When she’s not working two different jobs and confusing herself about which job she should be at, Rebekah can be found tapping away at a computer. The first in a series, Living in the Dark, was released in November 2012 and many more books are waiting in the wings.
Rebekah: It’s difficult to pinpoint a time when I wasn’t writing or thinking up a story. It’s kind of like a birthmark, writing has been there as long as I can remember and it’ll be etched in my skin until the day I die.
My mam bought me quite a few Enid Blyton books when I was little and that made me think I wanted to create new, exciting worlds of my own. What sealed the deal was looking for the Faraway Tree in my back garden and being seriously disappointed!
[Rinn: I love the Faraway Tree story, that’s so cute! =)]
Rinn: Are there any other books or authors that influenced your writing style?
Rebekah: Kate Morton is a huge influence for me, she ties you up in knots with her writing and there’s always a big reveal at the end that floors you. More recently, I’ve become a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning and Ilona Andrews. They both write such strong characters and mix the hard-hitting themes with a bit of humour which is what I love. Possibly because I can’t take myself seriously!
[Rinn: I really need to read some Kate Morton, I’ve heard lots of good things about her books.]
Rinn: Do any other factors inspire you to write? For example, travelling to new places, works of art, etc.
Rebekah: Music is a massive influence, a lyric can set off a plot in my head and I can never find a pen in time! Quite often, it’s an off-hand remark that someone will make or I’ll be mooching about on errands and something will catch my eye. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had to pull over and scribble on my hand because of the way the wind blew through the leaves of a tree!
Rinn: Do you use the book blogging community often?
Rebekah: All the time, it’s the best community I’ve ever been a part of! I try to post on my own blog at least three times a week but I’m always tweeting/e-mailing/commenting my blogging friends.
[Rinn: It’s fantastic when authors are as involved as you are =)]
Rinn: Do you let reviews of your books influence your writing?
Rebekah: In a way, I do. Writers are always honing their craft so I’ll take note of the points people enjoyed about my stories and the points I need to work on. It can be difficult when I see a review that didn’t like my book but everyone’s different with different tastes and I really appreciate that they took the time to read it even if it wasn’t their cup of tea. Everything can be improved in new projects so that’s what I take away all of the comments and try to apply them =)
Rinn: Your book is self-published. Was this a particularly difficult process?
Rebekah: It’s definitely not easy that’s for sure! You have to find an editor, cover designer, typographer and it isn’t cheap. Formatting can be really pernickety so that’s probably the most difficult part. Once that’s done, you can heave a sigh of relief!
Rinn: How are you progressing on the sequel for Living in the Dark?
Rebekah: Haha what a question! Just a couple of weeks, I scrapped it and started again entirely from the beginning and it was the best decision I ever made. At the moment, I’m writing all of the new material out by hand and typing it up as I go so it’s taking longer than I’d like. That being said, the story that’s coming out is exactly what I wanted so I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully, it’ll be finished by April but you never know.
[Rinn: Best of luck!]
Rinn: Which of your characters is your favourite?
Rebekah: From Living in the Dark, Mr Baker hands down. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, he’s loyal and he says it like it is.
In Book Two, there’s a new character called Wallis and I’m so in love with him that it isn’t even funny! Wallis is mysterious, witty and flipping hot.
Rinn: What do you like to do when you are not writing/reading?
Rebekah: Watch a really cheesy movie or anything with Ryan Reynolds in it and hang out with friends. If we’re feeling adventurous, a bunch of us will hop in the car and go to the beach for a bonfire.
Rinn: What would be your ideal career, if you couldn’t be an author?
Rebekah: Running a bookshop would be my ultimate dream but the temptation to turn it into my own massive book collection would be too great. There’s still a part of me that would love to be a member of the X-Men, does that count?
[Rinn: I like the sound of both of those…]
Rinn: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
Rebekah: Enid Blyton, Hayley Williams from Paramore, Karen Marie Moning and Ryan Reynolds. I could talk books with Enid and Karen, listen to Hayley’s singing and drool over Ryan.
Rinn: Any final words for your readers, or anything you want them to know?
Rebekah: The support I’ve received has been so humbling and I can never convey how grateful I am to everyone who takes the time to read my books.
A little piece of advice as well: never, ever be frightened to chase your dreams and forget the people who try and bring you down. It’s YOUR dream and only you can hold onto it and make it a reality.
Thank you so much to Rebekah for letting me interview her, and providing copies of her book for the giveaway! =)
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