Rebekah Raymond NaNoWriMo Interview

First of all, tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Calgary, Alberta Canada. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have two children together. I am a creative, an artist, writer, and author. I thrive on music and written word, read obsessively, and have many eclectic interests. I have my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, have worked in both professional and artists endeavours, and pride myself on always growing, always learning.

How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?

I tried NaNoWriMo for the first time November 2014. I joined late, November 10, and by the 18th I still had 30,000 words to go. But, I succeeded with the help of many late nights. I also participated in Camp NaNoWriMo since then (and completed them successfully)

What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?

This November I am working on starting Book Four of my Life’s Series. As well, I am continuing to work on the novella which is the backstory of one of the beloved characters from Book One. They are thrillers, bordering on horror in some ways, although based on what has been written so far I think a romance classification may need to be considered in there as well. They hint to science fiction as well, with a dystopian aspect to a world in the future.

How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?

This year has been especially difficult to stay on track. But, I am trying to stick to a writing schedule, so that I don’t fall too far behind. For anyone wanting to try NaNoWriMo I have two different sets of advice. 1) for those wanting to attempt and be successful with a 50,000 word count: try to stick to the suggested 1667 or more words per day. This will ensure you don’t fall too far behind. 2) for those who simply want to try it and aren’t too concerned about meeting the word count goal: just have fun. Struggling to meet the 50,000 words can be daunting sometimes and it is often near the finish line that writers give up, thinking there is no way they can do it. Here’s the thing – whether you write 3,000 words or 85,000, you are winning. All because you have picked up that pen and paper, tablet, phone, laptop, and started to write. And that’s what NaNoWriMo is all about.

If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?

Facebook Author Page:
Twitter: @RRaymondAuthor

Life’s Defeat (Life’s Series: Book One) Purchase links
Amazon (available through all amazon stores):
In Canada – paperback purchase:
or through my website (above)

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