Author Interview & Novella Giveaway: Maya’s Vacation by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Welcome to Author Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Rebecca Gomez Farrell is a proud Californian author and editor who presently lives in Durham, NC, where her wanderlust has been somewhat sated by all the fantastic food they have in the area. She spends her time writing about that food, local cocktails, and various wines and spirits on her blog, The Gourmez ( She is working on an epic fantasy novel, and she has several horror and fantasy short stories published in various magazines, most recently, the urban fantasy, “Bother,” available in Issue #5 of Bull Spec ( Her first romance book, Maya’s Vacation, is available for purchase at Astraea Press ( Follow her daily pursuits on Twitter (@thegourmez)! She misses her Pacific Ocean immensely, especially the sea lions’ calls and the smell of salt in the air.


What is one book everyone should read? 

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. It is a beautiful book that blends religious striving, human suffering, cultural understanding, and language into a narrative about learning to live with aliens on another planet and learning to live with ourselves.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Viennese Cafe Waltz—it was a specialty flavor done by Safeway Groceries’ store brand for a few years: chocolate covered hazelnuts in a cinnamon, vanilla, and mocha ice cream.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Eggs Goldenrod—cheese sauce over toast with sliced and grated hard-boiled eggs. Calories for the win!

Night owl or early bird? 
Very much a night owl. I get a lot of eye rolls when I say I wake up around 10 am…until I remind them that means I’m in bed around 3 am.

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&Ms, especially those new coconut ones. If they made those in dark chocolate, I’d be in heaven.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book
Read Maya’s Vacation to satisfy your passions for art, food, wine, and love.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?  
I am two-thirds of the way through my first epic fantasy novel, which has plenty of romance in the mix. I’ve been working on it in short spurts for almost a decade now, and there’s still work to be done! Otherwise, I’m always contributing to my food and drink blog, and I have a few horror and fantasy short stories ready for submission.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
Reading books! I was an avid reader as a child, and I’ve always wanted to create my own stories. As I grew older, I grew to love language, too, and all the different ways we can play with it.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
As a child, the Chronicles of Narnia were a huge influence on me. As a teenager, I went for the Lord of the Rings series instead. Obviously, my fantasy love has been around for a long time!

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? 
Athena, the goddess of wisdom, is a role I would gladly take. Having wisdom is great, but she’s also a hunter and leader of troops, so she knows when the wiser course is to battle rather than continue with an argument that will never be resolved. That’s insight I need!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
I would live in Amsterdam with the climate of Costa Rica.

What is your favorite quote? 
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” Kurt Vonnegut in the Sirens of Titan.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
A writer. For a time, I considered veterinary practice, until I figured out that blood was involved.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Mary Doria Russell, J.R.R. Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, and Charles Dickens.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
There must be a bit of me in all of them. For Maya, specifically, I share her joy in creation and appreciation for a good glass of wine.

Hidden talent? 
Touching my tongue to my nose.

Favorite Food? 
Shipwreck. It’s a Mexican casserole of tortilla chips, tomato sauce, cheese, and onion. Best appreciated under a layer of guacamole.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? 
I cannot wait for book 5 of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series: A Dance with Dragons. I only have to wait until July!

What was your favorite children’s book? 
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

Oh, I have a lot to choose from but Becca is the standard. The Gourmez, Calico, Cali, Bec, and Bec-Bec-Beccaw are all acceptable but not Becky. Never Becky.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? 
A brilliant financial advisor. 
Maya’s Vacation:

Twenty-year-old Maya knew, as she watched Dean walk away from her front door, distraught at her silence and her father’s threats, that she would never love anyone with the intensity that she loved him. He was her painter, her artist, her soul mate and being apart from him hurt too much. She tucked those feelings away, determined to enjoy the safe and secure life her parents approved of: business school and a marriage to Chuck, a successful real estate agent.


Thirty years later, Chuck has cheated on and divorced her. But when he comes back, begging for reconciliation, Maya follows her intuition and takes a vacation to think it over. Her love of art, food, and wine combine at this retreat in the woods, and she prepares for a week of making new friends, tasting exquisite wines, and learning to paint again. What she hasn’t prepared for is the familiar voice she hears the first morning at camp . . . a voice that makes her skin tingle and brings back memories of who she used to be before Chuck. Has Maya buried her passion too deep to find love with Dean again?

Giveway Details:

1 ebook of Maya’s Vacation

Open Internationally

Ends 7/19/11

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