Interview with Rowena Rede

This week on the blog I'm delighted to feature Rowena Rede, author of Origin Story. The second instalment of the series - Backstory - is out soon. Rowena, welcome!!

Tell me more about your book?
Origin Story is about an elite duo of secret agents who wind up down on their luck and take on an unusual job, thrusting them into the dangerous and previously unknown to them world of the supernatural.

What prompted you to write it?
The idea for Origin Story came after I co-wrote a short story. The character I created, Park Thatcher, was so well received that I decided to write an “Origin Story” for him as well as introduce him into a new environment separate from the world in which he first appears.

What are you working on at the moment? Are there already plans for the next book after this one?
I’m working on the sequel to Origin Story and hope to have it out in the world by the end of Summer 2021. 

I’m also working on an urban fantasy serial for Kindle Vella titled, Kat’s Calling. It’s about a demon with a moral compass and a reluctant warrior angel teaming up to stop a heinous act.

When did you first start writing? And what made you start?
I’ve always felt a need to write. Even as a kid. I would write fanfiction for cartoons that I was obsessed with and bands that I loved. I didn’t start professionally until three years ago with a short story that I was invited to co-write. After that I just kept at it. Now I’m in the thick of it and loving it.

What was the first full-length novel you ever wrote? (I realise this may not be the same as the first book you have had published!)
Origin Story, but it’s definitely on the short side.

Which is your favourite secondary character in your book, and why is it your favourite?
I have three main characters so that’s a hard choice! My audience seems to like the morally grey vampire called Merle.

Where is your ideal writing space?
Somewhere cosy and quiet with lots of cold beverages. I recently turned a very tiny coat closet into a small writing space so I could shut the door and drown out the loud noises that accompany a household full of children and animals.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? (not necessarily writing-related!)
I take a lot of inspiration from this quote, especially when I’m doubting myself or my writing- “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” – Dolly Parton

And now for some more random questions... 

What’s your radio tuned to most often?
Soft Pop Hits from the early 2000s or Indie/Folk

You’re stranded on an island. You can choose one of the following three things. Which do you choose and why?
1. Limitless supply of paper and pens.
2. A computer which will never run out of battery and which can access the internet, but you can’t post anything/get help via it, only read what others have put up.
3. An endless supply of loo roll.

Option 1. I’ll keep myself entertained, and I could substitute the paper for loo roll so 2 birds, 1 stone and all that.

You can only wear one of the following colours for the rest of your life. Which colour do you choose?
Yellow. Orange. Green. White. Pink.

Green. I like darker colors and green is flattering for me haha.

Cats or dogs?

City or country?

Real book or e-book?
I’m a hybrid reader. I enjoy both and if I really love a book I’ll buy a physical copy as well as an e-copy.

Fountain pen or biro?
Biro. I find that the really cheap packets have the best ones. They just glide so smoothly and don’t smudge. I’m prone to messes so they’re just practical for me really. 

Thanks very much for letting me bombard you with questions!

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  1. Thank you so much. I loved answering your questions!


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