Friday, August 7, 2009

Rebecca Savage Guest Blogging!

Today I have Rebecca Savage guest blogging. Please help me give Ms. Savage a warm welcome!

Rebecca Savage writes Contemporary Romantic Suspense for Champagne, Wild Rose, and Double Dragon/Carnal Desires Publishing. She has started her first fantasy containing dragons. Her newest book, Consequences, is scheduled for release in September.

Jeni wakes up in a hole in the ground, literally. She's been hit over the head and stuck in a manhole with six other women, kidnap by a serial killer out for blood.

Nick comes to her rescue and tries to protect her as he looks for the perpetrator of the crime, since he's a homicide detective, and one of the kidnap victims didn't survive.

Can they beat the odds and discover the identity of the villain before the perp finishes the job?

Rebecca, congratulations on your upcoming release! I am very excited to have you here today to share your thoughts on Nature vs Nurture.

Welcome Rebecca!

Characterization: Crossing the Line: Nature vs Nurture

Men and women think differently, yes, and they act differently, but there's often a very thin line between the way a woman thinks and acts versus the way a man thinks and acts. Their thoughts and actions are influenced by the things they've seen, done, and endured (environment=nurture), as well as genetics (nature).

I was in the USAF, and as a female in the military, surrounded by men (9 males to 1 female in Italy in the 80's), I thought and acted differently than most other women. I had to, in order to function in a man's world.

I write stories of intrigue, suspense, and action. Often my heroines are very strong minded, independent and physically tough. I have female FBI agents, CIA assassins, DEA snipers, and women being stalked by serial killers and ex-husbands or fiancés. They have to be tough and either act in character or out of character, if they want to survive and/or thrive in their worlds, face their situations, and come out on top.

So, actions may seem out of character for a woman/heroine, but if she doesn't act and think like the strong 'person' she is, she'll die, or worse, her heart will be broken, because even assassins and snipers have feelings. If they didn't, they wouldn't do the jobs they do, especially if they work for the government and serve the people of their respective countries.

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Thank you so much for stopping by Rebecca and sharing your thoughts on Nature vs Nurture.

Don't forget to stop by Rebecca's website and email her for a chance at winning her contest!


Lea said...

Good Morning Heather and Rebecca:

Interesting interview with respect to nature vs nuture and I can certainly see how your life experience would influence the nature of the sub-genre you write in romance as well as your characterization.

Thank you for sharing.

Best to you both,

Mandi said...

Good point! Looking forward to reading Consequences:)

Barbara said...

Hi Heather and Rebecca!

I agree 100% with what Rebecca is saying. I think it's a survival thing. We adapt to our surroundings in order to survive. Man or woman. I think it's just the nature of things.

Wonderful post.

Rebecca Savage said...

I like the comment about survival;
If you think about it, that's exactly right in many situations, i.e. The Old West and the Frontier Women who headed westward looking for a new life...those women weren't typical women...if there is such a thing:)

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Heather D said...

Barbara, Lea, and Mandi thank you for stopping by.

I have to agree with you Barbara, it is definitely a survival thing!

Ciara Gold said...

Excellent observations, Rebecca. Best of luck with your upcoming release!

lastnerve said...

Hi guys! I just had to stop by and show my love for Rebecca! A very talented writer who knows how to write the action in a book! Any book she writes is an automatic add to my TBR list! Can't wait for the next one!


Heather D said...

hey Val, Thanks for stopping by!

SiNn said...

I totally Agree with your asspect in this world nature vs nurture is every where women have Issues with everything so ty for posting today

Angie Fox said...

Great post, Rebecca. Your new release sounds wonderful!

Linda said...


Consequences sounds like a fun read. Do you have anything else in the works right now and will there be a sequel to this story??

Linda Yoshida
writing as Kaylin McFarren

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

CONSEQUENCES sounds so utterly intriguing. Also liked the interview and your point about how men and women think differently, but also how a woman would disply a stronger more alpha disposition if in a male dominated arena. Great insight!

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