Rebecca Forster
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When New York Say No

Started Apr 3, 2013 0 Replies

Last night I got the notice: Before Her Eyes was voted best mystery and given the Readers Choice Award by a respected review site, BooksAndPals. I was excited to say the least, but the thrill was…Continue

Tags: Gambling, Creativity, Indie, Publishers, New


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Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Partners in Crime, this bundle of best selling thriller authors was a labor of love. 2300 + 5* between us. Indie collaboration is great"
Apr 30
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"The Witness Series is on Amazon's Hot New Release site. 4 out of the top ten are Josie Bates Thrillers. I'm so excited."
Dec 29, 2013
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"FORGOTTEN WITNESS just published. I am so thrilled."
Dec 16, 2013
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Love, Murder & Everything Else Event! 99¢ eBooks and #Giveaways! Nov 27 – Dec 3rd"
Nov 27, 2013
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Light at the end of the tunnel! Forgotten Witness is in the last polish. Read the first chapter of my baby at"
Nov 22, 2013
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Celebrating mom's 89 b-day by reducing the price of a book a week. PRIVILEGED WITNESS for Kindle/Kindle app is $2.99 this whole week."
Sep 7, 2013
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Got up way early to work on Forgotten Witness because mom's 89 b-day dinner tonight. Reducing the price on each witness book in her honor :)"
Aug 30, 2013
Rebecca Forster replied to the discussion 'Lightening Source: Good or Bad?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I have only used CreateSpace. I have been happy with the results. It almost sounds like you got a first off the press. Did you order more than one copy? The only thing I can say is that as much as I like the matte covers they have now, the cover…"
Aug 30, 2013
Rebecca Forster replied to the discussion 'Self Publishing' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Lianne, put it on the calendar. The big houses are asking a lot more than that. I'm glad that yours is acceptable to you and gives you options. I always asked for my rights back as soon as they came up which meant by the time of the digital…"
Aug 21, 2013
Rebecca Forster replied to the discussion 'Self Publishing' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Then you need to rethink your manuscript. I have worked with a freelance editor for many years - even when I was writing for the big publishers. I hired her to make sure I was sending a quality project. For me it worked out. Now that I'm Indie…"
Aug 21, 2013
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Forgotten Witness is now available for preorder at iBookstore and Barnes & Noble. Exciting to see this series going strong. TY everyone."
Aug 21, 2013
Rebecca Forster replied to the discussion 'Self Publishing' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Jacky, I've been doing it three years with exceptional success. I had 25 years with traditional publishers and went Indie for a number of reasons but one was that traditional publisher are facing a lot of challenges. Distribution channels are…"
Aug 21, 2013
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"My son is returning from Peace Corps. Eyewitness, the thriller he inspired is on sale for $2.99 today."
Jul 3, 2013
Rebecca Forster replied to the discussion 'Aspiring novelist' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Himani, An indie is someone who publishes on their own (independently published). Some never had traditional publishers and others, like me, decided for various reasons not to continue with regular publishers. There are many reasons - financial,…"
Jun 26, 2013
Rebecca Forster replied to the discussion 'Aspiring novelist' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Things have changed quite a bit since I got my first agent. Used to be you queried agents, they sent to publishers. Now many publishers are trolling to find works that are taking off as indie books. I can make a list of the incredible deals that…"
Jun 25, 2013
Rebecca Forster replied to the discussion 'Aspiring novelist' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Himani,  Congratulations and very good luck. I wrote for New York publishers for 25 years and in that time had 4 agents. It is a horridly exhausting  process but if traditional publishing is what you want to do, then it must be done :).…"
Jun 25, 2013

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Who I am:
I am a thriller babe. I love to read them and write them. For 26 years I worked with great editors in New York; now I am a proud Indie author and screenwriterI've made great friends - readers and writers - and intend to write forever. Before becoming a fulltime writer, I earned my MBA and worked in advertising. I'm an avid reader, a quilter, a seamstress and a tennis player. I'm also long married - 36 years - and the mother of two creative sons.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Before Her Eyes, Beyond Malice, Character Witness, The Mentor, Keeping Counsel (USA Today top seller), The Witness Series (Kindle legal thriller bestsellers): Hostile Witness, Silent Witness, Privileged Witness.

Scripts in Development: Saving Seymour (romantic comedy) and Keeping Counsel (psychological thriller

Seasons, Dreams, Wilde's Gamble, The Reckless Ones, Vanities, Rainbow's End, The Matthias Ring, Bed & Board, In Passion's Defense, A Delicate Matter,In Passion's Defense
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Digital (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords), Createspace and Audio
My writing is:
Fiction, Blog Posts, Screenwriting
Services I offer to other writers:
Development coaching, speaking for writers groups,
My professional associations:
I have been associated with UCLA Writers Program, Instructor
Young Writers Conference, Instructor, Long Beach State University, Extension instructor, RWA/Orange County
I found out about She Writes from:
Jenny Hansen

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LISTEN UP! The Making of an Audio Book

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 4:10pm 0 Comments

I have written over 25 novels. Each one starts with voices in my head. By the time a book is done, I know every inflection, tonal change and speech pattern of every character. So, when I had the opportunity to create the audio versions of Hostile…



Posted on July 1, 2012 at 8:43pm 0 Comments

I was a panelist at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books when an obviously perturbed woman stood up in the back of the huge UCLA auditorium and directed a question my way.


“How can you write legal procedurals when you’re not a lawyer?” she demanded.


 “I sleep with one,” I…


Sister Carmelita, the Fear of God, and Me

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 4:24pm 2 Comments

The day I stood in the choir loft surrounded by my fourth grade peers, I had no idea that I was about to learn a lesson in suspense, terror, fear, retribution and resolution that would lead me to a career as a thriller author. …


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At 10:01pm on January 5, 2013, Julie Luek said…

Hey Rebecca-- thanks for the positive response. The article will appear here, on She Writes, in the "Making the Leap" feature article I post every other week.  

At 5:39pm on January 5, 2013, Julie Luek said…

Hi Rebecca-- You left a comment on the first blog submission I wrote for She Writes (Making the Leap) several weeks ago.  I wanted you to know that I will be quoting you in my post on Wednesday.  You made a great comment about reaching for our dreams but never forgetting to help another person along the way.  It was perfect for the article I wanted to write.  Thank you for your comment and offering your wisdom.  Julie Luek

At 6:26pm on June 13, 2012, Kate McGuinness said…

Thanks for suggesting I join She Writes. Your blog about Sister Carmelita has some terrific nuggets of advice for writing thrillers.

Kate McGuinness

At 10:00am on October 26, 2011, Elena Ornig said…

Hi Rebecca!

I am new to this site, too. It is a pleasure to meet you and thank you for your aceptance!

My warmest regards,

At 4:41pm on October 3, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Thanks for the friend reach out, Rebecca. And glad to have you in the novelist group! I do hope you'll share a little about how you moved from NY Publishing to Indie.

We do a live chat every Wednesday at 1EST; instructions on how to participate are in the "Our Water Cooler Wednesdays" box near the top of the group page. Hope you can join us for that.



At 8:09am on September 28, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Rebecca, Welcome to She Writes. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Publishing Industry News and/or in the Novelists – Struggling or Not groups. Enjoy the site!

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Publishing Industry News, and Novelist Group
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light, a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize
At 7:12am on September 28, 2011, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites. Feel free to reach out if you need anything.


Jill Starishevsky

Author, My Body Belongs to Me

At 9:17pm on September 27, 2011, Jennifer Lauck said…

Hi and welcome to this terrific site!  Enjoy, Jennifer Lauck

At 8:07pm on September 27, 2011, Monica Medina said…

Welcome to She Writes! 

You can check out the Getting Started section to help you find your way around. A great way to get involved is with our Groups. Also, you can follow @shewritesdotcom and me, @monicastangled, on Twitter.

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