Becky Real hasn’t been at FaithWriters long, but she is already making quite an impact. As one of two runners up in the Page Turner contest, her journey as written about in her work in progress could be on its way to publication. Read on to learn about her (scary) reaction to winning, how her husband’s cancer led to her passion for writing, and her busy life.
Joanne Sher: First of all, congratulations on your win! Can you tell us a bit about how you found out? What was your reaction?
Becky: Thanks! I was stunned when I learned I was in the top 15. Placing bowled me over and nearly knocked me off my feet – literally.
I was doing something that is not recommended — walking down the stairs at my home while checking Facebook from my phone. My cousin (also a member of FaithWriters) had posted a congratulations note to me about placing in the contest. When I first read it I thought she was commenting on being in the top 15. Suddenly I realized it was a December 1st posting. I stopped in the middle of the stairwell, clicked onto the FaithWriters site and saw my name listed.
I forgot where I was, started screaming and jumping up and down and very nearly went “head over heels” as I slipped and stumbled down the rest of the steps. My dog Harley and two cats came running. Harley began barking and leaping up and down and the cats dashed upstairs past me to escape my high pitched screams and flailing arms and legs. Somehow I landed on my feet, swept Harley into my arms, swung her in circles and whooped out loud while tears streamed down my cheeks.
Once I caught my breath, put Harley down and landed safely into a nearby chair, I sent out a text message and Facebook blast. Then I cried some more…
I guess you could say I was kind of excited….