Today on our September Local Authors Q-and-A blog, we feature West Chester, Ohio, resident Rebecca Waters, who describes herself as a “writer of contemporary Christian fiction as well as a writing coach to new writers...”
Read below to learn about her life as an author, sought-after speaker, contributor to the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, “Lookout Magazine” and “Home Health Aide Digest.” Enjoy reading about her teaching career from kindergarten to the university level, including several months spent in Kosovo in southeastern Europe.
Her novel, “Libby’s Cuppa Joe,” and her contribution to “From the Lake to the River – Buckeye Christian Fiction Authors 2018 Anthology” will be coming soon to MidPointe Library!
Please list all the "usuals" -- where you live, education and career, any personal info you feel comfortable sharing.
I live in West Chester, Ohio. My undergraduate degree in education was completed at the University of South Florida. My M.Ed. and EdD. Were completed at the University of Cincinnati in Educational Foundations. I taught in Fairfield City Schools for 19 ½ years. I then taught at Cincinnati Christian University for 14 ½ years.
Your bio that begins "A Southern girl living in Ohio..." states that you're a "wife to one, a mother to three and now ... the grandmother to eight...." What are your Southern roots?
Although I was born in Ohio, I grew up in a small rural town north of Tampa, Florida. It was there I got my driver’s license, started dating, finished high school and college, married my high school sweetheart, and gave birth to two of my daughters. I have now lived in Ohio longer than I ever lived in Florida, but all of those “rites of passage” into adulthood took place in that environment. I still have family there and friends. I was living there when I launched my first book, “Breathing on Her Own.”
Do your family and Southern roots influence your writing?
Absolutely. In fact, I am completing a three book series set in the Lutz/Land O’Lakes area. Through that series I hope to show the Florida I know…more than beaches and Disney World.
Your name appears on our last ReadLOCAL AUTHORS list! It says you write adult fiction and it lists "Breathing On Her Own," "From the Lake to the River: Buckeye Christian Anthology 2018" in your repertoire. How do you describe yourself -- as an author of Christian fiction and Christian-oriented non-fiction? Or is there another term(s) you use to self-identify?