Rebecca Green Gasper is an author, speaker, photographer and indie publisher. She writes young adult contemporary fiction on teen tough issues, new adult sleuth mystery series, young adult historical fiction and non-fiction. She is passionate about raising awareness on teen violence and tough issues. She has a degree in sports medicine and recreational therapy and has spent many years as a special education teacher working primarily with teens. She has worked as a rec therapy instructor teaching kids with all abilities to swim, cook, play sports, daily activities, and horseback riding. Many of her swimmers competed in the local Special Olympics. She is also a coach and instructor and teaches over 75 kids every week how to ride horses in the discipline of trick and fancy riding and western equitation. When not writing, you can find her out in the barn or in the arena working with her horses and riders. She loves pinwheels, daisies, long talks with friends, and time with her family. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and now resides outside of Denver with her husband and two teen boys.

Rebecca speaks on a variety of topics including healthy relationships, bullying, teen tough topics, writing, marketing, and publishing. 

More on Becca: A Q&A 

Where were you born?  I was born in CA but didn't live there long. I moved to CO before I turned 3. So I have always called CO my home.

Where did you grow up? I'm a mountain girl. I grew up in the mountains of CO and spent a lot of my time in the outdoors, hiking and riding horses.

What are you hobbies? I love anything in the outdoors. I love hiking, biking, rafting, horses and being at the pool. I love to ride horses and spend a lot of my time teaching over 75 kids each week how to ride horses--mostly upside down and standing up on two horses doing tricks. I also enjoy photography and capturing the true beauty of my surroundings. Sometimes I like to cook and bake...because I am gluten free, I have had to embrace cooking and baking with a new found excitement. 

When did you decide to become a writer? I have always loved writing. When I was young, I wrote a piece and entered in a local contest and won. It was published in the local paper. I also journal'ed most of my life and loved to write poetry as a young teen. In college, I wrote a lot of non-fiction papers on my major and some were published. I have always wanted to write books. When my second son was born, I decided to put pen to paper and haven't stopped. I was even more excited about the process when I learned about indie publishing. It was the perfect path for me. 

What drew you to indie publishing? After I wrote my first book, I wrote another. Then I decided to pitch. I pitched my second book and got positive reactions. However, as I continued down the process of traditional publishing, it just didn't feel right for me. I took a step back and wrote another book. During that time, the industry went through a lot of major changes. I learned about indie publishing and was excited about what it had to offer. I wanted to be more than just an author. I wanted to be a publisher. I wanted a business. I published my first book in 2012 and am even more excited about indie publishing today.

Why did you decide to write about teen tough issues? I write teen tough issues because that is what I know. I was a special education teacher and worked primarily with troubled and emotional teens in high school. I was in the mist of their tough issues daily. When I decided to resign from my position and stay home with my children, those stories still echoed in my head. I wanted to continue to reach out and help teens, and writing was such a great way to do so. I also speak on healthy relationships and other tough issues to teens, parents, coaches, and teachers. 

Your books are about teen tough issues. How much research do you do? I do a huge amount of research with my books. Most of my time is spent with research before I even begin writing and then I find that during the editing, I need to do even more research to make sure I have everything right.

Are you a full time writer? I am a full time business owner...publisher. Yes. And I am a full time wife and mother. And a part time horse riding instructor. I try my best to balance it all.

Who designs your book covers? I do most of the design and all of the photography. I use a creative team, including a graphic designer to help with final details and polishing up the rough edges. It is great to have a team behind you.

Who is your editor? I have a few editors. I use a couple content editors and I have a copy editor. 

What's next? I have a lot of stuff lined up right now. Check out my what's next section for more up-to-date information.

What advise to you give aspiring authors? I say go for it! Read all you can and write. Write. Write. And get a team to support you. If I can do it- you can do it! Go for it!!!