Rebecca’s A Fistful of Evil sounds interesting, folks. Check it out!
1. Who is your favorite character you’ve invented and why?
Madison Fox, the protagonist of A Fistful of Evil. When I started A Fistful of Evil, I’d just finished a very long, terrible novel in which my main character spent a lot of time in her head. It was boring, and grossly over word count. With the next book, I was determined to create someone with spunk. I wanted a character who preferred action to introspection. Someone smart and confident, who would be fun to watch get into trouble. And like that, Madison was born: often overconfident but rarely whiny.
2. If a movie was made out of your novel, who would play this character?
Elizabeth Henstridge (without the British accent she currently has on Agents of Shield).
3. What is your favorite part of the novel-creation process? What is your least favorite?
I adore writing. I am an outliner, so by the time I sit down to write, I know my story forward and backward, and I’m anxious and giddy to finally get to write the scenes that have been playing around in my head. My least favorite part is the fifth or tenth edit. By then, the story feels flat and so obvious. That’s when it really helps to have some outside help (beta readers and editors) to remind me of the good stuff and point out all the flaws I’ve become blind to.
4. If you hadn’t become an author, what would you be doing?
I’d be a dolphinologist. (Sure, it’s a real job.) Of course, I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was 11, so it’s hard for me to picture focusing the last few decades on anything but writing.
5. What is the one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself to do (or not do) before you published your first novel?
Publish. Just do it! I kept waiting and waiting for some fairy godmother to bop me on the head with her magic wand and say, “Now you’re ready.”
On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.
When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.
Rebecca Chastain has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. A Fistful of Evil is her debut novel, soon to be followed by Magic of the Gargoyles, a fantasy novel about a nest of kidnapped baby gargoyles and a woman’s race to rescue them from black-magic villains. To be the first to find out about new releases, sales, and freebies, sign up for Rebecca’s newsletter: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/newsletter/.
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