It’s Friday! Today’s indie author is Rebecca Howie, with her YA mystery, The Game Begins. If Rebecca or I turn up missing, you’ll be able to find us either at Hogwarts or on a desert island reading the Harry Potter Series.
It’s been four years since the car crash took away her father and Sam Beckett’s nightmares are back with a vengeance.
When her friend suggests she take a PI course to distract herself, Sam agrees, but she soon realises it won’t be as simple as she expected when her first case leads to a woman being killed, her husband accused of her murder, and a series of threatening text messages sent to her phone which lead Sam to believe that her father’s crash might not be the accident everyone thought it was.
What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?
I know it’s simple, but ‘start a new paragraph every time a character starts talking’ would probably be the answer to this question. I used to publish stuff on Archive Of Our Own and I’ve received a lot of great tips and advice on it over the years, but the paragraph one was definitely the most constructive. It’s stayed with me, and although getting criticism stung a bit, it helped me improve as a writer and I’m always all for that.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I always wanted to be a writer when I was younger, but when I asked a few people what they thought of that, they told me writers didn’t make any money because it all went to publishers and agents and editors, and somehow, I was more sensible as a child and knew you needed money to survive, so I dismissed writing as a possible future career. But self-publishing is popular now and easily accessible, so I’d tell my younger self that in a few years, you can publish a book in a matter of minutes, and to keep all the ideas she gets in the middle of the nights because some of them could become someone’s favourite book one day.
What do you love most about the writing process?
I love all of it (except from the doubts that creep up on you when you read someone else’s work and start comparing it to your own) but my favourite part is when an idea comes out of nowhere and shakes everything up.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?
Castle, even though I’d told myself I wasn’t going to watch it anymore because I start using Americanisms in my writing and adding ‘ass’ onto everything.
Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
I’d want the Harry Potter series with me, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and a blank notepad to write my own.
If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
I’d want to be extra in Harry Potter. Who doesn’t want to live at Hogwarts?
Rebecca Howie is a procrastinating writer from Scotland, who prefers spending her time in fictional worlds rather than the real one. Her first book, The Game Begins, was released in February 2016, and reached 2nd in the Teen and Young Adult Detective category on Amazon.
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