In today’s “Meet the Author” series, I have a Rebecca Crunden. She has written 10+ books. She is a student & writer. She writes books in varied genre. She has written books on fantasy, science-fiction, paranormal & romance genre. She reads and does book reviews along with her writing. Isn’t it wonderful to know all these things about them.
Come on lets know more about what goes on in their mind.
Rebecca, welcome to my “Meet the Author” Series. Thanks for being here on my blog.
What and who inspires you to write books? When did you write your first book?
Nature and architecture are a huge inspiration, but I also just spend a lot of my time daydreaming of imaginary worlds. I’ve been writing since childhood, but I didn’t publish my first book until 2017 as a lot of starts and stops.
According to you, what is important to be a writer? Imagination to create stories or is it a narration that is important?
Honestly, it’s determination more than anything. An idea can always be expanded, edited, changed, redirected. You can start with a not so great idea and turn it into something amazing with determination. But you can’t make something good that doesn’t exist, so the best way to become a writer is just to write. Don’t stop because you think it might not be good. Keep going until it is.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
I change directions a lot.
How do you jiggle/manage writing between different genre? Paranormal to Fantasy fiction to science fiction? Do you have a preferencb
I have a lot of attention issues, so bouncing from one story to the next is kind of inevitable. My love for fantasy and science fiction and the supernatural are all kind of hand in hand.
When you were young, did you see writing as a career?
A dream, more than anything. I’ll write whether I’m successful at it or not.
What does literary success look like to you?
Finishing a book and being proud of having brought all my ideas together.
What is your work schedule, while you are writing? How do you jiggle with your family time vs writing time? (I.e. if you do any other job apart from writing)? Can you make a living out of writing books?
I cram writing into odd hours. I’ve written ideas onto post-it notes when I’ve had nothing else around or was on a break at work. A lot of sleeping time gets traded for writing time. But I’m a very introverted person, so it suits me. I know you can make a living off writing books, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m currently finishing up school and looking for work in that area, too.
How long does it generally take you to write a book? What’s you next book you intend to write?
Probably a few years? I didn’t publish the first book in my series until I’d mostly finished writing the final one. I wanted to know how it was all going to come together and wanted all the continuity to align. I’ve got a new one in the final stages of editing, hopefully due out later this year
How important is marketing a book in the present condition when every day we see new titles coming up? Any tips to Share?
Don’t give up. I’ve done a lot of research myself and that’s why I have so many lists and links on my own website for others to look at. Getting a start point is really tough and confusing, and takes a few years to really get going. At least in my experience.
Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If so, what are the challenges in producing an audiobook?
I haven’t yet, but I’ve had a request for it, so hopefully at some point.
Are there any secrets from any of your books (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
Ummm, I started my first novel in Perú. It was a twelve day trip and I started writing it in a hostel in Lima. I always find that cool.
What books defined your childhood or got you into reading?
I loved horse books. Thoroughbred especially. Also, The Chronicles of Narnia and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I also loved the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. Really anything by Libba Bray.
If you could go back and change anything in the novels which you have already written what would that be.
One of my novels I would have made a bit longer, gone into more details. It might get a second edition in the future with new scenes. We’ll see.
Your favorite author and your favorite book
Author in general, Ken Follett. I adore his work. Books, probably World Without End by Ken Follett or Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Which is your personal favourite book from the one’s you have written and why? (Need to choose from the book you have written)
I will always love my first book for being my starting point.
I aspire to become —A multi-genre author!
Writing book for me is —Fulfilling.
How many books are there in your bookshelves?
Too many for my shelves ��
If not a writer then I would be
Teaching and editing are at the top of my list.
Lastly, what else do you want your readers to know? Your interests and hobbies, your favourite ways to unwind — whatever comes to mind (Apart from what’s in your bio)
Hiking and horse riding are two of my favourites, no question.
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