Monday, May 7, 2012
Interview with Rebecca Hamilton author of The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey
Today I would like to welcome Rebecca Hamilton, author of The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey to my blog. Here is a little blurb about the author…
Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She live in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren't for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.
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Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I always wanted to write a book. More of a “just because” kind of thing. Once I actually did it (after thinking about it for a decade first!), I knew it was what I wanted to do all.the.time. So, in that sense, I guess I inspired myself. I knew I wanted to read things that weren’t done before, so I decided to write those things myself. That said, now that I am a writer, I’m deeply inspired by my children, especially my oldest son, who has challenged me to understand the world from a less common point of view. That’s become a staple in my writing; I write characters whose POV’s aren’t common, and I try to bring an understanding to these personality types and types of people that the mainstream would not normally readily understand.
How long did it take you to write The Forever Girl?
I wrote The Forever Girl in 6 weeks. I then spent over 3 ½ years rewriting, revising, and editing it. I had a lot to learn through all of those processes, and I look forward to learning more as well with my second novel, though I’m expecting a much faster turnaround time with that one!
While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
I can’t even begin to count. Dozens to hundreds of times, I’m guessing. It’s the part I hate the most.
You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
Children’s section to pick out books for my kids.
How many books in a month do you tend to read?
Normally One. But this month I’ve read almost two and will have time for a third, I think! I used to read much more, but between my sons’ therapy appointments (both of them) and my daughter’s gymnastics, and my full time job, and trying to write a book, I don’t have as much free time. And the free time I do have is divided between family, reading, and the occasional TV show or night out.
In all the books you've read. Who is your most favorite character and why?
The Prince in The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure. Because he’s sexy.
State 5 random facts about yourself.
1) I can’t stand the feel of cotton balls. They make my skin crawl like nails going down a chalkboard.
2) I get irritable if the bottom of my pants get wet when the ground is wet outside after it’s rained.
3) I could eat steak or chicken tacos from MOE’S every day and never get sick of them.
4) I don’t separate my laundry. I just wash everything together. I don’t use a hamper, either. I put dirty clothes directly into the wash machine and, once it’s full, I turn the machine on. (Only exception: new red clothing.)
5) I really like ice wine. A lot. And Cupcake dolls.
Your favorite Genre?
If I HAD to pick, I guess I’d say literary fiction. It’s what I read the most. But I also really love anything paranormal.
What are you currently reading?
I’m about to start The Sin Collector by Jessica Fortunto!
What is the best book you've read?
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
Any new projects coming up?
Her Sweetest Downfall, a Forever Girl novella, is due out in June/July 2012.
Come, the Dark, Volume Two of the Forever Girl Series, is due out January 2013.
I’m working on both of those. I also have some literary fiction and paranormal horror that I’m working on.
Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?
Sophia Parsons' ancestor was hanged during the Salem Witch Trials, and the body went missing before burial. Solving the mystery might silence the clashing whispers in her mind, but the cult in her town and the supernaturals who secretly reside there are determined to silence her first.
I feel like saying why readers should pick it up is broad, since readers have different tastes and I respect my book won’t be right for everyone. Instead, if it’s okay, I’d like to say who I think might enjoy my novel.
Readers who are looking for a genre-bending paranormal fantasy filled with symbolism that blends contemporary and historical fiction as well as elements of mystery, romance, and horror, may enjoy this book. It’s also a great insight to the Wiccan religion and fans of the Occult would probably enjoy as well. The novel may also appeal to those who like urban fantasy, vampires, and shapeshifters, but are searching for a new spin on old ideas.
My review for THE FOREVER GIRL: SOPHIA'S JOURNEY will be posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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