Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?
Rebecca: I’m lucky that I can pretty much write anywhere, and background noise doesn’t bother me. I guess it comes from having to grab every spare minute to write, so no chance to be picky.
Studioenp: Ah, been there and done that. So, what’s your latest release?
Rebecca: Captain Merric. A tale of pirates, lost love, and the fight for a happy ending. A gay historical romance, set in the age of sail.
Studioenp: It’s wonderful. Lovely imagery, and the love story is the best! How did the plot come about for it?
Rebecca: The original Captain Merric was a short story in a pirate-themed anthology which grew from an exercise I did in my Open University Creative Writing course. I had to write the opening paragraph of something you’d never write… so I thought age of sail and, well, it grew from there. Once I got the rights back for the short, I thought I could give it a quick edit, but it grew and grew into the novel-length version. The main story changed a little, especially the ending, and Edward, who was originally called James, got a new name as I am using the name James elsewhere.
Studioenp: Great when you can expand a book like that, isn’t it? How long did it take you to write it?
Rebecca: About three months for the first draft of the extended story (there’s very little of the original short left). I was in a bit of rut and wanted something fun to play with, and a pirate romance fitted the bill perfectly.
Studioenp: Brilliant. So what’s next on your writing list?
Rebecca: I’ve a new historical series which is a spin-off from my Crofton Chronicles. We will journey through the centuries with the Earls of Crofton. The first up is Anthony (from the Crofton Chronicles). Then James (set in the Restoration period), followed by Charles (Regency), and then Henry (Victorian).
Studioenp: Oooh, these sound thoroughly delightful! Are you a plotter or panster?
Rebecca: Plotter. I love to map out and build the basis of a story then flesh it out. That doesn’t mean everything always goes to plan, though.
Studioenp: LOL. Sometimes books have minds of their own, don’t they? No matter how hard you try to stick to the original plan, something always sneaks out on you. That’s the beauty of writing, though, eh? What is your go-to form of procrastination?
Rebecca: Playing Lego and Playmobil with my little boy.
Studioenp: Aww, a most delightful pastime. Paul loves Lego. Em loves Playmobil. Um…well, she doesn’t play it now the kids have grown, but… Anyway, let’s move on, shall we? How many hours per week do you write?
Rebecca: Anything from 1 – 15, depending on the day job and family life.
Studioenp: That’s the trouble with jobs. Grr. They get in the way. What’s one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?
Rebecca: I write in all sorts of genres (published contemporary, historical, sci-fi, fantasy) and have a crime series I’d like to do something with, so there’s isn’t a genre I’ve not given a go when I wanted to.
Studioenp: Brilliant! What’s the best book you’ve written?
Rebecca: The next one… Actually, the Earls of Crofton Anthony is pretty close to being finished and it’s one of my favourite plots to date. Rooftop chases, spies, and romance in the court of King James I.
Studioenp: That really does sound like an amazing book. Well, sadly our time has come to an end (boo hoo!), but thank you so much for being here with us and sharing your new book. We wish you well in your career and hope you come back again once Anthony is released.
Dear readers, as it’s Friday, we have heaps of chocolate on the table over there and an abundance of doughnuts (yummers!). Please indulge in those while also indulging in the following excerpt from Captain Merric. Enjoy—and have a marvellous weekend!