Interview with Rebecca Demarest

Published 2014-06-04.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family moved a LOT. Strike that, they MOVE a lot. They're still doing it. The usual amount of time in a single location is about two years, and my parents are even figuring they'll retire to an RV so they can just keep moving. It definitely had an impact on me as a writer because I was always reading. It was easier than making friends, so I read everything. This meant that my vocabulary was way beyond most kids my age, and I became addicted to narrative, in any form, and love having a constant input of narrative while I churn out my own.
When did you first start writing?
My mother still has my first story, "How Butterfly Got its Colors," and judging by the handwriting, I was about five.
Describe your desk
My couch. Most days, I write from the couch, or sometimes in bed, with my laptop. I do have a standing desk (with a draft chair for when I get tired) but I don't often write from there. That's for other gaming.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Giveaways (particularly of the digital edition since that costs me no money to send the email) and soliciting reviewers and interviews on various blogs around the 'net.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing that my story made an emotional connection with my readers. Whether it creeped them out, or made them happy, or resonated with their own personal history, I love knowing that I've managed to bring my stories alive for them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be able to give a portion of my proceeds to charity and publishers/agents seemed rather leery of the concept. I figured, hey, I know how to do all this stuff, I'm a decent designer (I've since won awards for my book design) and I know enough people in the industry so I can find a good editor, so if I do this on my own, I can give a larger portion of the proceeds to charity than I could otherwise.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both a Kindle and an iPad, and which device I pick up depends on both what I'm reading, and where I'm reading, and if I'm traveling or not. I prefer the unlighted screen of the Kindle late at night, but if I'm traveling, I only bring my iPad instead of my laptop and Kindle. I must say though, if you're looking to only invest in a single device, I would probably go with something that uses the ePub format, and not the Kindle, as their proprietary format and insistence on DRM is...troubling from an industry standpoint.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Crocheting, reading, rock climbing, hiking, playing with my cat, tending to my indoor forest, reading some more...
How do you approach cover design?
I design all my own covers, and I stay far away from stock photos for the most part, or, at least stock photos that are ones that tend to show up a lot, or are very distinctive. If possible, I take my own photos, work with an illustrator for my Ozite Cycle books, or I rely on my Adobe Illustrator skills to whip up something pretty and simple.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost entirely science fiction and fantasy. I love how the really good ones manage to address sociopolitical issues in a new and exaggerated environments that they create.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food. No joke, I adore food. I love making it, I love eating it, and contemplating what I'm going to have for breakfast usually gets me up pretty quickly.
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Books by This Author

The Scholar and the Farmer's Daughter
You set the price! Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A short fairytale about a scholar who wants to win the love of a farmer's daughter.
Thea of Oz
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,930. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A new adventure in Oz.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,030. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
For every purchase, $1 is donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. When Benjamin Grant’s son disappeared a year ago, he felt it was his duty as a father to do everything in his power to find his son, and he tried. He threw himself into the search, but his obsession left him without a home, wife, or job. Now, he’s managed to find work at the United States