When she isn’t working on frightening stories or or wild comedies about cellophane wearing ladies’ men, she enjoys cooking and various other things, possibly including training squirrels to take over the world. The reason she writes instead of some other creative endeavor is because of one simple truth: Writing rocks.
Rebekah is our sixth entrant in the 2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge and her podcast entry is titled, Prey. You can listen to Prey while reading along with her written story at Horror Addicts.net. Rebekah’s apocalyptic challenge was a Super virus located in a restaurant. Her helpful item was a baseball bat while her untimely disability was an allergic reaction.
How did you first hear about the 2013 Wicked Women Writer Challenge?
I had done the 2011 challenge but didn’t participate in the 2012 one. I decided the challenge was too fun to skip another year.
What drew you into the fun of this challenge?
The challenge of having to incorporate all the different elements into my story and keeping it short enough to fit into ten minutes of audio time. I love a challenge when it comes to writing. And the podcast part was fun, because I have never completed a story based podcast before. I’ve recorded audio as the character of my humor series, but those were just audio and music.
The Norns were pretty challenging this year – what did you think as soon as your assignment came through?
“A virus? It’s going to be about zombies. I don’t know how to do a zombie story!”
What was the hardest part about your challenge? What did you like best? Did you learn something new about yourself while doing this challenge?
The hardest part was the audio. I had a volunteer record my story for the 2011 challenge, but this time I did it on my own. I’ve never recorded a narrative for a story before, only read to people in person or live over the internet through readings at Second Life. So, I tricked myself and read my story to someone so that my voice would have a narrative feel. Even so, it still turned out sort of unreal, like a children’s story narrator with odd inflection that only happens when you try to sound like your natural self.
Then there was the editing, replacing any verbal mistakes and removing pauses and adding music and sound effects. I had to figure out of to copy and paste and delete in the new version of Audacity. But it turned out pretty well, given that it was my first time attempting something like it.
What made you come up with “Prey”? I thought this was very interesting how your character wasn’t human. This was a very creative switch!
Thank you. I’d never done a zombie apocalypse story before and I wanted something that would make it easier to write. I write better with unusual points of view. They’re like spark plugs for my brain.
Tell us more about YOU, your past stories, books, other artwork or music, your current project, and what’s on deck in 2014?
I have one book in print, a humor/satire novel called the Life and Times of Car Johnson. It’s about the sort of guy who hangs out in bars and thinks everyone’s hanging on his every word mixed with a Homer Simpson on acid.
I’ve also been working on horror fiction. I perform live writing on Second Life, taking prompts and writing a story on Google Docs, so people can see it as I write. I also have three completed novels/short story collections that are part of a series. I’m currently trying to sub the first one around and see if I get any bites. If I can’t get it published, I’ll look into hiring an editor and self-publishing it like I did Car Johnson.
As for what’s going to happen in 2014, only time will tell.
If you win 2013 Most Wicked, have you given any consideration to what your theme might be for when you hostess the 2014 Wicked Women Writer Challenge?
Hmm, I hadn’t really thought about it. There’s a lot of things that could be fun, maybe with something about childhood memories, or maybe firsts, like first kiss, first step, first job.