Please Welcome R.S Novelle!
- What are your writing rituals?
My writing schedule is so sporadic because I have a day job also, so rituals are hard to come by. But, I can say that everything around me has to be clean and quiet in order for me to be productive. So first, I’ll spend at least half an hour picking up the house and cleaning up a bit. Then I’ll make a cup of coffee – regardless the time of day – and get a nice glass of ice water as well to have by my side the entire time. Next, I’ll shut myself in my office and, because I have to be mentally organized as well, I go through all of my emails and social media notifications so there’s no distractions. Finally, I reread the last chapter or two that I’d written the day before and plunge into the new materials.
- What’s the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?
I’ve been so fortunate to have so many wonderful and generous comments from reviewers so far! Several have commented that they couldn’t put the book down, or that they hope to see my characters returning in future books, and that just thrills me. A couple reviewers have also mentioned what they thought were incredible plot twists, which is very exciting for me to hear.
- How long do you estimate it took you to take the book from an idea to a finished, published novel?
This particular book took longer than average for me, because just when I thought I had it finished, I got an idea for a great subplot in the book. The idea wouldn’t leave me alone, so I went back and added a bunch of scenes and chapters to bring it to life. I think overall it took me about a year an a half. But the second book in the series, Driven, only took me three months from start to published.
- If you could invite two other authors over to your house for dinner, who would you choose and why.
JK Rowling would definitely be one of them. I’m fascinated by her strength, imagination, and drive. I would also love to have Mark Twain over for dinner, if going back in time were ever possible. He has such a unique style and outlook on the world, I think he’d be an amazing mentor. Can you imagine the two of them in the same room together? Now that would be an interesting dinner party!
- If you listen to music while you’re writing, what is it?
I wish I was the kind of author who could listen to music while I write! For some reason, I find it very distracting. But often while listening to music elsewhere, I find myself inspired to write. I’m a huge fan of Lorde, Florence + The Machines, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and so many others! I particularly like music fusion, and artists who collaborate together. I think it gives a richer sound to the work.
- Can you remember one of the first things you wrote? What makes it memorable?
Oh, the first thing I remember writing was actually a journal that I started in first grade. I think because it was the first time I was writing for myself – not a school project or something requested by my family – it holds significant value for me. I learned to express my own thoughts and use words to develop my own style, and that really helped me over time. I continued to journal until well after college, and then life got just a little too busy. But I kept them all, and from time to time will pull them out and reflect on them.
- If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?
All of my main characters are very strong women, so the actresses would have to reflect that. I would love to see someone like Scarlett Johansson or Kristanna Loken playing Ana, while Olivia Wilde would make a great Mara.
Thanks for joining us today R.S. Novelle. Remember to keep a look out for my review of Calculated later this month, and also further releases from R.S. Novelle, coming here in the near future!
Renee’ Novelle is Preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.
As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.
Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.
In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. She writes psychological and paranormal thrillers, as well as contemporary fiction and new adult fiction. For a complete schedule of upcoming releases, please visit www.RSNovelle.com
Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you meant to be.