Saturday, March 1, 2014

Words with Writers: Interview with Rebekah Crane, author of Aspen and Playing Nice!

I love Rebekah Crane. In fact, if I could, I would shout it from mountaintops. Why? Well, for one, she's a fantastic writer. Two, she's hilarious. And three, she is so incredibly down to earth. She's what every person wants their favorite writer to be like. 

Rebekah was kind enough to stop by Publishing Hub, for an interview and to share a little bit about her upcoming novel, Aspen.

Publishes Summer 2014

Interview with Rebekah Crane

Hi Rebekah! Thanks so much for being a guest today on Pub Hub. I’m so excited to have you and your novel Aspen! Let’s get started! How long have you been writing? Have you always known you wanted to be an author?

I've been writing for about four years now. Unlike a lot of authors, I had no ambition to be a writer when I was younger. I wasn't even in honors English in high school. But I’ve always loved stories and my imagination is quite vivid. I did a lot of theater growing up, which I think led me towards writing later in life. And now I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I truly love it.

Well, I know I'm thankful! You're a tremendous writer! Are you currently working on a new project?

I am! I’m writing my third novel. It’s a summer camp story, but with a twist—the summer camp is for kids with mental and emotional disabilities. I figured after writing about a girl struggling with PTSD, why not write something light? *insert sarcasm*  

Ha! So speaking of awesome books, what book do you wish you could have written?

Sense and Sensibility. If I can one day create two male characters as lush as Colonel Brandon and John Willoughby, I can die a happy author.

Oh, I totally agree with you. Doesn't it almost ruin every other man in the world? Now, you are an awesome writer. What writing tips or advice do you have to offer other writers and authors?

Embrace your doubt. Let it feed your talent and make you strive for better. Don’t seek to be the next [insert author name], seek to be the only YOU. If you think your idea won’t sell, remember The Hunger Games—teenage kids killing each other in a futuristic coliseum-style battle probably wasn’t on any publishers radar before Suzanne Collins came along. 

That is such sage advice Rebekah. You seem to know your stuff. Now, for aspiring writers out there who want to know, do you have an agent? Who is he/she and how was the process? Painful? Painless? Do you have any tips for those who are querying?

My publishing story is really unique and not standard. At the moment, I do not have an agent— kind of. I am represented through Foundry Literary + Media for all foreign rights through my publisher In This Together Media. I also have film representation through ITTM as well. But my advice for querying agents or publishers is don’t rush to submit after you’ve finished your first draft. Publishing takes a long time. There is no hurry. It isn’t going anywhere. Polish your product before you try and sell it.

So tell us. What are your writing habits like? Tea and music? Silence?

My new habit has been to get up early with a cup of coffee and write in bed. In the past, I was big into music, but now my brain can’t handle the distraction. I’m getting old.

Who is your favorite book villain?

Ok, this is a repeat, but I am IN LOVE with John Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. The utter bad boy who sets out to break Marianne’s heart, who then falls in love with her but has to break her heart anyway and live with his mistakes. *le sigh* The best villains always have something that make them human and vulnerable.

And there’s always Voldemort.

Which novel would you love to see made into a movie?

Other than my own?? I’d love to see EASY by Tammara Webber made into a movie.  

Oh my god. I love you for saying that. I love Easy! And I'd love to see your books turned into movies! Now, if your life had a theme song, what would it be?

“Roll Me Away” by Bob Seger or “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver

Let's get down to book business. In your novel Aspen, the main character’s name is Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor. This is awesome! How in the world did you come up with her name and how does it fit her character?

I live in Colorado and aspen trees are, to me, one of the most beautiful things we have around us. Also, every aspen tree in a grove is connected through its root system. I love the symbolism of that.  One of the other beautiful things we have in Colorado is an awesome hippy counterculture. So when I created Aspen as a character, I knew she was the product of a modern-day hippy mom, named Ninny. And it only seemed appropriate that Ninny would give birth while on drugs at a Widespread Panic concert (Ninny didn’t know she was pregnant) under an aspen tree as the sun was rising.  Put that all together and you get Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor. It fits her so beautifully. I kind of wish it was my name. 

In Aspen, based on what I understand, deals with a ghost or ghosts. Do you believe in ghosts?

ASPEN does have a ghost… kind of.  Katelyn’s ghost is really the personification of Aspen’s trauma. And do I believe in ghosts? I believe in energy we can’t see, whatever that may be. 

Who is your favorite current book boyfriend?

My current favorite is Mr. Thornton from North and South. I got back into reading classics this winter and OH MY GOD, Mr. Thornton makes me feel all the feels.

Lightning round: Which do you prefer?

Beach or Mountains? 
Mountains, of course!

Coke or Pepsi? 
Coke… but only from McDonalds.

Sunrise or Sunset? 

Coffee or tea? 

Cake or cookies? 

Las Vegas or Los Angeles? 
I’ve never been to either!

Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty?
Sleeping Beauty

Hermione Granger or Harry Potter? 

Lions or Tigers? 

Pirates or Ninjas? Pirate-ninjas?

About Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids of tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

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