About Rebecca Ayers:
Author Rebecca Ayers is a self-identified bibliophile whose love of words has guided her through every aspect of her life. Raised in the American South, she grew up with a love of folklore and storytelling. She has been writing stories since the age of six and continues to pursue her passion. The Washer Woman’s Daughter is her first full length novel.
What inspires you to write?
More often than not, I find myself inspired by nature. There is nothing more beautiful to me than sunlight filtering through the trees. As a fantasy writer I am always looking for inspiration to create new worlds, even if those worlds closely mirror our own.
Tell us about your writing process.
As much as I admire those who outline, I am a spur of the moment type of writer. I do my best to answer when inspiration calls but I never force myself to write when I am not in the correct state of mind. I tend to write in scenes rather than chapters and assemble everything in proper order after the first draft is done.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am a “watchmaker” type of writer. Rather than listening to my characters or speaking to them directly, I set up a situation and step back to “watch” how everything turns out.
What advice would you give other writers?
For anyone out there who is considering taking the plunge and writing their first novel, do it! It’s cliché, I know but if you feel the need to write then just back your ears and write. The hardest thing for me is taking the time to work on my craft. Make every day a learning experience and be open to inspiration in all its forms.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a great love for traditional publishing but for my first novel, I wanted a more hands-on approach so I chose to self publish. It has been such a rewarding experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. For new authors, I would suggest that they allow their manuscript to see the light of day before publishing it independently or querying publishers. You can never underestimate the value of a different perspective.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the future of book publishing is getting brighter every day. A lot of people have told me that they think the publishing industry is doomed or that it is a thing of the past. Yes, the industry in changing and yes there are fewer brick and mortar bookstores in the world but that doesn’t mean that readership is diminishing. If anything, I think that the reading has become more global and more interactive than its ever been and it’s a fabulous time to share your creativity.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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