Rebecca Ethington is the internationally bestselling author of The Imdalind Series, a seven-book paranormal fantasy romance series that has more 5-star reviews than you can shake a stick at. Her post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series, Through Glass, is also highly rated and on my summer reading list!
Rebecca was kind enough to chat to me about her books, writing and aerial silk skills (which are pretty impressive!).
An easy one to start off with! Which part of the world do you hail from and have you always lived there?
I am in Salt Lake City Utah – and despite a brief stint in Connecticut when I was five, I have always lived here. I love the mountains, and there is no end of amazing things to do!
What was the first piece of fiction you wrote?
The very first thing I wrote was probably a script when I was in third grade: “Don’t tell daddy the mommy is a mummy.” I bribed my friends to be in and forced them to rehearse during recess.
My first published piece of fiction is Kiss of Fire, Book One in the Imdalind Series. I wrote it as a gift and my sister dared me to publish it. The rest is history.
What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?
I have been reading the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas and yes! I would recommend it!
Tell us about your writing process. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I am a little bit of both. I am a pantster until about ten thousand words in, then the plot tends to fall in place and I write a rough outline, rewrite the beginning and the rest just rocks-and-rolls. The only thing I do before that is extensive character outlines. I like to get to know my characters so I can get in their heads a bit better.
Where do you write your books and what’s your choice of drink and music to keep you typing away?
Really it’s just water. And coffee. I tend to write in a lot of coffee shops, so that tends to be a go to.
Aside from writing and reading, what do you love doing most?
I have a firm addiction to the aerial arts. I spend far too many hours in a week learning and practicing aerial silks, pole, and other circus arts. It may seem weird, but I honestly love it!
Which character in your books do you most relate to and why?
It’s weird, but that answer has really changed over the past few years. When I first started writing I would have to say Joclyn from the Imdalind Series. But I have grown and changed so much on my publishing journey that I am much more of an Alexis in Through Glass now.
So, basically, I am a demon slayer.
Do you have any children or pets?
I am a proud, dedicated, full-time mom. I love my small people, but it is only my dog, a giant St. Bernard, who graces my social media.
What three books have influenced your style of writing or the themes you write about the most and why?
I am not 100% sure on this. I read a lot of books, and I think I mostly just write what I love to read, if that makes any sense. I have always created stories, and I love sharing all my crazy weirdness with the world. Having people love it is just icing on the cake.
Tell us about the Through Glass series. Where did your initial idea come from and why did you choose to write these books?
The initial idea actually came from an Of Mice and Men song, Little Talks. There is a line in that completely sparked an idea and I ran with it. It mutated an idea from there, but at its core I wanted to tell a story of an end of world experience, as it happened. Not years later, but the immediate rebuild.
It ended up being a bit different than that, as most ideas do, but the heart is still there – and I definitely loved writing a kick-butt heroine who literally saves the world.
What are you working on at the moment – any more releases planned for 2018?
I am working on a shifter series, and will be finishing up the Through Glass series before the end of the year! It’ll be quite the year!
I had it all figured out. Graduate high school and head to college. It was just icing that my college of choice also happened to be where my life long crush and the boy next door, Cohen, was already attending. I had already been accepted.
Everything was working out perfectly.
The only problem was that my ‘perfect’ didn’t involve a freakin’ invasion. So, when everything went dark and monsters, literal monsters, fell from the sky, I had no idea what to do.
Hey, I’m not your perfect dystopian heroine. Hell, I’m not even your everyday human.
It took some time, and a bit of work, but now instead of graduating and following Cohen to college I am now hunting massive winged demon… things.
Worse yet, any chance of a happily ever after goes to pot when my demon hunting turns into boyfriend rescuing, and I have to risk it all and go into the Dark.
One minute everything is on track, and the next… well, it’s the end of the world.
My name is Lex, and I guess I hunt monsters now.