This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
About the Author
Rochelle Weber is a Navy veteran with a BA in Writing from Columbia College in Chicago. Her novels Rock Bound and Rock Crazy are available in both e-book and print. Her third book, The Thin Person Inside, is available at MuseItUp Publishing, Inc. Ms. Weber edits for Jupiter Gardens Press, The Author’s Secret, and publishes the Marketing for Romance Writers Newsletter, winner of the 2013 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll for Best Writers’ Resource. She also started Roses and Thorns Reviews and currently has two partners.
Ms. Weber battles bi-polar disorder, quipping, “You haven’t lived until you’ve been the only woman on the locked ward at the VA.” Her song, “It’s Not My Fault,” won a gold medal in the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. She has lost over a hundred pounds and kept it off for over three years. She lives in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.
Interview with Rochelle Weber
Why did you write this book?
The Thin Person Inside: Kristen Jensen never expected to fall in love when she got help for her morbid obesity—let alone with a rock star. I started to write a book about a secretary who meets a rock star. Originally they met at an AA meeting, but I just couldn’t get the conflict there. First he relapsed. Then she did. Then I decided a story about a person in recovery relapsing was just too trite. Then I decided to put it in the future and have them meet in Rockton on the Moon. Maybe the conflict could be that he lived on Earth. Then they were going to honeymoon up there. Nothing worked.
Then someone said, “You should write about your weight loss.” Bingo! I changed Kristen from an alcoholic to a food addict, described my experience in treatment, even copied my homework from treatment, and the whole thing just flowed. I decided Sean should lose his hand because I already had a hero with crushed legs in another book. I’m not a heavy metal fan, so I didn’t know there was a drummer out there who lost an arm and came back to the band. I met a veteran who lost his hand in a farm accident and played piano, and that’s where I got the idea Sean could manage keyboards with one hand.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Do I have to choose one? I love sci-fi, mystery/suspense/thriller, sweet romance, some paranormal—pretty much everything but erotica and BDSM. I find erotica boring and BDSM just isn’t my thing. I just don’t get the concept of deriving pleasure from pain. I’m a wimp. I don’t want to feel pain, and I’m empathetic so I don’t want to read about anyone feeling pain.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Again, must I choose only one? I think I can narrow it down to three. Professor McGonagle and Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series, and Maureen Johnson Smith, mother of Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long, created by Robert A. Heinlein. All three are strong, independent women who protect the people they love and stand up for what they believe in.
What are you working on at the moment, and what will see from you in coming months?
My current WIP is languishing somewhat, as I’m busy with promoting my new release and various editing projects. It’s an historical book set during the Vietnam Era called Full Circle about a girl who dates a bad-boy biker wanna-be. She thinks he’s dumped her when he stops showing up, not realizing he’s been arrested and gone into the Marines. She joins the Navy and becomes a Hospital Corpwave and meets him again when he’s admitted to her hospital after being injured in Vietnam. I guess I seem to be forming a pattern of injured heroes. I’m running out of body parts to maim. ;-/
Please tell us about your latest book.
Kristen Jensen, a Navy veteran, tips the scale at a crippling three hundred pounds. In desperation she asks her VA therapist if she can go into addictions treatment with the guys where she meets Sean. With black hair, blue eyes, and a perfect body she figures the reason he’s speaking to her is that she’s the only other person in the room.
The Haystack told their lead singer, Sean Wesley, to get clean or get out. But none of the big-name clinics worked. Sean’s a Desert Storm vet, so they send him to a VA in the middle of nowhere. When he meets Kristen the first day, he thinks it’s tragic such a pretty girl’s trapped in a huge body. And her honesty, intelligence, and bravery are even more impressing. Sean’s drawn to Kristen, but she’s had decades to build layers of defense.
About the Book
Title The Thin Person Inside
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Rochelle Weber
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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