Today’s interview is with Indie author Rektok Ross, who wrote Prodigal, a YA inspirational romance.
Tell me as much as you can about yourself in only one sentence.
I write books about people who discover their own unique paths through love, trials, and life changing moments.
“It’s just not that easy answer you want wrapped up in a pretty, little bow. Nothing real ever is, but that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless.”
Share the love with a creative shoutout to your favorite Indie book or author:
I actually just stumbled upon the The Keatyn Chronicles series by Jillian Dodd and love the books. They’re a little like “Gossip Girl” meets
and are written almost like a television show. Very quick pace, tons of romance, and lots of talk about amazing clothes. I will warn though that I do think they are for a more mature audience–there might be just a little glorification of sex and drugs. Hollywood
Cat person, dog person, or I forgot to feed my fish, and it died?
I am a huge animal lover (it’s even part of my official bio). I would pick both the dog and the cat, and a horse, and a pig, and a . . . well, you get the point.
Do you have a day job?
I do. I actually graduated with a journalism degree and law degree. I currently practice entertainment law at a top-ten international law firm. I’m also the official Young Adult Examiner for Examiner.com where I cover all things YA. You can find me here if that’s your bag: http://www.examiner.com/young-adult-fiction-in-los-angeles/rektok-ross
Coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, or I’m so undercaffeinated it’s frightening!
Green tea all the way! I’m kind of on a health kick. I’m also holding out for someone to buy me a Vitamix, too.
Tell us about your latest or upcoming novel:
“Prodigal” follows the story of Lexy Quinn, the hard-working wallflower who finally lands the coveted spot as Editor of her school’s newspaper. But the rug is ripped out from under her when she finds out her mom is sick, and the family is moving half-way across the country to
. Lexy can’t think of a worse place to be than at a school full of snobby rich kids where she’ll have to start all over to get people to notice her writing, or—who is she kidding?—notice her at all. Preston Hills, Texas
When the most swoon-worthy boy in town, who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback, gives her an exclusive interview, Lexy’s life takes an unexpected turn. Ash
Prestonis the perfect guy and, even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she trust him?
Do you stick to one genre or switch it up?
I definitely like to switch it up and keep my readers guessing. My debut novel, “Prodigal,” was an inspirational romance but my current project is an action/adventure. Next up is a thriller that I’ve been mulling over. The one thing I try to stay consistent on are the hallmarks of my books: a kick-ass heroine/hero, a healthy dose of romance, and some spirituality.
Tell us about your cover art: Who designed it? How did you choose a direction for it?
I had a wonderful designer, Brecca Theele, and we worked a lot on the feel of the cover for “Prodigal.” I get a lot of questions about the cover (a sheep, why a sheep?) but for me it was really important to break genre rules and not have a traditional romance cover with a girl and a boy gazing into each other’s eyes or something else similar. Not that there is anything wrong with that but “Prodigal” is not a typical love story. Spirituality plays a very big part in it as well, ergo, the sheep, which is a throw-back to a parable in the Bible. I wanted my readers to know right off the bat that there is something different about “Prodigal.”
I can tell you’re hiding something interesting from me. Fess up now, and I’ll go easy on you:
Well, this is embarrassing because I’m over thirty but I’m addicted to the Disney Channel. It started when I first discovered Hannah Montana when the show first aired and I just thought Miley Cyrus was such an incredibly cute and talented little kid. The show came on Friday or Saturday night and I’d have to make up some excuse why I had to meet my friends out later at night so I could see the show first. And then it just got worse now that Disney has so many more adorable tween shows – Austin and Ally, Shake it Up, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, A.N.T. Farm, Jessie, okay I’ll shut up now . . .
Why do you write?
I wrote “Prodigal” because I wanted a fun page-turner for my readers but I also wanted to create a different kind of love story—one where faith, romance, and God converge. I wanted to write an accessible story that had a romance you could get lost in but that also had a deeper message that might change the way people looked at their lives.
Where do you write?
Anywhere I am when I get inspired. I don’t really have a special place. Give me some headphones and my playlist and I can write just about anywhere. For example, about two years ago I was on a trip with one of my best girlfriends. We were in
and I just couldn’t get this idea out of my head so I would lock myself up in our hotel bathroom when she was sleeping at night and write on the floor next to the toilet. I didn’t want to ruin the trip for her during the day but I just had to write it all down as it was coming to me. I know she probably thinks I was pretty nuts that week but I’m hoping she’ll forgive me when I put her in the dedication page when that book comes out. Egypt