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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
"2-book starter library is free: exclusive subscriber novella + best selling Hostile Witness"
Mar 7
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Very Excited! Detective Finn O'Brien is born! Preorder $.99 Release 6/1. Sneak Peek first 5 chapters now."
Apr 26, 2016
Rebecca Forster commented on the blog post 'Which Authors Get to Be "Indie"?'
"Kathyrn,  You're bringing me back! What memories. I had one editor I adored and she was let go. Too bad, with her knowledge and willingness to put marketing money behind me I made it to the USA Today bestseller list. Then I was orphaned a…"
Mar 8, 2016
Rebecca Forster commented on the blog post 'Which Authors Get to Be "Indie"?'
"Brooke and Amy,  I love the term indie because it describes exactly how I feel - free, independent and able to chart my own course. There is also the difference in industry attitude: indie's are open to sharing information. This was not…"
Mar 8, 2016
Rebecca Forster commented on the blog post 'Which Authors Get to Be "Indie"?'
"Great article. I recently shed the last vestige of my traditional publishing past (25 years with major houses): I parted from my agent. For the last six years I have written and published my own work with the help of an amazing team consisting of a…"
Mar 8, 2016
Rebecca Forster liked Brooke Warner's blog post Which Authors Get to Be "Indie"?
Mar 8, 2016
Rebecca Forster commented on the blog post 'Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance from Self-Published Authors?'
"Great post, thanks so much. This saddens me to no end. I was traditionally published for 25 years. I have been indie for 5. There are a ton of reasons I went indie and it has been an interesting adventure. I am better off now as an indie than I was…"
Aug 4, 2015
Rebecca Forster commented on the blog post 'Five Things I Learned About Writing in 2014'
"After 29 books I learned that the craft comes more easily but the inspiration is sometimes fleeting. What I always knew, writing is hard work  and that, if you give it all you have, it is the most satisfying profession in the world. "
Dec 23, 2014
Rebecca Forster posted a blog post

A Story-Worthy Xmas

My house is decorated. Cookies are baked. Everything seems to be a joy except for the inevitable conversation with my husband."What do you want for Christmas?" he asks."I don't need anything." I say."But what do you want?" Okay. Okay. I want to be surprised. Inspired. Shocked. I want a story-worthy gift. "You know, honey, just do…See More
Dec 19, 2014
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"The German Edition of Hostile Witness is an Amazon Christmas special. Wow."
Dec 19, 2014
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Come along on an Excellent Adventure. The Albanian Diaries - my month in Tirana."
Oct 14, 2014
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"I am living in Albania for a month. This is the country that inspired Eyewitness .Finished Dark Witness before I left. Amazon presale"
Oct 13, 2014
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"NEW SITE LAUNCHED! I love it and hope you will,too. Good stuff for readers, writers and everyone in between."
Aug 17, 2014
Rebecca Forster posted a status
"Working on Dark Witness and just about to launch a fabulous new website with blogs for readers, writers and the curious."
Aug 11, 2014
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, 2014
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

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Who I am:
I wrote my first novel on a crazy dare and found my passion. After 25 years as a traditionally published author with a USA Today bestseller to my name, I went Indie and am now a best selling Amazon thriller author. The Witness Series has been on the top 100 list at both political and legal thrillers for over three years. 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 long married - 38 years - and the mother of two creative sons. I travel constantly and the exotic places I visit are often inspiration for my books.
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:
THE WITNESS SERIES, Josie Bates thrillers: Hostile Witness, Silent Witness, Privileged Witness, Expert Witness, Eyewitness, Forgotten Witness, Dark Witness.Before Her Eyes, Beyond Malice, Character Witness, The Mentor, Keeping Counsel (USA Today top seller),

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:
Amazon digital, Createspace and Audio
My writing is:
Fiction, Blog Posts, Screenwriting
Services I offer to other writers:
Speaking for philanthropic, women's and writers groups and instruction at universities and conferences.
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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A Story-Worthy Xmas

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

My house is decorated. Cookies are baked. Everything seems to be a joy except for the inevitable conversation with my husband.

"What do you want for Christmas?" he asks.

"I don't need anything." I say.

"But what do you want?"


Okay. Okay. I want to be surprised.…


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! 

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