Rebecca Enzor’s heart pounds, her hands go clammy and she begins to feel light headed. She knows she won’t escape this experience unscathed. But still, she steps forward and sits down on the HOT SEAT.
Rebecca is a nuclear chemist from South Carolina, USA. Because of the corrosive substances Rebecca deals with on a daily basis, she’s not allowed to bring writing folders into the lab, so she brings home most of her story notes and scenes on sticky notes, hence the title of her blog, Sticky Note Stories.
So, Rebecca, let’s get started. What genre(s) do you write?
New Adult, Young Adult, Fantasy and Magical Realism.
Tell us about Fie Eoin, your Work in Progress, in a limerick.
Twin sisters: a priestess, a warrior
Torn apart by the Obsidian courier
One fights for the tribe
One just to survive
As their future becomes even gorier
Most of us write part time. How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?
At work, I test soil, water and tissue samples for radioactivity, as well as pesticides, herbicides and PCBs (never fear! I’m keeping you safe :P). Outside of work and writing (and reading, of course) I like to garden, play with my dogs and cats (two dogs, three cats, one fish), go to the beach and play World of Warcraft.
Tell us a little about your writing process.
I always get very anxious when I have a new character lurking. I’m full of creative energy, but have no place to direct it, so I use that time to get to know the character and their world.
I’ll storyline through the entire novel once in my head, writing down notes or bits of dialogue on stickies, and when I’m ready to write I try to get the first draft out as fast as I can. I write linearly, because I get confused otherwise, but I edit jumping all over the manuscript, getting big important things right before I work on the details.
It takes me a long time to edit (which is mostly re-writing) so I don’t know what comes after that step for me yet. 🙂
Who or what are your biggest writing inspirations?
Donna Gillespie is a huge inspiration to me. Her writing is beautiful and I aspire to write as well as she does. As far as story inspirations, those come from anywhere, although mythology plays a huge part in all of my stories.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a writer?
Editing. Learning all the rules for what makes a strong story and then applying them to my WIP. I was taught scientific writing, which is completely opposite from novel writing, so it’s been a struggle to unlearn how I’ve been taught to write and teach myself a new way.
And now for the HOT SEAT questions
If you were given a glimpse of the future and knew you would never publish any of your writing, would you continue to write?
Of course! I started writing for fun, and I decided a long time ago that I wanted to make my stories as good as they could be because my characters deserve it. Especially with my tendency to hurt them. Badly.
What fictional character are you most like and why?
Oh gosh, this is hard. I know which characters I would like to be, but as for the character that I’m most like? For my own characters it’s Holly Thompson (and not just because she’s a nuclear chemist). I modeled her on myself, and we learned together how to not let people step all over us. But I usually read about characters stronger than myself, because I aspire to be like them 😛
I’d like to be all-around amazing like Auriane from The Light Bearer or a total bad-ass like Kara from Battlestar Gallactica, but I’m probably more like the selfish, wimpy Baltar from BSG (can you tell what I’ve been watching lately?).
If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what genre would you choose?
Fantasy 🙂 I love the different worlds and all the possibilities in Fantasy.
Thanks for taking a seat, Rebecca. I absolutely LOVE that limerick! Awesome work!
If you’d like a turn in the HOT SEAT, let me know in the comments and I’ll schedule you in for a buttocks burning. 😀