I’m really excited about this month’s interview, because I’m one of Rhianne’s beta readers! So you can take it from me when I say that this is one exciting release to look out for 😉
Rhianne Williams blogs over at Little Novelist, where you can find some incredible resources and online courses for writers! If you’ve never been over there I highly recommend that you take a look – you won’t regret it!
Rhianne wants to be the writer who inspires others to follow their dreams, whether that’s in writing or another matter. Now her first novel is in the editing stages, her second is being outlined and she has more ideas for stories than she has fingers.
Today she’s here to talk about her debut novel, The Collective 🙂
Hi Rhianne, and welcome to Cookie Break! I’m really excited to talk to you about your upcoming novel The Collective – to start with, could you tell us a little about your book? No spoilers, please! 😉
Oh of course. I use this to explain what my book is quickly to people so seemed this would be a pretty good thing to explain it; A curious university student gets forcefully whisked away on an adventure back in the 1700’s by a man seeking revenge, her only saviour, a library frequenter with lots of secrets
Would you mind sharing an excerpt with us, or a favourite quote?
“It’s to say sorry,” he insisted. “Please, open it.”
Not needing any further instructions Tilly ripped open the box. Inside was a medallion on a necklace. The small coin was stamped with a pirate emblem rather than the the rulers head. Not that she knew who the ruler of this time was. For a moment, she was just a girl standing in a beautiful location in the Caribbean with a boy she might actually like. He took her hand in his and pulled her closer into an embrace. It would have been the perfect moment for him to kiss her but it was not meant to be.
Do you remember what sparked the idea for The Collective?
I have absolutely zero clue. This book took its own shape. I pasted the entire thing! I just found out about NaNo two weeks into the month and tried my best to catch up, 32,000 words were written in those two weeks and it became this remarkable story. I needed something different to work on, and this arose.
What are you working on right now?
Far too many things;
- Getting The Collective ready for publication, need beta feedback and answers from publishers.
- The Collective Book 2; An Egyptian Curse
- The Missing Prince (fantasy novel)
- Schedule Maker (free course module)
- Online course
- plus more
I try and focus on a few things at a time as I seem to deviate less that way – I’m strange. Usually it wouldn’t help. I pick one thing each evening I sit down to work, mixing it up keeps my interest.
What draws you to the genre you write in? Have you always been drawn to it?
I’ve always had an active imagination so fantasy and romance have always been inside my mind. I think I love the concept that in another world/life all the things we think up COULD actually be real.
Who/what is your writing inspiration?
The characters in my head are my inspiration, they need for their stories to be told and therefore I must write them. I’m not bothered about whether I make millions, or have my books turned into a movie. I just want to tell my stories and be proud that I have made something. If my friends read it and love it great, if people buy it and love it amazing, if people buy it and don’t like it that’s fine too! Not everyone has the same likes/dislikes, interests.
What do you do if inspiration just won’t come?
Play Skyrim! Seriously been helping so much, since I started playing again I’ve had quite a few 1000 writing days. (I work full time).
Which part of the writing process is your favourite, and which part do you dread?
Planning and writing are my favourite. I don’t outline everything so there is still an element of surprise for me when I write. I absolutely HATE editing. It takes so long and feels like a chore BUT it’s for the greater good and something every writer needs to do more than once 😉
What is your number one distraction?
Television. If I get into a new series I am all over that until there is nothing.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Kind of a little bit of both. I plan so much and leave myself the freedom to have the story tell itself.
Tea or coffee?
Neither. I don’t drink hot drinks unless its hot milk from costa with marshmallows and cream
What are the most important three things you’ve learned about writing, editing or publishing (or all of the above!) since you started your journey?
It takes time, and only the story knows how long it’s going to take to tell.
What’s your favourite quote on writing?
“The first draft is you telling yourself the story, every draft after that is you finding the best way to tell that story.”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Anything Rachael has ever told me. Basically the best advice I have been given and would give is surround yourself with a few writers to help you when you’re struggling, we should all be supporting each other.
Where else can we connect with you?
Thank you so much, Rhianne, for stopping by!
If you’re not following Rhianne already I suggest that you do – she’s one of those writers who makes our community what it is by helping and supporting others every day!
The Collective will be out in early January, so mark it in your calendars! <3
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