Rebecca J. Clark is a sucker for a happy ending. She loves the feeling she gets after reading a great romance novel—just for that moment, everything is right in the world. When she’s not writing, she works as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor. All the exercise supports her voracious Cheetos and chocolate habits. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 24 years, two kids, a German shepherd beast who thinks he’s a lap dog, two rats, two cats who plot to kill the beast and eat the rats, and a gecko. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys reading, watching Criminal Minds reruns on TV, and doing absolutely nothing.
Q: Have you always wanted to write?
A: I’ve wanted to be a published author since reading my first Harlequin Romance at age 11. Before that, I wanted to be Nancy Drew. Even though the seeds of my writing dream sprouted early, I didn’t actually start writing for publication until I was about thirty years old.
Q: How do you come up with your ideas?
A: It depends on the story. My idea for Her One-Night Prince came to me when I was debating whether or not to attend one of my class reunions. I’d gained a little weight since high school, and was never in the popular crowd in the first place. I didn’t want to go unless I looked fabulous and had an “exciting” career (I was a stay-at-home mom). Kind of pathetic, eh? Anyway, Lydia’s character came to me then. It just took me a few years to write her story.
Q: Do you have a certain food you need to eat while you’re writing?
A: I almost always have a cup of steaming hot coffee on hand. I would love to eat Cheetos while I write, but the orange crumbs would get all over my keyboard. I also use food to reward/bribe myself. For instance, while writing a first draft (which can be SO hard), I’ll say, “You can have one Lindor ball…AFTER you write 1000 words.” Then I usually have two.
Q: Speaking of food, your bio mentions you love chocolate. What’s your favorite candy bar?
A: Do I have to name just one? LOL. I guess it depends. Right now I’m on a Almond Joy kick.
Q: Your bio also says you’re a personal trainer as well as a writer. Don’t you guys eat super healthy food all the time?
A: I eat clean 80% of the time. That leaves 20% for things like candy bars and Cheetos. Remember, too, I work out 6x/week for at least an hour. That amount covers a multitude of diet sins.
Q: Are you ever going to write a fitness book?
A: Never say never.
Q: What’s your favorite romantic movie?
A: Several come to mind. The Sound of Music is my all-time favorite movie. I could watch it over and over and over, and never tire of it. Other romances I love are Working Girl, When Harry Met Sally, She’s Just Not That Into You, and Emma. I have eclectic taste.
Q: If you could have a celebrity as a cover model on your next book, who would it be?
A: A bare-chested Bradley Cooper would be quite yummy.
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