Meet Rebecca Drake, author of Only Ever You, which was chosen as a top thriller by Barnes & Noble.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
If I could meet anyone in the world dead or alive, I’d love to meet Ruth Rendell (a.k.a. Barbara Vine), the late, great British author, and thank her for inspiring me to become a writer.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The advice I’d give to my younger self would be to have more confidence in my writing.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
There are so many great resources for writers! Some of favorites include, Publisher’s Marketplace and Writer’s Digest. And my favorite books for writers are Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
The most satisfying aspect of my literary career is hearing from readers who stayed up all night or did nothing but read all day because they couldn’t put the book down.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
My favorite tip: Writing is a craft, but publishing is a business, and in order to succeed as an author you need to understand that distinction and devote yourself to learning as much as possible about both.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
For me, the most challenging aspect of writing is showing up and staying put—writing every day instead of waiting for the muse to strike, and being willing to rewrite and revise the same manuscript over and over again until it’s as good as you can make it.
If you could ask a sage any question that you want to know the answer to, what would you ask?
If I could ask a sage any question it would this: Why do some people choose to inflict so much suffering on the world, while others choose to impart so much joy?
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