Back with another episode of An Interview With, I say that like's its a video series... For those just tuning in, it's not. Although maybe it could be...? Thoughts? Oh getting carried away. Today I have the lovely Rachel Del with me and I am asking her some questions about writing. Rachel is an author who currently has two books out, which btw you need to read. Let's get started.
1. How did you find your passion for writing?
Honestly, it’s been in me from the very beginning; from the very moment I learned how to write. I used to write short stories about adventures with my friends, and I’ve kept a journal since I was 8 years old. Over everything, writing has been the one thing that has remained constant in my life.
2. What outlining method do you use?
I admit that I’m much more of a pantser. When I start a new novel I have a loose idea of what it will be about, but that’s about it. I simply start writing and see where things take me. In the end it probably ends up being a lot more work (hello editing…) but it’s really the only way I know how to do it!
3. How do you come up with ideas?
Ideas are everywhere, you just have to be paying attention. I’ve gotten ideas from books I’m reading, shows I’m watching, conversations I overhear out in public…. I’m really a quiet, introspective person and I’m listening a lot more than I’m talking. If something catches my attention I write it down and then expand on it later.
4. Do you have a job as well as writing or is writing your only vocation?
I do have a job, yes. I work full-time from home in the book publishing industry. It’s pretty much a dream come true that not only am I truly focusing on my writing for the first time in my life, but I also get to work on the other side of things. I’ve learned how to plan out my time so that I’m giving both of my jobs the attention they deserve.
5. Are there any more ideas in the works for future stories?
I keep a notebook with me always, labeled “creative notebook” where I write down ideas, to-do items, character sketches and more. In that book right now, I’ve sketched out a new book idea, and a new series idea. Then there’s the book idea that’s in my head and hasn’t made it down onto paper yet. Beyond these ideas, I’ve written another book in my Second Chances series called Fixing Tanner, which was recently released. I’ve been busy!
6. How long does it take you to do each part of the writing process?
It depends really, and I don’t have a tried and true definitive answer to this question. When it came to Finding Lily, the first draft absolutely poured out of me within the span of four weeks. The second draft took a long time, and then after a couple rounds of beta readers I edited again and had a finished draft. With Fixing Tanner, the first draft came out a lot more slowly; but I had done more planning before going in, unlike with Finding Lily. After some feedback on my second draft from my beta readers I went in again. Both of these books are novella length, ranging from 30-40k, so they don’t take as long to write as a full-length novel.
7. What hobbies do you have other than writing?
I’m a big reader. Big, big reader. I’m that girl that would rather stay at home on a Friday night with coffee and a good book than go out. I’m a total homebody, which, as a writer, serves me well! Besides reading and writing I love scrapbooking with Project Life. It’s the perfect combination of my love for writing and photography.
8. What do you do if writers block hits?
Pure honesty here? I’m a big suck when I’m stuck. I mope around the house, dragging my heels and complaining to my husband. I have yet to find an easy way to get through writer’s block. Most of the time I just keep writing and try to push through, even if what I write is crap. I’d rather write and throw it away than not write at all.
9. What is the hardest part of writing a book?
Whenever I’m in the thick of writing a book I always think that the editing is the hardest part. It’s a long and tedious process, and I usually want to pull my hair out by the end of it. But then when it comes time to release and promote the book, you suddenly remember: oh yeah. Promotion is so hard! As a self-published indie author everything is in your plate. No one is going to buy your book if they don’t know about it. As someone who really doesn’t like attention, it’s hard to say - HEY HEY! Look at me! I wrote a book, please buy it! Writing the book isn’t necessarily the hard part. Getting it out into the word for people to see is where it gets really tricky.
10. Any advice for aspiring authors?
It’s totally cliche and everyone always seems to say it, but they’re right. Write everyday. Write when you don’t feel like it. Write when you’re sick. Write even if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes. Fixing Tanner was basically pieced together in 10-15 minute increments over a period of months. Keep writing.
I actually freaking loved this interview with Rachel and she is such an inspiration. Her book Finding Lily and Fixing Tanner are both available to purchase so get on over to amazon and grab yourselves a copy, you wont regret it!
Find Rachel on Twitter @bigcityquiet