Inside the literary mind of Regina Puckett
July 11, 2017
I became interested in writing in the seventh grade – about the same time I became a lover of all books.
Regina Puckett is a 2014 Readers’ Favorite Award winning author for her sweet romance, Concealed in My Heart. Her steampunk book, I Will Breathe, and her children’s picture book, Borrowed Wings, both received the Children’s Literary Classic Seal of Approval. I Will Breathe was selected as a Science Fiction Finalist in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards. Her boxed set, A TOUCH OF PASSION, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.
I Will Breathe is a 2017 Literary Classic’s silver meal winner, 2016 New Apple Awards’ winner in the YA Science Fiction category and a 2015 Readers’ Favorite winner in the YA Science Fiction category.
Memories, won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest, and her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won the 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.
Regina Puckett has been writing for over forty-eight years, and lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Today I am interviewing Regina Puckett, author of A Man Called Rat. Please click HERE to purchase your copy on Amazon.
Question: Tell me about your newest book and what was the inspiration behind your writing it?
Regina: A Man Called Rat is another fun-filled steampunk adventure with a few of my favorite characters pulled from my books, I Will Breathe and An Ill Wind. I fell in love my character, Rat, when he appeared in An Ill Wind and knew as soon I finished writing that book that he would have to have his own story told. I wanted everyone to know that Rat was a survivor and was doing well in his new life.
Question: Why and when did you decide to become a writer?
Regina: I became interested in writing in the seventh grade – about the same time I became a lover of all books. I devoured whatever book I could get my hands on and decided then that was what I wanted to do with my life. I couldn’t imagine anything more wonderful than having the power to transport people to new places.
Question: What book has been the greatest influence on you and your writing and why?
Regina: The book that turned me into a reader was Gone with the Wind. I loved everything about it. Up until reading it, I enjoyed reading autobiographies. I’m still nosey enough to want to know everything there is to know about everyone. Go ahead. Tell me your life story.
Question: Where do you find ideas for your books?
Regina: From everything and from everywhere. Anything can set me off into thinking – what if? Once that happens my stories are born.
Question: Where do you find ideas for your characters?
Regina: I take pieces of me, my family, friends and complete strangers and use them to create my characters. I’m a watcher. I love nothing better than sitting somewhere and watching what other people are doing and listening in on their conversations. I did tell you I’m nosey. I really am.
Question: How would you describe your writing style?
Regina: I try to create a cozy world where both my readers and my fictional characters get to share the same space for a little while.
Question: What do you consider the most difficult part of writing a book?
Regina: Not giving up. Somewhere around chapter five I always get stuck.
Question: What are your current projects?
Regina: I’m writing a short horror story, Sparkling in Sunlight. I’m taking a tongue in cheek look at how we love to make our vampires the hero instead of the villain. It a mixture of funny and horrifying.