In this edition, we’re talking to Rebecca Howie.
She’s the author of ‘The Game Begins‘ a young adult detective novel.
Let’s get interviewing …
Please introduce yourself, and talk a little bit about the genres of books that you write.
I’m from Scotland, I’m eighteen, and my first book, which I published a few months after leaving school, got to 16th in its category on Amazon.
It’s a YA detective story about a girl who wants to solve the questions surrounding her father’s death,
and I stick to the crime or mystery genre because I find it’s a good way to work at my descriptions and it gives me an excuse to read hundreds of history books for research.
Tell us about any past writing experience.
The first thing I ever wrote which wasn’t for school was a short story. I can’t remember what it was about but I know when I was given that notepad, I had a compulsion to fill in the blank spaces with whatever I could think of, and although my writing has progressed a lot since then, that compulsion is still the same.
What motivates you about the content that you write? Any inspirations?
I’ve been a fan of mystery novels and detective shows for a while, so there was no choice about what kind of story I’d write when I started The Game Begins. Crime novels are the books I spend all my spare time reading, and I wanted to put my own spin on it.
My inspirations are people like JK Rowling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, because they both had things in their lives which could have stopped them from writing and getting their stories out, but it only motivated them to work harder and get their stories written.
How much research is typically involved for your books?
I’d done research for my writing before, like layouts of towns and cities and medical terms, but that was nothing compared to the time I’ve spent looking up how long bullet wounds take to heal and how the process works, and how the police deal with evidence from crime scenes.
Needless to say, my internet history looks a bit strange now.
Do you find it easy or difficult to set time aside for writing? How do you deal with distractions?
It depends on whether I’m in the mood to write. If I am, I can just close my door and get on with the story, but if I have to build myself up to even looking at the keyboard, the slightest of distraction is welcome.
Are there days when you get out of bed and simply can’t get any work done? If so, how do you combat that?
There have been more of those days with this second book than there was with the first one, but that’s because I’ve never written a sequel before and I’ve never had people know about my writing or ask how it’s coming along.
The best way for me to deal with the non-working days has been to do anything but write. I know if I force myself, I’ll end up just deleting whatever I wrote, so I stay away from my laptop and find something to read or watch a boxset on Netflix.
For an indie author, what do you think are the best ways to market your book?
I’d probably say word of mouth, because by telling my relatives, they’ve been telling their friends and they tell their friends and it’s easier for me to know how many people have been told. With social media, not everybody who sees my posts interacts with then, but that isn’t always a bad thing because on some days, I like to just stay in the house with my dressing gown on and spend all day on the internet.
As an indie author, what would you say is the most challenging obstacle?
Hearing people say that it’s too easy to publish a book, and that it doesn’t have to be any good. It hits my confidence hard, but I remind myself that there are people who like my book and they want to know what happens to the characters and after a few hours of considering never writing again, I get back to my laptop.
Please tell us about any future projects you have on the horizon, be it writing, or marketing a new book, etc.
I’m working on the sequel to The Game Begins, and then I’m going to move on to a WIP I’ve been stopping and starting for a few years.