When I “Fall into the world of extraordinary…
…I am fearless. Once I tried to explain to my husband – a nonfiction reader – what it’s like to be in the writing zone, my extraordinary world. Alas, it was impossible. He didn’t understand that I simply become my characters. I hear their voices, I know what it’s like to be in their bodies, I understand their motivations – even those of villains because every action has a reason. When I am in the world of extraordinary I stand up to those who are powerful, I speak for those who are weak, I know just how many words it takes to say I love you so someone knows I mean it. I love my extraordinary world.
In fact, I love THE extraordinary world. Which brings me to my extensive bucket list.
What on your bucket list HAVE you done and name something you HAVEN’T done yet?
I can cross off the first thing on my bucket list – traveling to exotic places (although I’m not done yet). I was in China in 1982 when tourists were curiosities. I have never seen so many bicycles in my life. Men and women alike dressed in Mao suits. We were guarded by uniformed men with big guns and the local people – when they could speak to us without being sent away by our guards – gestured that they would like one Polaroid picture of their child because they could only have one child in those days. I traveled to Hungry and Czechoslovakia when they were satellites of the USSR. My passport was taken and held by the people at the hotels. One night armored vehicles rumbled down the street below my balcony (I felt like Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca). At night the cities went dark because there was so little electricity and the black market for currency blossomed. Recently I lived in Albania for a few months – a country that was isolated form the world for fifty-one years. It was fascinating. I love a good adventure and every adventure I’ve had has somehow made it into a book.
What is still on my bucket list? I want to be in a movie – preferably one made from one of my own books. Yes, I want to walk the red carpet and sit in a darkened theater and see myself on the screen. If I ever make it, I’ll have to play the part of a grandmother but I’ll take whatever I can get.
Rebecca is a Reader Rave Luncheon host this year at InD’Scribe Con. Please come have lunch with her on Saturday, October 14th and stay for the InD’Scribe Book Festival. For more details about luncheon tickets visit InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival today!