A while back, Rebecca suggested that it might be fun to exchange guest posts on one another’s blogs. I agreed with her. So, today I’m interviewing her here, on my blog, and on the 27th I’ll be making appearance over on her blog.
And now, without any more preamble…
Interview with Rebecca Besser
Thank you so much for suggesting this interview exchange. I think it will be a lot of fun J Can you begin by introducing yourself?
Hi, I’m Rebecca Besser, a wife, mother, writer, and editor. I’m also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and have been published in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for various age groups and genres. I’m known best for my works in adult horror.
I’m generally off the wall when I’m hyper or in a good mood, and people have often offered to pay me to get high or drunk just to see what I’ll do. I’ll do almost anything sober, if I take a mind to…so not sober is scary. No, I haven’t taken them up on either offer. Frankly, I’m scared of what I would do if I didn’t have any control of myself at all.
I have a wild imagination and I’m known to start laughing out of nowhere for no reason. It’s really not for no reason – my mind just amuses me sometimes. Often those joyous thoughts cannot be voiced aloud because others just don’t understand… Oh, the joys of being me.
So, are you a writer/editor or an editor/writer?
Writer/editor – I was a writer first. Becoming an editor was more from building and learning my craft of writing, which is something I think a lot of writers fail to do. As a writer, the better you can write, and the less an accepting editor has to do with your work to make it publishable, is a solid margin in your favor. The stronger your writing is, the better chances you have of being published. And, if you know decent grammar, you know when you’re not getting a good edit from an editor you don’t know; it can save you a lot of headaches.
Like me, you seem to be driven by a desire to do All The Things. How do you balance that in your daily life?
I do what I can, when I can. I feeling like I’m always busy and behind on something. It’s hard to balance everything, and I often feel like I’m failing, but I know I’m not. I just put a lot of pressure on myself.
Luckily, I’m a talented multi-tasker.
What are you working on these days?
Right now, I’m working on the sequel to Undead Drive-Thru, which is Undead Regeneration. I’m trying to write the novel for NaNoWriMo, but I’m yet again reminded of why I normally don’t sign up. The universe seems to know when I make plans; it then does its best to mess up those plans with things I can’t control. Needless to say, I’m WAY behind on where I should be with word count.
Since the season is coming up sooner than we might like (or not soon enough, depending on your position), do you celebrate a winter holiday? If so, can you tell us a bit about that?
We celebrate Christmas, pretty much the normal way. We make sure to stay home Christmas day so our son can enjoy his presents. We also enjoy relaxing time and a big, home-cooked meal. I’m kind of a stickler about tradition and family time.
Thank you again, before you go, is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers of my blog?
Yes, there is! I’m giving away two signed copies of Undead Drive-Thru (one first and one second edition) to one lucky winner of my re-release giveaway! Three runners up will win signed copies of just the second edition!
Look for official rules and how to enter on my blog: