Today I’m delighted to welcome Rebecca Raisin to Me, My Books and I:
Rebecca Raisin is a writer from Perth, Australia. She spends most of her time daydreaming about her next story until she can put pen to paper. She has too many notebooks, Post it notes, and scraps of paper floating around the house and hopes one day to be one of those organised writer types. Until then, she’ll muddle away finding comfort in great metaphors, and dark chocolate.
No genre is safe, when Rebecca writes. She is keen to try anything to challenge herself and improve her craft.
She’s been published in lots of short story anthologies, magazines and online, and won the National year of reading competition for Western Australia, and People’s choice award, for her story “By teaching Thomas.”
You can read or listen to the story by clicking here.
She was also recently a top ten finalist, and People’s choice winner for Random House and Take Five magazines romance competition.
You can read the story by clicking here.
To find out more about Rebecca Raisin:
Where did the idea for Mexican Kimono come from?
I have a framed kimono hanging on my bedroom wall, and each morning when I’m struggling to get out of bed I gaze at it. It’s beautiful, with so many gem-like colours. One day I decided to write a short story based around a kimono…sixty thousand words later, it somehow morphed into a satirical full length chick lit novel about a kimono, well, a Mexican Kimono!
Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?
Samantha, the main character. She’s narcissistic and impetuous, but she’s funny. She has a unique ability to tell it like it is, but deep down, she’s not all that reliable as a narrator…
How do you decide on names for your characters?
I’m terrible with names! Whatever springs to mind is what I use. I often have plans to go back and change them, but usually it’s too late. The characters have grown into them, and I don’t have the heart to do it.
If Mexican Kimono was made into a movie who would you like to play the lead roles?
Rebel Wilson would play Samantha. Anne Hathaway would play Sam’s ex-BFF, Kylie. Chris Hemsworth would play Tim, who is also known as Toffany, depending on when you catch him/her. And for Sam ex-boyfriend JJ, James Franco.
Not that I’ve put much thought into it or anything… 😉
What do you hope readers will learn from Mexican Kimono?
Mexican Kimono is all about fun. I hope they laugh and that it takes them away from the real world for a while. Underneath the humour the real message is, don’t let your friends and family down by focussing on things that don’t matter in the end, like materialism, and status. Poor Sam gets put through the ringer until she realises she’s leading a pretty shallow and vapid life.
What is the hardest part of writing a book?
I seem to stall around the ten thousand word mark. So for me, the hardest part is pushing on from that point. Plotting a few scenes in advance, and having the confidence to keep plugging away is crucial. The funny thing with Mexican Kimono is, I didn’t have that problem! The words poured out of me. But, I have had that issue ever since with other books.
What is the easiest part of writing a book?
The easiest part of writing a book for me is when you love your characters, and you desperately want to get back to them each day. Mexican Kimono is full of all kinds of hilarious people, observed through Sam’s eyes, and I missed them when I finished writing.
Where is your favourite place to write?
I write at my dining room table, without fail, every day. It’s comfortable and lots of light filters through the windows. But, one day I would like a fancy writer’s studio overlooking the ocean…
Do you have any amusing writing stories to share with us?
I wrote two erotica short stories for a writing competition. One story was extremely risqué and the other was more sensual, and arty. I have a favourite Aunt who often reads my work and gives me feedback. At the time I had them titled As Erotica 1 and Erotica 2.
I sent off Erotica 2 – the arty one – and waited for her response. She sent me back some comments, which I thought were strange, the wrong characters names, things like that. So I checked my sent emails and I’d inadvertently sent her the risqué story.
I was so embarrassed! After much apologising and explaining that I’m not a closet deviant, she emailed me back and said, “I’m not a prude, you know!”
What are you currently reading?
I’ve just today finished Revenge Wears Prada which I really enjoyed. And tonight I’ll start And The Mountains Echoed, which I’ve been looking forward to since it was released recently. I have the biggest to-be-read pile next to my bed I often wonder if they’ll fall on me when I’m sleeping and suffocate me.
If you could collaborate with any author who would it be?
Hard to pick only one, but one of my most favourite authors is Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat. I love the magical way she writes, and I always love her characters. I like reading (and writing) foodie type stories, and most of her work has an element of that in it.
Paperback or eBook?
Paperback (even though Mexican Kimono will be eBook!)
Dogs or cats?
Tea or coffee?
Pen or pencil?
Breakfast, lunch or dinner?
Dinner, that includes dessert, right? 😉
Of course it does! 🙂
Any last words for your readers?
I hope you enjoy Mexican Kimono when it’s released by Really Blue Books in December 2013! And please feel free to come say hi to me on Facebook or Twitter
Thank you for reading the interview!
Thank you so much for being here today Rebecca, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about the mix-up with your Erotica 1 and Erotica 2 stories :D.
Now check out the book:
The cover for Mexican Kimono is still being worked on – as soon as it is available it will appear here!
“Shopper extraordinaire, Samantha, buys an expensive kimono on a whim. Her ‘alternative’ mother has read the tealeaves and says it’s cursed. Sam ignores her, but things start going wrong. She sets her hair on fire, gets sacked, and gets hit by a “car”.
In the midst of this JJ, her ex-boyfriend, arrives from Paris. He wants Sam back, but she’s not sure she can trust him after her turned gay on her and broke her heart.
JJ notices Brujeria symbolism on the hem of kimono – he thinks she’s been cursed by a Mexican witch. Sam begins to believe something’s wrong but finds it incomprehensible someone would curse her. She’s the best dressed, most popular girl in town, isn’t she? Sam tries to enlist the help of Mme Precious Ramotswe, when that fails seeks help through a bevy of well-meaning friends who she offends with her selfish ways.
Sam’s ex-husband Tim, AKA Toffany, declares his love for her – he’s ready to hang up his stilettos. Love triangle ensues while Sam tries to unravel the mystery of the curse. Will Sam, who is now hairless, jobless and homeless, learn her lesson before it’s too late?”
Mexican Kimono will be digitally published by Really Blue Books in December 2013.