Rebecca Woods, author of the “Silver Falls” series, took some time to give us a glimpse at the person behind the book by answering a few questions.
CF: In 100 words or less, tell us what “Nathan of Silver Falls” is about.
RW: In another rollicking Silver Falls adventure, Nathan attempts to escape the long tentacles of the bank to get back to farming, all the while managing the rambunctious triplets and a few unwelcomed changes in his family.Â Meanwhile, Caleb Layne returns to Silver Falls with his youngest daughter, Emma, who soon meets the handsome Hayden Larssen and a strictly forbidden love is born!Â As in the past, David Harrison continues his quirky antics in bringing progress to the area while also trying to marry off his â€œold-maidâ€ of a daughter, Susannah.Â Charming, romantic and still full of fun!
Â CF:Â What inspired the “Silver Falls” series?
RW: In 1991 I received a phone call asking if I would babysit a child full time for the school year.Â I was very reluctant, but the parent was so desperate that I finally agreed.Â Within hours, my phone began to ring, each time with another desperate parent who “just happened to have heard” that I was babysitting.Â Each time, I wanted to tell them “No!”Â I had 3 children of my own and a baby to care for… but each time they were so desperate that I eventually consented.Â By the end of a few days I was babysitting 25 children!Â Most of them were after school, but it was a crazy madhouse event either way!Â After an entire school year of keeping a white board on the front door just so I could keep track of who was coming and going I really wanted to do something for myself… so I wrote a book!Â It was an awesome adventure, like watching a movie in my mind!Â I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with the characters and dialog.Â In 21 days, it was done.
CF: How do you find time to write and juggle the demands of everyday life?
RW: Try to stay organized, pray for opportunity and ideas, and make it a priority.Â It’s usually a challenge.
CF: Which author(s) inspired you most in your writing endeavors?
RW: That would be a toss-up between Kate Wiggins and LM Montgomery.Â I love the way that Montgomery weaves several plots into a book to keep the story moving.Â That has probably influenced my style most, but Kate Wiggins was the author who inspired me to try my own hand at actually writing a book.
CF: What book are you reading right now?
RW: The balance ledger of my check book. (laughs) Other than that, the most recent book I read was “There Is No Death” by Sarah Menet, a near death experience where the subject is shown the future.Â Her “predictions” have been remarkably accurate.Â Fascinating read!
CF: Which author, outside your genre, do you admire most?
RW: Emma Orsca.
CF: If you were to try another type of genre, which would it be?
RW: A post apocalyptic book or cataloging of near death experiences.
CF: If “Nathan of Silver Falls” were turned into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?
CF: Whatâ€™s your favorite movie?
RW: “Pride and Prejudice” – all the many different versions of it.
CF: In 25 words or less, what advice would you offer to aspiring novelists?
RW: If something’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well.Â Start with a prayer and write from your heart about things that interest you.Â Be original.