I love Authors Interview 20
I love Authors Interview 20, this is Rebekah Jones, author of Presumption and Partiality. Her book is touring with Celebrate Lit from April 24-May 7.
Welcome, Rebekah, it is a pleasure to have you sitting on my couch today.
I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.
Rebekah – Thank you for inviting me, Margaret. 🙂
The desert island is awaiting you and so am I as I know this is going to be a fun interview. Are you comfortable?
Rebekah – Yes I am, very!
Let’s begin then with the first question.
What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?
Rebekah – A few chests that contain a library. A complete set of Charles Dickens; at least my favorites of Douglas Bond; J.R.R. Tolkien’s most famous works; most or all Agatha Christie mysteries since I would finally have time to read them; every C. S. Lewis book; anything about Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; a few George MacDonald stories; Alice in Wonderland would remind me of adventure in foreign parts; and John Bunyan’s “A Pilgrim’s Progress.” I’m assuming my Bible washed up with me so that I wouldn’t be needing another.
Lol, I have never had anyone ask for a library before. It sounds like you are going to stay on the island for a long time! What a passion you have for reading. Yes, indeed the Bible is included.
Apart from food for your mind ..
What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?
Rebekah – Probably ice cream. Heath Ice Cream. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Or Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream. Or Coffee Ice Cream. Honestly, probably almost any ice cream.
Now you are talking, I love ice cream too. I think my favourite is Chocolate Mint. Although I am happy for Vanilla too. You would have to stop reading and find your way off the island for an ice cream though.
On one of your travels exploring the island..
You find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?
Rebekah – I would almost certainly spend far too much time trying to decide on a name. Name it Nickleby after one of my favorite Dicken’s characters? The Hotspur to remind me of Horatio Hornblower’s adventures? The Sherlock Holmes just sounds pretentious, and The Baker Street is very odd. Should I name it Consider Joy to remind me of a Biblical passage? In the end, I’d likely choose the latter; or The Ebenezer Scrooge – because a boat of that name would honestly sound splendid.
So many names to choose from Rebekah, but I like Consider Joy. It will help you reflect on the all things joyful.
I love asking this question..
On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?
Rebekah – Influence to become a writer came from several directions. At two, I remember drawing pictures to create “books.” At three and four, I started adding pretend “words” to said books. I can clearly recall some of the stories that I imagined were blossoming on the page amidst the squiggles of crayon and colored pencil. Before I could fully read and spell, I started writing a story and several “poems” with the words I did know. From then on, I never stopped.
By age nine, I knew that I wanted to be an author; it became an actual goal. I wanted to share the stories in my head. I wanted to create an art form with words, transport a reader to a place in my imagination. Share with others my deep love of literature, the beauty of words, and the music of sentence, paragraph, and page. And, as I grew older, I wanted to use this medium to encourage others in the LORD and bring Him glory.
Wow, what a wonderful insight into your given gift from God. I am so glad you listened and shared your ideas, by putting them on paper for us all to read.
So are you a hot or cold person?
The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?
Rebekah – I prefer hot weather, so this island is lovely. As long as I don’t run out of water. Cold weather merely distracts me, as I try not to shiver, think about the cold, keep my blankets in place, not lose my shawl, and wish I had my own personal fireplace. Give me shade, some water, and paper with a pen, and I shall be good to go!
Well, it’s certainly warm on the island with plenty of fresh water from the waterfall and little springs dotted about. I can see you will be comfortable to continue with your writing. We can all imagine what wonderful story the island will lead you to write. Perhaps you will tell us next time we meet!
Sadly that is all the time we have on the couch. I have really enjoyed our time together Rebekah. Thank you and I hope you have a successful blog tour.
Rebekah – It has been fun! Thank you for having me!
A big round of applause readers for Rebekah everyone.
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About the Book
Title: Presumption and Partiality
Author: Rebekah Jones
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Among the cotton fields and farmland of Gilbert, Arizona in the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey live a simple, but happy life with their five daughters on a cotton farm. When the wealthy Richard Buchanan moves to town, bringing his family, a friend, and a desire to learn about cotton, Matilda Bailey is convinced that he is the perfect candidate to marry her eldest daughter, Alice.
Richard is cheerful, friendly, and likable. His friend Sidney Dennison doesn’t make such a good impression. Eloise Bailey decides he’s arrogant and self-conceited, but when Raymond Wolfe comes to town, accusing Sidney of dishonorable and treacherous conduct, Eloise is angered at the injustice of the situation.
When the Buchanan household leaves town, Alice must turn to the Lord and face, perhaps, her most difficult test in trust, while Eloise takes a trip to visit her friend and may well discover a web of deceit that she doesn’t really want to believe exists.
About the Author
Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories. Her goal is to write Bible-Centered, Christian Literature; books rich with interesting characters, intricate story lines, and always with the Word of God at the center. Besides writing, she is an avid reader, songwriter, pianist, singer, artist, and history student. She also loves children. She lives with her family in the Southwestern desert.
Guest Post from Rebekah Jones
Why is he a Navajo?
I’ve had more than one person ask me why I chose to make Sidney Dennison, the “Mr. Darcy” of my novel Presumption and Partiality, a Navajo Indian.
When I commenced planning and research for placing a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the 1930’s United States, I found myself drawn to the desert of Arizona rather early on. Specifically, the tiny farm town of Gilbert. I knew, however, that few rich people lived in that area; certainly not enough to create social rifts large enough to recreate the social differences of the original novel.
The light bulb moment
I experimented in my head with a few different ideas, but the idea of Sidney as a Native American came to me one day and just clicked. I knew that I couldn’t fully pull off a Navajo who lived on the reservations. As much as I researched, I couldn’t quite get the feel. Yet, a man whose ancestry included a white man as a grandfather, who lived outside the reservations, though with relatives who clung to some of the old traditions, I thought I could do.
I used to wish I were an Indian, in part because I wanted to have great tracking skills, live in a tee-pee, possess superb bow and arrow abilities, and I wanted to ride a horse. True, most of that did not enter a 1930’s novel, despite my Navajo cowboy, because the eras are different. Though, Sidney did get a horse. Or technically, several.
A silent strong hero
Further, something about the silent, good-looking Indian appealed to me, much as I tend to shy away from writing about handsome and beautiful people, since they feel so common in fiction. The minute I began imagining the man with his Navajo ancestry, he just felt perfect.
By the end, Sidney turned out to be one of my favorite characters. (I can’t ever pick just one in my novels.) I think I made a good choice and I hope my readers will agree!
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To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away a grand prize of the complete set of the Vintage Jane Austen Collection!!
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