Everyone please welcome Rebecca Yarros. She is another amazing author I have had the privilege to get to know through twitter and after this interview, I hope you will want to get to know her too.
Okay, I’m dying to know. What inspired you to write your first book?
Full Measures is my debut, so we’ll answer with that one. 😉 I’m a dual military brat, and I married a sinfully handsome army aviator almost twelve years ago. I’ve always been surrounded by the military, but I asked myself, if my dad, my favorite guy on the planet, had died when I was finally becoming an adult, how would that have changed my outlook on life? Love? Full Measures was born from that, my ultimate worst fear of the knock at the door.
I’m a Navy brat and my grandfather was a pilot in the Navy, so your life speaks to me! Sometimes titles come to us as we write, and sometimes, it takes forever to figure them out. How did you come up with your title?
It comes from a very specific scene in the book, where Ember is asked for her favorite line of the Gettysburg address. “– that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–”
Wow, that’s beautiful that you can connect the title with a piece of history the way you did. Well done! Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not really a picture, but more to really grasp the cost of war, that it isn’t only paid for by service members, but their families who lose them.
That’s a very powerful message. Especially for those not raised around the military. With that being said, how much of your book is realistic?
I hope a lot? LOL! I tried really hard to make it as realistic as possible.
With social media bringing the world to our fingertips to see everything LIVE, people seem to crave realism. Time for a tough question because I’m going to make you choose. Name a book that has influenced your life the most?
Definitely John Steinbeck’s EAST OF EDEN. It’s a reminder to me of the dangers of favoring one child over another, and since I have six kiddos, it’s pretty poignant!
So you’re not only a writer, you’re a superhero? Wow! And great book choice. Now, if you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I would equally say Nola Sarina and Lizzy Charles. They’re both agency sisters, and published before I did, so when I had questions, or neurotic moments (hey, they happen), they were always there with answers.
Being able to lean on agency sisters and other seasoned writers is when you have questions makes you very lucky. With all that you have on your plate, what book are you reading now?
I’m finishing up a beta read of Lizzy Charles’ PERFECTLY MESSY. Be jealous. Be very jealous.
I love beta reading! What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a novel that sequels FULL MEASURES. It’s with different characters, but Josh and Ember are around. 😉 I’m also fine-tuning my YA novel, AEOLIAN, and eyeing my NA Urban Fantasy. I like to keep busy!
Gotta love those New Shiny Ideas that pop up when we least expect them. Sequels are always fun. In the long-term, do you see writing as a career?
I do, but it’s more than that. It’s my absolute dream job, and there’s not a day that I don’t thank God that I’ve been able to call myself an author.
I couldn’t agree more. I think every writer out there believes it’s a dream job. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! Here’s an excerpt from FULL MEASURES,
“When are you going to put me out of my misery?” he asked with a smile, biting into my cone.
“You don’t look miserable to me.” I wiped away a drop of ice cream from his lip with my thumb, and licked it off.
He groaned. “Trust me, I am. When are you going to let me take you out?”
My eyebrows raised. “Like an actual date?”
“Yeah, you know, like pick you up, we go out, have a good time, I steal a good night kiss?” He leaned back across the table and whispered, “I get to tell people you’re mine?”
Could I do that? Was I ready? First dates weren’t exactly commitments, right? Gus saved me from answering by walking back in, clean face and all. We stood, tossed our trash, and headed for the parking lot.
“Want me to take you home, Gus?” I asked as we stood halfway between our cars.
“I’ve got a better idea,” Josh interrupted. “What do you say to laser tag?”
Gus lit up. “Heck yes!” He scrambled into Josh’s Jeep.
Josh turned back to me in question. “Ember? Want to shoot at each other in the dark?”
He was giving up his Sunday afternoon for ice cream and laser tag with my little brother. “Where is your flaw, Josh Walker?”
He laughed. “I keep it in the closet.”
I slid up next to him as he told Gus to move to the backseat and reached on tiptoes to whisper in his ear. “If it’s dark in there, does it mean I get a kiss?”
He turned around so I was against his chest. “I have half a mind to tell you no more kisses until I get a date.”
“Oh?” I stepped back so Gus wouldn’t get the wrong . . . ahem, right . . . idea.
“Yeah, but you see, that’s my flaw, December Howard.” He helped me into the Jeep and reached across to buckle me in. He slid back, stopping to whisper in my ear. “I have no self-control when it comes to you.”
Problem was, I saw that as a virtue, not a flaw.
And here’s a little teaser from the sequel that I’m working on. 😉 Two for one!
“You’re not going to drive yourself. I’ll take you….” I wanted to pull some Jedi mind shit to get her to say her name.
“Paisley,” she answered. Jackpot. “And I don’t get in cars with strangers.”
I grinned. “I’m Jagger Bateman, and since I’ve had my mouth on yours, I’d hardly call us strangers.” A pretty blush crept over her face. She was enchanting. Enchanting? Just start spouting poetry and shit while you’re at it.
“I guess if you were going to kill me, you would have left me to drown, not pulled me back to shore.” A devilish gleam sparked in her eyes, “but you did kiss me without consent.”” Damn. She smiled.
Something in the region where my heart should have been woke up and started to beat, clamoring. “I promise, Paisley,” I called her by name just so I could feel it curl around my tongue, “if I kiss you, you’ll know it.”
Wow! I love it. Thank you for sharing that with us. Since you’re from a military family, what was the hardest part of writing your book?
My husband left for his fourth deployment while I was in the middle of writing FULL MEASURES. Because it deals so heavily with grief after the death of a service member, I had to tuck the manuscript away for about a month until I healed over the rawest parts of my emotions.
I understand completely. But thankfully you pulled it back out because here it is! What kind of advice can you offer other writers?
Take it a page at a time. If you look at the whole, it can be incredibly daunting. If you tackle a page a day, at the end of a year, you’ll have a manuscript!
That’s the best advice ever! Is there anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Thank. You. THANK YOU! I am on my knees in thanks. I never expected FULL MEASURES to have such an amazing reception, and it’s nothing short of my dream come true.
Well, your readers thank you as well for writing such a beautiful novel. Do you have a favorite line one of your character says in your book?
Absolutely, but it’s not what people think! I know FULL MEASURES is a romance, but this was one of the first lines in the manuscript, and it really spoke to me about what I wanted to convey.
“War was such a spiteful bitch; she took everything we loved and handed us back a folded flag in return, telling us the honor of their sacrifice was a just and equal payment. It wasn’t.”
That is a gorgeous and powerful line, filled with truth. What’s all your social media links to share with readers?
Okay, so time for some fun questions about how you got your agent. Let’s start with an easy one. Who is your agent?
Jamie Bodnar Drowley of Inklings Literary
I love Jamie to pieces! She is such a sweetheart and so easy to connect with. How did your agent phone call go?
Jamie! Man, I love Jamie. When she emailed me and asked for a time to call me, I squealed! She’s a military wife too, so she completely understood when I asked her to wait until my kids were in bed to call. Jason was flying, and hadn’t made it back to Fort Drum yet, so I was solo, and so nervous that I don’t think I ate a thing that day. When she called with a 719 area code (my home town), I found out she used to live in Colorado Springs, too, and loved it, so I knew fate was giving me a high five. She offered for AEOLIAN, my YA manuscript, and I waited the proper time for the other agent who had the manuscript to respond, but I knew I wanted Jamie before I even hung up the phone. She’s not just the agent for my manuscripts, but my career, and I never doubt that she has my best interests at heart. I couldn’t imagine a better fit, and I’m ever grateful for her!
If you are interested in buying FULL MEASURES, here is the link! Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Measures-Entangled-Embrace-Rebecca-Yarros-ebook/dp/B00HY03FJM/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.
Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.
Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.
Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.