Interview with Rebecca Ayers Author of The Washer Woman’s Daughter

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.

 

Book Description:

The Washer Woman's Daughter

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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Interview with Jacob Carlisle Author of Small Fish Big Fish

YAPC would like to welcome Jacob Carlisle to the blog today. He is here to answer some of our questions and share some info and an excerpt of his book Small Fish Big Fish. If this looks like something you would like to read, please go pick up a copy!

YAPC: How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?

Jacob: That’s tough! I’d probably say, ‘Is being scared the same as being a coward? Follows Stephen’s journey as he discovers the answer.’

YAPC: Tell me a little about yourself.

Jacob: I play guitar and sing. My friends tell me I’m quite good, but that’s friends for you! I am a huge fan of Paul Kelly, Pink and Kelly Clarkson, but when I write I play the music of the era I’m writing about (With Small Fish Big Fish I listened to the local oldies radio station). I love Survivor and The Walking Dead. I’ve lived in Australia for many years but everyone I meet tells me I have a Scottish accent. I have two of man’s best friends: Bonny, a six year old Spoodle and Harley a one-year old troublemaker.

YAPC: Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

Jacob: I think I’m already there. Australia is a beautiful place to bring up a family – magnificent beaches, livable cities, and Aussies are sports mad, laid back and quite talented writers!

YAPC: When did you begin writing?

Jacob: You know, this one of life’s delicious surprises. You think you’re pretty much set in your ways, maybe in a rut and suddenly –WHAM! You discover something brilliant like writing and you fall in love with it. Personally, about seven years ago I was fed up with my day job and I really needed an outlet to express my creativity. I’d tried a few other things first, but when I started to write, the hours seemed to fly past. I loved it right from the start.

YAPC: What is it you love most about writing? What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

Jacob: I get such a buzz out of writing, but sometimes the creative juices just don’t flow, and it’s a grind. But I have to keep writing, because it’s a job and if I persevere I know it will turn around. Absolutely the best times are when you know it’s working – you just can’t stop writing and you know ‘this is good, this is what I want to say.’

YAPC: Which scenes were the hardest to write?

Jacob: Definitely the sex scenes. Those between Stephen and Archie’s slutty sister, Trish, and those between Archie and Tianyi. Sex was a fact of life for young people in 1965 as much as it is today. (In fact everything in the book is relevant to today’s youth.) I didn’t want to write explicit erotica, but I wanted to make them sizzle, and relevant to the characters and the story. You can tell me whether I succeeded!

YAPC: Who is your favorite character in your new release?

Jacob: Readers tell me they love Daniel’s strength or Stephen’s loyalty or D’Angelo humor. Some would like to give Archie a smack over the head. My favorite character is Tianyi, the Chinese orphan whose parents died in a storm at sea trying to escape to Australia. Hers is an inspiring yet tragic story.

YAPC: Where do you get your inspiration?

Jacob: All the usual places: newspapers, radio, TV (news especially), watching others to pick up character nuances, books (heaps of other authors). I’m very lucky to belong to a group of talented writers in a creative writing class that meets once a week. I think the key is to be open to receiving inspiration at any time, because it can come from anywhere. A lot of ideas come up when I’m asleep, but I swear I’ve forgotten a lot of these by the time I waken. Inspiration and ideas are often built on my life experiences.

YAPC: Your favorite books and author?

Jacob: I enjoy reading Literary Fiction but am also mad on Fantasy and Science Fiction. If I have to go with one, I’ll pick Robin Hobb and her Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies (That’s six books, really!). The imagination of the author is at another level and the emotion she extracts from her readers is incredible. (I cried when The wolf Nighteyes died)

YAPC: How important do you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?

Jacob: Very important. That’s why I have a Facebook Page, Website, Twitter account, Amazon and Smashwords Author pages, Goodreads and Bublish accounts plus just about every social media in existence! I always read reviews and always reply to e-mails. Send your questions to jacobcarlisle.author@gmail.com

YAPC: If you were stranded on a deserted island, who would you want for company?

Jacob: If you had asked me when I was eighteen, I’d definitely have a different answer. These days I’d think about it a bit more. Lets see: Ghandi, Jesus, JFK? No, I think I’d still choose Scarlett Johansson.

YAPC: What projects are you currently working on right now? Would you mind sharing them with us?

Jacob: I am a third of the way through a sequel to Small Fish Big Fish which sees Stephen now 21 and at University. Archie has just been released from prison, and Trish is in dire trouble and calls on Stephen for help. For fans of SFBF I’m aiming to publish this at the end of 2015.

But the exciting news is that I am almost ready to release my first foray into Science Fiction! This is book 1 of a trilogy called Avanaux – A Hickory Lace Adventure. I can’t say too much about it but you can catch the book video trailer at https://youtu.be/uAKmdLhSpWI

Content Warning: Some sex, violence, and strong language

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Book Description:

Small Fish Big FishSeventeen-year-old Steven McBride is a college student struggling to find meaning in his life. He has no girlfriend, little money, and no job. Things seem pretty bleak. But when he finds ten pounds on the floor of a grocery store and meets a gorgeous girl at a dance, he thinks his luck might finally have changed.

Stephen soon discovers that luck is fickle and can vanish when you need it most. Robbed, roughed up and bullied, Stephen is forced to make a choice: stand up for what he believes, or run. But one night someone takes things too far, and there are no choices left…

Carlisle’s tale of the lives and loves of a group of teenage boys and girls in an impoverished Scottish neighborhood in 1965 are explored in moving detail in this fast paced coming-of-age drama.

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Excerpt:

The Rebels were playing at the far end of the hall on a stage resembling a metallic jungle crowded with all the latest electronic gear, which was connected by winding coils of wire. The band performed a step routine as they sang, belting out their music with a thumping bass, crashing drums, and piercing lead guitar. The floor was crowded with dancers. Couples dominated, but there were many girls dancing with each other or waiting for a tap on the shoulder from hopeful prospects. D’Angelo pointed out Isobel amongst them.

She wasn’t difficult to spot, standing a couple of inches taller than those around her and with a statuesque figure that screamed sex to Stephen. Groups of boys were clustered here and there, dancing awkwardly in a circle. A balcony located high overhead, on the opposite side from the stage, was a haven for those seeking privacy.

The band finished the song and dancers began to leave the floor. A chorus of screams erupted and tables emptied as the pounding drum beat of the Dave Clark Five’s ‘Bits and Pieces’ shook the room.
‘Come on,’ yelled D’Angelo. ‘Time to hit the floor!’

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About the Author: Jacob Carlisle lived in Ferguslie Park, the setting for his debut novel, Small Fish Big Fish, Jacob Carlisleuntil he was fifteen. At twenty-one he went back to study full-time at Langside College, and from there to Glasgow University, graduating Bachelor of Science.

A regular on the Scottish Folk Club circuit, Jacob played guitar and sang with his friends and cousins for pocket money. He lived in Paisley until, at the age of twenty-six, he met and married Sue, who convinced him to return with her to Australia, a move he has never regretted.

In 2011, Jacob discovered a talent for writing fiction and has published a number of short stories as well as his novel, Small Fish Big Fish. A second novel is expected to be ready for publication by April, 2015 and a follow-up to Small Fish, Big Fish is in the pipeline.

Jacob lives with his wife, in Melbourne. They have two beautiful daughters, and two seriously cheeky grandchildren.

 

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