NL: Tell us about your book.
Becky: The Reluctant Debutante is about the beginning of the Cotillion Ball in America, a tradition that still exists in elite society today. The idea was imported from Europe in 1854 by a relative of John Jacob Astor, and by the following year, all young women from affluent backgrounds were expected to participate in the Ball, which introduced them to society and to their prospective husbands. Ginger Fitzpatrick is the first of the family to participate, and does so with a great deal of reluctance. She'd rather be campaigning for women's rights alongside Amelia Bloomer or working in her father's bank. But she agrees to participate, and ensure the family's position for future years so her younger sisters can have their turn. And then, at the Ball, she dances with the man who becomes the love of her life and makes her see that she can have equal rights and a marriage at the same time.
NL: That sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it. I heard that you recently signed your second contract with Crimson Romance for a second book. Can you give us details?
Becky: The second book in the Cotillion Ball Series is about Heather Fitzpatrick, who unwittingly becomes involved in abolitionist activities in New York in 1856, and quickly becomes an outspoken advocate for ending slavery. She meets and falls in love with a handsome military man who is in New York for the Cotillion, but who also is looking for one of his father's slaves who has run off the family plantation in Savannah, GA. When they get engaged, he wants to take her to Savannah to meet his parents, but she knows the south is no place for an abolitionist.
NL: I have to say I love the time period you've chosen! These books both sound great. On Facebook, you share that you like to move around. Where all have you lived, and what was your favorite place to live?
Becky: I grew up in Ohio, and immediately after graduation from college, (BGSU) I moved to the closest big city--Detroit. The only good thing about that move was that I met some people who I am still friends with, after all these years. My best friend and I moved from Detroit to Washington, DC. I lived on Capitol HIll for awhile before migrating to the suburbs in Virginia. I had a weekend log cabin in West Virginia during this time. I've also lived in Arizona and Texas, then moved back to Virginia, to a wonderful town called Leesburg, then back to Ohio. I now live in the college town of Oberlin. Of all the places I've roamed, my West
Virginia cabin has been my favorite. I'm using it as the setting for one of my works in progress--a time-travel story that I've been wanting to write ever since I saw the History Channel's special on Jedediah Smith, legendary western explorer.
NL: Tell us about you. Married? Children? Day job? Love where you live?
Becky: I know it's a bit ironic that I write romance since I've always been single, and have no children. But, I believe there's a special someone for everyone. Mine's just taking his sweet old time getting here. I recently started working as a part-time merchandiser for American Greetings. I like the flexibility it offers me, but am finding it hard to juggle work and writing both. I need to figure out a better system. As for loving where I live, I tell people I get the seven-year itch with my wanderlust, regardless of how wonderful a place is. Oberlin is a great town to be in--good people, an active writing group, lots to do, since Oberlin College is known for its preforming arts curriculum, and nice restaurants. But in four more years...
NL: Sexiest Man Alive.
Becky: That changes almost daily, which is probably why I've never married. I based my hero in The Reluctant Debutante on Daniel Day-Lewis' character in Last of the Mohicans. But lately, I've been having dreams about Blake Shelton. Give me a tall man with a good head of hair and a sense of humor any day. A little country twang doesn't hurt, either.
NL: Mmm... Tall men. Yum. : )
When I was twelve, I entered and won a writing contest sponsored by the Akron Beacon Journal. Got my picture in the paper and everything. With that success, I then submitted a screenplay to the Bonanza television series and promptly got my first rejection letter. So, you might say I've been destined to write about the West and American history for years. I live in Oberlin, OH, which is known as the little town that started the Civil War, with my small puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary, who keeps me company on the cold Ohio nights.
You connect with Becky at her website, www.beckylowerauthor.com. From there, she invites you to check her Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts as well as her personal blog.