TIH 085: Rebecca Jones-Howe on Writing Struggles, Working In Retail and Regional Stereotypes

TIH 085: Rebecca Jones-Howe on Writing Struggles, Working In Retail and Regional Stereotypes

In this podcast Rebecca Jones-Howe talks about her writing struggles, working in retail, literary regional stereotypes and much more.

About Rebecca Jones-Howe

Rebecca went to college with the intention of getting a degree in Journalism, however, she dropped out in her second year when her Creative Writing class became the only one she ever went to. Since then, she found a group of like-minded writers online at LitReactor, and she refined her craft through classes and small groups. In 2012, she was the winner of the first WAR writing competition. She made it to the final eight in the second WAR event, and eventually built up a selection of stories that would become her first collection of short fiction, Vile Men, released in the summer of 2015 from Dark House Press. Her short stories have been published in PANK, Pulp Modern,Punchnel’s, Pantheon, Out of the Gutter and Pulp Metal Magazine, as well as The New Black, and Exigenciesanthologies.

Show notes

  • [01:00] Biggest struggle to write
  • [03:00] Characters painted in shades of grey/ catcalling and invasion of personal space
  • [16:25] Lessons learned releasing Vile Men
  • [18:15] Working in retail and writing – pros and cons
  • [20:50] Forthcoming writing
  • [21:25] Planning writing
  • [22:30] New novel/regional literary stereotypes
  • [37:10] Morning rituals and daily habits
  • [43:30] Advice to eighteen year old self
  • [50:10] Fiction and non-fiction recommendations
  • [53:45] Intimidating writers
  • [55:20] Two things you can’t live without
  • [57:20] Connect with Rebecca

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