Interview with Rebekah Mussett

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, it must have been almost thirteen years ago now, when I was six. It was a little story, more of a fan fiction than anything, but I managed to write about thirty pages, which I was very proud of. I have loved writing ever since and spend nearly all of my time reading and writing.
What is your writing process?
The first thing I like to do is choose names for my characters, using different name websites. Then I make character profiles, outlining what I want my character to be like, his/her face shape, hair colour, eye colour, even voice tone. I like to be very thorough with the profiles so if needs be I can just refer back to them whenever. Even though I find typing easier and faster, I do resort back to the old fashioned pen and paper; it works wonders for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Grimsby, a little town on the east coast of England. I still live here now, but I hope to travel to America; it has been my dream! I would say that I like to base my stories in England, just because it feels more real. But it hasn't really influenced my writing in any major way.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was about six or seven years old and I've loved it ever since! I am really the only one in my whole family that have a passion for writing, most of them don't even like reading (unless it has pictures in).
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, Amy and I were in college when we first thought of the idea. We had no work to do in class (we had finished the whole course with weeks to spare but we still had to go in for attendance purposes) and I suddenly said, 'How about we write a story!'
We really didn't think we'd finish it as it all started out as a bit fun and escalated into something much, much more. We are so proud of Mysterious Elements.
What are you working on next?
We are working on the second part of Mysterious Elements, which we should have finished by November 2014, if all goes well. We've written nearly 20,000 in about two or so months. :)
What do you read for pleasure?
To be honest, I love fan fiction! It amazes me how some people come up with some of the stuff they do. I do read original fiction, but I like to stick to fan fiction. I do write some fan fiction myself but just when I get stuck on Mysterious Elements.
Describe your desk
My desk is a cluttered mess! Stacks of writing books and paper, loads of pens, my handy-dandy bright green desk lamp (it matches my room O.o), and that's about it. I don't really use my desk often, normally I sit on my bed before moving to the desk when I spend more than two hours writing (it hurts my back and stuff. :()
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love making up stuff! From characters to beautiful scenery. I can write about what I want, whatever comes to mind. I write everyday, in fact, I make sure I write at least a paragraph a day. Sometimes I can write pages and pages and it's an amazing feeling, especially when I see someone has bought the book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I got a Kindle Fire HDX for Christmas and that is now my device of choice to read, other than my laptop (whom I affectionately named Vayee - (Vay- Ee)). I mostly rad on my phone as well, as I can get eBooks on that as well.
Published 2014-01-04.
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