Rebecca Howie is a procrastinating writer from Scotland, who prefers spending her time in fictional worlds rather than the real one.
She self-published her first novel, The Game Begins, at 18, and it reached 2nd in the Teen and Young Adult Detective category on Amazon after its release in February 2016.
What made you want to write?
The first time I ever wrote a story, I think I was about 5 or 6, and I’d been given a notepad as a party favour. The plastic whistles and yoyos that also came in the bag didn’t interest me, and since the notepad came with a pencil, I had this compulsion to make stuff up and fill the blank pages.
What is your favourite book to date?
I’ve started hoarding James Oswald’s Detective McLean series, and I’d probably say the first one is my favourite. But the all-time winner would be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
What was your favourite book growing up?
I loved Jaqueline Wilson books, but I don’t think I could choose a favourite.
Your first book: where were you when the idea came to you?
The Game Begins had been through hundreds of different versions before I even considered publishing, and the characters had appeared in other stuff I’d written, but the version that’s for sale now came to me when I was brainstorming ideas for a fanfiction and I realised that all the stories with the tortured genius detectives never started at the beginning, and you learned of their histories through flashbacks and maybe a therapy session or two.
So I decided I wanted to have a go at writing a detective story from the very start, and I chose Sam because I’d been writing her in a different story at the time and I felt like I knew her enough to know how she would deal with the things I was going to throw at her.
Where is your ideal writing space?
My bedroom, but the rest of the house needs to be quiet or I can’t concentrate. And my desk needs to be tidy or I get distracted by the mess.
Which author(s) inspire you?
J.K Rowling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Oswald, and anybody who chooses to ignore everyone’s advice and make writing their career.
If you were to go to any library or bookstore in the world, where would you go?
If you were to find someone reading your book anywhere, where would it be?
I’d like to see someone reading it on a train. I think it’d be strange to see, but I’d imagine it would be nice at the same time to know that they’ve been carrying it around all day waiting for a chance to read it.
What do you love about reading and/or writing the most?
I love developing characters’ backstories and making up plot twists, and I love talking to other members of the writing community online. Everyone’s so nice and supportive and they make fan art, too, which is amazing.
About The Game Begins
It’s been four years since the car crash took away her father and Sam Beckett’s nightmares are back with a vengeance.
When her friend suggests she take a PI course to distract herself, Sam agrees, but she soon realises it won’t be as simple as she expected when her first case leads to a woman being killed, her husband accused of her murder, and a series of threatening text messages sent to her phone which lead Sam to believe that her father’s crash might not be the accident everyone thought it was.
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