What first attracted to you to writing a psychological thriller?
I suppose I was never consciously ‘attracted’ to writing any particular genre. It just happened. I sat down and wrote whatever felt right, and for me, those stories are never terribly lighthearted.
Do you think this genre has an edge over others? And if so what is it?
No, not at all. I believe every genre has its place. Each is as important as the other.
What kind of research would you prepare before beginning to write a book?
Every author writes a manuscript very differently. Mine begin with nothing more than a vague notion and a very strong feeling. Because of this, I do little or no research beforehand. However, I have had to stop in the past when something has cropped up that I need to understand better. That’s when the research kicks in.
What do you find the most challenging aspect of writing?
Oh, great question. For me, it would have to be fulfilling the feeling. My novel is never complete until it has hit it’s climax and sometimes that can be a real battle.
What are the best conditions for writing?
A child free house, fire lit and a very comfortable sofa.
Are you ever worried about what the reaction to your books will be like?
I never contemplate it during the writing process but once I have written ‘The End’ and take my first glance back at what unfolded, that’s when reality sinks in.
Why should people read your work?
Because you’ll never know if you don’t try.
What was the last book you read?
Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith.
What advice would you give to anyone trying to write or publish their work?
Always be true to yourself. Never write what you think will sell; just write what you feel inside.
If you were heading on your holidays in the next week what book or books would you bring?
I always read two books at one time, one lighthearted and the other more serious. So for a holiday it would have to be chic lit and a thriller.
Rebecca recently answered some questions for The Irish Times 'Brought to Book'. Read it here: http://bit.ly/1guNWSM
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