Rebekah Turner lives in sunny Queensland and has worked in the past as a graphic designer. She is now a freelancer, when her kids are looking the other way. An avid writer since she could scrawl in her dad’s expensive encyclopaedias, she has progressed from horsey stories to tales of dark fantasy with lashings of romance and a sprinkling of horror. Her vices include eating overpriced ice cream, over-analysing 80s action and horror movies and buying stationery she just doesn’t need.
How would you describe your book Chaos Bound to someone at a party?
There’s this woman, living in a hidden world within our world, and she’s a professional mercenary and part-time smuggler and she’s got this cane sword–*gestures wildly with beer*–and she’s investigating a missing person, which puts her in the cross hairs of some real nasty dudes. Then she shags this half-angel and then they harm her friends and she’s got to rely on this shady ex-lover for help and then shit goes side-ways–*skulls beer*.
Why was the character Lora Blackgoat fun to write?
Because she’s a scrappy fighter who never stays down. Lora can be backed into a corner, but will always fight her way out. Sometimes with weapons. Sometimes with sheer stupidity.
Learn your craft, would be at the top of the list, and the best way to do that is to join a writers’ centre. Also a note of advice I wish I’d been given: finish what you start. Have a routine and achievable goals. Embrace all your revisions, because there will be many. Read as much as you can. Understand the industry. Never send a first draft.
What is the next book on your must read list?
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
What has been the hardest part about writing a sequel?
Finishing it, then making sure it all makes sense and there was a smooth continuation from the first one. I’ve now completed the third chapter in the Chronicles from the Applecross series and fingers are crossed my editor will love it as much as I do.
Georgia Lejeune is currently studying a Masters of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Queensland, she previously obtained a Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology. Georgia is a freelance writer/blogger, actor, and circus teacher who likes Jane Austen novels and dislikes ironing, sultanas, and writing in the third person.