Author Interview – Regina Puckett
Regina Puckett is the author of many books and short stories, more than I have room for on this list but here are a few of my favorites:
(Each title is a link to where you can read more about each one and find more of Regina’s books.)
Regina has been really busy lately so we didn’t get a chance to talk for very long, but she was able to email me a ton of information so I could put this together anyway and thanks for that Regina. Here is a snippet from her biography notes:
“I was raised in the small town of Rover, Tennessee. It was a great place to run wild. In the summer times my sister, brother and I would pack sack lunches and take off for our all day bike rides. I had a great childhood.
Right out of high school I married my high school sweetheart and we have been together for over forty years. After my two daughters were born I finally decided to try my hand at writing a full length romance. My first attempts were truly awful. I can’t even look at them now.
I stopped writing for a while when I decided to further my education. At twenty-nine I enrolled for classes at the local university. I arranged my schedule so I was away from home the same hours my daughters were at school.
Concealed in My Heart came about because of a dream I had about raising another woman’s child. The dream stuck with me a long time but I didn’t try making it into a story until two years later. Someone gave me their old computer and it seemed like a good opportunity to finally get that dream out of my head and onto paper.”
Debra: I love that you have been with your highschool sweetheart for over 40 years! That is truly amazing in this day and age with such high divorce rates and to me, makes you a romance novel expert! What’s your secret?
Regina: it wouldn’t be a secret if I told now would it?
Debra: So true, so let’s move on to the interview stuff that everybody really wants to know about, here we go. Why did you start writing and what with?
Regina: I don’t think I had a choice. I had worlds inside of me fighting to get out. Since I started writing in the seventh grade I used an ink pen and paper. I have horrible handwriting so even though the story was on paper it didn’t mean anyone was able to read it. Sloppy has its own sort of code.
Debra: What do you think makes your book special, what’s the hook that will have readers not wanting to put it down?
Regina: I like to add twists at the end of all of my horror stories. I go in with a plan and I might be in the shower on in my car when I think, you know it might be better if I write this as an ending instead. So even I’m surprised the endings.
Debra: Who are your favorite authors, who inspired you?
Regina: I’m a huge fan of Clive Cussler. He writes an outstanding thriller/mystery novel. They are always so intense and complicated. I’m inspired by the way he crafts his tales. I’m in love with all of J. K. Rowlings’ characters. To me they will always be people I feel as if I know on a first name basis. It’s a true to gift to be able to write people so believable that the readers don’t ever want the stories about them to end. Eloise James writes the best romances. I’m a huge fan of all of the genres. If the author does their job right it doesn’t matter if the story is a horror, romance, mystery or science fiction. I’m right there ready to join them on wherever their journey takes me.
Debra: I agree about the journey, I love to read and it doesn’t matter what as long as the writer takes me on that journey. So, what was the hardest part for you working on your book?
Regina: Working out each character’s personality is always the hardest part for me. Sometimes I’m halfway through writing the book before I know how they feel or react to certain things. I don’t find that to be a huge problem because I usually add the majority of the details when I go back to do my rewrites. In the first draft I write the core story and then I flesh out the settings and my characters in the next two or three rewrites.
Debra: Do you already know what you are going to work on next?
Regina: I’m working on several things. I’m re-editing two of my full length romances and in the beginning stages of a short romance and a short inspirational story.
Debra: Can’t wait for those to come out. Now, I have to ask this, can you tell us something we can’t find out about you from the internet, something funny, something different, let us know you a little better than your bios and profiles?
Regina: I once wore my bathing suit backwards in a public pool. I knew something wasn’t quite right but I wasn’t certain what was wrong until after I was already in the pool and the cups were filled up with water.
Debra: (laughing) That is so funny, I can’t imagine what I would have done! Thanks for sharing that with us, you have a great sense of humor! One more question and then if you want to just let us know where we can find your works?
Regina: Sure (still laughing)
Debra: If this was your last book and your last day on earth, what would be your last words?
Regina: “I wish had more time.” There’s always so much I want to do. I hope I’m always this excited to be alive.
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