posted on May 19, 2014 by Rebecca Zanetti

Five Fun Characteristics of an Author

rebecca-4-e1279489709171I just returned from the RT Convention in New Orleans, and my brain hasn’t quite kicked back into gear yet.  But I was mulling over some fun things on the plane yesterday, so I thought I’d share five characteristics of a writer with you today.

1.  Homeland Security is probably monitoring our internet use.  Seriously.  I’ve googled how to bury bodies, transmit infectious diseases, and discourage civil unrest throughout the world.  I’ve researched how far down in the ground one should bury a body if it’s near a river.  Honestly.   Just in the spirit of research.  LOL!

2.  We re-write conversations in our heads as they’re happening.  I can’t tell you how often I’m re-writing dialogue while trying to concentrate as somebody talks to me.  People think writers are quiet.  In truth?  We’re trying not to speak for other people out loud.

3.  The UPS guy has had to rescue us from something at least at one point.  I had a writing buddy ask on a loop if anyone could shimmy out of handcuffs from back to front.  We had cuffs from a Halloween party, and I gave it a shot, instantly trapping myself.  The UPS guy was at the door…and he helped me out.  But now I think he’s scared of me.

tamed-ebook4.  We get real people and imaginary character confused.  I’d like to tell you I’m joking here, but once in a while, I do think…”Did I really have that conversation?”  It’s true.  But kind of funny, right?

5.  Our families put up with a lot.  My husband is a hottie, and he’s a lot of fun.  He’s also, unfortunately, a rather private person.  So when the elderly lady at the bank nudges him, winks, and asks if he’s the inspiration for my books, he used to blush.  Now he just nods and says ‘yes.’  LOL!

Thank you for letting me play today, and I hope you are gentle with the authors in your lives.  We’re a goofy bunch, but our hearts are in the right place.  Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti

New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has published over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on several of the bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Rebecca attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor's degree in Journalism with a Political Science emphasis. While there she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Graphic newspaper, was a member of the Pi Phi Sorority, and an intern for President Reagan, who still gave 3-5 speeches a week, even though he was no longer president. After college, Rebecca worked as an art curator and a Senate aide before heading to law school, where she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho. She married Tony Zanetti in the middle of her second year of law school and became pregnant with their first child during the third year. She graduated law school, gave birth three weeks later, and took the Bar Exam three weeks after that. All she remembers about the bar exam is that it was so quiet in the testing room, she thought about taking a quick nap. But she continued on, passed the bar and became a lawyer. She worked for a large firm, then a small firm, then the county while also teaching legal classes at her local community college. Now she writes romances about vampires, cowboys, and soldiers. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Realm Enforcers, the Dark Protectors, the Sin Brothers, and Blood Brothers. Follow Rebecca: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter

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