Getting my debut novel, A Light from the Ashes, published has been one of the greatest achievements in my life. It took a great deal of work and perseverance to make that dream a reality.
I had the privilege to interview author Rachel Anne Cox about her dystopian novel, A Light from the Ashes. The story of her book is set in the future wasteland of Virginia where Sam, the son of revolutionaries, wants nothing more than to leave the violence of his past behind him, but the impending Third Revolution and the two women he loves may not let him. She will do a mix of appearences to talk about her book in Utah, extending through the Southwest and Southeast before attending Book Expo America 2020 in New York City where she will be a featured author at the Jacob Javits Center. Read the interview to find out more!
Tell us about yourself and what you do?
My name is Rachel Anne Cox, and I am an author. I write dystopian, historical, and literary fiction.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I have had many inspirations in my life. One of my first was my high school English teacher. Many authors have been influential on my writing, such as Lucy Maude Montgomery, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, John Steinbeck, Louisa May Alcott, and Virginia Woolf. The people who inspire me the most are those who have overcome adversity in their lives with some semblance of grace and style. People who were made stronger by obstacles, but not hardened by them. I am also inspired by people who have made it out of difficult situations and then given something back to help others. I find inspiration everywhere.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
Getting my debut novel, A Light from the Ashes, published has been one of the greatest achievements in my life. It took a great deal of work and perseverance to make that dream a reality. Another achievement I am proud of is earning my master’s degree in English. There were people who said I couldn’t do it, but there were also people who were cheering me on along the way. It is always gratifying to achieve a goal you have set for yourself.
Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
To any aspiring author, I would say there are two very important things for you to do. First, read. Read everything, not just in your preferred genre, but in many different genres to get a sense of how people work their craft. The second is to establish a routine of writing ever single day. It has been said that it takes 10, 000 hours of practice to become a master at anything. But that practice does not mean making the same mistakes over and over; it includes time spent on learning and improving upon your craft. Don’t expect to just sit down and churn out brilliance with your first, second, or even one hundredth try. Writing is a process and a craft. It takes time and a great deal of practice. Even then, be kind to yourself, and stay true to the vision of the kind of writer you want to be. Don’t let someone else determine the kind of writer you should be.
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