Welcome back to Little Novelist and our Interview Feature! Today I have the lovely Rebecca, so, let’s dive straight into it!
Hi, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Rebecca and I am a 27 year old indie author. I live just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, with my husband and two cats (I know, a writer with cats, what a shocker). I write primarily in the urban fantasy genre and daydream about my books and characters more than I talk to real life people. Which is fine, because my history of working in sales/customer service for the decade prior to me deciding to take my writing career seriously turned me against most of humanity. I swear I’m not a pessimist. I just spent too much time on the side of the counter where the public thinks you are ‘less than’. Now I write books for their consumption from the safety of my home!
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I am currently working full time as a ghostwriter, but I would like to reach a point where I am sharing my own books/ideas with readers out there who want to read the sort of thing I want to read: gritty adventures with anti heroes, plenty of tension, drama, and a bit of love (of course). ‘Jack: Rise of Faerie’ is my debut novel and will be published in the first half of 2019. The date is still to be announced!
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Jack O’Connor is the lead in my novel ‘Jack: Rise of Faerie’. He’s an exiled, brooding badass (due to some things he did when he was younger) from a society of trained members called Wardens. They protect the people of the world from the ominous presence of the Fae realm, which is growing closer and closer to the human realm. The Fae (referred to as Unseelie in the book) want to use Jack in their effort to expand their realm, and the Wardens he is fighting alongside want to eliminate him. He of course has no idea why and has to decide who he’s going to fight to protect- if he’s going to bother fighting at all. He’s been betrayed before. His ‘special talent’ is his ability to work alone in a job that demands the help of others in order to stay alive.
Would you mind sharing a favourite quote from your book?
“In here, there was only silence. And the horrible stench of the thing that shared the silence with us.”
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? (* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
No trailer at this point, but it would be great to have one!
Where do your ideas come from?
Dreams and other books and movies, mostly. A lot of the time my idea starts as a character I like, and then I build the story that I find the most interesting/exciting around that fictional person. That’s how Jack O’Connor was born and then his story built itself.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I use a general outline so I don’t deviate too far from the plot. I believe you have to have a general sense of direction, otherwise readers will feel like you’re just wandering all over the place with your story. I give myself room to free write if necessary, but for the most part I like to have an outline to follow.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write as a ghostwriter as my 9-5 full time job, so I write every day. Most of the time it’s on books for my clients, and then on my days off I work on ‘Jack: Rise of Faerie’. ‘Can’t stop won’t stop’ vibes all around. My husband says I’ve gotten a little crazier since writing full time. I won’t deny it.
Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?
With my ghostwriting I am for between 5K-10K per day as I am expected to produce about 120K per month. Anything more in a day is a bonus. Strangely I don’t set word count goals for my own book. I probably should!
How much research do you do?
As little as possible! I tend to write within my interests (which is all urban fantasy, magical, wonderful, adventurous things) so research isn’t all that necessary. I suppose I check things like geography and history rather frequently, but not as much as most other writers I know.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Every. Single. Day. But I have to write anyway because I have deadlines to meet. Working as a ghostwriter has forced me to approach writing as a business rather than a hobby. It’s been great because when writer’s block hits (which, as I said, is every freaking day) I just push through it. It sounds easier than it is, but I have no other options. Just write. Even if it’s garbage. Just write!
What book/s are you reading at present?
I am currently reading ‘Sunshine’ by Robin McKinley. ‘Mistborn’ by Brandon Sanderson is next up in my To Be Read pile.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think it has potential to work, yes. I think it’s a good way to establish a good relationship with your readers. If your goal is to connect with readers and develop a reader base you have to start somewhere, and people aren’t likely to spend money on an author they don’t know. If they’re willing to give you reviews for free books, I’m all in- especially since the thing I want most is just for people to read the stories I write. Money would just be a nice added bonus.
Did you format your own book?
Roughly, but I think I will be hiring a professional formatter to go through it before I self publish.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
A teacher… of writing. Is that cheating?! If I had to choose something completely outside the field of writing I would pursue something where I could still be self employed… but I honestly can’t think of a single thing I’d want to do besides writing.
Are there any more ideas for future books on the cards?
Oh man. So many! The ideas never stop and it is so hard to stay focused on one project at a time. If I dig into something else I will never finish a project. So I keep a notebook filled with ideas that will hopefully, with some luck, one day become novels.
Advice to aspiring writers?
Yes. But it’s not popular advice: Not everyone will become a successful published author, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write. If it fulfills you and brings you joy you should write your little butt off. I also think it’s important for aspiring writers to keep in mind that there is a lot of life out there to live, and you can’t write about things you haven’t experienced (it’s like playing a card game with half the amount of cards of the other players). I realize some people will disagree with this, but it’s important to live life and gain experiences. If you can write about them ager, great. If you can’t? At least you didn’t spend all your time in front of a computer writing about things you missed out on happening outside your window.
Big thanks to Rebecca for partaking in this interview! Find out more on her Website: www.rmjamieson.com