Title: Rebecca’s Initiation
Author: Gary Green
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 13, 2015
Rebecca’s Initiation is a fast paced fantasy adventure about a young girl who loses her mother in a car accident and has to go live with her grandmother. Her grandmother, Naomi, is an extraordinary woman who lets Rebecca in on her secret and initiates her into a world of magic populated with fairies, gnomes, elves and a dragon. Rebecca soon learns that her mother’s death was not an accident and that she was the intended victim. An ancient god has marked her for death and without the help of her new magical friends she is doomed. She has to learn how to defend herself—and learn fast. Rebecca’s Initiation will keep you guessing from beginning to end.
Interview with the Author
- Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up on a small dairy farm in central Minnesota, youngest of eight kids. I started drinking as a teenager, mostly to deal with severe anxiety and depression. I dropped out of college after a year and spent my 20’s generally working and helping my parents on their farm. I had an assortment of jobs: welding, running a plastic molding press, pumping out manure pits for farmers, chrome plating hydraulic cylinder parts and a couple brief stints as a sales person. I went back to college at 29 and got a degree in psychology. I got sober in 1991. I worked in psych services for 22 years—17 of those as director of a residential facility for mentally ill adults. I retired in 2013.
- Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I had writing inclinations going back to high school. I dabbled a bit, but didn’t get serious about it until I had been sober for a number of years. It took a few years to complete “In Pursuit of Joy”. After retirement I decided to get serious about writing.
I published my first book, “In Pursuit of Joy in 2009. It chronicles my recovery from depression and alcoholism, and teaches principles that apply to everybody. It won the bronze medal from Reader’s Favorite. My second book, “The Mindful Lifestyle”, comes from my experience as mindfulness teacher during my last years as director of the facility. It was published in February of this year. “Rebecca’s Initiation”, my first work of fiction, came out in April.
- Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
That’s a tough one. When I was in high school I liked Sir Walter Scott because of his vivid imagery and his ability to immerse a reader in a different time and place. I liked Thoreau because his philosophy rang true. I am a big sci/fi fan, so of course there’s H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and others.
Regarding influence, that’s tough also. Perhaps it is best to leave the answer to that question to others.
- What does a typical day in your life look like? How does your writing routine fit into your day?
I usually get up around 6. We have 2 dogs: Reginald Ponsonby—a Beagle, and Basil Wigglesworth—a Westie. They insist I get up and let them out. Then, feed the cats (Fred and Ethyl), make coffee, let the dogs in, have coffee, meditate, eat breakfast, get dressed, walk the dogs, feed the chickens. Then I usually work on my latest project or other author related activities. After lunch I might work on farm related activities. I live on 50 acres and do a little farming. Often I will write after supper also.
- How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
I have had story ideas popping into my head since I was a kid. It’s difficult to say where or when a particular idea came from. The exception is the first chapter of “Rebecca’s Initiation”. My Wife and I were going to the Minneapolis airport. She was driving because I had a sinus infection and was blowing my nose pretty much constantly. Then the idea popped in and I said, “Hey! That would make a good story.”
- What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
I try to make it fun to read and include a few life lessons. Some of the mindfulness stuff is right out of the class I used to teach.
- Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
I like all my characters, but I think Pip wins the prize. He brings joy wherever he goes, even though his fellow magicals constantly give him grief.
- Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I think the scene where Rebecca actually gets to see the magicals for the first time was the most fun. It’s always fun when I imagine regular people confronted with irregular things.
- What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
First and foremost it should be fun. If they learn something, so much the better.
- What are your hopes for this novel?
“Rebecca’s Initiation” is intended as the introduction to the “Redemption” series. It is short and cheap—often free. Since, as we all know, it is difficult for a new writer to get an audience. So, I have had several giveaways on good reads and Amazon. Also, you can get a free PDF version by subscribing to my mailing list on my blog— http://authorgarygreen.com/
- What do you have in store for next for your readers?
Rebecca’s story continues. The second book, “Rebecca’s Destiny”, is available for pre-order on Amazon. There are some new characters and you get to find out what the future holds for Rebecca—if she can survive long enough to see it.
It has been a long journey from depressed, lonely and alcoholic farm-boy to internationally known, award winning author. Using insight he gained from his own struggle he helped hundreds of individuals move from misery to joy during the many years he worked in the human services field. During his journey he also taught many other care-givers how to improve their ability to help others.
During this time he became a practiced listener and a good story teller.
Now he divides his time between his small farm and writing inspiring and educational books.
His writings have helped many learn the skills needed to:
- Reduce feelings of worthlessness and isolation
- Increase feelings of happiness
- Conquer addictions
- Reach new levels of spiritual understanding
- Improve relationships
- Find hope
He has long lived by the motto “Inspire Joyful Sanity”. So, what the heck does that mean? Well, the inspire part is obvious. His definition of sanity is to understand and accept the universe and the rules that make it work. The joyful part refers to the idea that joy is the default state of the human mind. The idea is that as you understand and accept the rules of the universe you remove the barriers to being in a joyful state. His goal is to inspire joyful sanity in himself and others.
His first books were inspirational self-help. However, all his life he has been a fan of sci-fi and fantasy. Rebecca’s Initiation is his first attempt at writing fiction and the first of a planned series called Redemption.
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