Articles & Interviews
Here are some select guest posts, essays, and interviews I’ve done, if you want to learn more about who I am, what I write, where my ideas come from, and what I’m working on next. Check back in, as I try to keep this updated with new publications!
“Climb a Mountain or Write a Book? Rebecca Brooks Does Both,” USA Today’s Happily Ever After
“Contemporary romance author Rebecca Brooks likes outdoorsy guys with muscle and heart and independent women ready to try something new. Undoubtedly, her steamy, adventure-based romances, like her just-released Make Me Stay, sprang from her own personal adventures, from hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to exploring ice caves in Peru.”
“Q&A with Rebecca Brooks of Make Me Stay,” EverAfter Romance
“Is it possible for a Q&A to make you fall in love? Or want a new bestie? Because Rebecca Brooks isn’t just an amazing author who is a delight to interview. She also has the best opinions. She is the cool friend. You know what’s even better about this cool friend? She’s got a sexy, heartfelt, completely engrossing book just as great as her called Make Me Stay out right now!”
“Spotlight + Q&A: Make Me Stay by Rebecca Brooks,” Harlequin Junkie
“I got the choreography for one of the sex scenes from an Orphan Black episode in Season 2 when Rachel Duncan gets a little kinky with [redacted so as not to give away spoilers if anyone hasn’t seen it!]…”
“Putting Adventure into Romance Novels,” Fresh Fiction
“If you’re not really sure of the benefits of marriage when you can live with someone and build a life together without getting the state involved, I have one word for you: honeymoon.”
“Why I Love Writing About the Outdoors,” Writerspace
“Is it any wonder the characters in my new Men of Gold Mountain series are always up for adventure?”
“Hiking, Hot Romance, and Adventure,” Coffeetime Romance
“I grew up skiing and had been toying with the idea of writing a ski romance in which the hero and heroine meet on the slopes. Things heat up to more than PG-13 in unexpected places in my books, and having the characters get hot and heavy outside in the middle of winter was a challenge I wanted to take on!”
“Insta-Attraction in Romance…And Life,” Lady Smut
“If my life were a romance novel, he’d be a billionaire vampire fated to protect clumsy, unassuming little me and we’d have immediately left the meeting to bang against the glass window of a penthouse conference room—as soon as he had me sign a contract dictating when and where I was allowed to come per his commands.
Alas, dear reader, we met for tea.”
“Hiking, Writing, and Other Solitary Adventures,” Romance Junkies
“This isn’t exactly a scientific comparison, but I saw more women hiking that day than I’ve ever seen on trails in the east coast, where I live. Not only was I comfortable, but I was inspired.”
“Top 5 Places I Want to Travel,” Romancing the Book
I’m going to #5 in January 2017!
“Vegetarianism, Romance, and Hot Athlete Heroes,” Readers Entertainment
“The man skis every morning, goes running with his German shepherd Chloe, and then alternates working on Ski Patrol or doing cardio and strength training—all before spending his afternoons coaching his team.”
“Getting to Happily Ever After,” Writerspace
“I love taking characters out of their elements and throwing them into unfamiliar situations. It gives them the chance to experience something new and discover aspects of themselves they never knew existed. But then I inevitably wind up with a problem. If the hero and heroine have stepped out of their lives to do something different, how are they going wind up happy together when the real world calls?”
Throwback Thursday, Entangled Publishing
Pictures and details about the time in Brazil that inspired HOW TO FALL, including a shot of me hang gliding, hanging out on an enormous sand dune, and cleaning a dolphin skull with a toothbrush! (If it’s not a good time, at least it makes a good story?)
“Rebecca Brooks Tells You Practically Everything You Need to Know About Getting Published,” Romance Debuts
“Do you ever feel stuck in the middle of a draft? Do you wonder if an agent will ever request your book? Are you trying to figure out whether your manuscript is ready to send out? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, READ THIS INTERVIEW! … Rebecca shares incredibly helpful advice about finding an agent, getting through the rough patches, and making your manuscript the best it can be.”
“How I Got My Literary Agent,” Writer’s Digest
“I’m not saying that if you’re looking for an agent, go snag a book deal first. Nor is the idea to bombard the same agents with repeat queries because surely they’ll like the book if they only sit down and read it. My point is that the process from book to agent to publisher—or from book to publisher to agent—can be roundabout, slow, and full of surprises.”
“10 Important Lessons I’ve Learned from Erotic Romance Novels,” xoJane
Number 1: You are in charge of your own orgasms. Enough said.
“I Started Off a Feminist… And Wound Up Writing Romance,” Wellesley Underground
“I read widely, but I’m tired of contemporary literary novels about middle-aged men lamenting their lost erections of yore. In our testosterone-saturated culture, romance is a radical reprieve. It’s by women, about women, and focused on sexuality and satisfaction. It’s started to feel like an incredibly feminist thing to do, to push against the prejudices of a male-dominated industry as part of a powerful and vocal community of readers and writers who know what they want and aren’t afraid to get it.”
“What You Get Is…,” Long and Short Reviews
On the best and worst hikes on my life—both on the same mountain in New Hampshire.
“The Big Reveal,” aka telling my mom that I’m writing romance, All The Things In Between
Who knows, I might even let her read it some day…
“In Defense of Stupidity,” G. G. Andrew
A reviewer asks if there’s anything “stupid” in my novel. I go to town.
“Writing As Art, or Why Not to Draw the Perfect Nose,” Avian30.com
“Looking at the finished product, you’d never know that all the gorgeous details started off so simply, as blocks of light and dark.”