I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. The US and UK are both graced with long weekends this time, and although Monday's not a holiday in Germany, I have off, so I get a long weekend too. :)
Hi, Rebecca. It's great to have you here. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have a double identity of sorts. My family and close friends have always called me Becky so it’s sort of funny for them to hear me referred to as Rebecca now. Feel free to call me Becky or Rebecca Sutton. I’ll respond to anything as long as it’s not mean!
After moving around the country the last 10 years for various reasons (art school, career) I’m back in my hometown in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Talk about full circle. I couldn’t wait to leave the second I graduated from high-school and leave behind small town life in the country to start college in Pittsburgh, then Los Angeles. Now there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. My family, my trusty green laptop, an internet connection, and a great sushi restaurant are all I need.
With the exception of my very part time job I’m fortunate to be able to stay home with my 2-year-old son. I have Nate’s naptimes, his school days, and nights (I’m a total night owl) to focus on my writing. When I’m not writing I’m reading. I might be 31, but I read more teen books now than I did when I was a teen.
Like my writing, my genre of choice is fantasy, but lately I’ve fallen in love with authors like John Green and Sarah Dessen. The next two projects I have planned are stepping out of my comfort zone. One’s a YA contemporary romance and the other is a MG fantasy with a boy’s POV. I’m thrilled to finally have a story that I can allow my 10-year-old niece and 8-year-old nephew to beta read.
Sounds great! (And by the way, I love sushi too! Yum!)So, how long have you been writing?
I’d love to be able to say I’m one of those people who started writing as a teenager, but I’m not. Not even close. I started writing about a year and a half ago and haven’t stopped since.
What is the name and genre of your current manuscript?
FORTUNE’S TELLER is a YA Urban Fantasy.
Here’s the part where you pitch it. What’s your story about?
When seventeen-year-old Tori Morganfeld’s grandmother dies, Tori won’t just inherit her Key West cottage and some plastic flamingos. She’ll also inherit her ability to see the future.
Ah, I'm intrigued. *makes gimme hands* How did the idea of the story come to you?
Like all my ideas it pretty much just popped into my head one day while I was driving or taking a shower.
Yep, the infamous shower muse gets 'em every time. Is your manuscript complete or still a work in progress?
Work in progress but I’m a few days away from finishing the first draft.
My goal is 65k and right now I’m at 67k. Eek! Lots of cutting and adding to come next month.
What will be your next step?
Definitely querying for an agent!
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I work with critique partners and beta readers throughout the writing process. I’d be lost without them!
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
I hear you. If only we could stop time so we could write ... See, another story idea! Any tips you’ve learned about writing you’d like to share?
Writing is not a solitary art. Sure, you have to sit there alone and write or type, but the support of other writers is by far one of the biggest things that has kept me going and growing. Connect with fellow writers that are at every stage of their journey on places like Twitter, writing forums, blogs. I’d be lost without them!
Me too! So, do you have an idea of your book’s cover art?
I did with my first book, but not this time. I think it’s because I’ve learned so much about the publishing industry since then and how authors don’t get much of a say in their covers so I haven’t put any thought into it this time around. But with my writing personality I’d hope the covers would be very graphic and eye catching, maybe a little dark and creepy. But now you’ve got me thinking…
Who are your inspirations?
Stephenie Meyer’s background has been a huge inspiration for me as well. When I first began writing I read an interview with her and was struck with how she was a stay at home mom of 3 young boys and became this huge sensation with her first novel. When I read that I was the same age as she was when she wrote TWILIGHT so it really hit home for me.
There are so many individual books that inspire me but a few recent favorites are; BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, THE DEMON’S COVENANT by Sarah Rees Brennan, CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins (dying for MOCKINGJAY), BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves. I could go on and on. SO many incredible books out there.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. Can you name three non-writerly things about yourself that people may not know?
-I can cook all sorts of fancy gourmet meals but mess up the simple stuff like burning bacon
-I’m deathly and irrationally afraid of birds. Ducks, finches, an ostrich…keep them away!
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Whom would you like to give a shout out to?
My son. He’s the reason I moved back to small town life and closer to family, and the reason I stopped working full time and was able to discover writing, just being around him I can’t help but want to conquer the world. My family. My beta reading ninja of a sister, Jenn. My critique partners, Jamie, Miranda and Sarah. And all the other incredible people online out there who send supportive tweets, or offer to beta read, or share insight into their own journeys. You all
She had ten seconds to fill the rocket with pickle juice or the revolution wouldn’t have a chance in hell of succeeding.
Heehee, love it! And finally, where can people find you online?
Rebecca, thank you so much for letting us get to know you. I sense big things in your future and can't wait to get my hands on your books.
A big thank you to you, Dorothy, for inviting me to do this interview and giving me the opportunity to share a little about my writing. Great questions!