Tell us about yourself!
Hi, I’m Becca Wierwille. (My last name can be hard to pronounce, but here’s a trick: Ask me how my family is doing . . . we’re well!)
Tell us about your books.
My debut novel, Road Trip Rescue, is a clean contemporary novel with themes of faith and friendship. It’s written for kids ages 8 to 12.
Road Trip Rescue is the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Kimmy who lost her dog, Bo, two years ago. When she stumbles across a magazine photo of a dog that looks just like Bo in upstate New York, she knows she has to find him.
She convinces her pink-haired Aunt Skylar to take her on a road trip to the Adirondacks. But Aunt Skylar’s idea of a road trip isn’t the rescue mission Kimmy had in mind, and Kimmy has some unexpected adventures along the way.
What kind of child are you trying to reach with your books?
My books are for kids ages 8 to 12, especially for those who love reading true-to-life adventures and friendship stories with quirky characters. My prayer is that readers who feel alone, isolated, insecure, or not sure how they fit into the world will find hope in the pages of my stories.
Road Trip Rescue is great for dog-lovers too!
Give us a little flavor of some great characters or the setting.
I love the main character of Road Trip Rescue, Kimmy—probably because we have a lot in common! I’ve never embarked on a road trip to find a long-lost dog, but we’ve both adventured to the Adirondacks, and we were both born missing half of our right arm. I also love Kimmy’s sense of humor and her determination.
I also had a lot of fun with the setting of this story. I had the idea for Road Trip Rescue before my family spent a week in the Adirondacks. So, on the drive from Pennsylvania to New York, I paid lots of attention (instead of sleeping through the trip like I normally would) in order to implement those details into the story later!
What inspired you to write this book?
My family spent a week in the Adirondacks in the summer of 2021. Before the trip, I was researching things we could do and discovered a photo online of a dog in an ice cream shop. Soon after, the idea for Road Trip Rescue came to me in a series of “What if” questions:
What if a girl lost her dog years ago and then sees a picture of that same dog eating an ice cream cone in another state?
What if the dog had been her best friend, and now she just has to bring him home?
What if her eccentric, unpredictable aunt is the one to take her on the trip? And what if things don’t go exactly as planned?
From there, the story began to unfold!
How did you know you wanted to be an author?
I’m one of those writers who has always loved words, ever since I started learning my alphabet. I remember scribbling stories about talking teddy bears and islands made of candy in a purple notebook while I waited for the late bus in the elementary school cafeteria. And typing away stories one letter at a time on our box-shaped computer with dial-up internet.
But becoming an author felt like a dream, and it wasn’t something I considered as a real career possibility until after college.
I tried writing in a lot of different genres, but then I realized that the books that have made the biggest impact on me are books I read as a child—mostly middle grade novels. Once I started writing for kids, I haven’t looked back!
What’s one middle grade book you always recommend?
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo will always be a favorite of mine.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Invite God into your process and pray that you would be drawn to write the stories he has for you.
Also, write lots of words, read lots of books, and make connections with other people who love stories.
What formats are your books available in?
Get them on Kickstarter here.
What’s next for your books?
Road Trip Rescue will release on Amazon and other retailers this fall (2023), but from June 20 to July 6, it’s available to preorder through Kickstarter!
Supporting the Kickstarter is a way to read the book early and to get access to some extra fun rewards—letting getting your name in the book’s acknowledgments. You can read more about my Kickstarter campaign on my campaign page.
Also, I’m currently working on the sequel to Road Trip Rescue! The plan right now is to have three books in the series.
If you’re in the market for middle grade books, I’d love to share my series with you! Power Pup is a funny Christian superhero series for readers 9-12.
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Can Alex, Mittens, and Power Pup use their super teamwork to discover what’s going on and save the city from chaos?