“Two in one month, ye say? Aye, upon my honor, two is better than one, true enough!”
Aye, he’s a sly one, especially in Tortuga after imbibing rum. So come aboard and help welcome Historical and Contemporary Author Lady Becky Lower today. Let’s give Jack and Becky a big piratey welcome, mateys!!! ARRRRR!!!!
“Thank ye. Thank ye. ‘Tis true I like plenty of fanfare, especially when me compass points to what I most. Wouldn’t ye agree, Lady Becky? Where does your compass point to?”
It seems that my characters, be they historical or contemporary, are always headed west, young man.
“Young man?” Spews rum and checks to make sure no one else heard. “I’ll have ye know that I’m well-seasoned and porportionately outfitted with tackle and pieces of eight, dearie. Significant treasure, to be sure. Now I ask ye, if you could have eight pieces with you at all times, what would they be?”
A kindle crammed full of books, a laptop so I can write about my adventures on the high seas, photos of each of my four siblings, a change of undies and a little dog, Mary.
“Undies?” Downs more rum and licks his lips! “Clap a stopper on me eyes and a dog too!” Swallows another dram. “You’re an interesting fish. When did the wind take hold of your sails?”
From the time I was a mere lass. I thought the writers of the Bonanza TV show could benefit from my insight, so I sent them a script when I was 12. I’m so grateful YouTube—
Eyes bug wide. “I do not tube, m’lady. I swear on me effects.”
YouTube wasn’t invented in then, Jack, because I can only imagine the hysteria I caused. They did send me a very encouraging rejection letter too.
“A slap, as it were? Mayhap ye’ve been to Tortuga? I need more than one hand to count the times I’ve… No? Tell me then, were there times the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?”
When I first started writing, the critiques would really get to me. My time-travel, which I have yet to finish, is a victim of people being overly critical of it. I’ve learned now not to let them drag me into the deep end, but still, I can feel a bit of a prod with the end of a sword when I get a nasty one. So I strive harder.
“Prod aft, as it were?” Shivers “During a broadside, what do you do to mend your sails?”
I work jigsaw puzzles, call a buddy to comisserate, or go shopping with my sister.
Regards parrot. “I commiserate with this fellow.” Ponders for a moment then shakes head. “Though most likely he’ll just repeat what I’ve said. Rum is more satisfying. Lady Becky, once the course for that coveted horizon had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port?”
It took me four long years from the time I decided to take myself seriously until I got a contract. Not a great deal of time in the scheme of things, but I am a bit long in the tooth, so every year counts.
Knits brows and fingers his gold plated teeth. “Every day counts to a pirate as well, dearie. We have a code, more like guidelines anyway. But they keep us alive. What is your code?”
I use a loose outline, following Blake Synder’s Save The Cat technique. That helps me see the track I’m headed down, but still leaves me room for surprises.
Your all time favorite pirate is:
Katherine Bone. I hear she’s fierce on the high seas.
Becky Lower has traveled hither and yon to find great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it on a covered wagon headed west in the 1850’s or in present-day America. Historical and Contemporary romances are her specialty. Becky is a PAN member of the RWA, an Amazon Bestselling author and a member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter.
THE DUPLICITOUS DEBUTANTE
In 1859, ladies of New York society are expected to do three things well: find a husband, organize a household, and have children. But despite her mother’s best intentions, making her debut is the last thing on Rosemary Fitzpatrick’s mind.
Writing the popular Harry Hawk dime novels as F.P. Elliott, she’s too busy hiding her female identity from her new publisher, Henry Cooper. To protect her clandestine career, she ends up posing as the enigmatic author’s secretary.
Henry is not the typical Boston Brahmin, nor the typical publisher, and Rosemary entrances him from the moment they meet. As they work together and grow closer, he wonders how his traditional-minded father will react when he brings her into the family, because Henry firmly intends to marry the working-class woman.
But when her deception begins to unravel at the cotillion ball, will Henry be able to forgive her or has deceit cost her the man she loves?
THE DUPLICITOUS DEBUTANTE is book six in Becky Lower’s COTILLION BALL SERIES. Have you read her other books?