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Monthly Member Spotlight: Becky Lower

by | August 1, 2016 | 14 comments


Please help me welcome published member Becky Lower into the monthly member spotlight!

Before we start talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself and what you write.

Thank you so much for inviting me here today. I’m Becky Lower, a woman with a passion for history. In particular, American history. I grew up in the Midwest, so every vacation was spent at a Civil War battlefield, or touring some of the original colonies. Boston was a particular favorite, as was Williamsburg, VA. I currently live in a small college town in northern Ohio, with my puppy mill rescue dog and my snowbird sister, who leaves town with the first snowflake and returns in April.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I have retired from the 9-to-5 grind, but I’ve replaced that job with a full-time writing career, which is infinitely more satisfying.

What’s your favorite historical movie?

I’m going to date myself by saying one of my favorite movies was Roots, which was on TV ages ago. It’s now being remade and I’m looking forward to it. I also loved Dances With Wolves and Last Of The Mohicans.

9781440599330Who’s your favorite historical figure?

I’ve always been fascinated by Thomas Jefferson. I’ve toured Monticello several times and can feel the history that was created there. It vibrates off the walls in the big center hall where people waited to see him, sometimes for days on end. He was an inventor, a politician, an ambassador and a visionary.

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?

I would love to have met Jedediah Smith. Talk about a visionary! He explored the western half of America when it was a wilderness inhabited only by abundant wildlife and Native Americans. He made a lot of money (for the time) as a fur trapper, bought himself a fine home in St. Louis, and wanted to settle down and write his memoirs. But he went on one more trip, and never returned. His life fascinates me.

Give us a brief rundown of your process. Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in the middle?

I use Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat to plot points of my 3-act structure. If I can come up with enough points to make a story, and I like where the story points lead, I’ll start writing. I write a sloppy first draft, then I go back through it, using techniques from Margie Lawson and checking to make sure I include the senses and not overuse my crutch words. Things like that. The whole process takes about 3-4 months. Unless I get stuck. I’ve been working on my Jed Smith story for seven years now. I’ll get him written yet.

Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?

Since I write American historicals that aren’t westerns, finding a publisher willing to take a chance on me was a struggle. I heard F&W Media, the people who publish Writer’s Digest, was beginning a publishing arm strictly for romance and queried them just as they were starting up. My nine-book Cotillion Ball Series is now complete, along with a novella about how George and Charlotte met. They are the parents of the nine children featured in the books.

9781440579028 (1)Tell us about your latest release and what’s coming next for you.

The last book in my Cotillion series, The Forgotten Debutante, was released in April, and a bundle of the last three books in the series came out in June. Since my long series is finished, I’ve taken some time to experiment with my writing. I wrote a sweet contemporary Christmas novella that has just been picked up by a small press. Then I have a full-length historical based in part on some family lore, which has also been picked up by a publisher. And I’m working on a YA historical set in Boston during the Revolutionary War. It’s been a busy time, but so much fun. I took a workshop in writing the cozy mystery, which might be next. And then there’s the Jed story…

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

I’ll quote the great Nora Roberts here, who said she can fix everything but a blank page. When I heard her comment, it gave me the green light I needed to forge ahead with my style of writing. It’s okay to write my sloppy first draft. I can always fix it, but not if I don’t write something first. If I go back and constantly fiddle with my work, I’ll never get done. Once I get the story written, then I’ll fiddle.

Thanks for stepping into the spotlight this month, Becky! To find out more about Becky, you can visit her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

I need more members for the spotlight! Unpublished or published members, would you like to be featured in the member spotlight? Just drop me a line at christy@christycarlyle.com!


  1. Becky Lower

    Thank you so much, Hearts Through History, for inviting me here today! It was a fun interview.

  2. marylou anderson

    Thanks, Becky.
    great interview!

    • Becky Lower

      Thanks, MaryLou, for joining me today at Hearts Through History. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.

  3. Deborah Cordes

    Becky Lower should be lauded for shining a spotlight on a time in history that was ignored by fiction publishers. Her first novel has a hero I will never forget, a man with Native American/French ancestry, Joseph Lafontaine. Her heroine, Ginger, falls in love with him, despite the segregation of the era. It’s an uplifting romance, filled with lessons in courage against all odds. I congratulate Ms. Lower for this novel and her entire series. I hope she writes that Jed Smith book soon! It is already on my TBR list.

    • Becky Lower

      Thanks, Deborah, for your wonderful words about my series. I appreciate it, and, like you, Joseph is my all-time favorite. Although the book coming out in December features his brother, Raoul, and he’s a honey, too.

      • Deborah Cordes

        Oh, I can’t wait to meet Raoul!

  4. Jane Lynne Daniels

    Wonderful interview with such a talented author – I love Becky Lower’s books!

    • Becky Lower

      Thanks, Jane Lynne, for visiting here today. I appreciate your comments and your friendship.

  5. Amanda Uhl

    Love the quote Becky!

    • Becky Lower

      Thanks, Amanda. People love to pick on Nora, but regardless of how you feel about her, there’s no denying she’s a huge success and a very savvy businesswoman. I admire what she’s done with her career. Every time I see her at a conference, she’s patient with her fans, posing for hundreds of pix each time and is very encouraging.

  6. Lane McFarland

    What a great interview! The Forgotten Debutante sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

    • Becky Lower

      Thanks, Lane, for visiting. I hope you get a chance to read The Forgotten Debutante. I’ve got another one coming out in December which features one of Joseph’s brothers. He may be even better than Joseph, if that’s possible.

  7. Jenn!

    Wonderful interview, ladies. I envy you, Becky, for being able to visit Civil War battlefields and touring some of America’s earliest historical sites.

    I love your writing process. It makes sense to just purge on the page, though that is not always easy to do. At least not for me. 😉

    Congrats on your latest releases!

    • Becky Lower

      Thanks, Jenni, for visiting today. I visited all those Civil War battlefields before I began writing about the Civil War, but I remember those visits vividly. As for the writing process, we all have to figure out what works best for us.



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