Rebecca Heflin – Alachua County Writer

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Although writing is a part-time career for Rebecca Heflin she has been very prolific over the last 10 years with 6 full-length books and 3 novellas published during that time. According to her WIKI page

In 2002, Dianne and Ron Farb co-founded the Climb for Cancer Foundation of Gainesville, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for cancer programs by climbing mountains (similarly to organizations that raise donations through walks or runs). To date, the organization has raised more than $1 million for cancer research and to support patients and families affected by the disease.

More than a decade after the organization was established, Dianne Farb was recognized by Santa Fe College as one of two 2013 Women of Distinction for her work with Climb for Cancer, in addition to other philanthropic efforts.

Her latest book, A Season to Love, is officially available today on Amazon.

Brief Bio

Rebecca Heflin is a best-selling, award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister sneaked a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job at a large state university.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

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Standalone novels
The Promise of Change, December 2011
Rescuing Lacey, September 2012

Dreams Come True series
Dreams of Perfection -Originall May 2014- Re-Released July 2020
Ship of Dreams, February 2015
Dreams of Her Own, January 2016

Sterling University novella series
Romancing Dr. Love, March 2017
Winning Dr. Wentworth, June 2017
Educating Dr. Mayfield, September 2017

Seasons of Northridge series
A Season to Dance, December 2018
A Season to Love, March 2020

Interview Questions

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

A shout-out to the Gainesville Area Romance Authors, or GARA! This local group of romance writers gets together every couple of months or so for dinner. We also have a secret Facebook group where we can seek advice from one another. It’s been a tremendous boon, both to me and my writing. Just having a group of writers who write romance to bounce ideas off of, seek solace when things aren’t going as planned, and to share my highs and lows with, well, it helps keep me same.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

None. I am proud to say I have finished every book I started and published every book I’ve finished. No hidden manuscripts under the bed. That’s not to say there weren’t books I struggled to finish for one reason or another, but I persevered, and they turned out to be good books, based on the reviews.

How do you select the names of your characters?

Naming characters is one of my favorite jobs as a writer. I don’t have any children or pets, so this is my chance to name someone. Typically, I steal names. If I hear or see a name I like, it goes on my character name list. I have a first name-female, a first name-male, and a surname list. Sometimes I select a name I think fits my character’s background and personality. Other times, it’s quite the opposite. I named my rough and tumble photojournalist heroine, Lacey, because I liked the juxtaposition of the feminine name and the tomboy character. The mother of one of my heroines was a Jane Austen Scholar who named her children after Jane’s characters. My heroine’s name was Darcy Elizabeth for Pride and Prejudice.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Alas, it takes me a year from start to finish to write and release a novel. A novella takes about half that time. In addition to writing, I have a full-time job in research administration at a large research university, and my husband and I have a non-profit foundation that raises money to fund support programs for cancer patients and their families. Add to that my community involvement, and the marketing and promotion for my books, and I stay insanely busy.

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I am a retired medical office worker who sold everything, bought an old RV and began traveling around the state of Florida with her mother and youngest daughter. My mother has since passed and I work on my books, blogs and websites in the rural quiet of Suwannee County Florida.

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