Author Interview: Rebecca Chastain

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.”


A Fistful of Evil - Ebook_medium_small Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing.

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.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

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:

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I’m Baaaack

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. May have forgotten how to.

What have I been up to since last time?

Busting my tail to finish Discord’s third book, Save the Last Vamp for Me, which is currently with my beta readers. Yay!

I’ve also adopted a new Shewawa (That’s Chihuahua for those who don’t appreciate my uncaffeinated attempts at humor), Miss Honey.



House Hunney and our girl have been busy building a deck, or rather, a big covered porch. HH calls it a deck, I call it a porch, so we’ve taken to using “dorch” for it rather than argue about who’s right or, you know, Google the proper term for this creation. I’ve helped with some of it, and really need to pay a few visits to my chiropractor now.

After working through beta suggestions, I’ll be sending Book 3 to my editor, Tonya, who will commence with her editing heroics. It will be heroic, because she’s telecommuting to her new job while packing up house to move to another state, on top of a heavy classwork load for her MBA.

Man, Book 3 hasn’t had an easy time of it. The poor thing has suffered through being written and rewritten during the loss of HH’s mother, and loss of two of our furry family members, a severe bout of the flu for both HH and me, several severe allergy attacks (I love spring and summer so much), and assorted other “Really?” and “Are you freakin’ kidding me?” events.

To say my first year actually earning a living as a writer has been interesting would be a slight understatement.

In other news:

The family and I really appreciate everyone who has decided to give my books a try. I appreciate all the ratings and reviews you’ve left on the Amazons, Goodreads, and even Scribd. You’re helping other readers decide if my work will be their cup o’tea or not, and that’s mighty nice of you.

Plus, you guys are the reason there’s a snazzy, 145 sq. feet dorch outside. See, I’m a lot more productive on the word herding when I’m not sitting at my desk, my computer with all its shiny internet distractions in my face. And that’s why House Hunney agreed to build the dorch. :)

What’s next?

My main focus for the rest of the year will be to write Discord’s 4th and 5th books, though I will take breaks to work on some of my other projects here and there. I have many to finish, and finished they must be!

I owe a few people formatting or covers, so there’s those things to do.

I haz plans! To Do lists! Word quotas to meet and beat!

That’s it for now. Enjoy your Friday. :)

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