Before He Was Famous
by Becky Wicks
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Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Becky Wicks here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Becky, every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Thanks for having me here (pats dog). The dogs where I live in Bali are a little more scary at times! Most don’t have good homes, which is sad. I’ve lived here on and off for a few years (I’m British and go back to London occasionally) so I love gazing over the greener-than-green palm trees and doing Pilates – it really clears my head, and my ass appreciates it I’m sure. Although, when I’m not writing I do spend a lot of time on social media, because these days it’s as important for authors to be active across all platforms as it is to write books! I’m kind of a Twitter freak, and always up for a chat! (@bex_wicks)
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Coffee-Banoffee-Pie-Girl. Sounds strong, don’t you think?
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power to write grammatically perfect sentences after nine cups of coffee, three gin and tonics, and no sleep.
Where do you get your ideas?
All over the place! But I particularly like Neil Gaiman’s answer for this. Here’s what he told a class of seven year olds when asked the same thing: “You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
You get ideas when you ask yourself simple questions. The most important of the questions is just, What if…?
(What if you woke up with wings? What if your sister turned into a mouse? What if you all found out that your teacher was planning to eat one of you at the end of term – but you didn’t know who?)”
I love Neil Gaiman! He’s a huge inspiration to me.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Great question, but I guess I kind of got lucky. In 2007-2009 I lived in Dubai, working for an online version of a glossy mag. There was so much I couldn’t say and write so I started a blog, and by the time I left Dubai I had enough for a book. I edited the whole thing into a 100k word manuscript (my gypsy self was in Australia by then) and I had no clue how to get published. In the end I Googled ‘literary agents in Sydney’ and emailed the first lady who came up. Turned out she was the agent of Bryce Courtney (The Power of One) and she signed me on the spot. A month later I had a book deal for what became ‘Burqalicious’ with HarperCollins.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
With the three travel memoirs I wrote before this I found it hard to find an audience, let alone engage with one, but they were all released at a time when mainstreams were just getting to grip with social media, and then struggling to keep up with the changes in the publishing world. As a writer these days everything is done by trial and error, so with my new adult fiction I started from scratch. I built a fanbase/readers by engaging in people with similar interests. I’ve found Twitter the most powerful tool, followed by Facebook. As long as you keep conversations flowing and stay true to yourself and your work, the right people will find you and stay.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your book or getting it published that you would change?
I would have done a lot more of my own marketing for my three travel memoirs (Burqalicious, Balilicious and Latinalicious). I think I was one of many naïve authors who thought that her mainstream publisher alone would sell her books. You live and learn. My point is, there’s no point having regrets. You have to learn from your mistakes and carry on!
Do you have a book trailer?
I do indeed – you can see it on my Facebook author page. I made it myself – I’m no Spielburg, obviously, but I tried to get the feeling of the book in there – the suspense and drama as much as the passion between Noah and Chloe! You have to make do with the tools you have I guess, which in this case was iMovie and free audio tracks from YouTube!
Do you write under a pen name?
I’ve written one book under the pen name Lola Salt with another author, Sarah Alderson. We wrote a comedy romance called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (Not Croft) which is up on Amazon. We had a lot of fun writing that, bouncing chapters back and forth. It’s about a woman who gets a job delivering mysterious packages all over the world, and the trouble she lands herself in because of it! My Dubai knowledge came in handy for that!
Do you have a nickname?
Becky Lou – because my middle name is Louise! Not so imaginative really.
Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
I loved Care Bears so much. For years I thought they were real and would always sit in the back of the car, looking up at the sky, watching out for them in the clouds. I carried my little plastic ones round everywhere!
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Wait – I’m supposed to wear clothes to write?
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Tough one. I’m a big believer in living for the now. I think you have the power to create an amazing future if you focus on being a good person and going for what you really want. Although I’d have liked to have seen the Beatles in concert back then… and to have seen the first time man walked on the moon.
What is one book everyone should read?
Journey of Souls. I like the thought that we’re all just living one of many lives we’ll live as we learn our lessons.
I don’t like when half a word gets smudged or scrubbed out on a blackboard or a sign. I don’t like when I accidentally drink decaf. I don’t like extensive use of exclamation marks online much either. Anyone who’s that excited over some of the things they appear to be excited about should probably be tied down.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms. There’s something so satisfying about the feeling of the chocolate oozing over your tongue after you’ve sucked at the crispy shell for a while. MMMM. Can I have some? You’ve made me want some now!
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
Antarctica! I’m dying to go to the end of the world. The closest I’ve ever gotten to that was Ushuaia – the capital of Tierra del Fuego– way down south in Argentina. It was soooooo cold!
What was your first date like?
My first date was in Orlando, Florida. At least I think it was a date. Is a date when a 14-year-old gives you a slobbery washing-machine kiss you didn’t ask for, in a hot tub?
Have you ever gone to work and realized a piece of clothing was missing?
Not really, but I’ve done the whole ‘oh no, I appear to have my knickers on backwards’ thing a few too many times. Sometimes I worry myself. If I can barely dress myself at 34-years-old, what will I be like as a mum?
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
I rode what they call The Death Road in Bolivia. It’s a crazy thin, bumpy, rocky, windy road along the side of a mountain with an 800 meter drop into the abyss. It starts in the snow and ice and winds up in the tropics – that’s how long, high and low it goes. People die there every year. I rode it on a mountain bike! I was so scared and I didn’t tell my mum till afterwards. She thanked me for it.
Do you drive a manual or automatic vehicle?
I drive a Scoopy scooter. It whips me round corners like a rocket!
What was your first job?
I worked at a fish and chip shop when I was 14, for £1.50 an hour. I remember I was so bad at cooking fried eggs for people that one time, I was so scared of ruining one that I told a customer we had no eggs. He complained (he REALLY liked his eggs) and I got fired. Mum really missed those free fish and chips every Saturday.
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Becky It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Thanks for having me! But really, can I have those M&Ms now?
Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton – the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?
The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?
A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.
Noah. Chapter 31
The wind picks up and clutches at her dress. I reach out instinctively to her face, run a thumb along her cheek, swiping at raindrops. ‘You’re drunk,’ I whisper, but even as she frowns and rolls her eyes at me I have to smile because I see her; the kid who held my hand when my dog died, who gave names to the snails in her yard, who made me jump about her bedroom carpet like it was an ocean full of islands.
I see the seventeen-year-old who clung to me when her dad died. The secrets we left in the branches; the way our desperate lips searched frantically for some modicum of sense as we let our minds go out the window and screwed with more passion, more heart than I’ve ever experienced with anyone else in my life; even if she was drunk, even if we were grieving. It doesn’t change what it meant to me.
She’s amazing. I love her. Why the hell did I let her go back to Cooper? Why the hell did I not just tell her sooner? Would it even have made a difference?
She’s tugging on my arm and I realize I haven’t spoken yet. ‘Chloe…’ I start. But the flash strikes us like lightning. I’d know it anywhere and it has nothing to do with the weather.
‘Paparazzi,’ we say in sync, and I grab her hand, pull her with me as we both break into a run.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie! Itchy feet has led her to live and work all over the world since leaving England at age 21, including NYC, Sydney, Bali, South America and Dubai. Right now she’s scribbling the second book in the HotFlush series in Vietnam, and will soon be in Vancouver if any hot Canadian men want to make her a cup of tea?
Becky has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious – The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious – The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks.
Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two… think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it!
Follow her on twitter at bex_wicks and her blog www.beckywicks.com
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Becky-Wicks-Author/242645109127479?ref=hl