Interview with Fantasy Author E. Rachael Hardcastle

I’m Rachael.

I’m a dreamer, a deep thinker, a bookworm and grammar nerd.

I write poetry between imaginative high fantasy, post-apocalyptic and science fiction novels.

I believe that through writing we face our darkest fears, explore infinite new worlds and realize our true purpose. I write to entertain and share important morals and values with the world, but above all, I write to be a significant part of something incredible.

All my fantasy and post-apocalyptic books face our planet’s struggles because I believe that together we can build a stronger future for the human race.

I support independent publishing so all my stories are written, edited, formatted and published by me, offering a low-cost, epic adventure and a memorable escape from reality for my readers.

You can reach out to me through my website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+

When and why did you start writing?

I have been writing since the age of 14. In school, we were asked to write poems for a collection that would be published by an external company, inspired by Martin Luther King. Mine was selected, so I thought if I can write a poem and have that published, perhaps I can work on something bigger like a novel. I published my first book at the age of 18 and it was called The Soul Sanctuary.

What inspires your writing?

People inspire me; seeing them succeed and talk about their experiences motivates me to be a better writer and a better person in general. As for ideas, I soak in everything from the news, social media, conversations and from books, movies etc. I then re-use those ideas with a fresh spin and in my own way.

What has been your worst moment as a writer?

I can’t say I have had a truly negative experience as a writer (touch wood) but I think negative reviews are what get me down the most. I try not to take them personally, look into what they are saying to see who they are and how many others have said the same thing, then I move on. I also try to remind myself that I can’t please everyone.

Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?

I like to have some instrumental, genre-specific music playing in the background and a hot brew by my side in my favourite mug. Other than that, I don’t really have any rituals but I do like to re-read what I wrote the day before so I can pick up the thread easily and I write scene by scene, not to a word count. I also like to read the outline for the part I’m writing, too, so it’s fresh in my mind.

If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?

To work on my platform sooner. I have been published since 2010 but only working on building that platform seriously for the past year, so I would tell myself to blog, vlog and podcast more, connect with other writers and write more.

What do you believe makes for great writing?

I like books that allow me to escape from the real world with characters I can relate to. Strong prose and dialogue certainly help to transport me to the fictional setting, but above all I think the story itself is very important. I’m a strong believer that if three different writers told the same story in their own voice, I’d still love them all (perhaps some more than others), because I’d be attracted to the story itself.

How do you measure success as a writer?

I don’t think you need to be a rich bestseller to be successful. I consider myself successful because I’m meeting the small goals I’ve been setting for myself every week and I’m doing what I love. Some authors will feel successful when their writing is paying a bill, and I think that’s a brilliant target to set, too.

What’s your biggest fear as a writer?

That my voice will never be heard and my stories will never be enjoyed, whether this is because I don’t get chance to write them or that they are never found/ purchased. I think this is a common fear and I think it’s unnecessary, but it lingers in the back of my mind all the time. It makes me work harder, so it’s a good thing, too.

Describe your latest book to our readers

I’m working on Book Four of my Finding Pandora Series. There are due to be twelve in total (three volumes in blocks of four). It’s a series about a young woman on a futuristic planet who is given several supernatural gifts to help her locate Pandora’s Box.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?

All my fantasy and post-apocalyptic books face our planet’s struggles because I believe that together we can build a stronger future for the human race. I think from my Pandora series, I’d like people to read between the lines and look at some of the ongoing issues our planet faces that may one day lead to the events that happen early on in this series. I would also hope people can find some escapism in my work and just enjoy the story. Entertainment value is very important.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

I think it’s important that you read and not just books in the genre you’re planning to write. Read across genres and authors to get a feel for the many voices and techniques out there. I would also say write at your own pace and go scene by scene, not to a word count; don’t force the words just for the sake of meeting a target, because you may have to delete them later which is a waste of time. Think about what needs to happen next and write that little bit, then move on.

What’s next for you?

Hopefully more releases, podcasts both on my channel and on other peoples’ and some more school visits to encourage young people to read and write creatively.

Finding Pandora

by E. Rachael Hardcastle

Welcome to Haeylo, where Supes rule the city, humans are an endangered species and Pandora is as curious as ever.

Arriette Monroe never expected to be thrust into the heart of supernatural chaos, nor did she deem herself worthy of four very special gifts. But now she’s got friends to rescue, Vampyrs to fight and impossible expectations to meet.

Although Arriette thinks she’s walking pandemonium, The Recruit think she’s their saviour. And they’re willing to prove it…

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.