|As you know, we’ve been doing interviews for you all to get to know our team a little better, especially since there have been a fair few changes since we started several years ago. So today, I have the honor of interviewing our reviewer Rebecca!
Tell us a little about you.
I am a mother of three, two boys and a girl. I have been with my husband since I was 14, so 19years. Wow, now I do feel kinda old. I love being creative, I love to bake, and had my own cake decorating business for a while, but writing is my passion, so when I decided to take the plunge and self publish, I also had to take a step back from baking.
What’s your writing journey?
Like most of us my writing journey began at a young age. I won a short story competition in primary school that fuelled my desire to create stories with fantastical worlds and characters. As a teen I found myself writing more poetry than anything else, teen angst and all that. I stepped back from writing after starting my family, but a few years later, when I met Heather, her common passion for reading and writing reignited my desire and inspired me to follow an almost forgotten dream.
Where do you hope to be with your writing in ten years from now?
I hope to have published a minimum of ten books over the next ten years. I hope to continue to inspire, entertain and engage with readers.
What are your inspirations for writing?
My friends and family inspire me. Heather continues to push me and encourage my desire to write. It is the support from her and from my writers groups that keep me going. Self doubt is the biggest inspiration killer, having those strong people around you that can lift you up when you are down is essential to keeping the flame of inspiration burning bright.
I am Australian, and my writing is Australian. The people I write and the places I set my stories are inspired by the places I have been and the People I have met. We are a ‘can-do’ country, and this applies to how I tackle my writing career. If I can do it, I will do it. I create my own covers, because I can. I self publish because I can, and I will continue to write stories and share them with whoever is inclined to read them because I can.
What are your writing strengths and weaknesses?
I feel like my creativity is my biggest strength, I am told I have the ability to show my readers what my characters are going through, in a way that makes them feel like they are standing beside them, I would say that is a pretty big strength. Weaknesses are opportunities for improvement, and one place I definitely need improvement is with punctuation. I tend to write frantically, pressing keys without real attention and so when it comes to punctuation, I pretty much suck.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Italy. Not for the Tower, the art or the language. I would go for the food.
Music or silence?
Movies – I love the TV on in the background.
Contemporary or historical?
Both – I have no preference.
Novella or full length?
It depends on the story, if you can do it justice with less words then go for it, if the story needs more then that is great too.
Series or standalone?
I love stand alone, but Heather frowns on me when I suggest killing everyone off to prevent a series.