Back in the day, somewhere along about a year ago, one of the first blog posts I read was written by this lovely lady. A trillion blog posts later I can’t remember what the post was about, but Rebecca Waters’ name has stayed with me. Please give a big welcome to REBECCA WATERS.
rem: Welcome Rebecca! Tell us three things about yourself.
REBECCA: Hmm…I am a mother to three girls, a mother-in-law to their three husbands, and a grandmother to seven incredible grandchildren.
rem: Those are some pretty special roles ya got there. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?
REBECCA: The Bible.
rem: Can’t think of a better book to read! What is your most treasured possession?
REBECCA: I don’t know. I tried to think “What would I grab if I had a fire in the house?” They say that’s a sure fire way to identify what you treasure most, but all I could think of was “A bathrobe!”
rem: Sometimes the bathrobe wins! Hee hee What is your favorite quotation?
REBECCA: It actually comes from the Bible: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart. Not for others. Do it for God.” (I sort of paraphrased that.)
rem: I think living our lives – doing unto Him – kind of is paraphrasing. What do you most value in a friend?
REBECCA: Being there. I have wonderful friends. During this difficult time of my life, I have so valued the fact they showed up. They didn’t know what to say. Who would? But they held me and continue to do so.
rem: Being there is underrated. So many times people think they need “magic” words when sometimes there just are no words. What quality do you most admire in a woman?
REBECCA: I would have to say confidence. I appreciate caring people and people who love others, but I admire confidence.
rem: Confidence can carry many other attributes. What do you do as a hobby?
REBECCA: I like to golf, scrapbook, swim, and travel. And read.
rem: I’m with ya on all except golf. Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer?
REBECCA: Dogs. Paws down, Dogs.
rem: Not with ya so much with the dogs though. I let it slide, though. LOL
Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?
REBECCA: Easy. Tom Waters. Tom and I met when I was 16, started dating when I was 17 and married when I was 18. Tom died last October, just seven weeks shy of our 43rd anniversary. I adored that man. Still do.
rem: Rebecca, I’m so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine.
Tell us a little about your writing journey.
REBECCA: Until 2012, I wrote for my own pleasure or published professional articles of research in the field of education. When I decided to retire, I turned my pen to fiction. I drafted a plan and followed it. I pitched my novel at a conference and received a contract two months later.
rem: I’ve read Breathing on Her Own and loved it! What is your Writing Routine?
REBECCA: My routine has changed in the last six months. I used to write in the evening while Tom watched television. Now I find myself getting more done in the mornings. Turning on the computer and not being distracted by social media are my biggest obstacles.
rem: I think social media is everyone’s greatest distraction, regardless of what we are trying to do. What are your Top Writing Tips?
REBECCA: 1. Write every day. 2. Embrace editing. Edit your own work and have your work edited by others. 3. Study the craft of writing and publishing. 4. Attend…no, Engage in Writing Conferences.
rem: Good points indeed. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
REBECCA: Writing satisfies my creative desires.
rem: What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?
REBECCA: Marketing your own book. Every author is now expected to engage in multiple aspects of the marketing process. It’s fun, but time consuming.
rem: My new thought on marketing is that there are people who chose marketing as a career. For the rest of us it is a necessary evil! LOL
What advice would you give to aspiring authors for writing and/or publishing?
REBECCA: Create a plan that includes your goals as well as a roadmap to achieve them.
rem: Something akin to write the vision… What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?
REBECCA: I hope Breathing on Her Own will cause readers to re-examine their own faith walk.
rem: It certainly speaks to that. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?
REBECCA: From real life…though I did not pattern Laney in Breathing on Her Own after any of my daughters. Okay, the good parts of Laney, maybe.
rem: If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be and why?
REBECCA: Heidi. I loved the whole idea of living on the mountain with Grandfather. A simple life.
rem: I loved Heidi! Haven’t thought about that lovely story in eons! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?
REBECCA: My current work in progress is best described as Mary Higgins Clark meets the Waltons in Amish country for a little romance! Yeah, it sounds crazy….but fun to write.
rem: Sounds like lots of fun! Can’t wait to read it.
Recently, you travelled to India. Tell us about that experience.
REBECCA: Shortly after Tom died, my youngest daughter told me about a trip to India her church was organizing. The objective was to help with young women who had been rescued from forced prostitution. Some had been kidnapped, coerced, or sold into this form of slavery as children. In fact the average age of girls when they entered the brothels was twelve-years-old, with some of them being only nine. Kendall wanted to go. She asked if I would go with her. It was November. The trip was scheduled for April. It sounded far away. I vaguely remember saying, “Okay.” So this past April, almost six months after losing my husband, I traveled to India with a group of hard-working, dedicated people bent on serving others.
I must say the experience was both eye-opening and healing. Healing for the girls? I hope so. Healing for me? Certainly. There is great healing in serving others. But it was also eye-opening. I learned that human trafficking is a world-wide evil. It is as prevalent in the US as it is in India. I’ve put out a call to everyone I know to build awareness and work toward answers. I think as writers, we can use the pen to create this awareness.
The following is lifted from Rebecca’s website:
A few months ago, my Bible reading took me to Jeremiah 18. In the first few verses of the chapter, Jeremiah is told to go to the potter’s house where God will give him a message. Jeremiah goes. He watches the potter craft a pot out of the soft clay. The clay becomes “marred” and the potter reshapes it into a new vessel. Complete. Useful.
At first glance, my only thought was that God has a plan for the rest of my life. It made sense to me. I was one person—Tom’s wife. Now I am Tom’s widow. I am in the process of redefining myself. I wasn’t “marred” per se –more like “broken.” I read the verses and experienced the assurance that God will form me into something new. Complete. Useful.
Then I went to India.
God has a plan for the women I met. He has led them to a safe place. He has restored their soul, their hope, their joy and laughter. He will shape them into new vessels. With His love and protection they will be made whole. They will live a life of purpose.
NOTE: Human trafficking is a worldwide evil. The rape and exploitation of young women is prevalent everywhere. Yes, even here in the United States. God has not abandoned these women. His heart is broken for them. But He has a plan. We need to work in accordance with His will. We need to help stop human trafficking and reach out to women who have been sexually abused. Consider these statistics:
- Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States. (United Nations)
- Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States. (U.S. Department of Justice)
- The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13-14years old. (U.S. Department of Justice)
- A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls.(U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
- The average victim may be forced to have sex 20 or moretimes a day. (Polaris Project)
- Fewer than 100 beds are available in the United States for underage victims. (Health and Human Services)
- Department Of Justice has identified the top twenty human trafficking jurisdictions in the country:” Houston • El Paso • Los Angeles • Atlanta • Chicago • Charlotte • Miami • Las Vegas • New York • Long Island • New Orleans • Washington, D.C. • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Richmond • San Diego• San Francisco • St Louis • Seattle • Tampa (Department of Justice)
- One in three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. (National Runaway Hotline)
(List Compiled by The Covering House)
About the Author
Rebecca Waters – (reh-BEH-kuh wa-ters)
Woman, Wife, Mother, Daughter
Writer, Teacher, Believer
Mom, Grandma, His Child
Rebecca Waters draws on her role as a wife, mother, and grandmother as well as her vast experience as an educator and researcher for her writing.
Rebecca sees writing as both a gift and a ministry. Although she has published in professional journals in the field of education, Rebecca now turns her pen to the world of fiction.
She has published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Power of Positive; Chicken Soup for the Soul, Readers’ Choice; The Lookout Magazine (paid registration required); and Home Health Aide Digest. Rebecca is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Read Rebecca’s blog on being an author at RebeccaAWaters.blogspot.com.
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