And it’s a guest! And she is in not one, but two of my curated bundles! You can find her book both in Sci-fi July (that will go on sale from Oct.31 to Nov.5) and in Vampires of the World! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Rebecca M. Senese!
Where do you live and write from?
I live in Toronto, Canada and write wherever I find myself.
Why do you write?
I write because when I don’t write I feel miserable. And someone’s got to tell these stories that are floating around in my head.
When did you start writing?
I think I started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. My earliest memory of writing a story is in grade school. We had these workbooks and we were only supposed to write on the right hand page so the teacher could write their comments about our work on the facing page. Rebel that I am, I wrote a horror story on the left side page about a haunted house with a vampire, a mummy, Frankenstein, a werewolf, and a gorilla, because I thought gorillas were scary. I got in trouble for writing that.
What genre(s) do you write?
I write contemporary fantasy, horror, science fiction, mystery, urban fantasy really whatever strikes me at the time. And usually my stories are more than one genre. For some reason my brain loves to mash things together because why not?
What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
I want to create the best stories I can to entertain and touch readers. The best way I can achieve that is to write as much as possible and read as much as possible, to learn from other writers. What can they teach me about being entertaining and telling a great story and how can I do the same?
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Trust yourself, keep writing, and just get out of the way. Also, read for enjoyment and afterwards figure out what they did that worked.
Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
A little bit of both. I mostly write into the dark but do make a few notes along the way of ideas that pop up, as a sort of guide. I don’t necessarily follow that though. My writing speed depends on the project. Ironically, short pieces tend to go slower for me. Longer pieces tend to go faster. But I do generally try to write every day and I’m focusing on doing a lot more next year in a personal challenge!
Tell us more about your book in the bundle
Vampires of the World
A Reluctance of Blood is the story of Sebastian Lockhart, a normal college student, who gets bitten by a vampire but doesn’t fully turn. I wanted to take vampires back to their monstrous roots and explore what it would be like to suddenly find yourself overwhelmed by these monstrous desires. Sebastian finds his life turned upside down as he struggles to come to grips with what happened to him and what it means to his life.
Sci-fi July Fever Fun
Beyond Control, Interlude, Beyond Reach is a collection of three stories in the Beyond Saga, a science fiction space opera. They introduce the main characters: Nadia, a genetically engineered assassin who begins to question her work, and Devon, a Tracker who is sent to hunt down Nadia. For both of them, I liked exploring how they responded to situations, especially when their responses were not what was expected of them and how they had to deal with the consequences of those actions.
Tell us about your latest book (add link if published)
November 1st, I’m publishing a story called Borrowed Magic, part of the Uncollected Anthology: Warlocks issue. Find out more here: https://rebeccasenese.com/books/borrowed-magic/
Any other projects in the pipeline?
I’m currently working on a series of novels about Santa’s son working as a private detective. I’m hoping to have the first one ready soon!
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