Today, I am chatting with Rebecca de Medeiros who in between swathes of laundry, would like to discuss her best-selling book, A Bargain Bride. Let’s start with just a brief synopsis of your book. In 20 words or less, tell me what it is about.
Rebecca: It’s a historical romance about a Rancher whose grandfather orders him a mail order bride and the chaos that ensues.
Naomi: What a fascinating premise! How might one contact that mail order service? Number One Son, who is utterly brilliant, is still also very single. As his twenty-second birthday is rapidly approaching, I would like to get him a unique gift.
Rebecca: A bride?
Naomi: Well, it is something I haven’t given him before and in my opinion, he is desperately in need of one, as well as a new toaster. Apparently, the old one is burning everything.
Rebecca: The old bride?
Naomi: No, toaster, but back to your book, who is your favorite character and why? Since you successfully passed the 20 word restriction on the first question, you are now permitted to be as prolific as you desire.
Rebecca: My favorite character is “Pops” O’Malley. He is the rascally grandfather of the hero in my book. He is always up to his sparkly blue eyes in mischief… but he has a good heart and wants the best for his family.
Naomi: That’s a lovely image and he indeed has a heart of gold for purchasing a spouse for his descendant. I wonder what the return policy is on such an acquisition. If Pops called you up tomorrow and said, “Hey, let’s go do something.” What and where would you go with him?
Rebecca: Fishing. I would go fishing with him at the pond near the Lucky M ranch. Just listening to his colorful stories would be a blast.
Naomi: Undoubtedly. While you are there, will you please find out if they take debit or credit?
Naomi: The mail order company. What about specials? Do they ever do a two-fer? Number Two Son, who is also utterly brilliant, is quite young yet at only eighteen but at the rate he is going, I’ll probably have to purchase a bride for him as well. What’s the hardest part about writing your book?
Rebecca: The hardest part was that I started writing the book as a way to entertain my mother who was at the time dying of cancer. In between chemo and radiation, we would sit together and to keep her mind off of the pain, I would read her what I wrote. It was hard to try to put humor into my book, when I was in so much emotional pain… but when I would get somber, Mama would say “Becca, cheer up you’re getting on my nerves..”
Naomi: Your mother, G-d bless her, sounds like she was an incredible woman. What’s the easiest part about writing your book?
Rebecca: Turning the computer on… seriously, everything else was tough after that…
Naomi: Well, I’m certainly glad you figured out the On part. Imagine how difficult it would be if you hadn’t done so and there you were typing away at a blank screen. If you had to pick one object to represent your story and one color to paint it in, what would it be and why?
Rebecca: A pink colored pair of scissors. My heroine accidentally does some serious damage to her husband’s hair when she attempts to try her hand at hairstyling. Pink is just the color that popped first into my mind.
Naomi: Do you do anything else besides write and if so what is it?
Rebecca: Mother, wife, cook, chauffeur, peacekeeper, laundress and solver of every “where did I put my keys” mystery. I also hold down a day job as a banker at a casino.
Naomi: Goodness! That banker at casino day job sounds incredibly interesting. I bet you could write a whole novel on some of the creatures you encounter there. What’s the ugliest thing in your closet?
Rebecca: Hawaiian shirts that I inherited from my grandfather. They are loud and ugly and my favorite things in there because I can still smell his aftershave on them. Kinda sounds creepy, but it brings back memories of him.
Naomi: Not at all. I have my grandmother’s mink coat and sometimes I put it on just so I can smell her cigarettes. What’s in the bottom of your purse, backpack, attaché or whatever you carry?
Rebecca: Candy. Wrapped hard candy. I’m going to be one of those grandmas that always seem to have butterscotch or mints on them.
Naomi: Certainly, a better option than cigarettes. Well that buzzing noise is either the sound of your dryer announcing yet another load of freshly cleaned clothing for you to fold or I am simply imagining it which means it is time for more of my medication. In the meantime, you can find out about Rebecca and her book by clicking on the picture below.