This week, I’d like to introduce Rebecca Howie, author of The Game Begins. Rebecca describes herself as “a procrastinating writer from Scotland who prefers spending her time in fictional worlds rather than the real one.”. The Game Begins is her first novel and was published in February 2016. It reached 16th in the Amazon Teen and Young Adult Detective category within a month of its publication.
What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?
I used to write fanfiction, and still occasionally do.
What did the best review you ever had say about your work?
That the reader enjoyed the story.
How important are the names of your characters?
They’re so important, especially those of main characters. I’ve found that I can’t make progress with the story if a character’s name doesn’t feel right.
How did you choose a title for your book?
The title for The Game Begins chose itself when I was on the final edit and starting to research self-publishing, and I still can’t remember where the inspiration came from.
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
I think procrastination is the main one, especially if you’re not used to being disciplined in your writing. The thought of deadlines and word counts is enough to make me want to do anything but write, so I have to make an effort to keep myself focused on what I’m supposed to be doing.
Have you ever wished you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so, what?
I’ve never wanted to do anything other than write, though sometimes when I’m editing, I find myself wishing I already had the finished manuscript ready to publish.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different book genres?
I’ve noticed more since I started writing that the fantasy and romance genres seem to be quite prevalent on social media, and since I write YA mysteries, I sometimes feel a bit left out- but I wouldn’t say there’s any elitism, especially within the indie author community. Everyone supports each other, because we’re all in the same boat and facing the same struggles.
Have you ever written naked?
No, and I can’t say I’ve ever considered it. My window overlooks a public road, and since we live in the country, loads of people get lost and usually end up stopping to ask for directions, and it’s awkward enough answering the door in my pyjamas.
What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Doubt, both in myself and in the story. I’ve managed to overcome it twice, while writing my first novel and my second, and I know with the third I’ll manage it eventually, but it’s such a hard rut to get out of.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Don’t start editing until you’ve finished writing. The whole point of a first draft is that it’s your opportunity to get your ideas out on the page, and there’ll be plenty of time for nitpicking when you’ve finished.
How do you remain sane while writing?
I’ve started taking breaks, and won’t write for longer than two hours at a time. Listening to music helps, but nothing beats switching my laptop off and going outside for some fresh air.
What has been the best experience of your life?
Seeing my first book in the top 100 in its category on Amazon.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Anywhere. Conversations I have or overhear can spark conversations between characters, which grow into scenes, then storylines, and sometimes looking at scene prompts on Pinterest can turn something up.
Tea, coffee, water, juice, beer, or wine … what do you prefer when writing?
I like having a glass of juice or water nearby while writing, because it gives me a chance to get away from my desk for a few minutes if I’m stuck at scene, and neither gets cold if I forget about it.
You can find The Game Begins in Kindle and Paperback format here: :
Amazon – The Game Begins
You can meet Rebecca on her website here: https://rebeccahowiebooks.wordpress.com/blog/
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