Rebecca (R.L.) Nolen lives with her family, a large dog, and a singular cat in a hundred-year-old home in Houston, TX. She writes under the name R.L. Nolen for her adult novels and Rebecca Nolen for her children’s books.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I love meeting people and telling them about my books.
What made you start writing?
Reading. I have always loved the adventure in stories. I decided at a very early age that I would become a writer and an illustrator. I wanted to write books like the ones I loved to read.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Rudyard Kipling, then Charles Dickens, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Read great authors, and learn the CRAFT of writing
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
You may find it odd, but I love to read British authors. I prefer British suspense.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
I would love a talking miniature donkey like Beulah.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
This is really tough. So many good ones. If someone is starting out with hopes of writing fantasy/sci-fi I suggest reading all of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. Don’t skimp and just see the movie. If general literature, I would suggest anything by Kate Atkinson, she is adept at different genres.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I had to take out the cave collapse scene at the beginning of The Dry. It just didn’t move the plot forward no matter how terrific it was.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
Another hard one, I think I would go back in time and live in a historical fiction, and not as a servant.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
J.R.R. Tolkien because he would likely add talking animals. I think there should be talking animals in my bio.
Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?
None. I write the sort of literature I love to read, and I know I am not the only one who likes to read my genres.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
I am devastated by bad reviews. I don’t understand people who write reviews to be mean. On the other hand a good bad review contains information that might help me improve. If someone explains to me what I got wrong – I will try to fix it.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Of course not. I’m a writer. I’m full of words. (Did it!)
What’s exciting you about your next project?
I’m writing a prequel to Deadly Thyme called Deadly Haste. It is set in Harrow. There are missing cats and Nazis. (Okay, so I’m working on that tag line.)
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
Writers are like gardeners, always willing to share tips, seeds, and pointers, and a bit jealous the neighbor’s grass looks greener.
Thanks Rebecca for taking the time to answer our questions!
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