Ask the Author: Rea Frey
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m not just an author. I run my own business, Writeway™, where aspiring writers become published authors. I think it’s so important to share everything I can with aspiring authors, to help them get published, to let them in on all the mistakes and lessons I’ve learned so they can navigate their own path to publication. The best part of living my dream is helping other people live theirs too.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
Until I Find You is about a blind widow, Rebecca Gray, who believes her three-month-old son, Jackson, has been swapped for another baby…but no one believes her.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
A couple of years ago, I kept having this recurring nightmare of a woman walking into her child’s nursery and picking up a crying baby. Except when she went to pick up her baby, she realized it wasn’t her baby. That image stuck with me, and when I pitched the idea to my editor, we both had the idea to make the protagonist visually impaired. I think it’s important to see more protagonists with disabilities, to celebrate people who make up such a huge part of the population but don’t often see themselves reflected back in the pages of mainstream fiction.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
One of my favorite scenes is when the town of Elmhurst, Illinois holds a vigil for Rebecca’s missing son, Jackson. There’s a collective buzz of something happening, as the police don’t believe Rebecca’s son is actually missing, but the town shows up to support her. Halfway through the vigil, Rebecca arrives. The crowd parts, she steps up to the microphone, and reveals a twist. It was a very visual scene to write, and I kept imagining it playing out on the screen.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Growing up, I always had my nose in a book. I was heavily influenced by Pablo Neruda, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Vladimir Nabokov, Wayne Dyer, Don DeLillo, Philippa Gregory, Harper Lee, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, George Eliot, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and so many others. When I sold my first novel, Not Her Daughter, I got my hands on everyone in my domestic suspense genre: Wendy Walker, Liane Moriarty, Kate Moretti, Gillian Flynn, Kimberly Belle, Chevy Stevens, David Bell. I continue to be inspired by my fellow authors, both in fiction and nonfiction. Such a big part of writing is reading. It’s such a privilege to spend time in other people’s worlds.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
How much time do you have? First of all, if you want to get published, you can get published. Period. But you have to figure out your path to publication first, whether that’s traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, or self-publishing. Then, you have to understand that writing is a business. Your book is a product to sell. Once you start approaching this as a business, it’s a game changer. You begin to understand that you need to first figure out how it all works, connect with readers, find your community, build your author platform, and invest in your career. You have to become your own advocate. I always encourage writers to learn everything they can. Ask questions. Find authors you want to be like and study them. So many of us sit back and stay “in the dark” instead of taking an active stance in our own success. We listen to the stats around how hard it is to get published or make money, but the opposite is also true: there are so many people who do get published and make a great living. So carve your own path, learn everything you can, get clear about your goals, and then dive in.
My books are available anywhere books are sold.
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