Rachel Pattinson graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA Hons in Publishing Media. Born and raised in the north of England, she shares a love for anything to do with tea, cake, bread and butter, rain, the dark, lakes, fells and Lord of the Rings. She now lives in Norfolk with her partner in crime, and is currently working on several new projects, including the sequel to Synthetica.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the north west of England, surrounded by lakes and fells, and where it's constantly raining. I loved it. I loved waking up and being able to see such a dramatic landscape every day, and I think this has definitely impacted on my writing. Not only do I love writing dramatic scenes, I also love bringing the world I've written to life - I want to draw readers into my world, just as much as I was drawn to all those lakes and mountains. Plus, the north west of England is fairly isolated, so I was forever coming up with new story ideas as I tramped around the countryside. I strongly believe that if I hadn't been brought up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, if I hadn't had that time and space to come up with all those ideas, I wouldn't be a writer today.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
If I'm completely honest, I never thought I'd ever become an indie author. The topic for my major project in university was 'How viable is self-publishing for a first-time author?' and I had to look into indie publishing in a lot of detail; by the end of my project, I decided it sounded like far too much work! But there was a period after university when I couldn't get a job no matter how hard I tried, so I turned to writing to keep me sane. After being rejected not only from job applications, but from literary agents too, I decided I had to take my writing career into my own hands. I can't tell you how much I absolutely love indie publishing. Yes, it's A LOT of hard work - even more than I originally thought during my major project - but I love it. I love writing at my own pace. I love writing my own stories. And most of all, I love the indie community - everyone is so friendly and helpful and there's no way I could've done this without them. It's so much fun, and at the end of the day, that's all I've ever really wanted from my writing - to have fun doing it and to have the opportunity to share it with others.
In the Imperial City, everyone is born beautiful and every dream is a possibility - in theory. When a man known only as 'the Hacker' wages war against the city and it's inhabitants, it's up to seventeen-year-old Anais Finch to stop him before he commits his most appalling crime yet.