Welcome to the much delayed interview. I apologise to Rebeccah who’s email got lost in gmail land aka I got a ton of emails and couldn’t find hers. After some clean up there it was found about 2 months after I received it dammit. Here it is long overdue.
Please tell me about yourself –
I’m Rebeccah, from a small village just outside of Lowestoft in Suffolk (England). I’ve been a writer for a while, but only started to take it seriously after graduating from university. When I’m not writing, I’m normally people watching, I mean researching for my next piece of writing! I go to the gym, where I swim and attempt to do Pilates (I spend a lot of time falling off the ball and lying on the floor laughing!). I also bake, read, knit, paint, fill my ears with as much music as possible, watch horror films, and let my dog take me for long walks down the beach.
What is something about you that no one knows? –
Hmm, I’m not sure. I’m quite an open book, and don’t really have any secrets. I guess no-one knows that I organise my books by colour, rather than by genre or alphabetically. However, my CDs and DVDs are arranged alphabetically.
What is your writing space and routine like? –
I would love to say that I have a routine, but I’ve never been that disciplined. I have to force myself to sit at my computer, but once I’m there I write and write and write. However, it does take a while for me to actually sit down at my computer. I am a procrastinator at heart, so I will spend a lot of time avoiding what I should be doing. I tend not to edit while I write, as I like to get all my ideas down to start with. Once I’ve written my manuscript I print everything out and edit it with a red pen. I then give it to my parents to edit. I make my changes and then edit with a red pen again. I spend more time editing my stories than I do writing them, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist and like to ensure everything is the best it can be.
I prefer to do my serious writing at my desk computer. It’s not particularly tidy, but I like it that way. I have my Post-it notes, pens, books, notes, and anything else I need right at my fingertips. And obviously, I need to be connected to the internet just in case I need to procrastinate … I mean, research
What are you reading now? –
I’ve nearly finished The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I attend a local book group, and that is our book for this month. I saw the film a few years ago but didn’t really enjoy it, so I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading the book. However, it is brilliant. It’s so well written, and the pace keeps you turning the pages. I’ve found it difficult to put down. I also have bookmarks in a number of other books. I like to have a few on the go at the same time, just in case I get bored.
Some favorite books and authors –
I don’t really have favourite authors, but if I had to choose someone I love, it would have to be Roald Dahl. As a child I loved his children’s stories (I still love them as an adult). And then a few years ago I discovered his Tales of the Unexpected, and was blown away by the twists and turns that these stories took.
The only books I’ve read more than once are Matilda by Roald Dahl, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, so I guess these must be my favourite books!
What inspires you? Who or what is your muse? –
Life inspires me. The world is a very interesting place. I love to watch people, and note down their idiosyncrasies, their habits, their behaviour, their speech. Most of the things I write about come from real life; either from my own life, things I’ve seen, places I’ve visited, people I’ve spoken to, the news, television programmes or films.
Is there a particular genre that you’re dying to try out? –
I’d love to write something silly for children, with weird characters and made up words. I’ve tried writing something like this, but I’ve found it quite difficult to completely let go and write nonsense. One day I’ll give it a serious go though, as I’m sure it could be a lot of fun.
Please tell me about your stories –
I’ve written two books which are available to buy through Amazon. 12 Days of Krista May Rose is a collection of Christmas short stories, inspired by the traditional song, ‘12 Days of Christmas‘. Each story is one day in Krista’s life, starting at pre-birth and going through her life to old age.
Lexa Wright’s Dating Sights is my first full length novel. It’s a chic lit romcom with a bit of mystery. Lexa is single and wants to fall in love by chance like people do in films. However, this doesn’t seem to be happening so her best friend, Louise, suggests that she join an internet dating site. Lexa does this and goes on a date with a nice man. The next day, while walking her dog through the park, she meets another man, by chance, and goes on a date with him. She continues to date them both, but doesn’t know who to choose.
What do you have upcoming? –
I’m currently writing the sequel to Lexa Wright’s Dating Sights. It’s untitled and far from finished, but I hope to release it by the end of the year at the latest.
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