*****WARNING: May contain spoilers if you have not read OUT OF BREATH!!*****
We are extremely honored to host Rebecca Donovan’s first stop on her OUT OF BREATH blog tour today on Up All Night Book Blog!!! And we get to chat with Rebecca about LOVE!
Speaking of love, both of us fell in love with Rebecca’s writing with REASON TO BREATHE and BARELY BREATHING…so much so that Abby was inspired to start blogging just to share the breathtaking stories she was reading and when Dawn and Abby started blogging together, that was one of the first series Dawn read for the blog!
If you’ve read this far, we hope you’ve read OUT OF BREATH, because there may be spoilers ahead. Still here? Okay, let’s get started with the interview!
UAN: Emma may have been lost without the love and support from Anna and Sara. Can you talk about the importance of this relationship for Emma?
RD: Emma needs Anna and Sara to provide balance to her twisted and unhealthy world. Their love for each other and Emma keep her from getting completely lost in despair. I believe as long as there is love—even just witnessing it through the relationship of another—there is hope.
UAN: Speaking of love, where do you see Emma and Evan in ten years?
RD: I would hate to ruin that for you…
UAN: Right, right, don’t ruin it…*sigh*
Do you see yourself writing Sara and Jared’s love story or Serena’s and James’?
RD: As much as I love Sara and Jared, I’m drawn to stories that are more emotionally charged. I feel compelled to explore characters and expose issues that may make readers uncomfortable. The stories that need to be told.
UAN: We are definitely eager for more breathtaking stories from you!
Do you feel that loving yourself and accepting yourself is needed before you can love someone else? And where would you rate Emma on a scale of 0 to 100 on loving herself?
RD: You can’t love unless you believe you deserve love in return. And the only way that can happen is through loving and respecting yourself. Emma has a long road of healing and forgiveness before she can fully accept the love that awaits her. She is probably on the negative end of that spectrum at the beginning of OUT OF BREATH, and I’d rather not say where exactly she is by the end, but it will take more than the timespan covered in this series for her to even come close to 100.
UAN: If there was one line in your books that define love, what would it be?
RD: “Love helped me live life instead of just survive it.”
UAN: Absolutely beautiful.
Which of your characters did you love to hate?
RD: Besides the obvious—Carol and Rachel—I’d say Catherine. She’s manipulative, conniving and an opportunist. If I ever crossed paths with her there would be more than laughing coming out of my mouth!
UAN: Ha! We might have something to say to her too!
UAN: Both Evan’s love for photography and Emma’s love for painting were lost when they were without each other. Can you talk about how their love affected their creative mojo?
RD: These talents of theirs are fueled by passion. And they were both destroyed at the end of BARELY BREATHING. Their inspiration was smothered. They are each other’s muses in a sense. They don’t thrive without one another.
UAN: One moment that was the most touching for us was when Emma painted the tree swing. What is one of your moments that after you wrote had you feeling that OMG feeling?
RD: When Evan and Emma were on the hammock, discussing their nightmares. It was so quietly revealing and beautiful. It was the first moment of vulnerability and love between them after so much hurt.
UAN: In our minds, Emma and Evan are married one day. If they were to be married can you tell us what their vows would be like?
RD: Their vows would be about never giving up. Finding a way to always forgive. To forever be honest, even if it hurts.
UAN: Thank you again, Rebecca, for stopping by Up All Night and talking about LOVE and The Breathing Series, particularly OUT OF BREATH. It was our honor to host you!
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About the Author
Optimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe that what’s supposed to happen… will! In that regard, I don’t know how to give up; it’s not part of my biological make up.
I’m a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I’d like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do – fail or succeed.
I think this is evident when I write, leaving nothing behind and spilling it all out on the pages. I give it all to my readers – love it or hate it.
The path I’m on is very often my own, veering off the beaten path at the sight of something more interesting or captivating, getting caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way.