YAPC would like to welcome Rebecca Ayers to the blog today. She is here to answer some of our questions and tell us about her new book The Washer Woman’s Daughter. If this looks like something you would enjoy reading, please go pick up a copy!
YAPC: How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
Rebecca: Bridget Nighean would have never imagined that her mother’s dying wish would be the key to unlocking her hereditary magic.
YAPC: What’s your current guilty pleasure?
Rebecca: Watching Game of Thrones on HBO. Even though the plot has gone off course from the books, I can’t help but watch.
YAPC: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what you would be?
Rebecca: Probably a veterinarian or someone who works closely with animals. I’ve always felt a connection to the natural world and love interacting with creatures in the wild.
YAPC: Do you listen to music while writing?
Rebecca: Absolutely! I played the saxophone all through high school and college, so music is a major part of my life. I always have some sort of music playing in the background while I write but I try to avoid anything too catchy because I will start dancing.
YAPC: Why did you choose the genre you write in?
Rebecca: I grew up reading epic fantasy and I love reading stories that can carry you out of the everyday. I really wanted this book to be a blend of classic fantasy and paranormal adventure.
YAPC: Did you know the title before you started writing?
Rebecca: No, actually. I have a terrible time coming up with title ideas. My manuscript was just titled “Bridget” for the first six months. I finally decided to title it The Washer Woman’s Daughter in homage to the traditional banshee myth. In Scottish lore, banshees (or bean nighe) are fairy women who are seen near a body of water, washing clothes covered in the blood of those who are about to die.
YAPC: Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?
Rebecca: I did a ton of research on Scottish folklore and mythology before I began writing. I knew that I wanted my heroine to be a banshee but I didn’t know very much about her magical lineage. I was particularly attracted to the role of the immortal Fae in ancient stories and did my best to capture their essence in this book as well.
YAPC: What book is currently on your nightstand?
Rebecca: Splintered by A.G. Howard. It’s a really great read and exposes all of the dark corners of the Alice in Wonderland story.
YAPC: How can readers stay in touch?
Rebecca: Readers can find me mostly on Twitter, WordPress, and Goodreads. Feel free to contact me at any time, I love meeting new people.
YAPC: If you could visit any place in the world or a place created by a book, where would you visit?
Rebecca: Tolkien’s Middle Earth, without a doubt. I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings during my angsty middle school years and really escaped into that world. I would love to share a meal with hobbits in The Shire and hear elf song in Rivendell.
YAPC: Anything else you would like to add?
Rebecca: For anyone out there who is considering taking the plunge and writing their first novel, do it! It’s cliché, I know but if you feel the need to write then just back your ears and write. The hardest thing for me is taking the time to work on my craft. Make every day a learning experience and be open to inspiration in all its forms. That’s about it, thank you for your time and I wish you all happy reading.
Bridget Nighean receives a magical inheritance on the same night that her mother is murdered. She is soon swept up into the politics of the immortal Fae as she searches for her mother’s killer and struggles to understand her hereditary power…the power of the banshee.
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About the Author: Author Rebecca Ayers is a self-identified bibliophile whose love of words has guided her through every aspect of her life. She has been writing stories since the age of six and continues to pursue her passion.
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