Interview with author Becky Wicks
Tell me a little about yourself and your writing career so far.
Well, I had a crappy Christmas poem published in my local paper when I was about ten, and won first prize in my local creating writing competition two years running after that! I think I wrote about owls!! I guess I’ve always known I’ve wanted to be a writer because I’ve always just written. Anything and everything. I started a blog very early on, when blogs were new, and I wrote for mags and websites all over the world (I’ve lived and worked in Dubai, NYC, London, Sydney and Bali!) I was lucky enough to get a 3-book deal with HarperCollins when I was 29. I just love writing, it’s a part of me I guess. I go kind of crazy when I don’t do it!
Tell us a little about The Day Of The Wave and the creation behind the book.
It all started when I was in Sri Lanka last November (2014). I kept meeting locals who all had stories about the tsunami and how it ripped through their homes and washed their tuk-tuks away - many were still struggling to make ends meet because of it over ten years later. It was heartbreaking. I had so many nightmares there about tsunamis striking the house I was staying in, and one night the story about Ben and Isla surviving and finding each other against all odds just came to me. I knew I had to write it down and I didn’t stop once I’d started. It took me five weeks to get it all down!
Can you describe Isla and Ben in 140 characters or less.
Ben: Running away from himself, love and life. Guilty but good-hearted. Constantly searching but secretly scared of what he’ll find.
Isla: Living in a bubble, under someone’s thumb, stronger than she realises and evolving day-by-day with new confidence and brand new hope.
If you book was turned into a TV show/film who would you like to play Ben and Isla?
Ooooh, you know the show Beauty and the Beast? I kind of picture Vincent and Catherine in the roles somehow, I think they’d be perfect! The guy who plays Vincent - Jay Ryan is just brooding enough, and definitely sexy enough, and Catherine, aka Kristin Kreuk would be a vulnerable yet super strong Isla. They would kick ass in these roles. Let’s make this happen :-)
Why should we pick up The Day Of The Wave?
As far as I know there hasn’t been a fictional romance written about the Boxing Day tsunami yet, and I hope that all my research has meant I’ve stayed true to what happened and perhaps what some of the survivors must have gone through at the same time as creating a compelling story. It took a lot of research to make sure I could do it justice and I hope I’ve succeeded! That’s up to the readers I guess!
The Day Of The Wave by Becky Wicks
Publication date: May 1st 2015Genres: Adult, Romance
Synopsis:Isla and Ben were just sixteen when the Boxing Day tsunami tore through their beach resort in Thailand. Just days after forming a life-changing bond, both were missing and presumed dead. Unbeknown to each other and haunted by one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, Isla and Ben are living very different lives, until over a decade later when a chance encounter throws them back together.
Based on real life events, The Day of the Wave is a story of healing, learning to let go, and figuring out when to hold on with everything you have left.
Becky Wicks lives in Bali and scribbles books, and she’s mostly powered by coffee. Her first book in the Starstruck Series, Before He Was Famous recently reached #1 in Amazon’s Coming of Age and New Adult & College categories, and her three travel books, published by HarperCollins are online to make feet nice and itchy. Mostly though, she loves to write love stories. She blogs most days at beckywicks.com and always welcomes distractions on Twitter @bex_wicks. Especially if you have photos of cats.
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