I am so happy to share an interview with the Rebecca Crunden, the author of A Touch of Death. I read Rebecca’s book last year and loved it! It feels special to be able to introduce her further to you all. Without further ado…
Hannah: Hi Rebecca! Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. To start, please introduce yourself to the readers.
Rebecca: Hiya! I never know how to introduce myself for these. I’m an independent author, living in Ireland, originally from Texas, and working on my PhD. Writing is my safe haven. 😊
Hannah: A Touch of Death felt so thought out from your characters to the future world. What was the inspiration behind Outlands Pentalogy and characters?
Rebecca: I have always found dystopian books to be some of the most interesting. They’re what I grew up with, so I always knew I wanted to write one. I started ATOD after I finished my undergraduate degree and was finally able to get back into fiction writing. The characters came to me at random in Perú, actually. I was there for about twelve days and one night I just got this image in my head of two characters who can’t stop fighting but forced to work together. The book changed genres and directions so many times, though, because I wanted all five books worked out before I even published book one. I have a thing for character development!
Hannah: Every character has aspects which endear them to me, but I must say Nate is probably the one I claim as the favorite. Do you have a favorite character you have written in any of your stories?
Rebecca: I love this question! I love the main trio of the books, but Nate was the character who was the easiest for me to write because we have our anxieties and OCD and love of nature in common. Catherine, on the other hand, is calm and collected – not like me at all – so I had a lot of fun writing from her perspective but it was more challenging. The second book is from Nate’s, where we really get into his head, and I think I wrote that one the fastest.
Hannah: When did you start writing? Was there a certain genre that pulled you in as a writer?
Rebecca: When I was really little. I always wanted to tell fantasy and science fiction stories. I love other genres, but I find writing contemporary books quite difficult.
Hannah: Looking back over your time as a reader and writer, what are some of the book that have shaped you into the person you are today?
Rebecca: Definitely The Tao of Pooh. Shantaram was another amazing one. Anything and everything by Ken Follett, for sure.
Hannah: I must ask for my own personal curiosity, what book is currently on your bedside table?
Rebecca: I’m finally getting to Peter Pan, which I’ve always meant to read!
Hannah: Can you share anything you are working on or a current creative project?
Rebecca: I have a 600+ page fantasy dystopian book coming as soon as I can finish the final read through. 😊
Hannah: Thank you so much!
To learn more about Rebecca, visit her website: https://rebeccacrunden.com/ . If you want to dive into a wonderful dystopian novel, go check out A Touch of Death!