About the Books…

When are you going to release audiobooks?

They’re here! I am thrilled to announce I’ve partnered with Tantor Audio to release A Fistful of EvilA Fistful of Fire, and A Fistful of Frost as audiobooks!

All three books are read by the talented Elise Arsenault.

For more information, see the Madison Fox series page.

If you are interested in seeing the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles in audio…so am I. I plan to self-publish the trilogy, but that takes a sizeable downpayment. I’m setting aside every penny I can spare to make this dream a reality. To be notified when the audiobooks get made, be sure to sign up for the VIP Newsletter.

When will the next gargoyle book come out?

I’m busy writing and editing the next adventures for Kylie, Quinn, and Grant (aka the Terra Haven Chronicles) as fast as possible. I can tell you the plan is to release the entire Terra Haven Chronicles trilogy in 2019.

Leads & Lynxes
Headlines & Hydras
Muckrakers & Minotaurs

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Kylie-smilie. I want more Mika and Oliver adventures...

First of all, you have to give Kylie a chance. She’s got a full trilogy of her own coming along, and it’s exciting stuff. I think you’re going to fall in love with her and Quinn just as hard as you fell for Mika and Oliver. Plus, Grant’s not half bad…

But I hear your pleas/demands/whines. There are more Mika adventures on the horizon. After I finish Kylie’s trilogy (aka the Terra Haven Chronicles).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do you have any writing tips?

I have the same advice as every other author out there: read a lot and write a lot. On top of that, take some writing classes, critique other people’s writing and have them critique yours, and get comfortable with editing. And rewriting. And editing some more.

If you want to drill down into specifics of getting the actual writing done… 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), and 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 insipiration is like exercising only when you’re in the mood). Guard these writing time slots with your life. 

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