Who is R.L. Dubbert? Some of you may be asking yourself. Why should I read her books over someone else? In answering the first question, hopefully you will find the answer to the second.
The basics of who I am: I am a 42 year old woman who absolutely does not feel her age, which is why I believe my characters are usually in their 20’s and 30’s. I am a work at home mother of four wild children. A teenage daughter and three boys, ages 15, 5, 4,and 3, they definitely keep me busy. I am the wife to a workaholic farmer, who also owns his own auction business and is a partner in a livestock market operation. That is a brief overview of who I am.
I grew up in a rural area of Mid-Missouri and currently live about 30 miles from my childhood home, where my parents, younger sister, and younger brother live. Growing up, I was not a fan of school and skated by with C’s and B’s, mostly C’s. In high school I was a cheerleader, in the Future Teachers of America, Band, Choir, and Foreign Language Club. But after my sophomore year, I decided, I didn’t want to play the game anymore and dropped out of high school.
I received my GED and took 15 college credit in order to join the US Army. During the time I spent in college, I found I liked it a whole lot more than I did high school. It made more sense to my brain. However, it would be 20 years before I returned to college.
I served 8 years in the Army Reserves as a Field Combat Medic. I LOVED the Army, which may be evident in my writing, as at least one of my characters always has a military background. I made a lot of good friends and felt like I finally found the place I belonged. Several times I had considered going active duty. But some life changing events happened.
In 1998, I got married, for a third time (we won’t talk about that) and in March 1999 I had my first child, a beautiful little boy. When he was 2 months old he was diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffman’s disease, Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I won’t bore you with the details of the disease, but it is genetic and it is terminal. By later November 1999 he lost his battle and the decision was made to let him go, rather than keep him on life support for an indefinite amount of time.
I must admit, after that time, I was somewhat on a path of self destruction, but found peace in writing his story, which was never published and is sitting in storage. I have considered pulling it out and adding it to my book list, but I am not sure I am quite ready to do that yet.
It would be a divorce and four years later, when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, who was not planned. She was my reason for not going active duty, instead, when my contract ended when she was almost a year old, I decided to not reenlist.
When my daughter was a year and a half old, I meant my current husband. We lived together for about 7 years before we got married. During those first seven years he convinced me to go back to college and I did. Receiving my Bachelor’s in history with an education certification in the State of Missouri for children birth to sixth grade. After I graduated, we got married and a year later we had our first child, a little boy. The decision was made that I would stay on the farm and help out and raise our boy, rather than go to work. However, the next year we had another little boy, who came a month early. Exactly, thirteen months later we had another little boy and I said enough is enough. I was pushing 40 and my husband was edging closer to 50. Kids make you younger, but they are also exhausting.
So that brought me to this point. I had student loans and was pretty much glued to the house and my children. I needed something that I could do that might help financially, but that I could still do from home. I had become addicted to audible.com and listened to about 600 books in several genres in a years time. Mostly romance, which really had never been my thing, but I found myself intrigued by some of the story lines.
After awhile, I found some of the storylines lacking and would plot out my own story line of how I thought a particular story should have played out. Then one day, while playing with my wringer washer (another story for another time), I had a light bulb moment. I should write my own stories. Of course, I didn’t expect much. I just thought I’d write a few pages to get the story out of my head. In 3 weeks, I had 45,000 words. I sent it to my mom, who liked it, we polished it up and ended up with 58,000 words and put it on Kindle Direct.
After that, I decided to check into this author thing and a WHOLE new world was opened up. I have researched numerous hours trying to figure this stuff out. Self-Publishing is not an easy task…at ALL!
Why didn’t I send it to a publisher? I did and it was rejected with no explanation other than it wasn’t strong enough and I was okay with that. More research and I found, everybody has an opinion, everybody has a formula, everybody has a laundry list of stuff you should be doing to be successful at writing. And it costs a boat load of money, that I don’t have. I do my own editing, with the help of my mom and a software program, I design my own covers, and make my own book trailers. Are they professional and perfect? No, but I am not in a position to spend $1500.00 on a single book, that may or may not make enough money to cover such expenses.
I don’t want to be famous, rich, or receive rewards for my writing. So I asked myself, what do you want? I want to write good, clean books, that make people think. That make people laugh and cry. Books that have a meaningful lesson that might resonate with readers. My first book, All I Will Ever Need, was simple, funny, and emotional. But when I wrote it, I didn’t have an agenda, if you will, in mind.
Now I am editing my second book and have started writing a third. Now I have an agenda. In a world of grey shades and other, overly filled adult content books, I want to write books that aren’t those things. I want to write a book that touches the very soul and makes you think about your life, its importance and how you can make it better.
My writing is fiction, not self help. It has religious undertones, but not an organized religious agenda and preachy. My writing will be thought provoking and entertaining at the same time. I branded myself as a clean romance novelist, but honestly, I don’t think that fits. I don’t write romance, in the way it is written in today’s market.
So why should you support me as an author? That decision is solely up to you. Just know, when you pick up a book that has R.L. Dubbert on the cover, you are picking up a piece of my imagination and maybe a little of my own experiences, in written form. While I might use an occasional explictitive, it won’t be more than a damn, hell, or ass. And the usage will be rare, in a fit of anger and depending on the characters personality. You will not find any naked time in my books at all. Why? One, I have a teenage daughter, who I wouldn’t want to read that stuff. Two, my mother is my beta reader/editor, she is pretty conservative and wouldn’t read it if it had that in it. And my third reason, after reading lots of book reviews, regardless of what the media says, the majority of readers don’t like adult content and foul language in their reading material.
If you don’t agree with the previous statement, you won’t like my books. But that being said, maybe you should try one before dismissing my writing, you never know, you may find something in my stories that make you think.