Rebecca Hillary


I'm a mum of five, I love reading and writing, tweeting sporadically, writing music, playing the guitar and ukelele, designing software, and digital art.

I'm a cancer survivor, and a right-brained introverted optimist.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord Loss by Darren Shan.
I read this when it was first published and I absolutely adored it. I'm a long-time Stephen King fan, so it was interesting to see something of that ilk, and indeed caliber, written for kids. My eldest daughter's now reading the Demonata series, so it shows how much appeal the books still have (she was three months old when Lord Loss came out!)

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
I love all of the Harry Potter books of course, but OotP is my favourite, probably because it was the first I read out of the series. I love long books, and I believe OotP runs to over a quarter of a million words, so it's right up my street! It's taken five books to get Harry to the position he's in at the end of the book, but it's where the most character development happens, and you can't help but to feel so much for him. Look at me here, trying not to give spoilers - as if anyone hasn't read the books or seen the films!

Stephen King - Insomnia
I first read this around the time I developed insomnia in real life (a strange decision, possibly, but that's just my sense of humour), and I could really understand the spiraling towards mania that was 'suffered' by Ralph. I say suffered in inverted commas because it's not so much of a suffering as a minor inconvenience and later benefit.

Bram Stoker - Dracula
I was born and raised in North Yorkshire and went to Whitby evey year as a kid. Need I say more?

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
While one of the classics of the horror genre, I think this novel says a lot about about humans as a whole. We're all a little different, nobody's perfect. How far do people have to go to fit in? It's amazing that an 18 year old girl had such insight into the human condition.
What do you read for pleasure?
YA fiction, horror, sci-fi, romance, biography, reference... actually pretty much anything! I'm not fussy, really. I'm always on the lookout for something new to read, and if something looks good I'll read it - I rarely look at the genre!
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