author of the Silenced series
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am RaeBeth and I live in Pennsylvania, USA with my husband and our daughter. We are expecting our second in May. I enjoy reading and blogging when I’m not taking care of my family or writing. My family is very supportive of my writing which I started several years ago. When it comes to my writing, I have no set routine, except for the environment has to be quiet and lack any types of distraction. (I know I’m boring.) As long as I have my cup of coffee, I sit down and let the characters take over from there.
What project are you currently promoting?
I am working hard to finish up the second book in the Silenced series, which has been titled, Silenced 2: The Overtaking. I’m working hard to promote this series because of the upcoming release of the second and last book within the series.
Tell us a little about it.
The series takes a dive into depression and self harm, which is one thing I’d like to bring more awareness to. The main character, Amber, is my favorite character because she has some of my own traits. Amber reflects a mixture of people that I know who have dealt with depression in some way. The one thing I want readers to know about my writing is that the main purpose is the overall message. As any author, I take care in the writing itself but with this series, the message is most important to me. The publication I want to share with everyone is Silenced, as I mentioned above. This is my first title that’s published.
What was the idea that helped you create this project? Your inspiration?
The inspiration came from several places. I know several friends and family who suffer from depression (myself included). I watched their struggle with it and I’ve seen the reactions of those around me. It seems like depression and self harm are two taboo subjects within this world. Most people shy away or begin judging before they even know what’s going on. They don’t give the person a chance.
So, what’s the next project you’re working?
I have several different books waiting in line after The Overtaking is complete. I think I may dive into my paranormal series but I’m not real sure.
Can you describe a little bit of your process when you work on a project.
When it comes to my writing, I have no set routine, except for the environment has to be quiet and lack any types of distraction. (I know I’m boring.) As long as I have my cup of coffee, I sit down and let the characters take over from there.
What do you do to combat writer’s block?
I tend to step away from what I’m working on and focus on something else. This way when I go back to the project, I feel refreshed and it seems to help.
What advice would give those prospective authors out there on the horizon?
Never give up and don’t let anyone say you can’t. You can!!! The process is trying and you may find discouragement along the way but don’t let it stop you. Even if you have the little voice in your head saying you can’t. Grab some tape, place it over that little voice, and continue on. In the end, you’ll be excited and happy that you didn’t give up.
Anything else you would like to share with us today.
Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It’s hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time. A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her “darkness” and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain. When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber’s new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the midst of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is. Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.
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