Today, the Fantastic Blog Hop tour bus is making its first scheduled stop in the chilly north. We stop to warm our hands at the home of author, Rachel Reuben. Hi, Rachel! Welcome to the tour! Tell us a little about yourself.
What is your story about?
My story “Hag” is about a girl who discovers her ex is gay through tragedy.
Where does your story take place?
My hometown, Cleveland, Ohio.
Is writing a natural talent, or did you take classes to hone your craft?
I can honestly say it was a learned skill. The people I grew up with were constantly telling tall tales. Mainly to get me to do what they wanted like; eat my veggies, go to bed, etc. I just started writing my lies down and selling them LOL!
Do you have a ritual when you write? (Special time of day, music etc.)
I like to write at night, but that’s hard to do now that I have to go to bed at night. My ritual consists of answering emails, blogging, and writing at least one scene of my book.
Do you write in multiple genres?
Yes, I’ve done nonfiction, children’s and now YA/fantasy.
Most people want to know, is writing really all that hard?
It can be if you choose a difficult topic. My newest book Eternal Bond took several years to write because I had no experience writing a novel. I made all the typical rookie mistakes; writing in first person, following trends, and not knowing much about the genre.
Do your family and friends read your work?
Only my aunt has read my book.
Have you ever had writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
I’ve had it and I actually gave up and started freelancing, thinking I didn’t have what it takes to write novels.
Do you have an illustrator, or co-author, if so, who?
Who is your favorite author of all time?
Mark Twain, hands down.