When talented Jewish artist, Rebekkah Gelles finds out her husband has a frightening dark side, she wants out of her marriage; but her life gets complicated when she moves back to her parents’ home in Park Slope, Brooklyn and falls for the charming Italian detective who’s investigating her estranged husband. Convinced he’s all wrong for her—he’s not Jewish for one thing—Rebekkah struggles with love, faith, family, and a surprise pregnancy
Karoline Barrett loves writing and reading women’s fiction and romance. Her short stories have been published in various outlets, most recently in Every Day Fiction. She is also a poet. Karoline was born in upstate New York and has lived in South America, Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At the moment, she lives in a small Connecticut town with her husband. When not writing, Karoline reads, spends time by the water, watches the New York Yankees, indulges her Coca-Cola addiction and does anything that has nothing to do with math.
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
My short stories have appeared in All Things Girl; Every Day Fiction; Eastown Fiction; Long Story Short; The Other Herald; The Storyteller; and Slow Trains Literary Journal.
2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
First, relishing the thrill of actually having a novel for sale! Second , hoping people are buying my novel, THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH like crazy, followed by hoping they love it and encourage others to buy it!
3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I’ve always been fascinated by different religions and cultures. In my novel, Rebekkah is a talented Jewish artist, whose life gets complicated when she falls for the charming Italian police detective who is investigating her estranged husband, and her mother reveals a secret that could change Rebekkah’s life.
4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
Logically, I get that not everyone is not going to love THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH. Still, negative reviews are not easy for any author, so those I will skim over, and concentrate on the positive ones, hoping they way outnumber the negative ones.
5. How long was the writing/planning process?
The entire process took about a year. Unfortunately, I had to start over when I got to Chapter Fifteen and realized I had no idea where my novel was going, or even where it was supposed to go! I finished THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH in November 2011. In January 2012, I began querying agents who work with women’s fiction. In October 2012, I signed with Frances Black of Literary Counsel, and my novel will be out this fall (2013).
6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I worked with my agent on ideas for the cover of THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH, which was a lot of fun. The cover was done by illustrator Martin Blanco and he did a fantastic job! I absolutely love what he did. The cover captures Rebekkah, my main female character so well, and I hope readers will feel the same way. A cover should shout, “Read me!” and I think mine definitely does.
7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I’m working on a cozy mystery right now, which may turn in to a series. I’ve also got a completed romance tucked away, which I would love my agent to sell, but it’s only at 30,000 words, so I need to make it longer.
8. Top 5 books
- The Secret Life of Bees
- The Atlas of Love
- This Is Where I Leave You
- Deader Homes and Gardens
- Miss Julia to the Rescue
9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Grove series and Joan Hess’s Claire Malloy series.
10. Why read your novel?
THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH explores what happens to a woman after she falls for a man that seems all wrong for her, then has to rethink what love, faith, and family mean to her after she almost loses him. If you love romantic women’s fiction that illustrates the female journey, is character driven, emotional, suspenseful, and easily digestible, this book is for you!