About Rebecca’s Books…

Are any of your books available as audiobooks?

Yes!

A Fistful of EvilA Fistful of Fire, and A Fistful of Frost are read by Elise Arsenault.

Leads & Lynxes, Headlines & Hydras, and Muckakers & Minotaurs are read by Cindy Kay. 

Listen to samples HERE. If you like what you hear, copies are available wherever audiobooks are sold.

If you are interested in seeing the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles in audio…so am I. I’m currently shopping the trilogy to audiobook publishers.

To be notified when the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles audiobooks get made or when the next Terra Haven Chronicles audiobook is published, sign up for the VIP Newsletter.

When will the next gargoyle book come out?

More gargoyle-studded novels are in the works!

To receive teaser snippets, bonus extras, and release-date details, join my VIP newsletter.

In the meantime, make sure you’re all caught up…

Novels of Terra Haven Series Order

Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles

1. Magic of the Gargoyles
2. Curse of the Gargoyles
3. Secret of the Gargoyles
3.5 Lured (a bonus novella; VIP newsletter only)

Terra Haven Chronicles
0.5 Deadlines & Dryads
0.75 “Once-in-a-Lifetime Question” (short story available on the Terra Haven Extras page)
1. Leads & Lynxes
2. Headlines & Hydras
3. Muckrakers & Minotaurs

What about more Madison Fox novels?

At this time, no Madison Fox novels are in the works.

That doesn’t mean there won’t ever been a new adventure for our intrepid illuminant enforcer. It simply means that the next book I release won’t be featuring her.

Madison Fox Series Order

1. A Fistful of Evil
2. A Fistful of Fire
2.5 A Fistful of Flirtation (a bonus novella; VIP newsletter only)
3. A Fistful of Frost
4. Madison Fox Novella Box Set

About Writing…

How do you write? What’s your method?

There are two types of writers: those who plot it out, and those who don’t. I’ve tried not plotting a novel in advance. I ended up with over a thousand pages of meandering plot lines, mishmashed character motivations, and horrible pacing.

Ever since, I plot.

With each book, I’ve changed and refined my process. Here is the current version, complete with an insight into my emotional stability at each stage:

Rebecca Chastain Mental Process while Writing a Book

Where do you get your ideas?

I get my ideas the same place as most writers, artists, and inventors: while loading the dishwasher. And driving. And brushing my teeth. There’s a certain quality of thought (or lack thereof) during these rote tasks that encourages the brain to escape to somewhere more exciting and diverting. By the same token, these mundane tasks require just enough concentration to prevent you from thinking serious thoughts, and they enable snippets of facts and ideas and what-ifs to meld together until you realize you’ve been standing with the same dirty plate in your hand for minutes, lost in another world entirely.

If you were hoping my answer would open new realms in your own imagination, I would suggest researching any and everything that interests you, all at once, and never stop. The more things you learn, the more possibilities are unlocked in your imagination.

I also find that once I have an idea, it helps to sit down, start a fresh document, and free write until I run out of thoughts. Some pretty interesting stuff bubbles up during these brainstorming sessions.

Why do you write fantasy?

I write fantasy for the same reason I read fantasy: I love it. It’s where my imagination always goes. Plus: magic.

How many novels did you write before you knew you were ready to publish?

One. Then I realized that while I was ready to publish, my writing was not. So I sat back down and wrote four more novels, two partial novels, and a novella. I also took creative writing classes, read books on the craft of writing, and received lots of feedback from writers I trusted. And I read a lot. I read for pleasure, and I reread the best books to dissect them to figure out what worked so well and why.

What I learned: There’s a lot more to creating a novel than having an interesting main character or a sizzling plot or beautiful prose—it’s an amalgamation of all the above, plus tone, style, pacing, dialog, word count, and more.

Most of these lessons I learned the hard way. I wrote a thousand-page novel that should have been two hundred pages long. I wrote two books without third acts. I wrote a five hundred page novel that didn’t have a cohesive voice and really started about two hundred pages in. I wrote three hundred pages into a novel before realizing I didn’t like the story and abandoned it.

Eventually, I had a novel I could be proud of, and that’s when I finally published A Fistful of Evil.

I’ve got a great idea for a story. Can you write it for me?

Getting a story idea is like having a dream; writing a story is like translating that dream so others see and experience it just as you did.

In other words, the ideas are the easy part. Writing is the time-consuming, far more difficult (and rewarding) part. More important, you’re the only one who can write your story. It exists in your imagination. You know it intimately. Do your story justice by giving it the attention it deserves: your attention.

About Rebecca…

What are you reading?

I read all subgenres of fantasy as well as paranormal romance, sci-fi, the occasional humorous fiction, and a wide range of nonfiction.

If something is good, I want to share it with you! Become a VIP subscribers to get notified of my favorite reads.

I’m always looking for the next great book. (Aren’t we all?) If you think I should read a book, let me know. Email me at [email protected].

I Want to Write a Book. Where Should I Start?

Step 1: Read Your Genre

Be familiar with where your story might fit in the world, who might be interested in reading it (we all want everyone to read our book, but be honest), and what other authors are doing.

This will help you write better.

It will also help you market better. (<<This will be far more important than you think.)

Step 2: Write Your Book

Start with an idea. Fall in love with it. Then write. Keep going until you finish your first draft.

This is vital. Complete your first draft.

For the people in the back: complete your first draft.

Now, if you’re still interested in being a writer, the hard work begins. It’s time to hone your craft.

(If you attempt to go about it in the reverse order, you’ll get stuck on making perfect sentences or perfect opening pages, and you won’t get the actual book done.)

Turn your inner critic off and get writing!

Pro Tip:

Determine the times of day you can set aside for writing. These should be chunks of time (15 minutes or 2 hours or whatever you have to work with).

Use those times to write every single day. Get to the point where you can turn on your creativity the moment you sit down (waiting for inspiration is like exercising only when you’re in the mood).

Guard these writing time slots with your life.

Write.

Step 3: Make it Better

Your first draft of your first book is going to be crap.

This isn’t me being harsh.

This is me thinking you’re human.

When was the last time you tried a new form of art and were performing on par with masters on your first attempt.

Writing is no different.

But now that you’ve got a first draft to work with (congratulations!) and you’ve determined you still want to publish a novel (double yay!), it’s time to coerce the lump of words in front of you into the shape you originally envisioned.

• Take some writing classes
• Critique other people’s writing and have them critique yours
• Get comfortable with editing
• And rewriting
• And editing some more

DO NOT SKIP (Part I): Your Frame of Mind

Creative energy is a bit like physical energy; you need to build up your stamina, and you need to build restorative habits into your lifestyle.

These are good resources:

  1. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
  2. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  3. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
DO NOT SKIP (Part II): Exercise

Exercise regularly. Writing is typically a sedentary habit. Movement is good for your body and your brain.

The you two years from now will thank me. Trust me.

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