Interview: Rebekah Turner

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Escape Publishing launched in November and since that time we have brought you a few reviews of Escape titles and almost as many interviews with Escape authors, and this week is no different. This week we were able to chat with an Escape launch author a little way down the track.

Hi Rebekah and welcome to Beauty and Lace.

Tell us a little about where your love of writing began?

My parents didn’t get a television until high school, and I was an only child until I was 7 years old. Our family also moved around a lot, so I learnt to entertain myself by making up fantastic stories in my head.

You debut was recently published by Harlequin’s digital first imprint Escape Publishing, can you tell us a little about the book?

Chaos Born is an urban fantasy with some slap and tickle on the side. It’s funny, gritty and complete with a flawed female heroine with plenty of attitude.

Chaos Born is the beginning of a series, have you got a set number of books in mind?

There are a couple of story arcs I’d love to explore if I get the chance. The second book is about Lora being hired to find a missing person. Her investigations put her into the crosshairs of the violent Reaper Street Gang and a corrupt merchant with a taste for blood sport.

Can you tell us a little about your journey to publication?

I wrote a couple of manuscripts in high school, and collected a folder of rejections slips. Kept writing throughout university and when I started working. I kept collecting rejection slips. Things changed for me when I joined the Queensland Writers Centre and attended development workshops. I learnt how to hone my skills as a writer and wrote Chaos Born, which became a finalist in the 2010 Hachette/Queensland Writers Centre Manuscript Development Program. While Hachette didn’t pick up Chaos, it was an indication I was on the right track with my writing, so I just kept going.

Rebekah Turner

What can you share with us about your experience with Escape Publishing?

I attended the 2012 Romance Writers Convention at the Gold Coast, where I listened to a panel of publishers pitch to attendees on why they should submit their manuscripts to them. After hearing the Escape editor say they had a two week response time, I jumped at the chance to submit. I received a request from the Managing Editor soon after, then I was made an offer of publication three weeks later. After a few rounds of edits, the story was whisked off for publication. It was an incredible ride.

You were one of the 5 launch authors involved with this new imprint, how does that feel?

Pretty awesome. It happened very fast and took a long time to sink in.

The launch party for Escape Publishing, and Chaos Born, was held last November. What can you tell us about the night?
That night was great fun. I was flown to Sydney and met the other launch authors. Everything was exceptionally posh. We had our hair and make-up done, then we were whisked to the launch location by a limousine. The venue had a great view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and there were awesome cocktails named after all the launch books. While I didn’t go back to the hotel wearing my pants on my head, it was still one of the most incredible nights out I’ve experienced.

I believe there was even a Chaos Born cocktail, can you tell us what they were made of?

Alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.

What are you reading at the moment?

The Chieftain’s Curse, by Frances Housden and Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton.

Who is your favourite author?

I don’t have a single favourite author, I have a list. One of the top ones would be JR Ward.

What does being a woman mean to you?

Having a giggle-and-gossip with friends over lunch. Hobbling around in toe-mangling shoes because you think they make you look slimmer. Balancing family with self, and sustaining a close bond with your partner.

Thanks for your time Rebekah, it was great to learn more about you.

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