I’m pleased to welcome #CFRR2017 author Rebecca Waters to the blog today to chat about her new novel Libby’s Cuppa Joe (Ambassador International, March 2019)
Rebecca Waters works hard to create realistic characters facing contemporary issues and stories built around faith, hope, and love. Her first novel, Breathing on Her Own has garnered over 160 positive reviews. Rebecca’s second novel, Libby’s Cuppa Joe is scheduled for release in March 2019. Courtesy Turn, her first novella is based on her experiences as an avid square dancer. She has also published three books for new writers, Designing a Business Plan for Your Writing, Marketing You and Your Writing 101, and Writing with E’s. As a freelance writer, Rebecca has also published several stories in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul books, articles in Standard Publishing’s Lookout Magazine, The Christian Communicator, Church Libraries, and Home Health Aide Digest. Prior to entering the writing field, Rebecca was a college professor and speaker on the Ohio Writing Project circuit. As a published author, she shares her life journey in her weekly blog, A Novel Creation.
“A sweet read in every way.”—Cynthia Ruchti, award-winning author and speaker
Can grace and love be found amongst coffee grounds?
Sonja Parker is about to find out.
Excited to leave her stale life in the big city behind, Sonja takes the money her grandmother left her and purchases Libby’s Cuppa Joe, a thriving coffee shop in a small community in Wisconsin’s Door County. Sonja may have business sense, but is she ready to face the world on her own?
Sonja soon discovers owning a business requires more than offering a good cup of coffee. She must make major repairs to the building as well as major repairs to her heart. Do the former owners, Libby and Joe hold the answer? As Sonja seeks to make Libby’s Cuppa Joe a viable business, can she also find herself and the God she has abandoned?
Libby’s Cuppa Joe is a riveting tale of second chances, forgiveness, and not living on borrowed faith.
Hi Rebecca! Welcome to the blog!
Rebecca: Summer…I was raised in Florida.
Carrie: And now you live in Ohio, right? You must freeze!
Rebecca: Dogs because they are more down to earth and reasonable than cats.
Carrie: I agree!
Rebecca: Coffee. I lived in Kosovo for a year. It is a true coffee culture.
Carrie: I have friends from that area and you are so right. I have to graciously choke down a cup of that very strong coffee when I visit with them 🙂
Rebecca: Card game…totally portable and oh what you can do with a deck of cards.
Carrie: So many options, yes!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Rebecca: I would be able to do what I want without sleep. I have more projects going than Campbell’s has Beans.
Carrie: hahahah love it
Q: Which books are ‘on your nightstand’?
Rebecca: Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen and Your Son is Alive by James Scott Bell
Carrie: excellent choices!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Rebecca: The diseases and medical issues boa constrictors are most likely to encounter.
Carrie: Uh yeah that doesn’t usually come up in conversation hahaha!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Libby’s Cuppa Joe, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Rebecca: No, I usually start out with what I think is going to be the whole story from beginning to end only to be surprised when the plot shifts. But when the story takes on a life of its own, that ‘s when the fun begins!
Carrie: That’s the adventure! 🙂
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Libby’s Cuppa Joe & why do you love it?
Rebecca: “God can take the torn and fragmented pieces of my life and create something new.” These are the main character’s thoughts as she lies beneath the quilt her grandmother made from old clothes that once belonged to Sonja. It is that moment when she realizes that although she is broken, she can still have a relationship with him.
Carrie: oh i love that! How beautiful ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Rebecca: I am currently working on two writing projects. The first is a sweet romance and the other is my first attempt at a suspense novel. I like them both but need the “sweet” to rescue me from the intensity of “suspense” from time-to-time. I am also the current president for the Ohio Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.
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What about you? How do you like your coffee?