Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? The best and worst thing about it?
Being an author is the dream that carried me through high school, college, temp jobs, and career-type jobs. The only thing I’ve ever wanted to be, as far as I can remember, is an author. There might have been a brief time when I would have wanted to be a jockey more, but my height outpaced that ambition in my early teens. Which is just as well, because I adore being a writer. The very best thing is that I get paid to play around in my imaginary worlds. I would write even if it was not my job, but being able to make a living at it is pretty awesome. The worst thing? There are a lot of things that aren’t as fun as writing, such as website maintenance and business accounting, but these aren’t bad enough to qualify as “the worst.” This is my first year as a full-time author and I am still enjoying the amazement of having achieved my dream; ask me again in a couple years and I might have a more concrete answer.
What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
I wrote a short story in the seventh grade that won second place in a contest. It was about a woman, an amulet, and a dragon, and I illustrated it myself. The judges claimed I was too wordy and descriptive. I took that as a compliment.
What made you create (your book)? How did it come to you?
For me, a story always starts with the main character and her magic. For A Fistful of Evil, I knew I wanted a main character who could see souls. I also had been reading—and writing—a lot of serious, intense fantasies in which the main characters were practically superhuman in their endurance and magical abilities, so I decided to write something the complete opposite. Madison Fox is an everywoman learning the world as the reader does, and though the situations might be serious, I intentionally kept the writing lighthearted. After that, it was just a matter making a sight into something actionable, and then the story took off.
Describe your main character in six words.
A bumbling, optimistic hero in training.
Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
Topsy-turvy suburbia with hidden evil
What scene was your favorite to write?
I really enjoyed writing the scene in which Madison is trained by Niko. I love the juxtaposition between the characters: Niko is strong, assured, and patient; Madison is untried, lusty, and spontaneous. The scene shows how much Madison still has to learn about even the most basic illuminant enforcer abilities and situational awareness. It also showcases her tendency to jump in with both feet based on her assumptions, without having all the facts. Plus, I adore putting Madison the same room is Niko, because the incredibly attractive super-enforcer short-circuits Madison’s brain in amusing (though embarrassing for Madison) ways. Here’s a secret: this scene wasn’t in the first (or second, or seventh) draft of the book. I’m so glad I added it in!
What scene was the hardest for you to write?
I rewrote the beginning more times than any other scene. The current opening scene was originally about three chapters in, and it took a lot of growth as a writer before I realized the flaws in the novel’s pacing. Even then, finding the balance between building action and introducing the reader to the world was a very fine line to write.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the sequel to A Fistful of Evil, and I’m trying to build an even more exciting, more magic-packed novel. Since I wrote the first book almost 8 years ago, it’s very exciting to jump back into the world of Madison Fox.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
Thank you for having me on your site today, Serenity!
Here are a few places I can be found abound the Web. Please feel free to pick and choose whichever links you would like to use.
Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca
And here are a few places that A Fistful of Evil can be found:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MV8VQ70l
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-fistful-of-evil-rebecca-chastain/1120170169?ean=2940150422612