Author Interview: Rebeka Harrington's vampire books.
Meet the Author!
Rebeka Harrington started her writing career working for the local newspaper as a teenager in Victoria, in south-east Australia. She currently lives in Melbourne with her demented but lovable cat, dividing her time between writing and managing a small boutique entertainment agency.
Rebeka incorporates her many varied interests and eclectic tastes in her writing. She particularly enjoys writing about vampires.
Rebeka seeks to define and explain vampires in a way not done before with Vampires Revealed and Desires Revealed.
Would you like to introduce yourself to readers?
I’m an Aussie addicted to vampires and history. I live in Melbourne, where my business is based, and share my home with a delightfully deranged geriatric cat.
What is your current or most recent project?
My current release is Desires Revealed. Based in the 16th century it looks at the historical expectations of women, life, love and vengeance. And of course there is lots of vampire shenanigans.
What are you planning to write next?
My next project I plan to base around the time of the French Revolution. I want to see what could happen if vampires try to sway the course of history. It’s also time to start introducing readers to more of my vampires.
How did you begin taking your writing seriously? What triggered your interest?
In my late teens I began training as a journalist, unfortunately health issues stopped me from pursuing this as a career. I only returned to writing about two years ago while my business was going through some down time. I’m so glad I did, because I have so many ideas for stories and characters, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for me to write them all.
How do you think the publishing industry will have changed in ten years time?
Honestly I can’t even begin to imagine. It has changed so much in the short space of time between my last and current release. As an indie author I believe the ‘big’ boys will increase their efforts to squeeze us out of the market. It’s my hope that with hard-work and quality writing indie authors can continue to gain readership and momentum. This is critical to our survival in the evolving world of digital publishing.
Do you have a daily word-count, an allocated time-slot for writing, or an established writing routine of some kind?
None of the above, I completely wing it; out of necessity. The workflow related to my business is extremely unpredictable, I have to fit writing around its demands.
When I was writing for newspaper the pressure to pump out article after article was enormous. That sort of pressure exacerbates my health issues. Now, I refuse to write on demand. But just because I’m not writing doesn’t mean I’m not working on a project.
I like to leave ideas and scenes simmering on the back burner of my mind until I’m 100% certain of how I want to write it or what I want to achieve. This involves me sitting in my home office talking to my characters — a lot. Thank goodness only the cat ever sees that happening or I’d be locked up in a loony bin.
Are you a member of a writers group? Have you attended writing courses or seminars? Have these been helpful to you?
At the moment my involvement is limited to online writer’s forums. The demands of my business doesn’t leave much time for anything else. They have been amazingly helpful. The wealth of knowledge available is incredible.
Do you have a personal philosophy, and is this reflected in your work?
Keep an open mind and don’t judge. This is most definitely a recurring theme in my writing. I believe people are generally too quick to judge and label, this can be highly superficial. Any individual is much more than the sum of the labels we tag them with. Personally I’d much prefer to be regarded as ‘loyal friend’ than ‘female writer’. The former tells you a great deal more about me as a person.
Have you other interests outside of writing? What do you do with your spare time?
History, I am completely fascinated with history. How people and events shaped the world we live in now, what we can learn from that. It’s very easy for me to waste hours at a time researching a person, place or event I heard about in passing. My thirst for knowledge is insatiable.
Is there a particular novel which you've re-read again and again?
The Three Musketeers series by Alexandre Dumas. (There are five books in total). The way he writes the characters is truly awesome. Reading a section I’ll find myself thinking “uh-oh D’Artagnan isn’t going to be happy about that.” I would recognise his characters walking down the street in a heartbeat.
What's the most useful 'how to' advice you've encountered?
Anything complicated can be made simple if you break it down to basics; step-by-step.
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Picture an apocalyptic scenario. To survive, you've got to leave behind everything but what you can carry. What do you put in your backpack?
My cat, because I couldn’t leave her behind to fight zombies or whatever is taking over the world. Not sure how comfortable she would be in the backpack though. Toilet paper, because leaves and grass don’t do a very good job. Chocolate, because there is no wound that eating chocolate can’t heal. Clean underwear, because Mum always said never leave home without it.
Probably not the most seriously considered answer, but hey, I’m an Aussie; we make jokes about anything.
Name a favourite place, a favourite piece of music, and a favourite film.
Bed, snuggled up in the doona on a cold morning knowing you don’t have to get up.
Ride of the Valkyrie by Wagner; it makes me feel like I could take on the world.
Give me any movie by Mel Brooks and I’m happy. Life is too short for being serious, we all need a good laugh.
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