Q & A with Rebecca Hamilton {9/15/2012} 9 Questions, 8 Cats

Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Q & A with Becca | 1 comment

I put together a list of some questions ya’ll have asked me recently, along with some question I’m frequently asked! If you have a question for me that you didn’t see answered here, please feel free to comment and I will most likely use you question in my next Q & A post! I’ll answer almost anything :)


Do you plan out your stories before you begin, or do you let your imagination take you where ever it goes?

Usually a little bit of both, but in the past it was mostly pantsing with very few ideas about what the book was about or where it was going. Lately, I’m trying to get into planning more to reduce the amount of time it takes me to get a book from DRAFT to FINISHED PRODUCT. Even when I plan, though, sometimes my characters just carry me away. Their ideas are always more interesting than mine.

Would you consider dating an Arabian Prince with a herd of exotic Camels & a Sand dune to boot.

Aside from being married, I really really hate sand. Right up there with cotton balls for me. Sorry!

What did you find most difficult when writing? How did you motivate yourself?

Rewrites. It’s just so overwhelming! To take tens of thousands of words and make MAJOR changes without messing up what’s there. It can really lead to frequent procrastination on my part. Usually I just make a rewrite plan and force myself through one chapter at a time, trying to get a certain number of chapters done each week.

What’s your typical writing schedule like? Do you have to grab hours when you can or is it set?

I try to get some writing done every night, though lately I’ve been in a planning stage (read: procrastinating). I find it hard to write during the day because I have 3 kids (all home-schooled), and I can’t be interrupted when I’m writing. Editing is another story. I don’t mind being interrupted when I’m editing, so my editing months usually feel more productive than my writing months. I don’t write as much when I’m in my editing months, though. Overall, I’m not very organized in this department, though I’m trying to change that :)

When do you kick into editing mode on a WIP?

Usually I finish my draft, then go on a TV-watching fest while it’s out for general comments from beta readers. Then I start the rewrites. After rewrites, I usually go on another TV-watching-fest for a bit while critique partners look it over. Then I start revisions. Then another TV-watching-fest. Then edits.

When is the next forever girl book coming out?

I’m aiming for 2013! I had originally hoped for January 2013, but we’ve had some big shake ups in life at home, so mid 2013 looks more likely. Sorry. I’ll try to pick up the pace, though!

Are you Wiccan? (I am asked this at LEAST once a day.)

I was, many years ago. I was also once Christian. I guess if I believed in anything, my beliefs would still most closely match Wicca, but the truth is that I’m not sure what to believe. I’m agnostic. I totally support anyone in any faith they keep, however, so long as they aren’t using their faith to hurt, judge, or condemn others. And of all the religions, I find Wicca the most beautiful and I find its followers to be the most accepting of others, a trait I hold in high esteem. Of course, people are people and not defined by their religious affiliations. So, no, I’m not Wiccan, but I know a lot about it.

Will the Forever Girl be made into a movie?

I get asked this a lot, and I have to say, wouldn’t it be AWESOME?! I can totally see The Forever Girl as a movie. However, making a book  into a movie takes time. Even if I were to get an offer, it could be YEARS before Sophia hit the big screen. But trust me, such news would not go unannounced in its own appropriate time. If you don’t want to be scrambling to read the book before the movie comes out, why not read it now? HAHA. Shameless self promotion. But, LOLCAT shows how I would react if I ever got this news:

Where did the idea of a Forever Girl come from and how did you plot for seven novels with that?

To be honest, this whole thing started because writing a book was on my bucket list and I thought any idiot can do it. (Look, evidence has arrived!) But seriously, it was a lot harder than I expected. I also didn’t expect for one book to inspire so many more stories! Some of them part of the forever girl world, and some of them not.

As for coming up with an idea, I know I wanted to do something with magic and Wicca in a modern day world. My character and ideas mostly come to me in the shower or the first 15-30 minutes I’m lying down trying to sleep at night. I know that sounds stupid, but they just “come to me”. That’s it. No magical dreams or writer’s comas/trances or anything cool like that. Sometimes experiences in life will inspire “moments” but my stories and characters just come out of the blue of my imagination!

I knew my character, Sophia, and I knew some of the controversies she would face. Of course, my characters had other controversies in mind, which pushed back my main controversy to another book, and before I knew it, The Forever Girl was a planned trilogy! However, then I had MORE ideas, for new characters in the same world that would be part of Sophia’s final stage of her story. That’s how it turned into 7 standalone novels.

For those who don’t know about the series, Books 1, 4, and 7 are Sophia’s journey. Book 1 shows her in the Maiden stage of her journey, book 4 in the Mother stage, and Book 4 as Crone. Together, her journey represents the Triple Goddess of Wicca. Each book is a stand alone, but I would still recommend reading Sophia’s journey in order. Books 2, 3, 5 and 6 are complete stand alone novels that can be read in any order, though I recommend reading them before book 7.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Q and A, and thank you to everyone who contributed their questions! Please feel free to include more questions in your comment for the next Q & A!

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Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author. Her bestselling Forever Girl Series is available at online retailers and has been optioned for film with Witten Pictures. The Hungarian edition has been published with IPC books and the German edition has been published with Darkiss, a Harlequin imprint.

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  1. I can’t wait to read every one of them! :)

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