Thursday, November 14, 2019

Interview with YA paranormal author Rebecca Ripley

Author Rebecca Ripley is chatting with me today about her new YA paranormal fantasy, The Aberrant Sword

Rebecca Ripley grew up playing in the heather on the rolling hills of the Hampshire New Forest. Growing up in a region where witchcraft, legends and lore shape the history and even future of the region, she developed a deep love for fantasy. In her books she tries to marry the concepts of fantasy with strong storytelling and fast-paced young-adult action. 

Welcome, Rebecca. Please tell us about your current release.
The Aberrant Sword is a fast-paced young adult paranormal fantasy book and the first in the Abarynthian Artefacts series. The story is about Isabelle who ‘finally’ gets to become a real-life kick-ass demon hunter… except that everything goes terribly wrong. 
She ends up befriending the Demon and, on a back,-breaking quest for a sword that is supposedly key in Evil’s plan to conquer the world. 

I wanted to write a fast-paced yet fluffy and maybe even a bit romantic Young-Adult book – that now has turned into a full-concept series. 

What inspired you to write this book?
I currently live in South East-London (my husband works outside of London so it is easier for him to hit the M25 that way) and I work near Green park. My commutes are hella long! I am talking an hour at least. One morning I finished my audiobook and I was hit with the lethargy that comes after finishing a really good series or an amazing book – What should I do now?

Opposite me sat this absolutely gorgeous woman – dark features, eyes that pierce into your soul, beautiful brown curls, tall and so incredibly stylish in leather… 

I could see her being a bad-ass demon hunter! 

On the train back home I started writing my book. 

What exciting story are you working on next?
I am currently working on the second book in the series. I have planned 5 books in this series and I already have plans for 2 spin-offs. One is an Academia series and one spin-off will take place in the USA. I am so excited for them but I can’t seem to write fast enough! 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t think I consider myself a writer yet. It’s hard. In the end I am just a girl on her way home or to work hammering out words on a keyboard. I guess I will consider myself a real writer if people buy my books and like them – I think that would be a real milestone for me: getting good reviews and people mailing me or signing up to the mailing list because they like my stories. 

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
 No – I mostly write on my commutes and when I am home in the evenings. I basically take a bus to the train station and open up my laptop as soon as I am on the train. I tried writing during my lunch breaks but all what happens is that I just forget to eat. In the evenings I write after dinner – most of the time with a large glass of red wine. I think that is my favourite way of writing: comfy P-Jay bottoms, band shirt and a big glass of red wine. 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I talk to myself and my characters when writing. It’s very annoying on the train and tube because people literally think I am

a) talking to them 

and when they notice I am not 

b) batshit crazy 
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to become a vet. Very unique – I know… 
Later on I wanted to become a journalist and travel the world.
I don’t know about the journalist stuff but if my books would be successful (touch wood) I do think I would travel the world non-stop. I would be a digital-nomad-author. 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you. Get out there! Go explore! But always take a book

Thanks for being here today!

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