with Rebecca Thomas
Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?
Hello, I’m Rebecca Thomas and I’ve been writing for eight years, but more seriously and on more of a “schedule” during the last three years. I write in three sub-genres of romance. Contemporary, Historical, and Paranormal. I sub-genre hop quite a bit, but all my stories are considered romance.
Where/When do you do the most of your writing?
Because I have a day job, I do most of my writing on the weekends. It takes brain power to write well and oftentimes after working at my job, I’m too tired to write when I get home. If I’m under a tight deadline I will get up early and write before work though.
What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment? Typing “The End” on my first manuscript was a huge accomplishment, but then I had many many rounds of revisions, then writing a query letter, then submitting the story to publishing houses. There are many little steps to writing, but finishing the first draft of a complete story is a pretty amazing feeling.
Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Keeping the self-doubt out of my head is the most challenging aspect of writing for me. When I have a story idea in my head, it’s so exciting, but when I get down to the actual writing, the story oftentimes doesn’t seem near as good on paper as it was in my mind. It’s easy to let yourself believe that what you are writing is the worst piece of garbage ever, but it’s important to push forward, ignore the self-doubt, and finish the story, because so many times, the story I thought was terrible, isn’t at all.
Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know? Yes, absolutely. In my Alaskan Hero series many of the experiences of the characters are my own. I live in Alaska, so my perspective is different from someone who has only visited. Hockey skating, gold-panning, flying, painting, welding, dog mushing, riding four-wheelers…I try to incorporate as many unique “setting” details into my stories as I possibly can.
Do you have any advice for other authors? Don’t let anyone tell you you’re doing it wrong!
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