R. L. Blackhurst

Biography

Rebecca Blackhurst was born in Essex in 1972 but grew up in Bahrain and southern Spain. Possessing an incurable wanderlust, she travelled the globe for years before settling back in the UK to complete a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences and PhD in Astrobiology.

Growing up on a diet of science fiction and fantasy, Rebecca scribbled down stories and ideas for years but only after moving to New Zealand, for a change of lifestyle, was she able to get her teeth into writing.

Rebecca published her first book, "The Wolves of Solomon," in 2010, an historical fantasy novel based on the fall of the Knights Templar. The sequel "Wolf" followed in 2011. Driven by her characters, she is currently working on a prequel in the series, "Blood and Brethren."

Having a passion for wolves, Rebecca has two German shepherds and can often be heard howling into the night with her pack.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in faraway places. I spent a lot of my childhood in Bahrain. This was a very mysterious and exotic place for a child. I would love going down the souk with my mother. There was gold, spices, perfume, rolls of colourful fabric, all sorts of wonderful sights and smells. The smell of sandalwood always takes me back to my childhood. When I was older my parents moved to a finca, in a remote part of southern Spain. The excitement of bazaars and ex-pat clubs was replaced by hills and olive trees. I would trudge all over the the hills and through long dried up river beds, with my dog Jez, and go on all sorts of adventures. I think both the places I grew up in had strong roots in the past. Traditions and ways of life not yet corrupted by the modern world. I am not sure what these places are like now, as I have not return since my childhood, but I imagine there are still parts of them which have that ancient feel. I love history and I think that the places in which I was lucky enough to grow up helped nurture that love of the past.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be read! I loved writing but I wanted to share it. Like most indies, I sent out chapters, cover letters and got all the usual responses. It is hard and I thought it was unfair that if you wanted to be a writer that you could be prevented from ever having a word of yours read, because a bunch of people felt "you weren't quite right for their list," or "would be difficult to place." There really is no other profession like it. I know plenty of musicians, artists who have said, "this is what I want to do" and they are doing it. They make a living. They don't have record deals, and the like. But they are doing what they love and earning a living. I wanted that. I hated the term "vanity publishing." Sophia Loren, one of my idols, said that "if to be vain is to have a high opinion of ones' looks then we should all learn to be vain." If to be self published is to have a high opinion of ones' writing then writers unite and nurture that high opinion. Companies like smashwords have allowed many great writers to be discovered by readers (the important folk).
I took my rejection letters, I did the rounds. Then I jumped at the indie thing and became READ! Power to the people!
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Books

Wolf (Wolves of Solomon Book Two)
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Series: Wolves of Solomon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 107,820. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
France, 1311 . . . Raymond Caradas, more wolf than man, is outcast since betraying his former master to save the Templar brethren from the French King’s fires. About to commit a diabolical act, he is prevented by she-wolf Kit, who has sought him out for a purpose. Drawn to her, Caradas is pulled back into the Templar struggle to face new enemies determined to destroy the supernatural knights.
The Wolves of Solomon (Wolves of Solomon Book One)
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Series: Wolves of Solomon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 182,190. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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England, 1307. . . Templar Knight Galeren de Massard is sent to investigate an incident where a nun claims to have been attacked by "a man who became a wolf." When Galeren meets Catherine, he instinctively knows that her attacker was Esquin de Floyran and that his return is dangerous for the increasingly unpopular Templar Order. A supernatural tale revolving around the fall of the Templars.

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Smashwords book reviews by R. L. Blackhurst

  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on May 09, 2012

    This is such a great book for indie authors, for both novice and seasoned indies. I found myself engrossed in this book, drinking in every detail and tip even though I normally avoid "How to" books. An excellent book to keep referring back to aswell, and for reading again if you ever feel blue about things. Thanks Mark for your generosity in offering such an informative book for free. Gives you a real boost!