced, which is not out yet. Roman is an enigmatic character. I love him. I don’t know if everyone will.
Do you read reviews of your books? If so do you pay any attention to them or let them influence your writing?
I have had to stop reading certain reviews. I do read most of them but some reviews get too far into my head and then I cannot write. But, yes, I do read 99% of the reviews I get.
How important do you think villains are in a book? Favorite book villain, any book?
In my work, villains are pivotal. An absolute must-have. My favorite book villain from my own work? Wow. I’m actually not going to name a character from this series because I would argue that all of the characters in this series have the ability to be villain-like. So, I’m going to say Kendrick Kane from my Westervelt Wolves series. He’s seriously evil. Also, Sebastian, from my Outsider series.
What is one book or series you can’t live without, yours or other?
I can’t choose between my own. That’s like picking between my kids. So I will say that I could not do without Nalini Singh’s ‘Psy-Changeling’ series.
Which of your characters would you be most or least liking to invite or for dinner? And why?
I would love to sit down with Spencer and pick his brain. The man knows a lot of secrets that would be useful for me to know.
What are your favorite forms of shifters (ex, Wolves, Lion, Tigers, etc)?
LOL. In my case, it would certainly have to be the Wolves.
What is one thing you want readers to take with them after reading Eye Contact?
I hope that readers leave the book feeling like they had a really good read and that they were caught up in the world for a while with me.
Eye Contact by Rebecca Royce
The Conditioned, Book One
Thirty years ago, after the breakdown of an oil negotiation, the President of the United States decided that all people born with unusual abilities, which he would now refer to as “the condition”, would be locked away from the general public where they couldn't harm others. Parents and loved ones of these people, most of whom were children, were forced to turn them in upon penalty of death. Formed to keep the institutions secure, the Committee for the Protection of a Free Society now rules these institutions with an iron fist.
The granddaughter of one the Committee members, Addison Wade has lived her life wary of the institutions and all they represent. A woman of secrets, she is forced to turn to Safe Dawn, one of the facilities designed to hold conditioned people, when her nephew is kidnapped and, despite her best efforts, cannot be recovered. She knows the last thing anyone in 'Safe Dawn' will want to do is to help a Wade with any problems, but she is desperate and out of options.
Spencer Lewis is famous for being the premier conditioned ‘locator.’ There's no one he can't find and he has a soft spot for missing children. But, Spencer has been through a trauma and locating Jeremy Wade may be dangerous both to himself and to those around him. In addition, he takes one look at ice cold Addison Wade and wants nothing more than to knock her down a peg. Never having turned down an opportunity to help a child, he reluctantly agrees to help recover Jeremy.
In a world where nothing is as it seems and every person they encounter has his own agenda, Addison and Spencer will find that the only people they can trust are each other. But how can anyone fall in love living in a world that wants you dead just for being born?
Rebecca Royce Info
As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.
I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. We live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.
I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I've been told I'm a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
I'd love to hear from you!