Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
I’m Rebecca Hunter, and I write sensual, emotional adventures of the heart. My stories range from contemporary romance with women’s fiction elements to hot erotic romance. I usually write international settings—Stockholm, Paris, and Sydney so far! We’ve moved around and lived in many places, but I think we’ve finally settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though I haven’t lived in Michigan since college, I still feel like a Michigander at heart.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I was an English major and a high school English teacher for years, so I did a fair bit of reading and writing even before I began a career as a novelist. My first book was actually a birthday present to myself! I had wanted to write fiction for years and years, but I kept waiting until I was “good enough”…though waiting around for my writing to improve wasn’t a great strategy for improvement!! When I finally sat down to write my first novel—a mystery—it was, in fact, mediocre (it’s still collecting metaphorical dust). But that was okay because it let me to new story ideas, and they were romances…sexy romance!
My indie series, Stockholm Diaries, is where my author journey officially started. My husband is Swedish, and we have lived in Sweden twice. Both times, I met women from around the world with interesting stories about falling for Swedish men and moving internationally. These stories involved chance meetings, uncertain risks and sacrifices, all in the name of love. The whole Stockholm Diaries series is a tribute to these stories.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Currently, I’m working on two projects. The first is my fourth book for Harlequin Dare…which is still out on submission, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it actually comes to life! The second project is a women’s fiction book called The Next Best Thing. It’s set in our old neighborhood in Sweden and asks the question, what do you do when the best thing for your kid is making you, the parent, miserable. Stay tuned for details!
My next release, my first book for Harlequin Dare, is coming July 1 in the US and a little earlier overseas. I can’t wait for this book to come out!! The series follows four hot, edgy bodyguards and the women they fall for. And, um, they’re super hot.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
Oh, my, this is difficult. I read a ton of books, often guided more by who is doing new and interesting things in my genres rather than what I pick off the bookshelf. My favorite genre is probably hot contemporary/erotic romance, followed by historical romance. As for my favorite authors, I’ll have to go with Kit Rocha, Cara McKenna and Lisa Kleypas, though I’m sure I’ll think of a handful more as soon as I send this interview in!
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
There are so many pieces of wisdom that I’ve been given by writers much farther into their careers than I am, but if I had to choose one idea, I’d say that persistence is everything in this profession: it has been the key to improving my writing, improving my storytelling approach, getting my agent, getting a contract that I was excited about—all of these things required me to keep trying, to keep moving forward. The balance between learning from rejections and critiques while not letting them stall me completely has been tough to find, but, nevertheless, I persisted. ;)
City, suburb, or small-town? City
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? All of the above
Alpha, beta, or both? ALPHA!!!!
Wine, whiskey or punch? Wine
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos? Tacos all the way
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? For me or for my hero?? Cowboy boots for me.
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please say hello on Facebook join my newsletter if you want to stay in touch. If you live in the UK, Australia or New Zealand, I’d be forever grateful if you’d take a “shelfie” of my book, Best Laid Plans, if you see it in stores!
Best Laid Plans
A case of mistaken identity…
Leads to disaster…or exquisite temptation?
CEO Cameron Blackmore assumes the PR expert sent from New York to clean up his reputation will be a man. But Jackson McAllister is all woman—as evidenced during their no-names, strangers-in-lust, incredibly sexy one-night stand! Now Cameron and Jackson must keep their hands off each other. But with Jackson shadowing his every move in the boardroom, can they forget their time in the bedroom?