Interview with Rebecca Lombardo   3 comments

Today’s interview is with author Rebecca Lombardo. Welcome to the blog, Bekka. Tell us something about yourself. (Where are you from, what do you do to pay the bills, significant relationships, as little or as much as you want).

Lombardo Author PicI am from Michigan, I’ve lived here my whole life.  I’m very happily married to an amazing man.  This August it will be 15 years.  I come from a large family.  We don’t have kids, but we do have 5 cats that we rescued. We adore them.

 

At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve had an idea that I wanted to be a writer since third grade.  I can recall writing a story, with my own illustrations, all in crayon.  It was about a little American Indian girl named White Cloud that lost her feather.  It just felt right to me, so that was my ultimate goal for most of my life.

 

Tell us about your writing process.

I don’t actually have a set writing process that I utilize every time I write.  It tends to vary.  Being bipolar, I have to take what I can get.  There are times when I experience months of writer’s block and occasionally months of wanting to write every day. The wheels are constantly turning inside my head.  If I get an idea, and I can come up with at least 2 sentences to back up the concept, I will try to develop it.  However, it doesn’t always work.

 

Lombardo Author Event.jpgWhat is your favorite genre … to read … to write?

My favorite genre to write is obviously memoir.  I like being able to write from personal experience.  I also enjoy reading memoirs and biographies.  I enjoy true crime, some historical books, and I have a few select chick-lit authors that I enjoy reading.

 

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about mental health and the stigma that surrounds mental illness.  I’m passionate about animal cruelty, and photography.  I’m also extremely focused on raising awareness on the benefits of non GMO food.

 

What is something you cannot live without?

I couldn’t live without my husband and my cats for sure, but I love movies and TV so much, I don’t know what I would do without the ability to escape for a little while.

 

When you are not writing, what do you do?

When I’m not writing, I am usually most often promoting my book. As I stated, I do love photography and recently got a new camera as a gift, so I will get out and do that whenever I can. I spend a lot of time with my husband, we’re joined at the hip.  Frankly, I spend quite a bit of time managing my mental illness symptoms and trying to raise awareness.

 

Lombardo Not Your JourneyHave you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way?

I’ve only written the one book so far, and if anyone were to ask me about it, I would tell them this: it’s a real, raw, and heartbreaking account of a very dark time in my life, and I how I made it back. I don’t hold anything back about what I’ve been through.  It’s important that people understand what mental illness is truly like.

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

Life filled with love, despite their condition.

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

When I’m writing, it’s almost 100% of the time on my laptop at my desk in our bedroom. Red is my favorite color, and our bedroom is red, my laptop is red…it all gives me a somewhat comforting feeling.

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

I prefer to write from my own point of view at this point.  I don’t know if that will change in the future.  I don’t do a lot of research or focus a lot on creating specific storylines, because I find that just allowing it to flow organically gives it a realistic quality that people enjoy.

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they?

If I’m stuck in a remote cabin in Alaska for a month, I think I would spend a lot of time just trying to be in the present, and not dwelling on the issues from the past. I would definitely try to center myself and stop worrying all the time.  I would for sure want my camera, I think that would be amazing. As far as books, I would probably take Memoirs of a Geisha and/or The Joy Luck Club. Leah Remini’s memoir, Troublemaker is fascinating, and I could read that a million times. I would probably also take some books by Jane Green and Jennifer Weiner, they’re two of my favorites. Most of all, I would relax and enjoy some stress-free time away from social media and the world.

 

Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

It was my intention that my memoir deliver a message. I just wanted people that are dealing with the same type of issues that I am to know that they are not alone.  My book is a cautionary tale of what didn’t work in my life with mental illness.  I also wanted to make sure that the loved ones of the people dealing with these issues could get a grasp on just what their family member is going through.

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

I would want someone that read my book to know that they’re not alone … that things can get better if they put some work into the process. I want them to learn from my story what NOT to do, and most importantly I would like them to learn that it is possible to lead a happy and productive.

 

How do readers find you?

www.amzn.com/0692509739

www.rebeccalombardo.com

www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

www.judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com

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