After a brief detour in the movie industry, Bec returned to her passion for writing and history. DREAM WAKERS is her debut novel and the first installment in The Veiled Prophecy Series. When she is not writing, she is nursing her coffee addiction and spending time with her beloved horse.
Dream Wakers came from snippets of conversations with strangers, or a curiosity in poorly maintained history. I have had a terribly strong imagination since I was a child, and I believe that this series was what manifested when I unbridled its intensity.
2. Who inspires you?
In literature, I am inspired by James Joyce’s ability to layer meanings inside his script, Ayn Rand’s bold ideas, and anything to do with old philosophers. Poetry inspires me to embrace the beauty of words. But all that is unknown awakens my inspiration in a way that is untouchable.
James Joyce, Jane Austen, Brendan Behan, Ayn Rand, Mária Szepes, Voltaire, Madeleine L’Engle, Jim Fergus, C.S. Lewis, Maeve Binchy....the list is very long.
4.What got you into writing?
I remember making up stories as a child and begging my mother to take me to work so I could use the typewriter. Writing has been with me for as long as I can remember, and I loved it before I loved reading. It was my friend when I was little and shy, my outlet when I couldn’t make sense of an adult world, and an indulgence when I let my imagination wander. I wish I could give a direct answer, but I truly can’t say.
5.Any advice for people who want to become an author?
Listen to the calling. When the rest of the world tells you to get a real job, keep writing. When they think you are nerdy, keep writing. When the words dry up and you want to throw your pen at the wall.....keep writing. Listen to the world around you, look for what it isn’t showing you. Have a voracious appetite for human nature. Push your own boundaries and dare your imagination to surprise you. Allow yourself to be a writer.
6.Hardest part of being a writer?
I think the hardest part of being a writer is managing your created world and the one you actually live in. Not many understand the straddling we must do between worlds. It can feel lonely sometimes. Second to that, I think it can be hard to commit to a productive schedule. We have learned to put responsibility (like second jobs, or “real careers”) in front of desire, I think. As a writer, you have to switch that and make your desire to write your first responsibility.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe made me love reading. A Wrinkle In Time stirred my fearsome imagination. A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man expanded my expectations of literature. The Red Lion made me feel like I knew nothing, and Outlander indulged my guilty pleasures.
An untold prophecy hides in the dreams of two strangers. Outgrowing the fairytales of her grandfather, Emmy's explosive personality set her on a fast track for success in the eye of America's social standards, until her abusive marriage forced her to flee town.
Lillian sought a simple existence in the solace of England's rural countryside, wanting only to disappear into her herbalism books after the death of her mentor and the return of her childhood hauntings.
In slumber, their lives converge, forcing each woman to search for answers about the strangers they meet in dreaming. Answers that have been kept from them and the others for centuries. A strange prophecy will drag them in between the lines of the past to confront the formidable adversaries controlling their lives, and uncover their identity.