A Chat With Rebecca Besser
As promised here’s our long-awaited interview with Rebecca Besser, author and editor. Let’s jump in!
Roxanne: Tell us about yourself–the part you tell everyone.
Rebecca: Well, I’m the author of the zombie novella, Undead Drive-Thru. I write firction, nonfiction and poetry for a wide range of age groups and genres. I’ve been published over 140 times in various publications. To learn more about me, feel free to visit my website: http://www.rebeccabesser.com or my blog, http://blog.rebeccabesser.com. You can also find me on Facebook under Rebecca Besser or Author/Editor Rebecca Besser. I’m also on Twitter under @BeccaBesser.
Roxanne: What is your book about?
Rebecca: The anthology, “Earth’s End,” which is a Sci-fi Apocalyptic anthology, is one book I edited over the past year and I’ll be released from Wicked East Press in January of 2012! My story, “The Olden Gears,” is included is Earth’s End. Here’s an excerpt from my story:
“He drove faster, but everywhere he looked there was more destruction.
With numb fingers, he reached over and turned on the radio to see if there was any news about what was going on; it took him a couple of minutes before he could find a radio station that was still on the air.
“…Overnight the world has been bombarded by attacks by the elderly. On every continent, in almost every country, they’ve taken lives at will, showing no mercy…”
Looking around him, he tried to decide how he was going to make it home. Almost every street was blocked off by accidents, and everywhere he looked, someone was being slaughterred; his attention focused back on the radio as they continued.
“Medical experts are saying the cause of the outbreak and behavior in their elderly patients is linked to the chemical compound used in the ‘lubrication’ of the ReGen ‘parts’ surgically implanted; the chemical was supposed to act as synthetic blood. Once it leaks into the real blood system, it targets certain parts of the brain and triggers uncontrollable, aggressive behavior…”" – The Olden Gears by Rebecca Besser – Earth’s End
Roxanne: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Rebecca: I’ve had a “gift” with words since I was very small and won my first writing award when I was in the 1st grade. For my prize I got to go to the the school library and meet a real author. I wrote a lot of poetry in my teens, but didn’t do much with my talent for a long time. After some rough patches in my life, I turned to writing to help me heal and have had a lot of success, so here I am!
Roxanne: Where and how do you find the inspiration for your writing?
Rebecca: I find inspiration all around me in various things. I also have an overactive brain and imagination, so I really never have a shortage of ideas.
Roxanne: Where and when do you usually write?
Rebecca: Since my laptop died…I write on a desktop computer located in my living room and tend to write while my fam is at work/school during the day.
Roxanne: What is you favorite part of writing? Your least?
Rebecca: I love the unexpected journeys I take with my characters. I dislike the multiple rounds of editing it takes to get a piece ready for publication. I HATE waiting to hear back about submissions.
Roxanne: Is there anything you find particularly challenging about in your writing?
Rebecca: Hmm… Originality is probably the hardest thing to capture. It’s said that there is nothing new, since everything has been done before. So, it’s a challenge to bring something new to a reader that will make them say, “Wow! That was awesome!”
Roxanne: Tell us about your book. Is it a standalone or part of a series?
Rebecca: Earth’s End is a collection of stories from various authors. Each story is unique in its approach and angle for the demise of humankind.
Earth’s End Blurb:
Technology and beings from beyond have always scared and captured the interest of many. Some predict they will bring about the end of the world, after all, the acpocalypse is immanent and it’s anyone’s guess how it will happen.
Strange beings of evolution of from someplace we don’t even know exists, free to devour or conquer mankind; demons from the pits of hell, let loose to run rampant on Earth, killing at will; souls loosed by a planetary alignment, released to spread carnage on humanity; a holy war waged ’til death; alternate dimensions of the past, now part of the future; and a cyborg race of the elderly, all wait to be released from these pages.
Let your imagination run wild and don’t be afraid to wonder… Is there any hope? Or will the Earth truly end?
Roxanne: When you’re writing, do your characters talk to you, develop a life of their own?
Rebecca: Yup, or I just “become” them while I’m writing and that’s a LOT of fun most of the time.
Roxanne: Where can we find your work?
Rebecca: You can find links to my books on my website at http://rebeccabesser.com; through my Amazon profile page at http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Bessers/e/B004V311C4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0, or at Barnes and Noble.
Roxanne: Chocolate or vanilla?
Rebecca: Chocolate–most of the time!
Roxanne: Well, folks, that’s all for today with my guest, Rebecca Besser. Good luck on Earth’s End and all of you out there know where you can find a copy. Thanks for being here, Rebeccca!
Rebecca: Thanks for having me!