We Interrupt This Blubathon To Bring You A Special Author, Rochelle Weber!

Please join me in welcoming a peach of a lady, Rochelle Weber. In reading her bio, I had no idea she was an ex-Navy veteran. Let’s hear it for all the veterans and what they give to this country. Moving on, below is a short interview with Rochelle, a chance to get to know her better:
 
1. What is your favorite book?
 I don’t really have favorite books; I have favorite
authors.  They include Robert A.
Heinlein, J.K. Rowling, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Tom Clancy’s early work,
and in that vein MuseItUp Publishing’s Cyrus Keith, John Grisham, Jim Butcher’s
Dresden Files, David Weber’s Honor Harrington series (no relation), your
Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries (and Acey and Tink say hi to Tugger), Elle
Druskin’s Liberty Heights series, Gail Roughton’s books, Mary Janice Davidson’s
Undead and… series, and M. S. Spencer.
 
2. How old were you when you were first
published?
 I guess that depends on what you mean by published.  When I was twenty-five I had a story
published in my secretarial school’s newsletter.  The following year I had articles published
in some small newspapers.  I had a column
in a local weekly newspaper in 1977-78, and a front-page story in another local
weekly in 1983.  In 1988 an essay I wrote
was published in the Columbia College award-winning student anthology, Hair
Trigger.  I was thirty-seven.  My first fiction piece wasn’t published until
2004 when Inara Press bought Rock Bound
as a serial, but they folded halfway through the story. I was fifty-three by
then.  Red Rose picked it up in 2006 and
I’m one of the people who asked for and got my rights back from there. 
 
3. What made you
become interested in life on the moon? What prompted you to write about it?
 I’ve been a science fiction fan since 1972 or so when my
then-husband brought a book home from his submarine by Robert A. Heinlein.  I didn’t really get up the nerve to write
science fiction until I reached my fifties, started attending science fiction
conventions, and joined Mensa.  That’s
when I decided maybe I could cross genres and put a romance in outer
space.  The Moon is the most familiar object
out there, so I decided to put my colony there. 
Rock Bound, my first book, sort of started out as fan fiction based on
Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but when I realized I might have a
chance to publish it as an e-book, I rewrote it and changed it up to make it
less recognizable as Heinlein’s Luna colony and make it more mine.  As Heinlein once said, I “filed off the
serial numbers.”
 
4. What writing style do you most abhor?
 I don’t really abhor any writing style, but horror gives me
nightmares when it’s done well.  I’m not
fond of BDSM or too much erotica, either. 
Too many flames just bore me.  And
historical fiction has to be done right. 
Do your homework.  Don’t throw in
twenty-first century idiom when you’re writing a Regency romance.  I guess in short, I like good writing without
too much sex that doesn’t scare me or squick me out.
  
5. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac,
in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?)
 I use a Windows laptop with a wireless mouse and keyboard
propped up to eye level on a business desk. 
On workdays my routine is to get up, have some orange juice, walk
several laps on each floor of the building in which I live, write for an hour
or two, write a book review or blog article or go into my e-mail.  Once I’m into e-mail, I’m “sucked into the
vortex.”  I might get into Facebook or
Twitter, but I don’t post as much as I should. 
Around three or four I get off the computer and read, usually something
for review.  Right now I’m taking a break
and reading a book I missed in the Dresden Files.  Later tonight, I’ll listen to an Audible
edition of a book from the Undead and… series by Mary Janice Davidson.  I have a couple of books waiting in my Kindle
for review.
 
6. What is your greatest fear when you first
turn in a manuscript?
 Rejection, of course. 
That the editors will find it mediocre.
 
7. In what era do you wish you’d been born?
 I’m fairly happy with this era, although I really expected
flying cars, cures for cancer and the common cold, and Moon colonies by
now.  ;-(
 
8. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
 “And I’m like…” as opposed to “I said.”  I also curse in Gallactican.  “Oh, frak! 
Felgerkarb!”
 
9. Which talent would you most like to have?
 I write, I sing fairly well, I crochet, sew, embroider and
knit.  I dance pretty well for a white
chick.  I cook okay and bake well.  I could maybe read a bit faster.
 
10. What do you consider your greatest
achievement?
 Aside from my two daughters? 
Getting published by Lea Schizas at MuseItUp Publishing, Inc. and being
able to call people like you my colleagues.
 
11. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
 Wow, again so many.  Woodrow Wilson Smith aka Lazarus Long, Professor
Dumbledore, Harry Dresden.
 
12. How would you like to die?
 In my sleep when I’m well past a hundred. The thing is, as long and my kids and grandkids and
great-etcs. are around, as long as I can think of a new book to write, play a
trivia game, solve a crossword puzzle, sing or dance, I don’t wanna miss
anything.  If I’m still having fun, I
don’t wanna go.  If I stop having
fun…well then, pull the plug and reel in the wires, guys, because to quote the
Eagles, I’m “Already Gone.”
 
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The cover art for my second book, Rock Crazy, just came in
eighth at the Preditors and Editors 2012 Reader’s Poll.  Here’s a taste.
 
Blurb:
 
Katie McGowan is bi-polar, and she’s run the gamut of
medications.  Everyone is telling her she
should go to the Moon and have microchip surgery, but she’s afraid she’ll become
an automaton.  In a last-ditch, tough
love effort to force her to get the chip, her husband, Scott takes her to the
Moon and divorces her when she decks him. Then she discovers she’s
pregnant.  She can’t have the surgery or
take her meds until after the baby’s born.
 
Scott is elated when he hears he’s going to be a father and
naturally assumes Katie will take him back. 
He always intended to take her back as soon she had the surgery.  He has no clue how badly he hurt her, how
thoroughly he’s broken her trust—or that he may not get her back at all.
 
 
Excerpt:
 
This takes place later in Katie’s pregnancy when she’s been
off her meds awhile.  In its most severe
form, bi-polar disorder includes hallucinations.  This is the psychotic break that puts Katie
in the hospital for the duration of her pregnancy.
 
Admission
 
July 28, 2066—Twenty-Five
Weeks
Katie’s happiness didn’t last
long.  She was euphoric for about three
days, then the clouds descended again, and she became extremely irritable.  She finally broke her promise to the
Johnsruds and went off on a customer in the restaurant.  To make matters worse, the customer was
right.  Katie had misunderstood his order
and brought him the wrong thing.  When he
asked her to take it back, she snapped. 
The tantrum she threw was similar to the one she had thrown at the holo
theater, complete with obscenities and pummeling the man’s shoulder.  Jake bounded out of the kitchen and got his
arms around Katie, restraining her as he carried her, screaming, back to the
air-lock.  He cycled through with her,
and took her to her room.  By that time,
Katie was sobbing and apologizing, and talking about suicide.
“I’m sorrrrreeeee!” Katie
sobbed.  “I’m so sorrrrreeeee! It doesn’t
matter.  The baby’ll be better off
without me.  The baby’ll be better off if
we’re both dead, because she can get it from me.  I’m sorrrrreeeee, Baby!  Tell Scott—tell him—”
Annie heard the commotion and met
them in the hallway, along with Bobby.
“Well, that’s it.  We can’t take care of her anymore,” Jake
said.  “I’d better get back out there and
see if I can placate the guy.”
“OK.  Bobby, let’s get her into her room, and  I’ll call the doc,” Annie agreed.  She activated her communicator.  “Dr. Watkins’ Office.”
“Dr. Watkins’ office,” a woman’s
voice answered.
“Hi, Andrea, it’s Annie
Johnsrud.  I’m afraid our problem child
needs help.”
“Oh, dear,” Andrea said.  “How bad is she?”
“I think it’s time to admit her.”
“Can you get her over here?” Andrea
asked.
“Yes.  We’ll be there in a few minutes.”
“OK.  I’ll tell Jim and he’ll meet you in the ER.”
“Thanks, Andrea.”
* * * *
Annie called a taxi, and they half-dragged
Katie who was now struggling and screaming again, toward the airlock.  Annie had her arms around Katie’s torso, her
hands under the girl’s breasts, and above her distended abdomen, and Bobby
grabbed Katie’s legs.  They carried her
into the airlock and it began cycling.
This
is wrong!
The Voice screamed inside Katie’s head.  Katie,
you have to pull yourself together!
“But I can’t,” she replied.  “I can’t stop it.  I can’t help it.”
“What can’t you stop?” Annie asked.
Well
you should be able to.
“But I can’t.”
“Katie?”
It’s
inappropriate.
“I know.” She struggled harder as
they climbed into the taxi.
You
can’t act this way.
“I can’t stop!”
They’re
gonna lock you up.
“I don’t wanna be locked up!”
And
throw away the key.
 “I’m sorrrrreeeee!” Katie wailed.  “Stop! 
Please stop!  Stop arguing!”
“Katie, no one is arguing with
you.  We’re sorry, too, but it’s for the
baby.”
“The baby!”  Katie moaned.
Mommy,
don’t kill me!  Don’t kill me!
“I won’t kill you.  I just want the pain to end.  I just wanna kill me!”
Don’t
kill me, Mommy!
“Daddy’ll take care of you.  He’ll save you.”
Mommy,
don’t kill me.  I’m here, Mommy!  Don’t hurt me!
“Be good for Daddy.  Tell him—Tell him I love him.”
Mommy!
“NO! I won’t hurt you!  I just want it to stop!”
“Katie!” a voice said.  It was a woman.
“Katie!” Annie called her
again.  “Who won’t you hurt?”
“The baby!” Katie sobbed.  “I won’t hurt her!  She thinks—She thinks I wanna hurt her!”
She heard a hiss and they lifted
her out of the taxi.
You
have to stop it!
It was The Voice.
“I can’t!”
Mommy,
please!
“I won’t hurt you.  Tell Daddy—”
I
can’t tell Daddy if you kill us!
“I love you.”
Then
don’t hurt me, Mommy.
“That should do it.” The voice
sounded vaguely familiar.
“Thanks.” It sounded like Annie.
The words sounded as though they
were coming from far off.  Katie didn’t
think she wanted to go “there,” wherever it was.  She tried to flail, but she was weak. She
couldn’t move. The baby and Katie both sobbed, but Katie lost consciousness as
they carried her into the hospital.
 
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Visit Rochelle Weber at Museitup Publishing for a bit more about her and her book, Rock Crazy. Being bi-polar on the moon has never been so interesting!
 

8 Comments:

  1. Heather can ask probing questions and I loved how Rochelle responded. We really get to know the author after she visits here. Rock Crazy is not the kind of reading I usually try, but now I am so curious, I'm going to get it on my kindle. Best wishes, Rochelle!!

  2. Great interview ladies… Rock Crazy is in my MUST READ list. In fact, now it is at the top of the list.
    The cover is terrific.
    Rochelle, I am off to visit the moon.

  3. Thanks so much, Gail. I'd like to think there are a couple of places that'll make you laugh, too. It's not all doom and gloom. Lena provides a bit of comic relief, and Katie's first tantrum on the Moon when she's not used to the gravity's kind of funny. At least I chuckled when I was writing it.

    Oh, and the cover came in #8 in the P&E poll. Did I mention that? Delilah K. Stephans is a genius. Didn't she do your covers, too, Heather?

  4. Gail, I haven't read Rock Crazy yet, but plan to. After reading the blurb, it sounds a compelling read.

  5. Well, you know me, a day late and a dollar (lots of dollars, actually) short. Great interview, girls! I've read Rock Crazy and I tell you what, there are scenes in there to make you cry, so well are they described. The heroine is bi-polar and the description of her agony when she's in one of the cycles — oh my!

  6. Thanks so much, ladies! Thank you for hosting me, Heather, and for the kind words, Penny.

    As always, Acey sends his regards to Tugger, and Tink is too bedazzled after his feats in "Death Runs in the Family" to say much. She just kind of purrs and sticks her butt in the air when I mention him. ;-D

  7. Penny, she is a cat lover, too, which is tops in my book!

  8. Great interview ladies!

    Rochelle, your book sounds wonderful and I love the cover. Your talents sound endless.

    I wish you tons of success with your book AND thank you for serving our country, Rochelle!

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