The creativity interviews are back! And to kick it off, I have an interview with the lovely author, Rebecca Enzor. So enjoy the interview!
What is your main form of creative expression?
Writing (and singing in the shower). My debut novel, Speak The Ocean, is best described as BLACKFISH meets THE LITTLE MERMAID, where feral mermaids are trapped in a SeaWorld-type theme park and forced to perform for humans. The main mermaid character, Erie, teaches herself English and begins speaking to her trainers, and they realize she’s more human than they thought and they have to get her out of there before she snaps and kills someone.
Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?
I have a day job as an analytical chemist testing water, soil, vegetation and tissue samples for radioactive contamination, PCBs, pesticides and herbicides. As the name suggests, it’s a very analytical job, so when I’m done for the day I need something really creative to balance it out.
How long have you been creating music/books/plays/films/etc.?
I started writing my first novel seventeen years ago after dabbling in fan-fiction for a few months. I’ve now written ten novels, although most of them were just for fun and will never go anywhere. It was the ninth novel that became my debut, and I’m back to working on that very first novel because I love it too much to shove it in a drawer and forget it.
How do you find time to be creative when you have a separate day job?
I’m lucky in that I couldn’t take my day job work home with me even if I wanted to (it’s radioactive), so when I’m done with chemistry for the day, I’m DONE. I have all evening and both my coffee and lunch breaks to work on writing. And I’ve found that sticky notes are super helpful if I’m in the lab and have an idea for a bit of dialogue or scene.
Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?
I’ve done a few sip-and-paint classes, but the only thing I can draw on my own are My Little Ponies. I’d love to be able to draw humans, but I don’t have the time to put into really practicing with the two jobs I already have. So instead I sip and paint with friends and sometimes sketch colorful horses.
Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?
Donna Gillespie inspired me to write a big, sweeping epic fantasy to rival her gorgeous epic historical, The Light Bearer. And Sara Bareilles inspires me with her songs, and with her openness and honesty surrounding her anxiety.
Why do you create?
To counteract the analytical deluge of the workday. Too many numbers all day, every day make my brain melt, and I can’t help but disappear into my own worlds sometimes. I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and now I can harness it into something positive, rather than getting lost in my own head.
What advice do you have for other creatives?
I’m just starting out at being a professional creative, but I’d say don’t overthink it. When I start overthinking my creativity, the well dries up and I hit “writer’s block.” When I just go where my brain is taking me, it usually knows what it’s doing.
What are you working on right now?
That very first 17-year-old novel. I’m tearing it apart and rewriting it from scratch for the *mumblesaveryhighnumber* time. It’s an epic fantasy about twin sisters who can feel each other’s emotions and physical sensations through their “twin-bond.” When the priestess is sold to an enemy tribe, the warrior must choose between saving her sister or saving their tribe. There are Faye and selkies and lots of badass warriors and it’s the book of my heart <3
Where can people find you and your work?