Rebecca Belliston loves books and music. Even more, she loves to write both. As an author, she writes clean romances with heart-pounding suspense. She also composes religious and classical-style piano and vocal music. When she’s not writing, she loves to play tennis, doodle with graphic design, or cuddle up with a good book—usually not at the same time. She and her husband have five children and live in the beautiful state of Michigan, which she loves for eight months of the year (she’s a baby about cold weather).
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Welcome to my little corner of the world! I'm Rebecca, and I love a lot of things--especially to write. I've been surrounded by books and music since childhood because of my awesome parents (Gerald & Lynn Lund). A native of Utah, I started playing piano before I can remember and was composing songs about rainbows and purple unicorns by elementary school. In high school, I taught my first piano lesson, sang in choir, took guitar, and basically fell in love with music in every form. In my college days, I studied music theory, composition, orchestration, and sound engineering, giving me a greater appreciation for the mechanics of music. At that time, I also fell head over heels for another music nerd and agreed to follow him to the ends of the earth, which meant moving to the distant land of Michigan. My husband and I have lived in Metro Detroit ever since, and we have five (I should probably say beautiful, but the first word that comes to mind is crazy) kids we sometimes claim depending on the day.
I've spent countless hours composing classical-style songs, arranging hymns, teaching piano, and pounding out Beethoven Sonatas. I've accompanied or directed church choirs for most of my adult life. I also have perfect pitch. You could say that I live, breathe, and eat music (minus the eating part).
And yet . . .
In 2008, I decided one morning of no consequence to write down a story that had been stuck in my head. Three weeks later, I had the first draft of a novel. I quickly fell in love with creating fictional stories and characters. Now I read everything, analyze movie plots to the annoyance of my family, and jot down book ideas on random grocery lists. To me, the best stories include a great love story, so I write romances (clean romances) with heart-pounding suspense.
My first novel, Sadie, is a contemporary Christian romantic suspense novel published by Deseret Book on 11-11-11. It spent three months on their bestselling fiction list. The sequel, Augustina, was released in August '13. The two main characters are pianists who love music, allowing me to combine my two great passions. Sneaky, right? My trilogy, Citizens of Logan Pond, came next and is set in the near future and based on the premise: What if the end of civilization as we know it doesn't come from some huge war or catastrophe? My newest novel, Heart of Red, Blood of Blue, is a YA medieval story about a albino girl named Gisela. To go along with it, I've composed 11 original songs, like a soundtrack of sorts. In addition to writing, I love being involved in the writing community, and I've served as Secretary, Chair-elect, and Chair of LDStorymakers.
Well, that is officially more than you ever cared to know about me. Thanks for reading! If you have more questions, shoot me an email.
frequently asked questions
What is it like writing books and music?
Not that different. One tells a story with words. The other tells a story with notes. I write which ever I'm in the mood for that day, which prevents burn out. A lot of times when I'm stuck on a novel, I'll go pound away on the piano, and vice versa. My newest novel, Heart of Red, Blood of Blue, has allowed me to explore storytelling both in words and music. What a blast!
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read. Write. Repeat. That's what it boils down to. Read everything. Write everything. And keep going. (I blog about writing tips here.)
Why do you write clean/sweet romances?
I have three teenagers (yikes, right?) plus two other kids. I hate what they're exposed to on a daily basis. I want other options for readers, teen and old alike. I strongly believe that romances can be compelling and swoon-worthy without being explicit or steamy. Because of this, all of my books can be read by teens and grannies alike.
Favorite writing quotes?
"Good books aren’t written. They’re rewritten." - Michael Crichton (My father adds, "...and rewritten, and rewritten...)
"Becoming a writer sounds more like a mental illness than a professional choice." - Shannon Hale
"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork."
"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon." - Robert Cormier
"Writing is wretched, discouraging, physically unhealthy, infinitely frustrating work. And when it all comes together, it's utterly glorious." - Ralph Peters
Favorite music quotes?
"Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words." - German Opera House
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
"I have a therapist. Her name is music."
"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." - Leopold Stokowski
"To play the wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable." Ludwig van Beethoven
Two fictional characters have been named after me (Rebecca Steed in The Work & the Glory series, and Becky Lloyd in The Alliance; both are my father's books). A few words are direct quotes of something embarrassing I've said. The joys of being an author's daughter.
I have perfect pitch. So does my hubby and a few of our kids.
I can solve a Rubik’s cube in 1.5 minutes, which I am ridiculously proud of. I can also solve various other cubes up to a 7x7 (and even the pyraminx and megaminx). Yep. I am that nerdy.