Rebecka Vigus on the 5 Things You Need to Be a Successful Author or Writer

An Interview by Natalie Ruiz

Natalie Ruiz
4 min readApr 5, 2024
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As part of my Powerful Women Interview Series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecka Vigus. She was kind enough to share some of her experrise and insights, specifically about the journey of becoming a published writer. We learned that first and foremost, being a successful author or writer is not just about creating a masterpiece; it also involves the daunting task of book promotion.

In this interview, we delve into the experiences and insights of Rebecka Vigus, a highly accomplished author. Rebecka is the mastermind behind several critically acclaimed novels, known for their compelling stories and rich character development. Her passion for storytelling has captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Let’s dive into the interview and learn from Rebecka’s experiences without further ado.

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Natalie Ruiz: Thank you so much, Rebecka, for being part of this interview series. Before we begin, our readers would love to know more about you. Can you share a bit about your background and how you started your writing journey?

Rebecka Vigus: I’ve always had a deep love for storytelling ever since I was a child. Growing up in the suburbs and attending a more rural school, books became my portal to different worlds, and I found solace in creating my own stories. As I embarked on my writing journey, I faced the usual challenges and self-doubt that many aspiring authors encounter. However, with determination and a strong belief in my voice, I pushed forward, honing my craft through countless hours of writing and learning from the works of established authors. Eventually, I got my breakthrough and published my first novel, and the rest is history.

Natalie Ruiz: That’s inspiring to hear, Rebecka! It’s clear that your passion for storytelling has driven your success as an author. In your opinion, what are the key qualities or skills that aspiring authors need to cultivate to achieve their goals?

Rebecka Vigus: Absolutely. Firstly, having a genuine love for the craft is crucial. Writing is not just a job but a way of life. The dedication and discipline required to consistently produce quality work can only come from a deep-rooted passion. Secondly, being receptive to feedback is essential for growth. Constructive criticism allows us to improve our writing and become more refined storytellers. Additionally, honing the ability to stay focused and disciplined amidst distractions is vital, as writing requires immense concentration and commitment. Lastly, resilience is key. Rejection and setbacks are inevitable in this industry, but it’s important to keep pushing forward, constantly evolving and improving.

Natalie Ruiz: These are invaluable insights, Rebecka. Passion, feedback, discipline, and resilience are undoubtedly crucial aspects for any writer’s journey. Could you share an experience or a turning point in your career that taught you a valuable lesson and helped shape you as an author?

Rebecka Vigus: Definitely. Early in my career, I faced one particular rejection that hit me hard. It made me question my abilities and whether I was truly meant to be an author. However, rather than letting it discourage me, I used it as an opportunity for self-reflection and growth. Instead of dwelling on the rejection, I focused on improving my craft and finding my unique voice. It was a transformative moment that taught me the importance of perseverance and self-belief. Ultimately, that rejection led me to discover my true potential and paved the way for my subsequent successes.

Natalie Ruiz: That’s a truly inspiring story, Rebecka. It’s incredible how setbacks can lead to personal growth and even greater achievements. Moving forward, what advice would you give to aspiring authors who aspire to make an impact with their writing?

Rebecka Vigus: My advice would be twofold. Firstly, never stop learning and honing your craft. Writing is a continual journey of growth, and there’s always room for improvement. Read widely, experiment with different styles, and never shy away from seeking guidance from fellow writers or mentors. Secondly, develop your own authentic voice. Embrace your unique perspective and experiences, as that is what will make your writing stand out. Remember, the world needs your voice, so don’t be afraid to share your stories with the world.

Natalie Ruiz: Thank you so much, Rebecka, for sharing your valuable insights with us today. Your journey as an author and the wisdom you’ve imparted will undoubtedly inspire aspiring writers on a similar path. We wish you continued success in your future endeavors.

🌸 About the Author:

Natalie Ruiz is the CEO of AnswerConnect and often says that her path to success has been unconventional, which fuels her to continue to challenge assumptions about what work, success, and the concept of balance in life look like.

Natalie is an award-winning executive recognized as Female Executive of the Year and for Women Helping Women by the Stevie Award Association and a Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal.

Outside of her day job, she volunteers, speaks on international stages, lends her voice and words to podcasts and publications, and seeks to leave people and places better than she finds them in all that she does.

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Natalie Ruiz

Tech CEO. Mom. Non-Profit Board Member. Working to normalize belonging at work. Living in gratitude. Trying to leave people and places better than I find them.