Today I have with me a special guest, one of the ladies of YoungAdultFictionFanatics (YAFF), a good friend of mine, and one of my favorite writers: Rebekah L. Purdy. I can’t say enough about how much I admire her. She has been an inspiration and a valuable helper in my journey as I seek publication. This past year, she’s released two books, My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shape-shifters, and Staking Shadows.
Keep an eye on her, ladies and gentlemen, she’s going to be a star. Also, we have a treat for one of you, an e-copy of Staking Shadows. Just leave a comment below.
Who are your writing influences? OMG, I’ve got several, most of which are authors I read as a teenager. Christopher Pike, L.J. Smith, Richie Tankersley Cusick, R.L. Stine, Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley…and the list could go on (LOL).
What gets your creative juices flowing? Oddly enough, dreary weather. I tend to write better when it’s dark and stormy.
Who/what inspires your heroes and heroines? I don’t think there’s really any one thing in particular. I like flawed characters, but at the same time, I want goodness to prevail. You know, kind of like the whole Star Wars mentality of The Force vs. The Darkside.
Tell us a little about a typical writing day for you? Since I work full time and also have 6 kids, my writing time is mainly comprised of my lunch hours. I use that 1 hour slot to try and write a chapter or at least ½ a chapter (LOL) depending on how the words flow.
How do you balance work, a family, and a writing career? Sometimes it’s hard to balance, but I really try to keep my writing time to my lunch hours. This ensures that I spend quality time with my family as well. However, that being said, my kids/hubby know that if I’m doing revisions or edits for my agent/publishers that I might need to spend a weekend or a few nights working on things at home. They’re usually pretty good about it.
You recently signed with Agent Denise Barone of The Barone Agency. Can you tell us a bit about that? OMG, this was probably one of the most exciting things that happened to me this year. After 7 years of writing, querying, rejections, and trying to hone my craft, I landed Denise. I had so many close calls before this point, but never seemed to be able to latch onto an agent. So in May, when she emailed me to tell me she liked my partial (the voice/premise) I was excited. But I hate to get my hopes up. Then like 6 hours later she emailed me again to say she loved it and wanted to offer representation. It was so surreal. I had to email all the other agents who had partials and fulls. Then the waiting began. In the end, I signed with Denise. She not only repped all the genres I write, but she had similar revisions ideas for my story.
What are some favorite stories of yours? Hmmm…I love so many books but let’s see: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith, The Forbidden Game Series, by L.J. Smith, Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Sunshine by Robin McKinley, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell, and The Trickster Series by Tamora Pierce—and tons more (LOL). Seriously, I could go on and on…
Did you know you wanted to be a writer from an early age? Absolutely, I used to write stories w/me and my friends as main characters. I still have some of those stories, which my kids came across one day.
Tell us a bit about My Dad’s a Supernatural Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters? This story is about a girl, Ima, whose dad is a paranormal investigator. He has his own TV show and Ima has grown up on set helping to hunt ghosts, Bigfoot, and lots of other beings. Her dad decides on a whim to move them to Point Hope, Alaska to research shapeshifters. While there, Ima falls in love, problem is he’s a shapeshifter. Now she’s kind of stuck in the middle of being loyal to her first love or trying to help her father’s dwindling career.
And Staking Shadows? Summer “Sun” McKellar was twelve when her world was shattered by the appearance of the “soul-suckers,” a god-like hybrid with a vapid hunger for human souls. Within mere days entire towns were wiped out. But Summer was one of the lucky ones, or at least she managed to escape with her life—what was left of it.
Now, five years later, Summer is one of only a handful of survivors left on Earth. A place where night dominates and humans are harvested for their souls. By daylight Summer is the leader of a small band of survivors, while at dusk she becomes a hunter, with only one goal in mind; to take back her world one dead soul-sucker at a time. This routine serves her well until an enemy patrolman named Raven saves her life. He causes complications she never dreamt possible, making her rethink her strategy. For their chance encounter and the danger that surrounds it will ultimately force them to choose between loyalty to their own kinds or the forbidden…
What’s the one thing you’d like others to understand about your writing? Just that I enjoy doing it. I write because I love to tell stories and my main goal is to share them. Give people a chance to escape the real world, no matter how briefly.
There’s been a lot of flack in the media about YA novels lately being too dark for teens. Your thoughts on this? I think that “dark YA” needs to be written. There are so many kids who are going through “dark” stuff and I think it gives them hope to read about similar situations. I hate that people want to censor it. As a parent, it should be my choice whether or not to let my child read it. I don’t like people dictating that for me. I have a very open relationship with my kids and I encourage them to read. They know that I’m here if they have any questions.
Any advice for aspiring authors? Never give up. Everyone’s writing journey is different. Take rejections with a grain of salt. It took me 7 years, 8 manuscripts before I got it right.
Where do you see your Muse leading you in the future? Well, I have a few projects on the burner right now. But it looks like a really cool YA Fantasy novel with some horror elements. In the process of plotting right now.
And finally, if you could choose to spend the day with one character: movie, television, or books, who would it be and why? Holy crap, this is hard. Let’s see. I’d have to say Elizabeth Bennett. I mean, the girl was ahead of her time and I LOVE that she was such a strong female. But on the other hand, I’d have also loved to hang out with the Star Wars crew. I mean, it’s Star Wars (LOL). And I want to learn how to use a Lightsaber.
Thank you for being here, Rebekah, it was a pleasure to have you stop by. I’m so excited for your future and wish you the best of luck. Check her blog out at http://www.rebekahlpurdy.wordpress.com
My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters is available through:
Staking Shadows is available through
Noble Young Adult: https://www.nobleyoungadult.com/Books/305