Seitz, Rebeca 1977–
Seitz, Rebeca 1977–
Born 1977; married; husband's name Charles; children: Anderson.
Publicist and writer. WestBow, Nashville, TN, publicist; Glass Road Public Relations, Fulton, KY, president and founder, 2005—.
Prints Charming (novel), Thomas Nelson (Nashville, TN), 2007.
Sisters, Ink (novel), B&H Books, 2008.
Rebeca Seitz is a literary publicist who has worked in the publishing industry for a number of years. In 2005 she founded and became the president of her own company, Glass Road Public Relations, which seeks to promote authors who write from a Christian perspective. A writer herself, Seitz follows the principles her company promotes. In an interview on Crosswalk.com, Seitz described her writing goals as the following: "When I'm writing, I just want to be beside God when I'm typing. I love the mystery of creation—both God's creation of this world and His partnership with me in the creation of the story of Prints Charming. It's an awesome endeavor to undertake and an extremely cool way to reflect that I'm made in the Creator's image."
Seitz published her first novel, Prints Charming, in 2007. Publicist Jane Sandburg regularly maintains a scrapbook of her life with her friends, using it as a tool to heal from a hurtful divorce from a cheating husband. Her business is successful and she finds her new neighbor, Jake, to be an interesting character. However, when her ex-husband comes back to her begging for forgiveness and a second chance, she looks for the answers in her wedding scrapbook. She and her friends together share their scrapbooks and work through their various problems together.
Melissa Parcel, reviewing the novel on the Romantic Times Online, called the story both "meaningful" and "enjoyable," adding that Jane is "endearing and transparent." Parcel observed, however, that the "engaging" plot had "some abrupt point-of-view changes [that] occasionally disrupt the flow." Joyce Handzo, reviewing the book for the In the Library Reviews Web site, remarked that the novel "creatively combines contemporary issues with timeless spiritual insights." Handzo mentioned that Seitz "sensitively highlights the parallels between scrapbooking and life to create a novel that is rich in meaning."
In 2008 Seitz published her second novel, Sisters, Ink. The novel discusses four adopted, multiracial sisters who each are active in creating scrapbooks. Ten years after their adoptive mother dies, the girls get together, bringing their scrapbooks and sharing their memories with each other.
Parcel, again writing on the Romantic Times Online, called Tandy "fascinating," appending that "readers will take to her." Parcel summarized that "Seitz hits the right note." A contributor to Publishers Weekly noted that "problems plague the novel, including prolonged passages, lengthy back-to-back dialogue and too much mechanical detail." The same contributor, however, found that the numerous references to scrapbooking "will please hobbyists."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Publishers Weekly, October 1, 2007, review of Sisters, Ink, p. 38.
Crosswalk.com,http://crosswalk.com/ (May 6, 2008), author interview.
Glass Road Public Relations Web site,http://www.glassroadpr.com/ (May 6, 2008), author profile.
In the Library Reviews,http://www.inthelibraryreviews.net/ (June 12, 2007), Joyce Handzo, review of Prints Charming.
My Friend Amy,http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/ (February 6, 2008), author interview.
Novel Journey,http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/ (January 27, 2006), Gina Holmes, author interview.
Romantic Times Online,http://www.romantictimes.com/ (May 6, 2008), Melissa Parcel, reviews of Prints Charming and Sisters, Ink.
Sisters Ink Web site,http://sistersink.net/ (May 6, 2008), author profile and interview.