FAQ: General Questions

1. What inspired you to write about a vampire turned human?
I connected to my main character, Lenah’s voice. It was so strong; and sinister and tragic. I wanted to tap into that sorrow and darkness. I wanted to bring this person, whoever she was back out to light. It turned out that she was a vampire and thematically, it worked. Every person out there has done something they aren’t proud of. And whatever that thing is, they have to live with it – forever. That’s Lenah but times about a million!

2. Your book spans many centuries, what kind of research did you do about the different time periods?
Librarians are your friends! Reference librarians are even better friends!  I spent months writing this book and I emailed a lot with reference librarians all over the world. Specifically, the librarians at the Carnegie Library in Girvan Scotland. They are some of the most generous people I’ve ever met.

3. Can you give us one fun fact we might not know about Infinite Days? Something about the story itself or the writing process?
The way Justin looks is based off of the hottest roommate I ever had in my life. Not entirely but the height and the “glowing” sort of aura. SO CUTE.

4. How would you explain the story of INFINITE DAYS to someone considering reading it?
More than anything it’s a story about humanity. I’ve said this before but Infinite Days is really a story about coming out of the darkness. Come on, we’ve all done things in our past that we regret and we wish we could take back. That theme is really prevalent in this book. Read this book if you like romance. Read this book if you want to go deep in someone’s mind – the mind of a ruthless supernatural creature. A dark creature that is given a second chance at the light.

5.  Are there any people in real life that you’ve based a character off of?
No, this is an interesting question, though. All of my characters have come from my head, which I suppose is an amalgamation of all of my experiences, and people I’ve met.

6. Which Infinite days character would you like as your best friend, and why?
Ooh! Tony, for sure. He’s fun, loyal and really smart. I would love to have him in my life every day.

Questions On Writing Process/Publishing

1. What got you started writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. When I was a kid most people were playing with Barbies, I was using my sister’s video camera to make movies starring my Barbies. I guess I was thinking in a narrative format even when I was really little! Also, I loved dance. I was in recitals and danced competitively until I was an older teenager. There was a connection for me between a choreographed dance and a choreographed scene. I haven’t gotten to the bottom of this yet  – but I will!

2. What is your writing process like?
My writing process is a bit snarky and I drive myself nuts. There’s a lot of whining. I tend to fill up notebooks with handwritten musings, and then I try to piece them together in a word document. I always try to sludge through one full draft on the computer. Then, I print out the word document and write allllll over it, edit the living hell out of it. Then I go back to the word document, implement my edits and start again…and again…and again…

I also improv my characters. Seriously! I try to do this when no one is home but I improvise scenes as a character. That way, I am acting the scene through that character’s eyes and my behavior, my reaction, my word choice is inevitably indicative of that character. Anyone with an acting background might want to try this out.

3. Do you outline? Should you outline your work?
For a first draft, I try not to outline. I think about character. I let the character motivate the direction of the work. I ask myself: What does this character want? But you need to do what works for you. Maybe you are better writer when you outline. You need to do what works for you.

4. Would you be willing to read my manuscript? I want to be a writer too.
No, I am sorry. Not only am I writing in my own life, I teach at the local community college AND I am pursuing my second masters! I am very busy and wouldn’t be able to! There’s also legal stuff and that makes me feel itchy…

5. Would you be willing to help me with my homework?
I’m sorry, no. I’m unable to help you with your school assignments. If it’s an interview, that is fine but I can’t help with written assignments.

6. What is the best way to get published?
I think these days you need an agent. Write the best book you can, query an agent and hopefully they will want to represent your work. What is a query? It’s a SHORT letter you write to an agent or publisher explaining what your work is, what it’s about, who you are, word count and that’s IT! I have an example of my query for Infinite Days here:

Dear ____________,

Lenah Beaudonte is 592 years old. She’s an unabashed killer, who is revered for her cruelty in the vampire world. She’s just awakened at an American boarding school….

And she’s mortal.

Through ancient magic, Lenah’s wish of becoming human is granted. She abandons her taste for murder and blood to become a common high school student. In her first few days, she meets a popular, dare devil junior named Justin Enos, and they fall dangerously in love.

But Lenah’s past has come back to haunt her…she was once a member of a ruthless coven that she created to decimate and murder. Lenah’s coven, once they realize she is missing, send a warning. They’re coming to find her. Lenah knows the coven will search the earth for her even if it means murder.

One more thing? They don’t know she’s human.

Infinite Days is my young adult novel which finishes at approximately 98,000 words. I have just finished my MA in fiction and am now pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I’ve been a finalist in the Iowa Review as well as Glimmer Train magazine.

Would you be interested in taking a look at this manuscript?

Thank you,

Rebecca Maizel

I also suggest you look to Writers Market. Good luck!

7. How can I contact Rebecca?

Snail Mail: PO BOX 1044
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Email: RebeccaMaizelAuthor@gmail.com