Rebecca Robinson lives in Ontario Canada. She is happily married to her husband Danny. They live in a century schoolhouse called The School of Zion. Rebecca and Danny enjoy raising turkeys, nature walks around the pond, oval track racing and touring on their motor-cycles. They live with their two dogs and two cats and also have a school bus full of chickens. Rebecca treasures the bond she shares with her two grown children Kyle and Maegan. She finds pleasure in the quiet outdoors.
After the death of her brother Larry Wills in 1989, she became a born again Christian and found answers to her many questions. It was not long until God changed her perspective and brought her from a depressed way of thinking and writing into a place of hope and inspiration. God truly put many new songs into her heart. Within one year she had written over twenty gospel songs and many poems. That was when she compiled a CD titled Greater Love and a book of her poetry – Inspirational Poems of the Heart. Through songs, poetry and books she seeks to inspire others by sharing how God is at work within her own life experiences.
Rebecca is the author of the book When Time Stands Still. This was her first book, written under the pen name of Rebecca Hickson. It is a motivational, non fiction, short chapter book based on her autobiography. Having experienced the loss of friends and family members through death and suicide, she has been learning how to overcome these life challenges. Her book also touches on topics of rejection, friendship and biblical truths. There is a bible study for each chapter that will help the reader find many answers which can help anyone find the victory of life, through Jesus Christ.
Since the writing of that first book, Rebecca’s imagination has been unleashed. She has recently published the “Narrow Road Series” through Word Alive Press. This series relates to the many roads we may travel throughout life’s journey.
Q & A
- When did your interest in writing begin?
I always had an active imagination as far back as I can remember. Many times I would talk to my imaginary friends. Other times I would talk to God. I have never been much of a reader. The subject English never really interested me. I would have rather made paper airplanes. However, I always loved to write descriptive poetry. It wasn’t until years after high school that I took a Creative Writing Class to upgrade my English skills at the Barrie Adult Learning Centre. I had a wonderful teacher, Donna Eyers who taught me to look at writing with an entirely new perspective. Suddenly, I found myself really finding a new passion to express my voice through the written word. My relationship with Christ Jesus was deepening along with my writing. I began to feel the call on my life to use my God-given creativity, along with my life experiences, to help others through the venue of writing. People could relate to my stories. Some of my experiences were much like theirs. In sharing through my writing how God helped me overcome many trials, others also told me how they could relate. That encouraged me to want to write even more.
- What stands out in your learning experience since writing your first book to writing the Narrow Road Series?
Writing my first book When Time Stands Still was a difficult lesson to learn. While I prayed and cried over every penned page of that book, it turned out to be a huge disappointment because I didn’t know how to market the book. The timing was all wrong and the boxes of books sat under my bed for the next five years. Simply, I was not prepared in many ways. I learned that anyone writing for the Lord needs real prayer warriors watching their back. You also need a good marketing plan or a publisher who commits to helping you, without taking your life savings. I believed that my first book was going to be a #1 best seller and through it, I would save the world.
Experience is a good teacher. Saying this, I now know that I had set myself up for disappointment. I didn’t have any of the three. This second attempt at publishing, I did more research and decided to go all the way and publish the three books as a series. It has been a real learning curve for me, everything from improving my writing skills through the edits, setting up a website and making one decision after another. It took persistence and diligence. Through it, I also learned that if you want your books to be the best they can be, it is absolutely necessary to have a professional edit done on your manuscript. It also taught me patience. So often we just want to approve the copy and send it for print. While I may have driven the publishers crazy asking for more changes, I learned that I would not be happy, if I just approved everything and later found mistakes. The changes I requested did slow the process, but when I look at the finished product, I know we did our best. God deserves our best.
- What do you hope the reader will gain from reading your books?
There are many topics of discussion for the three books in the Narrow Road Series. The first book in the series is about Roseway. I would like the reader to be able to relate to her childlike character. The bible says that we must become like little children in our faith. Roseway has her struggles like many of us do. The biggest lesson for her to learn is to conquer her fear and love what may seem like the unlovable. I tried to bring the reader to that place with Roseway where she had to make a choice whether or not to forgive her captor and find the freedom in that decision.
Book two also hits many hot topics, inspired by the many testimonies I have heard. For the reader, I pray they would find understanding and hope during the times in their lives when they may have to walk their own road to acceptance. Above anything, my hope is that others would find that assurance in Christ Jesus and allow Him to walk that road with them, whatever it might entail. In the natural we don’t always see our prayers answered the way we may hope. This particular book stretches our faith to believe that God can and still does miracles in our lives every day. We don’t always recognize them. Our hope is in the Lord our God. Hope with a confident expectation mixed with faith is the formula for witnessing God do amazing things. Since writing the book Ripley – the Road to Acceptance, I met two women who had life after death experiences. Both have come back and are powerful women of God. It blew me away to hear their testimonies. The bible says: Keep your eyes open, look with your eyes, hear with your ears and understand with your heart. My hope is that readers will take that nugget of instruction and go and teach others to do the same.
Jenn – The Road of Sacrifice is no doubt the harshest book in the series. The topics are murder, drugs, prostitution and corruption in places of authority. In my opinion these topics are real and relatable. We all know someone who has an addiction of some kind. This book in particular, shows two sisters and their different perspectives – one career driven, living with an addiction, and the other, living out her Christian faith. There is a message for both; a message of freedom from addiction and a message of sacrifice and freedom from death. I felt inspired to write about characters that have different spiritual beliefs, perspectives on life and death, tolerance and self-preservation. I also wanted to be realistic and show the difficulty many people face, who are forced into that dark place. So often, Christians can be the ones who are ready to quickly judge others who are not living a Christian life. Through the character Ripley, I tried to show the slippery slope. No one is perfect and that is why we need a Saviour. Again we can choose to walk that narrow road and sacrifice for others or live life for ourselves while enjoying many of the worldly pleasures. The book Jenn – The Road of Sacrifice, shows the parallel to Christ’s sacrifice. There is a lesson for all of us in the example of the life of the main character Sarah. For Sarah, she finally realizes what God was trying to show her about His sacrificial love. Sadly, Sarah had to watch two people in her life die before she understood the message.
- Do you see this book changing lives?
The first book in the series, Roseway – The Road that Never Ends answers this question perfectly. God gave me a pen to write with. I was obedient to pick it up and write down these inspirations. The Holy Spirit is like the ink in the pen. “I dream the dreams and God makes them come true.” Whether by one thought, a simple prayer or a word spoken from the Lord, yes, these books will change lives.
For more information about each book continue:
The first book in the Narrow Road series is titled:
Roseway – The Road that Never Ends.
Rose Shaffer (Roseway) was abducted from her home when she was six. For twelve years she lived under the strict, heavy hand of Big Joe Demerse. Desperation, faith, and determination help her find a way to escape and walk the road that never ends.
A kindred friendship develops between Roseway and a young woman (Ripley Wilks). Living in a condemned warehouse, the two young women help each other overcome the hurts of the past to face the challenges in the present. In the process both women must find reconciliation with their families. As family relationships re-unite, danger prowls around every dark corner. Big Joe Demerse rises from the ashes to wreak havoc in all their lives. God shines His light in the dark places where one must eventually make the choice whether or not to forgive.
Book two – Ripley – The Road to Acceptance
Life as Ripley Wilks has known it changes within minutes. In a coma, and close to death, Ripley receives new revelation from God through a series of visions. In each, she sees for the first time a God’s eye view of key points in her life. It changes everything. Through the visions she gains insight and acceptance, and a desire to walk the narrow road for the Lord, no matter what that might entail.
At the same time, Roseway finds that married life is not always as blissful as she once dreamed. Doubts, lies of the enemy and temptation seek to destroy her. The battle within her mind drives her to dark places. The consequences meet her face to face as she walks the narrow road between life and death.
Book three – Jenn – The Road of Sacrifice.
The death of Jenn Big Canoe, turns a city upside down. Panicking police try to hide their own addictions. Pocket filled lawyers and crooked politicians are coming out of the dark corners like cock roaches. Where there is darkness there is found a flicker of light as Ripley Wilks and Jim Strong search to find justice. They walk the road of sacrifice to finish the work Jenn began by helping a young woman named Sarah escape from the control of Link Jones. Ripley and Jim find themselves entangled in a web of corruption with no one to trust but their own wavering faith.
This story hits the hot topics which plague our nightly news. Though this is a fictional story full of suspense, it does give a moral message of hope, spirituality and freedom from addiction.
Three riveting stories with a strong Christian message.
Rebecca also shares her blog of inspirations because she loves to write about subjects which touch the heart. Through experiences, sight, sounds and touch, the power of her words paint a picture conveying a biblical message.