Interview with Becca Edney

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1) Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

My family has a long-running joke involving suggesting that annoying people should be dealt with by setting corgis on them (despite the fact that we are and always have been a cat family), so when I saw that the required dialogue line for this contest was "Release the ______!" I immediately thought of "You have thirty seconds to vacate the premises before we unleash the corgis." While I also toyed with other ways of ending that line, I liked the idea of corgis too much to go for something more classical and the rest of the story was built out from that line of dialogue.

2) What made you decide to enter this contest?

It was kind of a whim. I don't enter contests often so when it was first announced I glanced at it and decided not to enter. Then the final reminder of the due date went out in the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo, for which I was writing a short scene every day. I decided that if I could come up with a first draft that day I'd enter. The rest is history!

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

My absolute favourite is JRR Tolkien; I read everything of his and everything related to his books that I can get my hands on. Every time I read Lord of the Rings I feel like I see new details and references, and I love the depth of the world and characters.

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

I re-read Ivanhoe, which is another long-term favourite. While I know that it bears almost no resemblance to historical accuracy, I enjoy the fantastical portrayal of chivalry and especially like Rebecca as a character (the fact that she shares my name doesn't hurt!).

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

Get a good variety of people to read your work before you try to publish it. In particular, find a friend who's prepared to pull your writing apart to your face, not just friends who are nice about it. I'd actually like to give a major shout-out to the friend who beta-read Pretty Ladies over my shoulder in the 24 hours I had to get it done!

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