Hey y’all! Another author interview. Aren’t they fun? Enjoy!
First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Certainly! My name is Rebecca, and I am 18. I have loved to write since I was old enough to form letters, but only in the past five years have gotten serious about it. I’ve been home schooled, and enjoy being one in a family of fifteen. Besides writing, I love photography, music, guitar, Bible, and history. My wish in writing is to engage and change hearts of people, to honor God.
1. When and where do you like to write the most?
I’ve always been someone who loves to write at night, but lately my schedule has changed, and I’ve had to take my writing to a different time of day – early morning. It’s been a new experience, but I’ve heard your brain is fresher!
I write at the family computer in our dining room. Also I am partial to sitting at my desk in my room, looking out the window and pretending to be productive. I work better on a computer. 😉
2. What/who inspires you to write?
I’ve always had an inward drive to write. It’s not that I love writing, because I don’t always, but I don’t feel satisfied unless I have a story, book, or some kind of writing in progress.
On an outward level, I would say that other authors inspire me to write. I love to read a book and be challenged to further my writing.
3. If you could meet any author (past or present) who would it be?
L. M. Montgomery. She had a vocabulary filled with colorful, descriptive words, and an eloquent writing style. Her books involve every sense – sight, hearing, smell… – and easily transport you into her fictional world, which, if you’ve read any of her books, is a lovely place to be. I would love to be a mouse in her pocket.
4. Do you eat or drink when you’re writing? If so, what?
Oftentimes I simply drink water, or nothing at all. I love my “no plot, no problem!” mug, full of Chai Spice tea, but found that since I zone when I write, it only gets cold by the time I take my second sip!
There is a quote that I often say to myself – “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov
I think that to try and master the art of “showing, not telling,” is undoubtedly some of the best writing advice I have heard. It’s one of the pieces of wisdom most hammered into writers heads, but there’s good reason for it. The more a person can see and feel a story, the better they can relate to it. I am far from mastering it yet, but do my best to improve with each story.
Last but not least, expand your vocabulary and write! You’ll never get anywhere without effort! 🙂
Why don’t you tell us a little bit about your book(s)?
A Handful of Flowers is a short story collection, featuring five of my short stories focusing around kindness. I love to write about youth and the struggles and encounters they have while trying to live lives of faith. This is the focus of my book, and though written with a youth audience in mind, it’s been enjoyed by all ages. 🙂
Thanks so much for interviewing me, Aidyl! I’ve enjoyed it! 🙂
I enjoyed it too, Rebecca!
Hey everyone else, you can find her book, A Handful of Flowers, here. Also, I’m happy to let you all know that she’s sent me a complementary copy and when I’m back to reading fiction, I’ll be able to read it and post a review.