Today I have Rebecca Barber on my blog. She has just released -‘Nobody’s Obligation’,the second in the Swimming Upstream series, with Limitless Publishing. I will post my review of this book, later this week, now to meet the author behind the story.
Welcome Rebecca. What made you become a writer?
I don’t know if I ‘became’ a writer because it was something that I’ve always done. Now that it has become public and real, more people are aware and the stories of when I was a young girl have emerged revelling that I was always writing short stories even if the only person who read them was my mum! I think the main reason I write is to let everything out that builds up inside of me. It’s my release. When life gets too much, too stressful, too overwhelming writing just makes it better.
What inspired you to write the ‘Swimming Upstream’ series?
A boy. He was my childhood celebrity crush and for years he was the love of my life (even my husband is aware of this). The dream that he could live a normal life out of the spot light and be happy inspired the Swimming Upstream series (and even better if he could be happy with me ☺)
Can you tell us a little about your latest release-‘Nobody’s Obligation’?
Nobody’s Obligation is the story of Ava Jacobs and Tyler Andrews. Coming from completely different worlds, they are both thrown off their axis when their worlds collide. But life isn’t playing fair and keeps throwing them together unexpectedly forcing them to confront the elephant in the room – their growing attraction for each other.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book, for you? Why is this?
The hardest part of the Swimming Upstream series is putting myself out there. I didn’t realise when I was writing them just how much of myself slipped in but seeing them out there now scares me to death. The idea that someone will judge me and make assumptions based on this is terrifying.
What’s your favourite part of being a writer? Why do you enjoy this?
Escaping reality. By day I’m an accountant. The world is black and white and the answer is either right or it’s wrong. But with my writing I can invite into my world not only shades of grey but also every colour of the rainbow. I can be whatever I want to be and wherever I want to be. The escapism is intoxicating.
Where do you create and write your stories?
Anywhere and everywhere. When I need uninterrupted time and I can find it, I go sit in the park or on the beach and type until the battery dies. Otherwise it’s in my purpose built office (thank you husband!) I’m one of those tortured souls who suffers from writers block right up until that moment when I climb into bed and switch off the light then the ideas come thick and fast.
Do you still find time to read? What type of books do you relax with?
Reading is my other great escape. I average finishing two books a week (sometimes more – this week I’ve already read four!) I read everything and anything. From crime to mystery to a heartfelt tear jerker. I read biographies and anything else that looks interesting. I’ll even admit to having read both the Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey series ☺
Christmas is almost here. Do you love or hate this time of year?
Both. I love the romanticism of Christmas – the food, the decorations, spending time with family. But I hate that it has become such a production that you spend almost all of December so stressed out about having a gift for everyone and not just a gift, the right gift. Trying to fit everything in all in one month detracts from the fun and enjoyment you can have.
What have you got planned for 2016?
No plans as yet (and I know I’m running out of time). I know I want (and need desperately) a holiday so whether that is travelling with my husband or sitting on a secluded beach writing I’m not 100% sure at this stage.
Ava Jacobs is a shy accountant by day, aspiring romance writer by night—and her first novel just got published…
Romance isn’t a big component of Ava’s life. That is, her real life. As the monotonous nature of crunching numbers and drawn-out board meetings slowly eats away at her, the only bright side to her otherwise mundane routine lies on the black and white pages of her debut romance novel. Her inspiration? A long-time infatuation—Tyler Andrews.
Until the Olympic swimmer read her novel and connected the dots…
Tyler Andrews is used to being the center of attention. But when his sister throws a romance novel in his lap, he’s surprised to be the inspiration for the hot, hunky hero. He has no idea who Ava Jacobs is, but he’s not at all happy with her using his likeness to spice up her steamy scenes. When he finally tracks her down, it’s her likeness that intrigues him.
It takes just one romantic dance at a company banquet to spark disaster…
When Tyler’s manager arranges a daring publicity stunt and offers him as an auction item at Ava’s fundraising banquet, the bids come in quick and hot. Little did Ava expect the winner, a work colleague, to donate Tyler as Ava’s date. With all eyes on the Olympic athlete, Ava can’t refuse a romantic dance. But even though Tyler was the inspiration for Ava’s steamy novel, she refuses to accept his attention if it’s not real.
Will Tyler lose the one woman who caught his interest? Or will Ava push him away in an effort to prove she’s…
After a half hearted attempted apology, Tyler no longer feels any animosity towards an obviously nervous Ava. Happy with the outcome he heads home and back to his life. But barely minutes down the road he realizes that there is something about this girl that he can’t quite understand. Something he needs to. Turning the car around he returns to find out more. Scheming with Ava’s boss, Matthew wasn’t hard and soon enough he’d whisked her away to a lunch at a winery on the edge of town. Working on the Principal that once he had the chance to get to know her the attraction would fade, Tyler pulls out all stops.But the attraction doesn’t fade.When they coincidentally end up seated beside each other on the flight to Los Angeles, where a disgruntled Tyler is being “pimped” out by his management team to spend time on cross promotion with the American team and the darling of their sport. But when they fall asleep wrapped around each other, a fellow passenger leaks the photos to the media and by the time they land at LAX the vultures are waiting. Attempting to shield Ava, Tyler goes defensive and is gob smacked when Ava gallantly steps forward and puts the press back where they belong, before boarding her connecting flight to New York for a well earned holiday. With his mind caught on the feisty brunette, Tyler’s time in Los Angeles is a nightmare and he is in a hurry to return home.Unit he gets there.Arriving at his gated home he finds the Australian media camped out on his doorstep desperate to find out what is going on. Refusing to answer, Tyler bunkers down and his sister Katie arrives to dig a little further and uncover what is going on in her brother’s head.Ava has the time of her life travelling and falls instantly and irrevocably in love with New York City. After a long, exhausting flight Ava climbs on the bus to take her the rest of the way home. Despite the chaos and excitement that New York provides, Tyler Andrews was never far from her mind. And as Ava sat on the bus, her head resting against the window there he was. Standing on the footpath at the airport. Desperate for him not to see her, Ava turns away from the window and burrows her head.By the time Ava returns to her life, everyone is asking what’s going on. They saw Tyler in the office, they know about the lunch and now they’ve seen the photos of them together on the flight. Denial after denial Ava’s completely over hearing about Tyler Andrews but her best friend and current receptionist, Amanda, won’t let her forget about it. But life was never that kind to her. Instead, while she’d been enjoying her well deserved break she’d been nominated to organize the company gala ball.Focusing all her attention on what everyone just assumed would be the best ball ever held, Ava threw herself headfirst into organizing and before she knew it the night was here. Everything was going as planned until her boss, Christopher, introduced the special guest auction item. A date with none other than Tyler Andrews. It took all of Ava’s strength not to throw up. Standing beside Tyler, Ava didn’t think it could get worse. But she was wrong.Jake, a colleague and a friend joined the bidding and soon won the auction but when he laughed and announced that he didn’t want the date for himself, but would be donating it to Ava, her heart sunk and Ava faltered. When Tyler wrapped his arms around Ava and pulled her onto the dance floor she lost all conscious objection and fear of people looking at her and simply enjoyed the moment. Until Tyler opened his mouth. When Ava politely informed him that he didn’t need to take her out on a pity date, Tyler declared that he always stuck to his obligations. Disgusted at herself, Ava storms off leaving Tyler standing alone in the centre of the dance floor.Ava wouldn’t return his calls and Tyler was becoming increasingly frustrated. He had to make this date happen but he didn’t know what to do so he went to his friend and co-conspirator Jake for advice and with Jake on his side Ava didn’t have a choice. After a simple, sweet date and everything that Ava could have asked for, dinner and movie at Tyler’s place they innocently fell asleep on the lounge. But the next morning Ava freaked out. Again. Amanda tried to get Ava back under control and calm but it wouldn’t work. She refused to talk about him or to him and Ava had managed to convince herself that everything that had happened was wrong and the only reason that Tyler was paying any attention to her at all was out of pity. Amanda reminded Ava that they had tickets to his upcoming meet and for the first time Ava was thankful for such crappy seats.
But when they got there the seats weren’t so crappy. Unbeknownst to Ava the scheming had been happening behind her back and she now sat front row. But before the racing could even start she was summoned to the rooms below where she was reunited with Tyler. After a brief meeting and declarations and apologies all was resolved and they were on the same page. They were officially together. Tyler goes out to races and wins. Ava climbs back into the stands and cheers on her man.