Author Interview with Rebecca Jaycox
What inspired you to start writing?
As an only child, I was always making up stories in my head. My cats were sometimes generals in my pretend armies or we would go treasure hunting. I’ve always had a pretty big imagination. When I was around 10, I watched Star Wars and became obsessed. I wanted to write an epic tale, and I was determined that I would.
What is your ideal writing setting?
My ideal setting is a little cottage on the beach somewhere; however, I rarely get to live out that dream. Most of the time I settle for something comfortable and quiet.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Why do you like them?
Ooh, I have so many! I fell in love with Colleen McCullough, the author of The Thorn Birds, because she can create a sweeping saga and she puts her characters through hell. Even though she’s not a fantasy writer, I really enjoy her style. Neil Gaiman is a genius as is Maggie Stiefvator. If you haven’t read The Scorpio Races, what are you waiting for? Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs write UF like nobody’s business. The scope of their world building and characters inspires me to be a better writer.
What social issues become themes in your work, if any?
“The Other Inheritance” deals with racism and abuse.
What kind of books do you write?
I write YA fantasy, and I’m also writing NA steampunk and adult UF.
Which of your characters do you find you relate to the most?
Even though my favorite character is Brwyn, I relate most to my heroine, Reggie. She’s got pieces of me in her.
Which do you relate to the least?
My hero Asher. I’ve never been through what he has, and I hope I never will.
Who is your favorite villain?
I only have one, lol. So I guess Andrius is my favorite villain right now.
g. Tell us a little about your book/series:
The Other Inheritance is the first book in a trilogy. It’s about Reggie, a seventeen-year-old girl, who discovers she has magical powers and that her father was from an alternative reality known as the Other, and that she’s inherited his magical abilities. In order to save her father, she has to cross over into the Other where adventure, romance, and danger ensue.
Rebecca Jaycox grew up in the tiny town of Berryman, which borders the Mark Twain National Forest and the Courtois River about 70 miles south of St. Louis. The beautiful landscape fed her imagination, and she began writing stories at age 10 and never stopped.
Always seeking adventure, Rebecca moved to France after she graduated college with a journalism degree to teach English at a French high school. Bitten by the travel bug, she has recently visited Italy, Greece, Austria, Spain, and finally made it to her bucket-list destination of Istanbul last summer.
Rebecca now lives in New York City with her husband, Gregory. She is the curator and program director of the YA Lit Series at the 92nd Street Y–one of New York’s premier cultural centers. She enjoys reading and writing fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction. The Other Inheritance is her first novel.
The Other Inheritance
by Rebecca Jaycox
Seventeen-year-old Reggie has been having a tougher time than usual. As if dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies isn’t enough, this biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other.
Then, in biology class, her finger brushes a dead frog set out for dissection and it leaps off the table, scaring everyone, including her.
Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why. Or whether she should believe the man in her dreams, who claims she’s in danger and that someone is coming to take her to a safer reality. But if there’s one thing she’s learned, nowhere is safe. Get your copy here: