This week I interviewed the lovely Rebecca Besser.
Isn’t she cute? Here’s what she had to say about her inspiration, writing process, and upcoming work…
1. What would you say was the defining influence (author/book/movie/family member, etc.) that pointed you toward horror?
Experimentation. I force myself to try things I haven’t tried before, or am leery of. When I stared writing a few years ago, I was nervous about writing in first person, so I forced myself to try it only to find out that it wasn’t so bad. After that, I was determined to try various genres – horror seemed to be a good fit for me and it stuck! LOL I still write other things, but not as often.
2. What was your inspiration for Nurse Blood?
Justin T. Coons’ amazing art! The cover art inspired the story.
3. What is your gory main character, Sonya Garret’s favorite tool of the organ-harvesting trade and why?
She uses a surgical scalpel a couple times to inflict harm in the book, so I’ll have to go with that. When harvesting human parts, nothing comes in as handy as a small, very sharp knife. 😉
4. I love the polarity of healer vs. killer. Do you think that your MC is more evil than your average serial killer because she is a person charged with the care of others when they are at their most vulnerable yet she abuses that power?
I don’t know that I would call her evil. I see her as being broken inside… She’s dealt with a lot in life, but she’s still strong and willing to make her own path no matter what other people think of it. What she chooses may not be right, but it’s what she wants it to be. I guess she’s strong with a warped moral compass. LOL
5. Do you have any inspirational music for your writing? Any favorite artists to get you in the murderous mood?
Not really. Mostly I prefer silence. I think this is because once I get into a story, I block everything else out. I’m in my zone, so to speak, and very little gets in.
6. I know you edit as well as write. Do you find it difficult to step back and forth between the two roles? Is it tough to refrain from changing an author’s voice while editing, or can you easily distance yourself while editing others’ work?
It’s complicated. I find I have the hardest time editing work by people from other countries. I get accused of ‘Americanizing’ it. Some hate it, while others don’t mind. I do tend to warn them at the beginning though, and I try to only make changes that will strengthen others work. I also try to be somewhat flexible when working with others, because, at the end of the day, it still represents them.
7. What is your favorite writing project you’ve worked on so far? Favorite editing project?
My favorite project would probably be Nurse Blood; it was really fun. My favorite editing project would probably be Earth’s End; it was a struggle, but ended well. 🙂
8. What genres besides horror do you dabble in? Do common subgenres or themes frequently sneak into your work?
Supernatural. I tend to write about the Devil.
9. What is in your bug out bag, Rebecca? How about five must-have survival tools and one luxury item? Feel free to explain your choices.
Gun, ammo, matches, survival/herb book, water, and luxury item…hmmm…hair brush!
10. What new projects/books/stories are you immersed in currently? Pimp ‘em, sister!
I’m finalizing Nurse Blood and starting on my zombie novel series: The Hunger Plague. I also have a few short stories in the works. 😀
Sounds great! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog, Rebecca! I look forward to checking our your work!
- A Serial Killer’s Unraveling (aknifeandaquill.wordpress.com)
- The Writing Process: Part 5 – The First Draft (A) (mbweston.com)
- H. H. Holmes in Contemporary Art (daneladwig.wordpress.com)
- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Horror Movies (INFOGRAPHIC) (manolith.com)