Rebecca Henry talks about being an author and her new novel, Louisiana Latte.
1. Tell us more about your latest book, Louisiana Latte.
Louisiana Latte was inspired by my Diva sister and a business trip we took to Louisiana. The book revolves around two sisters, Deb and Becky, as they reminisce about their lives while finding self-discovery of who they truly are. It is a feel-good comedy with a strong theme of family and the bonds they hold.
2. If you have to pick one favourite character from all your books, who would it be and why?
I would have to pick Deb. She is audacious, fun loving, kind hearted, eccentric, quirky, and drop dead fabulous! Everyone wants a Deb in their lives!
3. Can you describe Louisiana Latte in 3 adjectives?
Hilarious, exuberant, and vivacious.
4. What comes to you first – the setting, the characters or some aspect of the story?
Characters. Always characters. I envision someone in my mind, and that’s where the story always begins for me.
5. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I currently live overseas in England with my husband and two kids. We absolutely love being in England and have spent the past twelve years traveling the world. I’ve been to over twenty-seven countries in that time and have been blessed to experience so many cultures. Apart from living in England, I’ve also lived in Singapore and Germany. My children and I have been vegans for four years now after watching informative and life-changing documentaries on Netflix, but I’ve been a vegetarian my entire life. I am a devoted animal lover.
6. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I am an eternal student, always researching, always learning something new. I have too many hobbies to name and love to dabble in anything creative or artistic. My top passions are gardening, hiking, yoga, and crafting. A perfect Sunday is for is going for a long walk in the country with my hubby and our dog, surrounded by nature.
7. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Yes, absolutely! I am obsessed with Alice Hoffman novels. I think I’ve read almost every book she’s written. Her talent for magical realism and entwining fairy tale like stories in everyday life inspired me to write my book Conjure Lake, not yet released.
8. What is the best thing about being a writer?
Creating a book I would want to read. I write what interests me as a reader. I never know how the story will unfold, so it’s quite an exciting process for me to start off with an idea and watch it unfold on my computer screen. It’s a thrill to discover what my imagination will produce.
9. What is the worst thing about being a writer?
The criticism. But I think that’s for any creative avenue where you put your work out there for the public. You have to prepare that not everyone will relate to your work and learn to be comfortable and excepting of it. For every person who doesn’t like your work there is another who does, and that’s what I concentrate on.
10. Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the future?
To keep writing! I have two other novels completed, I’m in the middle of another and who knows, maybe there will be a Louisiana Latte sequel in the future! The many advenrtures of Deb continues.
Deb hadn’t flown in over 20 years. In 1989, at the age of 22, Deb was enrolled at Griffiss Airforce Base to become a commercial pilot.
Somewhere between dating her yuppie fiance and planning their wedding in Chicago, Deb developed claustrophobia, a fear of enclosed spaces. I blame the yuppie. Deb couldn’t get on a plane for love that day, but she could do it twenty years later for money. Money was worth dying for.
Rebecca Henry is the author of the novel The Lady Raven, A Dark Cinderella Tale. In addition to writing, she is also a world traveler, currently living abroad, an avid vegan, gardener, crafter and practices yoga.