Last week was a very special time for a good friend of mine, Rebecca Jaycox. Her sci-fi novel The Other Inheritance has been finally sent out into the world, available as both an eBook and paperback, and I got to speak with her about being a newly published author, hints of a series to come, her upcoming signings, and more!
But before we go to the interview, I'm sure you're asking, "Who is this Rebecca Jaycox?" Well...
Pretty awesome, right? :) Read on for more!
GEORGE SIROIS: We're only a couple days removed from the moment when "The Other Inheritance" went live on Amazon. How have you been feeling since then?
REBECCA JAYCOX: Awesome, scared, and relieved all mixed together. I’m proud that the book I’ve worked so hard on for the past eight years has finally been published. I can officially say I’m an author! But with that pride comes panic; yeah, now my book is actually out there for the public to read and judge. I just I hope they like it.
SIROIS: Let's take a few steps back to the beginning. When did you know you were going to be a writer?
JAYCOX: I guess I’ve always known. I was writing stories on my grandma’s antique typewriter before I even knew how to type, but when you’re a kid, everyone wants you to become a doctor or a lawyer. You don’t think, yeah, writer, that’s a valid career option. It wasn’t until high school that I started taking creative writing classes and winning some awards. It just felt natural to me, and even though I tried other things, I always came back to writing. Always.
SIROIS: When did the initial idea for "The Other Inheritance" appear? Tell us about the moment when you knew that you had something here.
JAYCOX: I don’t really know; I’d been kicking the idea around in my head since my early twenties. I love fantasy and science fiction, and I wanted to create a strong heroine who yearned for and struggled to be “normal” only to accept that she was extraordinary and that was okay. Creating a magical world around that concept was easy. I first knew I had something when my fellow writers in one of my workshops responded so positively to the character of Reggie and to the magic of the world I was building.
SIROIS: Other than Reggie, who is your favorite character?
JAYCOX: Hands down, Brwyn! He’s seductive and charming and outrageous. He’s a guy you definitely want to have a drink with; the stories he could tell you!
SIROIS: How long did it take to write this, from first to final draft?
JAYCOX: From first draft to last, it took me a total of eight years. It was worth it.
SIROIS: Is this the first book in a series? How far do you see the story going?
JAYCOX: This is the first book in a series. I originally imagined it as two books, but now that I know what story I want to tell, I might have to push for a trilogy.
SIROIS: Is there anything that you can tell us about the future of this series without giving any spoilers?
JAYCOX: There is going to be a giant cornfield in the next book. If there is one thing that Stephen King has taught me, it’s that nothing good ever comes from going into a cornfield! They hide nefarious things…
SIROIS: You have two upcoming launches for this. Tell us about them. Where and when?
JAYCOX: The first launch is at The Book House in St. Louis on December 13 from 1-3pm and the second launch is at Lange General Store in Steelville, Missouri from 12-2pm. I’m also going to do a launch in New York, but I haven’t determined the location yet.
SIROIS: Where can fans find you?
JAYCOX: Fans can find me on Facebook HERE.
You can follow me on Twitter at @rebeccajaycox.
My website and blog are at www.rebeccajaycox.com (but it’s undergoing some remodeling right now)
You can find my author page on Amazon HERE.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! How would you like to win a copy of the paperback or eBook of The Other Inheritance? Just click HERE to take part in RHP's big giveaway!