I am super excited to have an author interview with Rebecca Hart as a part of her blog tour for Call of the Sea.
Rebecca Hart is the author of Call of the Sea. Rebecca is a single parent, full time IT geek, and reformed gaming addict living in Upstate NY. When not at the office with her nose buried in a laptop trying to fix it, she can be found at home with her nose buried in a laptop, writing instead. Rebecca’s short stories have been featured in anthologies published by Pill Hill Press, Wicked East Press and DFE Quarterly (erotica). She enjoys hearing and interacting with her readers. Find her on the web at her website, Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.
What made you chose selkies?
I’ve always had an interest in them, since learning of their “existence” about ten years ago. At the time I
was researching mythical creatures for a new RP character I was planning to create. The seeds of Daniel
were planted way back then. I found the whole myth fascinating, even more so by the fact there didn’t
seem to be more than rudimentary information about them.
Have you ever done any sailing in your life?
Not really. I can steer a rowboat alright, and I have taken one of those sea tours where you sail for hours
to get to a spot that may or may not have dolphins to oogle, but I don’t sail. I’ve just been obsessed by the
ocean, pirates, and tall ships since somewhere around high school. I’d like to live near the ocean, but I
don’t even do that. I’m currently landlocked in Upstate, NY.
Who was your favorite character to write in Call of the Sea?
As much as I love Ellie, I think my favorite character was Nelson. He is modeled after a co-worker of mine
I have known for about 5 years, but have never met in person. I made him the perfect best friend and
confidant — the best bud everyone wishes they had. I also never had an older brother, so I think I poured
a lot of what I imagined one would be like into Nelson.
Ellie goes out and becomes a sailor because it is what she has always wanted to do and doesn’t worry
about the consequences. If you were given the opportunity to do something like, that what would it be?
I’d quite my day job and make writing my career. As busy and as hard as the past year or so have been
trying to juggle working a full time job, my family, and writing, I finally believe I’m moving in the right
direction with my life. I like that feeling and want more of it. I’m sort of selfish that way, I guess. Maybe
someday, I’ll get there.
Can you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?
Growing up, I wanted to be an Olympic beach volleyball player.
My appendix ruptured when I was a senior in High School.
When I was twelve my softball team won the 12 and under NYS Championships.
I’m the oldest of four children
I talk fast and tend to babble when I’m nervous.
What is next for you?
I’m hoping to get working on the fantasy series I’ve had brewing around in my head for a while now. With
any luck, I’ll have the first novel polished and ready to go by the end of the year.
About Call of the Sea: Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.
Thanks to the cursed Selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.
Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other in order to quell the raging storm between them or have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.
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Now, I also have a giveaway of a signed copy of Call of the Sea, open to US only! Ends June 21