So we are back this week with another interview. I was lucky enough to edit Moss and Clay by Rebekah Jonesy and I fell in love with this story. Moss and Clay is the first book in the Mab’s Doll series and was just released by OWS Ink, LLC. It’s got great characters, action, and comedy all rolled into one awesome story. You’ll love the characters of Gillian and Pitch, the protagonist and her mischievous kelpie sidekick. Gillian kicks ass while Pitch says a lot without saying a word. Get this book on preorder today. On paperback here.
Here’s the blurb: A doll, crafted and given a mission by Danu. Given life by human and Fae blood. First daughter of Mab, Queen of the Fae, Gillian must track down the rogue fae in the Americas and bring them back under Fae Law with only a volunteer kelpie to travel with her.
And no one knows what they’re in for. Not even the gods that sent them.
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Without delay, here’s the interview!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a dabbler. And a poker. And an instigator. I like to experiment with lots of things. My brain is always saying “What if?” or “Why?” or “How?” And then I do my best to figure out the answer. I’ve worn a lot of hats over the years and love them all. I haven’t really retired any of them and I use everything I have ever learned to ask and answer the next set of questions. People fascinate me.
Why do you write? How did you get started?
I write so I can see the answers to my questions. Stories are my sounding board. I bounce ideas off of them, through them, and see what I come up with. I have almost no music appreciation, but I understand why musicians make music. Because the music is playing in their head and they have to work with it to make it whole. That’s what I do. I release the melody locked deep inside of me, and it becomes a story.
That’s not a fun story. Actually I started in first grade I guess it was. In school we made this book from our workbooks. Rip out the pages, fold them a certain way, cut along the lines, and there was a book with a story and drawings about a little alligator. The last few folded pages were blank, so I filled them up with his continuing story. Then I cut out more pages, folded them the same way, and kept going. My older siblings, and mom, thought they were stupid and wasteful and kept throwing them away. But as long as I could find paper and pencil I kept writing and drawing.
Basically that continued and evolved until I was living on my own and they didn’t have access to my stuff to destroy. I still kept all of my writings hidden though. Unpacking after another move a few years ago I was looking for a spot to hide my stash when it clicked in my head. I didn’t have to hide it. Any of it. I was in my 30s and at that point I had two moving boxes full of notebooks. And a few disks of things too. So I sat down and read them. And yeah, most were crap. But some of them were really good. I looked online, found videos and how tos by indie authors, two of whom I am friends with today thanks so much Josh and Joe! And with their recorded advice I started publishing. But I didn’t tell anyone. Not a soul. It was just me. And, amazingly, I got good reviews.
What is your process like? From idea to finished piece?
The stories sit in my head. They stew, ferment, rot, evolve, grow, and sometimes die, all without ever typing a single word. Some are full stories, some are series, some are just characters. But if I try to outline or plot, they fade away. When I have enough time and peace, I sit down, close out the world, and brain dump. With my novellas I would usually write the whole thing in a day or two. Because once I start it’s almost impossible for me to stop. I’ll forget I have a body. And any time I stop or walk away I have to read back through everything and edit it again, even though I edit while I go. Once I am done, I get up and walk away, usually for a day. Once I can read it with a clearer mind I started the real editing and rewrites. Then I walk away and do something else. Usually cooking. Maybe a different kind of craft. Then I will sit down with it again and go over it, paragraph by paragraph. After third pass it’s off to the editor. Once it’s sent, it moves to a different folder in my brain. And after my editor is done with it and sends it back I can look at it like a product to be honed instead of my baby that I had to protect and nurture. Then comes the struggle of the cover. Ughhhhhhh. Graphic art is not something I am good at. I much prefer giving a basic idea to someone and having them make something then I will just add or ask for tweaks. After the manuscript and cover is done, some marketing people work necromancy or something like that. Later I am given a link and and I can cheer and share it with my friends and followers.
Where do your ideas come from? What’s your favorite way to brainstorm?
Everywhere. Anything. I’ve written two books based on covers I saw. I’ve written around five from secondary characters in my other books. The idea for my first trilogy started out with an idea to go on a shooting camping trip with some friends. It ended up no place near that. My second one was from a comment a waiter said. The fifth one was from a comment a character said in my book. And on and on. The series I am working on now, the concept of the idea started because of a child character in my romance thriller book. That got the idea of Americanized Irish lore stuck in my head which came up later in a conversation with a fantasy author friend of mine. So anything can spark the idea.
My favorite way is easily by chatting it over with a friend. That leads fairly quickly to actually writing it and it’s cleaner when I start working on it.
Who’s your biggest influence?
Coffee. And friends. I am blessed to have amazing artist friends or all flavors. And their creativity sparks my own and makes me feel more comfortable expressing it.
What’s your one piece of go to advice for other writers?
Write. Write. Write. Just write. Don’t have an idea? Write. Don’t think you can? Write. Work isn’t “good enough”? Write. Keep getting stuck? Write. Doesn’t matter what you write. So long as you are writing. Just shut up and write.
Tell us about Moss and Clay. What inspired you to write this story?
In my thriller romance Dangerous Angles there’s a family. They are Irish American and the parents passed down the old oral stories. Researching that and writing out what they would do really intrigued me. Later, much later, I was chatting with an author friend of mine and I don’t remember what exactly sparked it, but together we came up with this concept of an automaton crafted from magic to hunt down bad guys by following American legends and lore. Like Ghost Hunters meets Puppetmaster.
That stewed in my brain and even rotted a bit. But I trimmed off the rotted pieces and pulled out something new. It had grown and developed on its own over the year and became a story about a doll crafted by Danu, blessed by the sky, and brought to life with human and fae blood who is given a mission to find her lost peoples stuck in the Americas where they are surrounded by metal that they cannot touch or cross.
What’s one thing writing Moss and Clay taught you?
The similarities in myths and how they relate to and are influenced by languages. One example is how many cultures have a story about a water horse. Depending on how the language says “horse” it is either male or female, benevolent or malevolent, and even relates from there how to protect yourself from it. And a lot of myths seem to have a lot to do with how women are viewed in the culture as well.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I see reds, yellows, oranges- which I am going to say is a sunrise, not a sunset. Either way I am moving forward fast and hard. I have the next three books in my series planned out along with a short or two to go with it. I have a full romance I have finished and will be publishing soon. I have a Patreon idea I plan to go forward with in the near future. And I have my gleefully geeky podcast that is really taking off recently that I have so much fun on. And of course my wonderful new job with OWS Ink publishing.
What’s your favorite food, favorite color, and favorite beverage?
Coffee, coffee, and coffee! Yay!
What’s three things most people don’t know about you yet?
I am left handed.
I am the youngest child of five.
I had West Nile and nearly died from it.
And finally, where can we find you online?
Rebekah Jonesy knows stuff about things and isn’t afraid to talk and write about it. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse. Inside the literary world she is a devourer of books, publisher, and mentor.
“Rebekah has the best kind of rabies”- JD Estrada
Check Rebekah out and grab your copy of Moss and Clay today!