Interview with Rebecca Nolen

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is finishing. And then later hearing people say they loved the story.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a historical YA.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A nice hot cup of sweet, milky tea.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about what I want to write next.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I receive the BookBub emails with the daily specials on Ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In grade school I wrote a story about an elephant. The teacher kept it because she said it was so good. I don't remember anything but that.
What is your writing process?
I usually write in long hand on a legal size pad first before I use Word on the computer. There is something to be said for crafting a sentence in pencil or pen and scratching it out and making notes in the margins. I have notebooks full of things I've written that I have yet to put on the computer. Hopefully, the house doesn't burn down.
How do you approach cover design?
With The Dry, and the pending third novel, the design came to me just before I drifted into sleep or just as I woke up. With my adult novel, Deadly Thyme, I had a designer craft the cover after sending her covers of all the thrillers and suspense novels that I love.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a simple black and white Kindle, and I also use my phone as an e-reader.
Describe your desk
It is my mother's writing desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up at the far, far edge of civilization next to a big pasture full of horses and fire ants. I used boards nailed into trees to perch up in the branches to read and or watch buzzards or anything that caught my eye in a drab brown landscape.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Dry was inspired because I took an interest in the wild life of insects. There is always a war going on between the spiders and the wasps, or the bees and the bee eaters, etc. Also, a visit to the Virginia's and viewing photos at a mine museum of all those little kids that worked in the coal mine...touched my heart.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I could go into the long answer and talk about the scraggly, bent character in my mind's eye shouting "Life passes quickly! Get a move on!" Instead I will use the short answer and say that I did try to get my book published in the traditional way until I found that getting picked for traditional publishing was like winning the lottery. I haven't won the lottery either.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can tell you the first story that took me to a far away land that I couldn't get over even after I'd finished the book. It was by Robert Costain called The Black Rose. It has been out of print so long I think it would be hard to find one. I do have a ratty copy that I won't share, sorry.
Published 2014-02-28.
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Books by This Author

The Dry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,940. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Weather
In 1895 between the freedom of slaves and the implementation of child labor laws, children were being used as "slaves" in the coal mining industry in America. This is a story about a newspaper man who goes in search of missing mine children and his son who goes in search of him when he goes missing. What Elliot Sweeney finds is a fantastical world rules by giant insects.