I am excited to introduce a new author who I have been mentoring, Rebecca Amiss. She is quite a talented young lady who is someone we should all watch. I expect great things from her. Please help me welcome Rebecca Amiss to Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog.
Thank you, Rebecca, for coming today. Step up – the stage is all yours.
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always loved writing, but didn’t start doing it consistently until I was 16. I wrote on a website called Quizilla which mostly consisted of fun quizzes, polls, fanfiction, and original fiction. I wrote three original short stories on there. However, it wasn’t until I was about 19, when I discovered how passionate I was for writing and wanted to pursue it as a career.
jjspina: Keep writing, Becky. I expect great things from you. The more you write the more polished you will be as a writer.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on two short stories. One is a contemporary/social drama, and the other is a psychological drama with a bit of horror thrown in. I am also writing a novella that takes place in the 1970s and focuses on an 11 year old foster child who runs away from her troubled home life and meets a young teenager who is also a runaway that takes the little girl her under wing. I hope to begin writing my debut novel sometime in 2020.
Jjspina: I look forward to reading more of your work.
What do you expect to accomplish in 2019?
I expected to get one of my short stories published in 2019, which I did! My short story “Down by the Bay” was published in “The Write Launch” in the September 2019 issue under the Long Short Story category. It was my debut!
jjspina: Congratulations on your publication! It’s so exciting to become an author!
What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
I love to read of course. However, I am a huge movie buff! I watch movies all the time. My favorite film is Chicago. Although, I am a true Old Hollywood nerd. I love everyone from Judy Garland to Cary Grant.
Jjspina: I love Cary Grant too! He is one of a kind.
What advice would you give prospective authors?
My advice would be to just write! Write as much as you can. And, write only what you want. Don’t feel pressured into writing whatever’s “popular” or “trendy”. Only you know your story and only you can write it.
Jjspina: Good advice for other newbie authors.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Definitely Prince Edward Island in Canada. I love “Anne of Green Gables” and have always wanted to visit PEI and the Green Gables house. I would also love to go back to Disney World sometime!
Jjspina: Canada is a lovely place to go. Disney is a fun destination that’s make you feel like a kid again.
Do you have any unusual talents? What are they?
I do! Being such a huge movie buff, I’m pretty good at accents and impressions. My favorite accent to do is Southern. Everything just sounds better with a Southern accent haha. I love to do impressions of Old Hollywood stars, particularly Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant!
Jjspina: How talented you are! I would love to hear these impressions.
Instagram: @itsawriterfullifeTwitter: @writerfullifeGoodreads: Rebecca Jacqueline
Here is the link to the story on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/First-Snowfall-Christmas-Eve-ebook/dp/B08186XLFG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=30C8FIREGUYML&keywords=the+first+snowfall+of+christmas+eve&qid=1575388952&s=digital-text&sprefix=the+first+s%2Caps%2C143&sr=1-1
Here is my review of her book:
This is a debut short story from a talented new author. I expect great things from her. I was honored to edit her first published work.
The First Snowfall of Christmas Eve is a lovely and tender story of believing that good things will come to pass especially at the blessed time of Christmas. A grandmother shares a story with her grandson of her father going off to war when she was a young girl. She misses her father with all her heart and prays that he will come home for Christmas.
This story tears at your heartstrings and makes you believe, as the young girl, that miracles really do happen when there is a first snowfall of Christmas. The author has created a story with believable and relatable characters and has weaved a heart-wrenching story that captivates the reader.
I look forward to what this young creative author will write next.
Thank you for coming today, Becky. It was a pleasure to learn more about you. I am honored to feature you and your book on my blog. Please feel free to come back again when you have more books to share. You are now a part of Jemsbooks.blog family of interviewees.
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