First I want to extend my gratitude to Apryl Barker for being an amazing host and putting together this amazing event. I appreciate all your hard work and I'm honored to be part of the event.
My name is RaeBeth McGee-Buda. I am an author of many genre, but today I'll be putting my YA Series in the spotlight.
Now, I'll tell you a bit about the Silenced Series. The Silenced Series is a Young Adult series that touches on the taboo subject of self-harm and depression. This series is a Christian series that is based upon true events, which are very close to home. At this moment in time, there are two books within this series.
Blurb: Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It's hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.
A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her "darkness" and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain. When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber's new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the mist of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is. Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.
In life when one thing goes wrong, it can feel like everything goes wrong. Secrets come to the surface while friendships twist out of control, romantic relationships end, and even a dear loved one can die! In Silenced: The Overtaking Amber’s life turns to chaos when she finds out Sarah, her childhood friend dies suddenly, her stepfather reveals another devastating family secret, and her boyfriend begins pushing her away. After all the truth comes out, Amber turns to her darkness for comfort when her worst fear becomes reality. Her secret with cutting is discovered when she loses control and ends up in the hospital. Amber’s long journey to recovery begins with a battle. While she’s fighting her way to freedom, she discovers the one love she’s been missing her entire life. Will Amber overtake her darkness of cutting or will the darkness overtake her?
Now that you know a little bit about my books, here's an interview to tell you more about me.
What is the hardest part about being an author?
- I believe the hardest part about being an author is becoming an established author. However, we must remember the WHY to the reasons for the writing. If we focus more on how many "followers" we have on a given media site or how many "reviews" our books have, then we will be aiming to please the want for more instead of focusing on what matters, which is writing.
What can we expect from you in the next year?
At this time I am focusing on two different books. One is a paranormal romance called Forbidden Destiny which is wayyy out of the normal for me. However, I'm having a blast writing it. The second one is a Christian romace called #loveyoumore. Readers can find out more about these books by looking me up on Facebook and following the page. I'll be revealing more information as time passes and each book is finished.
What are 3 things we can always find in your grocery basket?
Coffee, Cereal, and Pepsi <3
Are any of the characters in your book based on real people you know?
Most certainly. Each book I've written that has characters in it have been based upon those around me. For an example, Amber from Silenced is based upon a friend of mine who I met through an online game called Fiesta. She traveled across the country to attend my wedding and when I saw her, I knew right away she was the face of Amber.
Are you a morning, afternoon, night writer?
I'm an all day writer. Every chance I get, I sit down and type out some words on the screen, especially during nap time. It's a bit challenging to write when taking care of two of my children full time. Therefore, any opportunity I have to write... I'm on it!
When did you write your first book (doesn’t have to be published) and how old were you?
The very first book I wrote was titled, The Miracle. It was about this young lady who was part of an "escort service" and ended up being held captive while being raped. When she was free, she found out she was pregnant. From that point on she had the internal battle on whether or not she should have an abortion. I'm in the process of rewriting it. When I wrote this, I was 17 and it is unpublished at this time. Most tend to believe that Silenced was my first book. While this is true when it comes to publication, The Miracle was my first actual novel ever.
What does your family think about your writing?
My husband is SUPER supportive. He is the person who sits and runs ideas with me. I know I can count on him for a beta read. He's always ready to help me with the costs of publication or promo. Next, is my daughter. She's always been rather supportive of my work, especially with Forbidden Destiny. She constantly asks me when it'll be finished because she can't wait to read it in its completed form. Therefore, my immediate support lives with me and I love it.
Where are you from?
I was born in Uniontown, PA. However, I have called many places home. As of today, I call the small West Virginia town of Fairview home.
What is your favorite thing about where you live now?
Oh my gosh, what don't I love? My house isn't in the isolated woods, but we are surrounded by many trees in the bottom of a holler. I know most of my neighbors and we talk. I absolutely love the fact that my closest neighbors are very friendly and caring, which carries on throughout the area. In all honestly, this town is a community out of a book. It's awesome!
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
Silenced & The Overtaking: Yes, just because one suffers from depression and chooses to self harm, they are not alone. Of course, we have services here but God will always be there to help them through. All they have to do is ask.
Saying Goodbye: Stillbirth happens and those who it happens to... you're not alone.
Stumbling toward Gratitude: Life is so much more enjoyable when we focus on the good instead of the bad.
The Gracious Wife: Being a woman of God, we should strive to put Him first and our husband second, while doing our godly requirements as a wife.
Are experiences and events in your book based on your own life?
Of course! Especially with the non-fiction works. The story of Amber in Silenced reveals several entries to my journal I had as a teen.
Give us three "Good to Know" facts about you. Be creative. Tell us about your first job, the inspiration for your writing, any fun details that would enliven your page.
1. I have major anxiety and panic attacks are a daily occurrence.
2. For my first job, I was the dishwasher at the truck stop in Mt. Morris, PA.
3. I have only ever been in two serious relationships in my life. I married the second.
I want to thank the readers for joining in and hanging out with me today. In return, I'm hosting a giveaway where the winner will receive BOTH eBooks in the series!! That's not it... there's a chance for FOUR winners!!!!