Interview with new adult romance author Becky Wicks

Becky Wicks is in the house today, helping me kick of a new month of interviews. She’s the author of the new adult romance Before He Was Famous (HotFlush #1). She’s
talking about her new book today, as well as giving us some insider details
into her writing and her very active life.

Becky will be
awarding an e-copy of Before He Was Famous to a randomly drawn commenter at each
stop
during the tour, and a Grand Prize of an e-copy of Before He Was Famous PLUS a print copy of Latinalicious, Becky’s last travel memoir
(HarperCollins) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and enter there, too.


Bio:
Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie! Itchy feet
has led her to live and work all over the world since leaving England at age
21, including NYC, Sydney, Bali, South America and Dubai. Right now she’s
scribbling the second book in the HotFlush series in Bali while slurping
numerous coconuts and trying not to spill them on her keyboard.

Welcome, Becky. Please tell us about
your current release Before He Was
Famous.
Ah, Chloe and Noah. Well, this is a story about best friends
becoming lovers, experiencing lust, pain and just plain romance along the way,
but there’s an added twist. When Noah wins a TV talent contest he’s thrown
head, hot body and guitar first into a crazy world of fame and screaming fans.
Chloe, (an ambitious photographer) gets a job quite accidentally as a blogger
and comes along for some of the ride, but these two have a secret past they’re
not quite ready to face, let alone share with the world.
Things get kind of crazy on the road as they’re forced to face the
secrets that have haunted them for four years. There’s someone out to get
Chloe, and that’s someone even crazier than the Twitter obsessed pop-star
Courtney Lentini, who wants Noah baaaaaaad. There’s his money-oriented manager
Denzel, the rest of the band and a million new fans all threatening to come
between these two, but in the end, they have to figure out what’s really
important in this life, and fight for it.

What inspired you to write this book?
I always thought there was something so sweet and endearing about
the whole friends-becoming-lovers thing, but one day I was watching The Voice,
or X Factor, I can’t remember which one, and the idea struck me that what if
one of them was famous?  You always
wonder, watching these shows, how these people deal with the consequences. What
goes on behind the scenes? How do their friends and families deal with their
resulting fame? What about the guy and girl who thought they were unbreakable
suddenly having to face a media frenzy and all the horrible, as well as
wonderful things that go hand in hand with being constantly hounded? I wanted
to look at it all in a more realistic way, through both their eyes.
With Before He Was Famous,
I wanted to make people feel what
these two are feeling in the middle of this crazy, destructive storm and
perhaps consider that a life in the spotlights isn’t always all it’s cracked up
to be.

Excerpt:

Watching Noah through the window I’m so proud, but weirdly it
seems normal somehow, like this was always going to happen. He looks like a
star, an actual superstar in front of the mic as he starts picking the strings.
His torso-hugging black shirt is
just the right size to showcase his biceps when they flex over the guitar. The
label pays for a personal trainer now, because he can’t go to the gym without
being mobbed. His muscles jut out like rocks and I know a million girls right
now would kill to be me; to watch this, or to feel those fingers on their skin
instead of on those strings.
Jayde’s face flashes into my head
momentarily and I feel guilty all over again. The way she looks at me lately,
it’s like she’s willing a jumbo jet to land on my head. Noah doesn’t cheat on
her though, the way I cheated on Cooper. He doesn’t disrespect anyone the way I
disrespected my family that night.
Noah starts playing. Denzel
starts nodding.
I haven’t heard from Cooper in a
while. It strikes me pretty often how I don’t even miss him. How maybe his
‘hangry’ ways and disabled parking and permanent vapo-pen puffing were all just
signs that it was over; signs I ignored because I was looking for reasons not
to leave Boulder and my mom.
I look at Noah now in his fitted
dark jeans, his Converse sneakers, the way his stubble and his thick curls make
him look even more intense somehow as he works the frets and sings. If I’m
honest, maybe I needed a reason not to be here, too, with the voice and the
smile and the eyes that still undo me.
People
using words like daggers
Only make
me sharpen mine
But I’d
give up my armor
Show the
world a softer side
If you
were up there waiting
Storing
kisses with the stars
Where the
branches of our past
Have
built a future that’s just ours…
The girls who gasp and shriek
when they see him take a lot of getting used to. So do the paps. One asked me
if I was his girlfriend and the next thing I knew, there was a photo of me in
the New York Post with the header Mystery Brunette Seen Shopping with
Noah Lockton
. Oh, and the Tweets are just as weird to see: 
@NoahLockton I have your photo in
my bedroom. What do you think of me naked? #PlayMe
@NoahLockton i love all of your
songz u make me so happy!!!
@Noah Lockton When are you coming
to Vegas? I’m saving all my money so you can #PlayMe
The label actually pays for his
clothes now, too. We whizzed around Soho in a black car, running into stores,
buying stuff he liked the look of and running before people recognized him.
Sometimes we managed, sometimes we didn’t but I got an entire exclusive blog
out of it, which racked up over forty-thousand hits in a day. Marianne and
Aaron couldn’t believe it.
Aaron.
I suddenly remember my
photography mentor waiting downstairs. He wouldn’t come up. Said two would be
too many. He’s probably right.
Close
your eyes, I’ll be with you
I’m not
going anywhere
There’s a
reason that I love you
And I
know how much you’re scared
Let other
people climb the ladders
in a
world of silly things
‘Cause
we’ll be at top
Looking
out at better things…
The producer, Mickey, fiddles
with a series of sliding knobs to get the sound right. I fix the 50 mil to my
camera and busy myself with close ups of his fingers working the buttons, until
I catch what Noah’s actually singing and the whole thing registers at once like
a steam train smacking me in the face.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

Right now I’m working on book two in the HotFlush Series, which is focused on
Chloe’s friend Alyssa. She’s a fun character to write as she’s a bit more
outgoing and outspoken than Chloe, but she’s got her own share of man troubles
to deal with.

At the end of Before He Was
Famous
we see Alyssa hooking up with someone famous (I won’t ruin it) but
this book continues with life through her eyes as she follows this path of fame
into a Survivor-type reality TV show called Deserted. Cue lots of fun, hot sex
and tension in paradise… but the mysterious Joshua Brenner, who never talks,
doesn’t even seem to like her, is the one who really helps reality kick her ass.
It’s a lot of fun to write – I’m having to research a lot into
what really goes on behind the scenes of yet another kind of reality TV show – but
it kind of makes me want to run away to a deserted island (minus the camera
crew!)

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself anything else! Funny how
you just know sometimes, what it is you’re supposed to do… or at least what
you’re supposed to try to do for a
living! My mind is always making up stories. I was really lucky to get a
publishing deal with HarperCollins for a series of three travel books when I
was 29, which kind of funded several years of running round the globe reporting
on random, funny things, but fiction is what I always saw myself doing
eventually! It’s harder than non-fic, but a lot more rewarding, I think.
Do you
write full-time? If so, what’s your workday like? If not, what do you do other
than write and how do you find time to write?

Yes I write full time… I have to make time for it, which sometimes means 12-15
hours at the computer in one day. I do a lot of freelance travel and lifestyle
type stuff for various clients to pay the bills, as well as some social media
(which is just as important as writing if you’re self-publishing!) I work
pretty long days – but I try to start the day with yoga or pilates when I’m
working from Bali, which I find helps chill me out and find my focus. I also
love playing guitar and singing, but I’m not sure I’d do that in public…

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. I guess I work hard on my dialogue and
on making my characters interact as realistically as possibly with each other,
and to the situations thrust upon them. With my non-fiction books, they came
out as quite humorous for the most part as I guess I tend to look at the
silliness of life more than the seriousness, and some of that has transferred
to my characters in fiction. I think our natural instinct is to play and laugh…
I try to make people human! Hopefully that comes across but I guess we learn
the more we write, what we’re good and bad at. The thing to do, I think, is to
keep on writing and see where each story and each character leads you!
Sometimes as writers our characters totally surprise us.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

Funnily enough – a lollipop lady. I don’t know if that’s a British
thing but they’re the ladies who help kids cross the road outside schools.
Maybe I thought they held real lollipops? Other than that, I just wanted to
write!

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I’ve also written three travel memoirs about my time in Dubai (Burqalicious), Bali (Balilicious) and South America (Latinalicious) as well as a comedy
romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft
(not Croft). That one should raise a giggle or two… think Bridget Jones if
Jackie Collins had written it, perhaps?!
Before
He Was Famous
is out now!

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Thanks, Becky! Your life sounds like one fun-tastic adventure. Happy writing!

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