|Back in October last year "The Wall Street Journal" wondered if Rebecca James might be the next J. K. Rowling. They based that thought on the upcoming publication of James's first novel Beautiful Malice which they said had "become a publishing phenomenon that is sparking an aggressive bidding war world-wide."|
That novel is now published and the Booktopia weblog decided to ask the author "ten terrifying questions":
5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?
Because when I tried out for the Sydney Philharmonic they laughed?
6. Please tell us about your latest novel?
I won't rewrite the back cover blurb because you can find that anywhere so I'll just say what I think Beautiful Malice is about. It's about friendship - and how sometimes you can have a friend who isn't good for you. It's about family and love and loyalty and betrayal and the aftermath of murder and how you have to keep on hoping even when you are afraid to. And that probably sounds very ambitious and like TOO MUCH ALREADY but I hope that it successfully combines all the above with a compelling plot.
7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?
I certainly hope they're entertained enough to read to the end! It would be a terrific bonus if they are also keen for my next book.