Meet Rebecca K. Sampson. She lives in South Florida with her high school sweetheart and their son. When she’s not writing about fantastical worlds and epic princesses, she helps writers juggling the 9-5 improve their novels and pursue their dream lives - just like she did.
I asked Rebecca how old she was when she started writing, and if she always wanted to be a writer. She explains, "I started writing in November 2014 for NaNoWriMo. I’ve always been creative and used to write poetry often, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I considered novels as part of my future."
When I asked Rebecca if she planned to make writing her full-time career she said, "I do intend to have a full-time writing career, but I am not in a rush. I enjoy my current profession and love the security to build up my success over time and my backlog of novels. Once I get to full-time status, it’ll be a celebration.”
Rebecca's debut novel Ember Dragon Daughter was published today! When asked to give a brief synopsis of her novel she said, "Ember Dragon Daughter is the first book in the Fated Tales series, coming out July 19th! In a world where true love is promised and dragons have gone missing, a mysterious fateless plague threatens the enclosed kingdom of Ashkadance. When Ember is thrust into a dangerous new world, she will uncover truths tied to the plague, the death of her moms, the royal family, and more--changing everything she's ever known. Now that she has love and her secrets are revealed, will she risk all that she has gained to accept her destined fate? Or will she rebel against it? Ember has spent her whole life running, keeping herself and her secrets isolated--just like her moms would have wanted. Ember doesn't want that anymore."
When asked about her favorite character in this novel, Rebecca said, "There are a few “grey” villians that I loved getting to know. I can’t say who without spoilers!”
I asked Rebecca what her favorite part of the writing process was and she said, "Exploring the unexpected, weaving in foreshadowing, dissecting a character backstory…I love thinking about what others will see on the top layer and then what they will uncover later." When asked what she considered the hardest part of the writing process she replied, "I judge myself harsher than others, so my expectations are usually the hardest things for me to manage. I typically need some separation from my work before I can see my growth and appreciate how far I’ve come."
I asked Rebecca if she had any writing quirks and she said, "I love writing in the dark, oddly. A few twinkle lights and my monitor screen is all the light I need. I try to have quiet as often as possible or non-lyrical music and put my phone on the other side of the room." When asked if any other authors had inspired her she said, "I’ve been inspired by many authors in the community. For my writing style, I have been influenced by Marissa Meyer, Kiera Cass, and Sarah J. Maas. On a personal inspiration level, I find myself paying attention to indie authors like Bethany Atazadeh, J.M. Buckler, and Sarra Cannon.”
I asked Rebecca how long it typically takes her to write a book and she said, "This is the first novel I’ve taken through the whole process at about two and a half years. Some drafts took two months, others took one year. I’m excited to see what the next book will look like now that I have more experience under my belt.” Rebecca also has advice for writers just starting out on their writing journey stating, "Don’t be afraid to start. If you have a desire to write, you belong at our table. Don’t worry about perfection, instead push for progress. You’ll be amazed at where you’ll be a year from now."
I asked Rebecca about her plans for future books. She said, "I have a few ideas for other YA fantasy books that I’m exploring, but the first stop will be a novella and sequel to Ember Dragon Daughter."
To wrap up our interview, I asked Rebecca what she was currently reading. She replied, "I’ve been focusing a lot on personal development books. I just finished Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead and learned a lot about vulnerability and leadership.”