Hello and welcome back to my interview series – the third edition, with new questions and even more hilariously difficult choices for people to make! This week, I’m interviewing the delightful Becky Wilson!
Welcome to my blog! Where are you from? Do you still live there?
I’m from small town Missouri (USA), and now I live in middle of nowhere Missouri. It’s a bit of an upgrade, but there’s still no coffee shop.
Why are you a writer? Was there a book or author who inspired you?
I am a writer, because I love stories and the way words come together to form something that has the ability to impact people’s lives, thoughts, and emotions. There are a million books and authors who inspire me, and I find new ones every day. I try to read and devour as many stories as possible, because the more I read, the better I write. I also love the challenges of writing, editing, and finding the best ways to express something, even if it breaks the standards or rules. There’s something incredibly satisfying about making worlds and characters come to life on paper, and in doing that, I find new ways to explore myself, the world, and humanity. It’s beautiful, even when I’m screwing it up.
What are you currently working? What was the inspiration for it?
I just finished drafting a story about a teenage girl who turns into a villain (not a super villain, just someone who takes her convictions too far and becomes widely hated for it). It’s a 24 hour story, and each chapter represents one hour of time. There are 25 chapters total, as the last hour of the story both starts and ends the novel. It was challenging to write, but I am hopeful I can help it meet its full potential in editing.
I was inspired to tackle this story after writing several novels with heroes. Along the way, I thought a lot about what makes a villain and the fine line that exists between heroes and villains. I wanted to explore a different type of MC, one who believes in her cause, a good cause, but she doesn’t always make the right choices and struggles to understand why everyone else isn’t on her side. It’s dark and twisty, and I definitely underestimated how emotionally challenging it would be to step my MC toward villainy one hour at a time. By the dramatic midpoint, I seriously wanted to change the plan and let her become a hero. But I didn’t.
When somebody reads your work (current or future), what do you want them to say/feel?
Currently: I want readers to say everything that’s wrong with the work, confusing about it, or what they don’t like about it, so I can take the feedback, decide what is useful, and make the stories better. I tend to disregard almost everything nice people say, especially if they don’t point out the issues and flaws with the writing or story. I feel like I can’t trust praise if I don’t trust the reader to point out concerns.
In the future: I want readers to say they loved the characters and couldn’t put the book down. I want them to feel the whole array of emotions, all the ups and the downs, and especially the extremes. While plot and world are great, and I enjoy those aspects of reading and writing, when I’m creating a new world or story, I personally care most about characters, emotions, and the relationships between characters (all relationships, not just romance). That’s what fascinates me, so that’s what I hope readers relate to.
What’s a genre or type of book that you’d really like to write one day?
So far I’ve written Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Psychological Thriller, and Contemporary, so you could say I have a very hard time staying in my box. I like to try new things and write different types of stories. I’m brainstorming a serial killer story at the moment (thriller?). I haven’t tackled horror, which I think would be a fun but difficult genre to write. I have no ideas for a story in that genre at the moment though, so it’s more likely that I would try to write a high fantasy, one that’s deeply entrenched in a fantasy world with an epic storyline. The fantasy stories I’ve written so far have been more contemporary/mainstream. I’ve been floating around an idea for a water fantasy for some time, but I haven’t fully committed to it yet.
Bourne, Bond, Bauer. One is Hunting you, one is Protecting you, one is Dating you. Which one is which?
Bond is hunting me (which is great, because I get to look gorgeous and snark back at him a few times, maybe even have a fancy drink, before he ever gets around to trying to catch me).
Bauer is protecting me (because I have the worst of luck and he has the best of it and some mad skills when it comes to staying alive).
Bourne is dating me, even though I promised the best friend I’d stop dating the smart, troubled guys (oops).
A new book has just been released by your favorite author, in your favorite series! Who is the author, and which series is it from?
I am series obsessed, so this is an impossible question. I won’t pick a series that is finished, because as much as I love some of those, I respect the author’s choice to end the stories where they end. I wouldn’t want to change that.
One of my favorite, all-time fun reads is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I started reading the stories years ago and adore the characters. The books typically come out around my birthday, so my mother gives me the new book each year. I typically read it in one sitting and catch myself laughing out loud the whole way through.
If you could erase one book from your memory, what would it be, and why?
This is easy, because I’ve spent almost 15 years trying to erase this book from my brain. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This story is a crime against humanity and the bane of my existence. Somewhere inside the billions of pages of useless crap about Russian shit I don’t care about was probably a fascinating story, but I could never dig it out. There would be these small glimpses of beautiful moments and gorgeous writing that would propel me forward, and then I’d drown in Tolstoy not knowing when to shut up and what to edit out to find the heart of his own story. I did not enjoy listening to him ramble nearly as much as he enjoyed rambling. I also drowned my sorrows in White Russians and Black Russians during the painful process, so I’d say the only good thing about that reading experience was the vodka. I’d prefer to erase the rest.
You’re having a dinner party, and you invited three fictional characters. Who’s coming to dinner?
Anne Shirley, Legolas, and Dumbledore. I will not defend my choices.
And finally, where can people find you on the internet?
My Website: www.bawilsonwrites.com
Thanks so much Becky, it was great having you here, and I enjoyed all of your answers!
If you have a question for Becky or myself, please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!