On Memorial Day it's important to take the time to appreciate all our soldiers. It's a day to remember those who gave their lives fighting for ours. Unfortunately too many people see it as nothing more than a four day weekend. An excuse to party, to have fun, and to get out of going to work.
How sad that they don't bother to look outside themselves to see the sacrifices others make to allow them to keep partying and enjoying life. I am extremely grateful to all of those who serve/served in the name of our country. I can never thank you enough for giving of yourselves, your health, and --in some cases-- your sanity to make our home safer.
I hope that one day we will look at those who serve our country (as soldiers as well as teachers, police officer, firefighters, EMS) and give them the support and compensation they deserve. I think it's a disgrace that we are sending our soldiers off to war and giving them just above minimum wage for their lives.
That said, this post isn't about what I believe. This is about a truly talented author, Rebecca Boucher, who has written a beautiful story for Memorial Day. It's called 'Panel 35' and it will be free on Monday as a way to say thank you to our service men and women. It is a story about love, loss, and a reminder that casualties of war don't just occur on the battlefield. As always, click on the picture of the book to be whisked away to Amazon to buy it.
Without further ado, here is my interview with the kind, talented, and simply wonderful, Rebecca Boucher.
JJ: When did you start writing?
RB: I started writing when I was seven years old. I always remember writing. I really just started taking it seriously as a career choice about three years ago though. I got back into it at really hard time in my life. Writing has always helped me work through the hard things.
JJ: What was the first story you remember writing?
RB: The first story I remember writing is a little illustrated book titled Super Koala ;)
JJ: What genre is your most preferred?
RB: Urban fantasy with a sprinkling of paranormal thrown in.
JJ: What challenges you the most in your writing?
RB: Love scenes. I get really embarrassed thinking about my mom reading them.
JJ: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
RB: Talking to other authors, and making great friends all over the world. If I wasn’t writing I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet all the people I have on social media.
JJ: What do you like least about being an author?
RB: Bad reviews.. lol
JJ: How many books do you currently have available?
RB: I have one full length novel titled Hunting The Moon, one short story and I am featured in two anthologies.
JJ: What projects are you currently working on?
RB: I am working on the sequel to Hunting The Moon titled Midnight Raven, and I’m also working on a dystopian thriller titled Evasion.
JJ: Do you have any books coming out soon?
RB: Hopefully I will have Midnight raven up and ready to go by the fall.
JJ: Which book, or series, is your favorite?
RB: Oh boy, hard to narrow it down. Series wise, The Hunger Games. And the Outlander Series.
JJ: Who are some of your favorite authors?
RB: Kelly Elliott, Amelia James, Molly Bryant, Jamie Sue Wilsoncroft, Laura Kaye, Stephen King, all our Visionary Press authors. There are so many great authors out there it’s hard to narrow it down.
JJ: Which book(s) inspire you the most?
RB: Classics like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Horror wise anything by Poe and Stephen King. I read anything and everything.
JJ: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what band(s) do you play?
RB: Oh my god yes. I have playlists for all my books. I like mainly country and hard rock which is a really crazy mix. The book I am writing now I have been listening to a lot of country music for it. Johnny Cash which is weird I guess.
JJ: Any hobbies?
RB: You can laugh, I have just taken up shooting. Anything outdoors I love.
JJ: Tell us some more about yourself including your website and where we can find you on social media sites:
RB: You can find me on my blog My Life With Boys and Books at www.beccab8.blogspot.com on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rebeccaboucher88 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BeccaBoucherAut