Reviews for The Day The Flowers Died
"This is truly a love story. I love the way they meet and everything else. They are two people not from differing worlds but upbringing. This is a situation that is very close to my heart. Your descriptions are brilliant and in my opinion for a book of this genre perfect. This is a sensitive subject for some even now but you deal with it perfectly." -- Ron S
"I will say that I liked your use of color. Not only does i tset the scene in the opening chapter, but you keep it as an on-going theme." -- B. J. Winters
"You have something very special here. You have created a world that you cannot have known personally, but which is completely believable, and that is what all writers aim to do, but only the really good ones achieve as well as you have." -- Philip Carlton
Read an excerpt from The Day the Flowers Died
About Rebecca May
Rebecca May aka Ami Blackwelder is a romantic suspense writer in the YA paranormal, adult scifi and adult historical genres. Sub-genres include thrillers, dystopia, urban, and steampunk. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.
Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.
Also by Rebecca May/Ami Blackwelder:
She Speaks to Angels
The Shifters of 2040
An Interview with the Rebecca May
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Rebecca, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Day the Flowers Died. First, where did the idea for this amazing story come from?
RM: I had ad a dream while teaching in Thailand. The emotions were so intense I had to write about the characters. I felt like Rebecca in my story.
HH: What can you tell us about your heroine and why will readers relate to her?
RM: She is a young ambitious women who has a strong sense of self. She doesn't want to rely on her parents or a man; she wants to rely on herself. She goes to university, has friends, boyfriends. But it is her love of Eli which changes her life forever.
HH: What do you like best about your hero and why will readers love him?
RM: He is a loving man, honest, and sincere. He is so passionate about Rebecca you can feel there attraction and love for each other every time they are together.
HH: What sort of research was required to bring this story to life?
RM: I had to research the War World II period, but was quite familiar with this time frame even before the book. I watched you tube videos of the president, of Hitler. I watch performers, musicians of that time period. I research fashion styles and had to do some research on flowers.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
RM: Just telling the story of love and passion that came to me in my dream was enough. I cried in the middle of writing this a lot. I mean, wiping the tears as they came as I wrote.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
RM: I have a few more historical and contemporary stories I will be telling soon.
HH: Where do you draw inspiration from?
RM: Dreams, life, paintings, movies, people.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
RM: I work, come home and write.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
Holly: What's your favorite place to hang out online?
RM: Kindleboards and TRS of course!
HH: Thank you!