Today I have on the blog Aussie Indie author, Rebecca Berto. Let’s find out a little bit about her, and her books.
You published your first book Precise, a novella, in November 2012. Since then, you’ve released four more novels in less than a year and a half. Can you give us a quick run-down for each of your titles?
My tagline is author of daring fiction, oozing pain and heart-breaking love. So although my books range from Women’s Fiction and even a crossover to Suspense, to Contemporary Romance for New Adults, they all have the same Rebecca Berto feel. My Pulling Me Under series is a much darker and psychological trip, focused on family values, acceptance, guilt and death. My other Romance titles mix darker family dramas with angsty romance.
I’m the author for people who like dark and deep reads.
KA: Sounds like you have something for everyone 🙂
What made you decide to go the Indie route, and how have you found the journey so far? Any advice for others who would like to travel the same road?
Everyone needs a unique and personal motto for their own journeys but for me, publishing is about making my book shine and readers knowing me through my books. It’s a personal choice to never speak in a negative light online, yet still preserve honesty. I give everything I have into my first drafts, let beta readers/critiquers tell me anything they feel, ranging from it was great to a step-by-step detail of exactly how uninterested and frustrated they were by the manuscript. Then I take on board fitting advice and re-draft until I have my own version of perfection—for me this is the best possible story I can produce. My copy editor, Lauren McKellar is an award-winning editor in the traditional publishing world as well as a hybrid author (a Harlequin author and an upcoming self-published author) and does her best possible job on it too. I’m also a cover designer at Berto Designs and make the most eye-catching and fitting cover for my story as I can.
I watch everything that others are doing, I strive to improve my craft and I work endlessly to market my book as effectively as I am able to. Though there are more lows than highs in this journey, I’ve had incredible highs and have learnt more life knowledge than I could have even at twice my age if I stayed in a career that bored and never challenged me.
You need to keep your chin up despite failure, because without it, you’d never learn how to grow stronger. And one of these days success will randomly fall on top of you. You can’t work a certain amount of hours for that, as it’s the reading public that get you there, not a threshold value. You work like a you-know-what and luck will be in your favour. So hang out for it. If you give up prematurely, you’ll never know how close you would have been to your dream.
KA: Yes, I definitely agree with not giving up.
Other than reading, what do you like to do to relax and switch off?
Music videos. Listening to music and an accompanying picture that lasts for just a few minutes doesn’t require much brainpower yet totally can lift and alter moods. Can’t express my love enough for music videos and how they unwind me.
KA: I love my music as well. I’d be lost without my iPod.
If you couldn’t live in Australia, where in the world would you want to go?
Eek, this is hard. I have a chronic illness, so the state of America’s healthcare system would be detrimental if I lived there permanently. I’d say London but that’s too cold and I’m just a twiggy girl who would freeze to death there.
I’m going to be a party pooper here and bow out. I’m really not sure!
KA: I would love to live in the English countryside. It has so much beauty and charm.
What superpower would you love to have, and why?
Invisibility. (I’d love to turn back time, but I’d stuff it up.)
KA: I would mess things up as well if I went back in time. More so than I already do 😉
Quick this or that:
Black or white? Black
Tea or coffee? Tea. Only high quality, speciality tea-store product. Preferably black flavoured tea such as Crème Brulee or Chocolate or Terrific Toffee or Granny Smith Apple Pie … you get it 😛
eBook or paperback? Paperback.
Dogs or cats? I own both but sorry, dogs always win. I need me some cuddles. Lots of cuddles.
Summer or winter? Summer
Heels or flats? Flats
Pink or blue? Blue
Spike or Angel? Say what?
KA: I agree with everything except dogs and blue. I’m a cat person, and I love pink. Plus, you’re obviously not a Buffy fan *gasps*.
Rebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her books, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.
Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.