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Monday, April 20, 2015

#IndieSpotlight of Rebecca Jaycox Author of The Other Inheritance

 Rebecca Jaycox

The Title of Your Work or Group:
The Other Inheritance

Where are you from? Does not have to be the name of the place exactly. You can say Hick-ville Florida, for example if you are more comfortable with that. 
I’m from Berryman, Missouri, which is a tiny town located in the Mark Twain National forest. I currently live in NYC.

In what genre do you write? 
YA fantasy, but I’m planning to branch out into UF and steampunk.

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
The Other Inheritance is about Reggie; a girl struggling to make it through her every day life. Her mother is an alcoholic, and her father went missing when she was young. All she wants is to be normal, but then she starts bringing dead things back to life. Reggie discovers her whole life has been a lie as her father wasn’t from this reality, but from a world known as the Other, and she’s inherited his magical abilities. Her father’s killer is after her, and she has to cross over into the Other to find her father’s best friend who has promised to protect her. Her guide is Asher, a hot guy with a lot of secrets and who may or may not be trustworthy. Magic, mayhem, romance, and betrayal ensue.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens?
Hmm, that’s a tough question. I do a bit of both. For The Other Inheritance, I outlined the first half and flew by the seat of my pants for the second half. I’m currently working on the sequel, and I haven’t outlined anything. I’m relying on my brain to keep all my notes in order. I don’t know yet if that’s a good decision. I may have to give up and rely on outlining instead.

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!"
I’ve written things and thought, “This is good enough for the world to see.” I don’t know if I’ve quite built the confidence yet to say, “The world has got to see this!” But I’m working on it.  

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 
Rocking Horse Publishing edited my manuscript and designed my cover. My cover is amazing! They did such a wonderful job!

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy. 
You know, as much as I love to read, that moment came from a film and not from a book. Star Wars made me want to write. I knew when I watched the film that was all I wanted to do. Writers who have helped inspire me along the way: Colleen McCullough, Patricia Briggs, Judy Blume, Neil Gaiman, Ilona Andrews, Maggie Stiefvater, and Frank Herbert to name a few. There are tons more.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sure, making myself actually sit down and write! Keeping a schedule is terribly difficult, especially when you work full time. Discipline is something I still struggle with daily.

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you? 
Both. My favorite character in The Other Inheritance, Brwyn, definitely wrote through me. He was a late addition, and boy did he have a lot to say!

Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
There is a little bit of me in Reggie, but I was never that cool.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak.
I’m definitely keeping my day job for now. I aspire to be a full time writer.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
Catherine de Medici. That was one formidable woman.

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre? 
Wow, you ask the hard questions! For me, Reggie stands out. Yeah, she’s the typical spunky heroine you find in YA fantasy fiction, but she’s unique in the fact that in a lot of ways she’s an adult. She doesn’t angst over a lot. Reggie processes, comes up with a plan, and deals. She applies that same philosophy to pretty much every aspect of her life from dealing with her alcoholic mother to being in love for the first time.

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
Doing interviews on blogs like yours is very helpful! I’ve found blog tours and online events a great way to get word out about your book as well. I have also found places online to advertise your book at a reasonable cost.

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Twitter: @RebeccaJaycox 

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