I am so thrilled to have RD Berg as the Garcia Sisters first interviewee! I met Randy at the very first Bookworm Box packing party I attended. Her and I were responsible for checking the books to make sure they were signed then putting the correct books in the boxes. Her and I seemed to click immediately. I had no clue she was about to be a published author, but as soon as I found out I signed up for the cover reveal and ARC. We’ve since been to two more packing parties together and have a blast every single time.
You can find my review to RD Berg’s debut novel, 5 Stages of Riley Winters, here.
Alyssa: When did you decide to write 5 Stages of Riley Winters?
RD Berg: March of this year when I was on my way to the Austin Book Fest.
Alyssa: How long did it take you?
RD Berg: Five months
Alyssa: How much research did you do for 5 Stages of Riley Winters?
RD Berg: I had to research the correct terminology for Riley’s therapy sessions. I have a friend who is a licensed psychologist, so we kind of did a role play session.
Alyssa: Are there any similarities between 5SofRW and personal life?
RD Berg: Yes, I was six months post-divorce when I decided to write 5SofRW. So a lot of the emotions displayed during the therapy sessions were accurate to how I was feeling. Also, I know some people don’t understand the reasoning behind Riley’s decision making, but in a real life situations it actually happens that way.
Alyssa: Without spoiling anything, what is your favorite scene in 5SoRW?
RD Berg: When they are on a lunch date and Lipstick Lucy is being a B*%$*. I loved this scene because it was the first time we got a glimpse of how Liam see’s Riley through his eyes. We also learn that Liam isn’t as privy to the situation as Riley suspects.
Alyssa: Do any of the characters in 5SoRW have any significance in your life?
RD Berg: Little River is the exact replica of my three-year-old son, Mason. Most of his scenes were inspired by Mason’s real life events. He too had a speech delay that required in home therapy. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a Liam Bowers as a therapist. Also, Annie – the sassiness and family protector is my middle sister. Annie’s quick wit and sex drive was inspired by my real life BFF.
Alyssa: Do you have any alternate endings for 5SoRW?
RD Berg: No, it ended just the way I wanted it to.
Alyssa: Would you like 5SoRW to be a movie one day, if so, who do you see playing the characters?
RD Berg: Oh that would be fun! Let’s see we would have to add tattoos and die his hair, but sexy ass Scott Eastwood could play Liam. Riley now that’s a tough one, but if Scott Eastwood was the lead, then I would want to play Riley – ha, ha.
Alyssa: Do you listen to music when you write?
RD Berg: Yes, music played huge roll in the book, and I listened to it every time I sat down to write. The group Blue October was my saving grace on days when I didn’t think I could overcome being divorced. The scene were Liam and Riley are discussing why Blue is so important to them, is actually my own testament.
Alyssa: What is your day job?
RD Berg: I am a Key Accounts Specialist for a local municipality.
Alyssa: Do you have a book boyfriend?
RD Berg: Jesse Ward, will always be my number one book boyfriend – so back off!
Alyssa: Do you fan girl when meeting other authors?
RD Berg: I was usually calm, cool and collected when I met authors, UNTIL… I met Aurora Rose Reynolds at Sassy in Savannah this October. I love her books and her down to earth personality. I freaking froze in place and my friend Leighton Riley had to push me forward. I can’t even remember what I said to her I was so stunned!
Alyssa: Do you feel any different now that you’ve published a book?
RD Berg: I really don’t think it has fully set in. I guess you could say I feel accomplished, but now I am itching to get another out. I love story telling.
Alyssa: Do you have a second book in the works?
RD Berg: Yes, I am working on a semi-dark, angst filled story about a boxer – Memphis “The Truth” St. John and a journalist – Rebecca Reed. I haven’t come up with a title yet. I am still in the beginning stages. I am loving how it’s turning out so far!
Alyssa: What is your all-time favorite book?
RD Berg: Harry Potter
Alyssa: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
RD Berg: I wanted to be a teacher, but then I discovered that other people’s children make me extremely nervous. So never ask me to babysit – lol.
Alyssa: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
RD Berg: Hopefully chilling on a beach, with my laptop and kindle! I would love to have a slew of published book underneath my belt, with at least one of them reaching the NY Times best selling list.