Becky: Becky Moore is tall and buxom, highly educated, and culturally savvy … well, three outta four ain’t bad. She’s a world traveler, problem solver and crusader. Thankful for the love of reading she inherited from her mom, mother to a superbly cool kid, wife to the world’s most handsome man. A mental-marathon runner, freelance photographer, faithful companion to Magnolia May the beagle, and a prolific reader and writer. Becky is a freelance writer for MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers blog, under the name Dolly Sickles. She’s also a member of the Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
Becky: Guardian Angel is a story that is ultimately about second chances, and having the courage to reach out and grab it. Sasha Mitchell is a graphic artist who’s series has been made into a successful video game, which in turn catapulted her into the stratosphere of wealth and fame within her industry. David Ellington is a retired veteran and doctor splitting his week between the veteran’s hospital in Durham, NC and a medical clinic in Raleigh, NC for the uninsured. He grew up in the stifling shadow of his father, a very conservative US Senator, and embarrassingly overwhelming wealth and power, whereas Sasha grew up in abject poverty and at the hands of a volatile and abusive father. Fate set them on the path of one another, which is my very favorite kind of setup.
The ideas came from observations and experiences I’ve had as a parent and as a public affairs officer for a non-profit organization that focuses on poverty and HIV/AIDS, and the correlative issues with homelessness (among other things). My agency, where I worked full-time for three years and continue to consult as a grant writer, is located in downtown Raleigh at the very edge of the high-rises and with a creepy parking that backs up to the Amtrak station (actually, it’s across a weedy field inhabited by dozens of feral cats and other things). The opening setup of the story is like my longstanding nightmare situation: that somebody would actually be waiting for me when I get out of the car. Down the block from my real-life office is a fire station, full of handsome, hale and hearty firemen. I worked for years with the granddaughter of one of the nation’s most staunch, conservative North Carolina Senators, who was the polar opposite of her kin. It was amazing to learn the dichotomy, but to also realize that the Senator’s family had to reconcile the man who they knew and loved with the public figure who served for decades (and, who was a great detriment to our nation and the AIDS epidemic). The graphic novels are in honor of my thirteen year old son, who is a genre aficionado, and likewise with video games. But, in Guardian Angel, the graphic novel-turned-video game is called Ethereal—and in my world, it’s girls who are badass warriors who don’t need to rely on handfuls of uzi’s and bombs and guns. That is a huge point of contention at my house, the video games. What ever happened to Gallaga … the best video game in the history of ever?
Becky: I love contemporary romance because I like to observe life around me, which is very much a reflection of history and progress, but for Guardian Angel, I stuck pretty close to home on subject matter. I grew up the daughter of an Army veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and have many friends and current family members who are serving our country, but I also believe that the men and women who work in the non-profit world, who work with the underserved members of the community, who work as police officers and fire fighters and EMTs, are also unsung heroes. I wanted to pay a little homage to the daily grind.
Becky: Oh, hands down the happy ending. Well, I suppose it would actually be more apt to consider it the possibility of hope and, oh yea, a happy ending. Hope will carry you very far, and on the flipside, lack of hope will drag you very low. Hope is typically my middle name.
Becky: Actually, I’m a prolific reader as well as a prolific writer. In real life, I’ve been a journalist, grantwriter, freelance magazine feature writer, and advertising copywriter. I’d love to write mainstream computer espionage thrillers. And, my first children’s book will be released in February under my maiden name, Dolly Dozier. It’s called Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen, and is a young reader chapter book. I’m a firm believer that nobody is any one thing. J
Becky: I’m going to say Joe Manganiello as David, and Zooey Deschanel as Sasha.
Becky: I have always been a voracious reader, and though romance is typically the first genre I reach for, I do enjoy a good Michael Crichton sci-fi, a Harlen Coben mystery, or a James Patterson thriller. I love Peter Mayle, and Stephen King (with the lights on), and every summer I re-read To Kill A Mockingbird because I think it’s an important lesson to never forget. And as the mother of a thirteen year old voracious reader, I’m also a big fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series, Kate DiCamillo, and Virginia Lee Burton. But despite my broad range of interests, Julie Garwood and Linda Howard remains my two favorite storytellers. I love their relaxed, straight-forward styles. They’re probably my biggest stylistic influence. My favorite Julie Garwood is The Prize, and my favorite Linda Howard is All the Queen’s Men. I think those two titles should grace the bookshelves of every romance reader.
Becky: I’ve got a 1 Night Stand short story called The Great Outdoors coming out early 2012 with Decadence Publishing, and as my alter ego, Dolly Dozier, my first children’s book will release on February 10. It’s called Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen. And if there are any agents reading this, call me.
Becky: What kind of stories, characters or settings are you searching for? What kind of romances are you hoping your favorite authors will write?
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