Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Rebecca Bosevski and I am 34 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Rebecca: I live on the east coast of Australia.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Rebecca: I married my childhood sweetheart and we have three beautiful, all be it sometimes challenging children.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Rebecca: I am currently writing the final book in the Enchanting the Fey series and it will be out later this year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Rebecca: Over the course of my life I devoured books and movies of all genre’s but with a high focus on fantasy and science fiction. When I met my now best friend Heather, an author also, she encouraged me to push myself and take my writing to the next level.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Rebecca: I first thought of myself as a writer when I finished the first draft of Enchanting the Fey. It was the first full length book I had completed. But like many authors I felt that self-doubt and didn’t really see myself as a writer again till it went live almost a year later.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Rebecca: My best friend Heather was my main inspiration. It really does help to have someone in your corner. Their belief in you inspires belief in yourself.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Rebecca: The original title was Mortimer’s Dream. This was when the book was a stand-alone. But when the first draft was complete, and while brainstorming the edits, it became apparent that the story needed more. So, the title no longer really fit for me after that.
I wanted the title to spell out what kind of magical creature the MC Des was, but also give a hint at what the story was actually about. Enchanting the Fey is about uncovering the darkness that is behind their magic and returning the magic stooen from some of those Fey. I thought about calling it Re-enchanting the Fey, but it didn’t have the same ring to it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Rebecca: I find it much harder to write in the mindset of a teen. Writing adult characters come far easier to me. I find all aspects of writing and publishing challenging in their own ways, but that doesn’t hold me back. I have writers’ groups to help guide me, friends and family for support and a fantastic editor that has taught me so much over the years.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Rebecca: The real world in the story is based off locations I have been from Hobart Tasmania to Surfers Paradise Queensland. But the Fey world is completely fictional. The characters are entirely fictional, though some personality traits might have been inspired by people I know.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Rebecca: For my YA science fiction novel Alpha 9, I took a trip to Sydney city to refresh my memory of the area I planned to use in the book. After this I was able to use memory and google maps to ensure the area was authentic. With Enchanting the Fey, the worlds are entirely fictional and didn’t require travel to inspire their creation.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Rebecca: I designed the covers of all of my books. I took the photos and manipulated the images in photoshop. I have been using photoshop since there was a version 5.5 and love learning new skills.
I have started developing a collection of premade book designs and when I have a stockpile I will be making them available to purchase.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Rebecca: There is no hidden message in Enchanting the Fey. Everyone looks for the developing love story, the slow growing attraction and connection. This is not Des and Jax. Des is impulsive and headstrong, outspoken and sometimes very childish. But she is who she is. Jax is flawed in his own sometimes devastating ways, but they somehow work. They fit. If you take away anything let it be that your expectations of what something should be can blind you to what is.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Rebecca: Not exactly a new author, but one that continues to impress is Richelle Mead. She has a gift for creating fantastical worlds. Hopefully one day my ability to immerse my readers in the world I created will be as effective as she has achieved for me.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Rebecca: The Story Queens of Aus. This group of both Trad and indie published authors are an inspiration and endless support system.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Rebecca: Hells to the yes, I see this as a career. It is what I am striving for and what I have put into my ten year plan to achieve.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Rebecca: No. The Fall was my last release and is an Enchanting the Fey prequel. Designed to be read between book 2, Uniting the Fabled and the final instalment, Destroying the Fallen. It is the villain’s tale. Because behind every bad guy is the dark that led them there.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Rebecca: I am forever learning. I think as authors we have to always be learning something new. I was previously a pantster through and through, but over the course of writing this series I have developed a planning process and it is this process that is constantly changing and growing as I grow as an author.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Rebecca: I have no clue. It would have to be someone who can play both a sassy bitch and a broken woman. Maybe Anne Hathaway?
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Rebecca: Keep writing. Keep learning and surround yourself with people who lift you up. There is no room in your world for people who want to pull you down.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Rebecca: All authors, trad or indie need your reviews, good, bad, indifferent. It is the reviews of readers that help us to get our stories into the hands of more readers.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Rebecca: I am reading a not yet published book by a fellow indie author. It is a heart-warming story of allowing yourself to be who you are and love who you love.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Rebecca: Yes, my mum read the story Lazy Margaret to me as a child and it was one of the first stories I learned to read all the way through. It probably helped that I had heard the story so many times, I had memories the word that came next long before I recognised the combination of letters on the page.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Rebecca: Everything slightly soppy makes me cry. I am a highly emotional person. I watched an ad on television the other day that made me tear up. Making me laugh is slightly harder. I do not find people being hit with things or falling over very funny.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Rebecca: Not really. I mean, if I met a celebrity or someone important to history that I admired I would be too tongue tied to ask them anything worthwhile. I think it would be cool to meet the readers who love my stories. Finding out what it was that caught their attention or held them transfixed to the page would be really uplifting.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Rebecca: So many, yes. I am a lover of all things creative. I help plan weddings, make custom cakes, create bespoke bouquets, design book covers, and draw and paint on occasion too.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Rebecca: I loved TV. Some of my favourite shows include: True Blood series, Buffy and Angel, Doll house, Stargate, Altered Carbon, Black Mirror, Orphan Black, Supergirl, The Flash, Smallville, Charmed, Twilight, Every Marvel movie and the movies from the DC Universe including one of my favourites, Wonderwoman.
Fiona: Favourite foods, colors, music?
Rebecca: Coffee, dark chocolate, every color in existence, classical for relaxation, pop and R&B for daily good vibes.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Rebecca: What are the circumstances surrounding me no longer writing? If I lost my hands, I would find a way to dictate my stories. If I was no longer permitted to write or tell stories in any form I would probably throw myself into the other creative outlets such as designing covers for those still able to write.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Rebecca: With my children, playing games, telling stories. Laughing and just enjoying our time with each other.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Rebecca: This is not the end.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can check out my website http://rebeccajaynebosevski.wixsite.com/author
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You can check out my books here: https://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Bosevski/e/B0797Q8B26