NEVER WISH UPON A STAR
Sixteen-year-old Abigail Crumble’s learning this the hard way.
During a moment of weakness, Abigail wished on the stars only to discover she’s cursed as a result. And she’s been on a journey to rectify her mistake ever since. Trouble is, the quest to rid herself of the curse has proven to be much more arduous than she could have ever imagined. And far from over.
Separated from her friends and believing them dead, trapped in the faelti camp and being held hostage by the evil Kai Sisu, Abigail is no closer to reaching Levana’s Dwelling and breaking the curse than she was the day she left her hometown.
1. When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write in the quiet of my home. Noise or people or messages can’t distract me. I can’t focus in crowded places and get distracted by movement, noise and colour. I can listen to music of my choosing when writing, but it still has to be in a comfortable room with no one disturbing me.
2. Do you have a certain ritual?
These days I follow a very strict daily routine because of my tight work schedule. I wake up, get the coffee on, set up the laptop and write. I will pick any scene I have a feeling for or idea about and get to it. I never write a book in order. After completing the first draft, I get it organised and structured.
3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee. If I work on an evening or weekend, I may switch to tea. Sometimes alcohol. But I never really felt it worked that well for me, so I try to stick to the caffeine.
4. What is your favourite book?
The Princess Bride by William Goldman. That book is awesome! Since reading it I’ve read so many good books. And it wasn’t always my favourite. That used to be The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I expect that I may find another one eventually to take the top spot. For now, The Princess Bride sits there.
5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes. At first, I assumed I would stick to fantasy. Other genres felt a bit boring to me! I say that with no disrespect to writers of other genres. I have, however, recently been thinking of some stories that aren’t fantasy. More just stories similar to life. I am not sure if I will develop them into fantasy, but I am open to trying a new genre.
6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Sometimes. But mostly they are a combination of people I’ve met. Any strong resemblance is purely coincidental.
7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes! And I use Google Notes, which is connected to all my devices. It is the best tool for taking down quick notes and ideas. Whenever I go on vacation, I pick up a new notebook that I can use for the next idea. I like collecting them—but I am very specific about my notebooks. Even I can’t get inspired unless it has a certain characteristic or inspiring quality.
8. Which genre do you not like at all?
Probably erotica, especially extreme. I tried to read it once, but I gave up. I couldn’t get past the first page. A clean romance or semi-steamy might be ok, but I rarely like them either.
9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
If we allow a dead person, since the likelihood of it would be low anyway, I’d go with William Goldman. I think our styles would blend well.
10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Actually, recently I thought I’d love to head over to Sicily, Italy. I heard a story about it recently—nothing to do with the mafia—and I thought it would be cool to head over there and research the place the story came from; one which would become my non-fantasy story (I don’t want to reveal too much about it).
Thank you, Rachel Pudsey and Love Books Group Tours.
About the author
Rachel was born and raised in Scotland but has a ridiculously English surname. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.
Rachel has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. An obsession with Point Horror books led to her first novel being written at the age of ten. Truth be told, it wasn’t very good. The following years were spent reading, amateur acting in a youth group, occasionally playing guitar, and dabbling in songwriting, all the while continuing to write stories unworthy for print and developing her own style.
A mixture of inspiring authors had a huge influence upon her mind: S. E. Hinton, Mario Puzo, R. L. Stine, William Goldman, C.S Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, J. K. Rowling … the list goes on. For years, Rachel has cited The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton as her favourite book. These days, she considers The Princess Bride by William Goldman to be at the top of the list. But the list always changes. How can one simply pick a favourite from all the wonderful books out there? It’s like trying to pick one favourite food. Inconceivable!