Today I’m excited to introduce the newest member of my team of authors, Rebecca M. Latimer! Rebecca came to me through the slush pile, and when I sat down to read her magical realism she had me hooked from the first scene. Rebecca’s book is beautifully lyrical, stunningly atmospheric, emotionally poignant, surprising, and just plain good. It felt new–which is quite the feat–and after I called her to wax eloquent about how much I loved the story, she signed with me. I’m thrilled to welcome Rebecca to BookEnds and to be taking her debut out on submission to editors soon.
Without further ado, here’s her interview for you all to enjoy:
What book do you wish you had written, and why?
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s a masterpiece. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro also gave me this feeling of “I wish I had come up with this”. They’re just such weird, beautiful stories, and so thought-provoking.
If you’re not reading or writing, what would we catch you doing?
Drawing intricate fantasy illustrations. Attending local festivals and events. Hanging out in hot tubs in subzero degree weather. Doing yoga, taking selfies with other people’s dogs, or just spending time with my loved ones. I work in a library, and I also help run some after-school art programs. I drink a lot of tea.
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
Find me at www.rebeccamlatimer.com. I’m also on Twitter (@RebeccaMLatimer) and Instagram (reelatimer), though I tend to be mysteriously absent from social media most of the time.
What’s the last book you read?
I recently finished the illustrated 30th anniversary edition of The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
I dream of a house by the ocean—a house with a tower, specifically, and in that tower a cozy writing room with lots of windows.
What’s your favorite quote about reading or writing?
I quite like this one from Neil Gaiman: “We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.”
What’s your favorite piece of writing advice you’ve received?
I had an English Lit professor who told us it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a good writer. When I asked him what it takes to become a great writer, he answered: “A terrible childhood.” Not the most helpful advice, but it made me laugh.