Interview – R.H. Webster


R.H. Webster

Which country are you from?

United States of America

In which genre/s do you write?

Science fiction/space western, with a healthy dose of romance intertwined

Published or not?


Publication method:


Published Works:

The Rosebud Series:
Book 1: Lucky,
Book 2: Striking It Rich,
A short story called “Nil Bid” included in the Passageways Anthology from Writing Bloc,

WIPs – What are you working on now?

Book three of the Rosebud series, plus a modern retelling of Emma

Why do you write?

Because there are stories in my brain that will chew their way out if I don’t write them down!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Anything can trigger inspiration for me: A song, a landscape, a sunset, a meal…

Any writing related tips you would like to share?

Try to keep writing, no matter how bad you might feel one day. I went through a depressive episode recently where I wrote NOTHING for months on end and now that I’m getting back into it, it feels like my brain muscle is tired and weak. It’s like having to build up physical strength again.

Any advice for new writers?

Be patient with yourself and with the writing process. The road from the first chapter to published work is incredibly long and can be very bumpy and you’ll want to give up frequently. Don’t. The end product is worth the effort.

Anything else you would like to share about your writing or writing process?

I constantly have to remember to be kind to myself. During the pandemic, I have been struggling with depression and self-worth issues, and even my usual escape into writing has not helped. I have been overly critical of my own work and have considered giving up as an author.

Tell us about any hobbies?

I love to sew and make jewelry in my free time, but unfortunately, my enthusiasm outstrips my skill in the area

Any pets?

Two rescue terriers, Charlie and Rosie. It’s their house, I just live here.

Favourite music genre and/or artist?

My tastes are really quite eclectic, so it boils down to “I like this” and then anything by Def Leppard

Favourite TV series?

Oh, so many to choose from. I grew up on Stargate SG-1, but I also love the more recent tongue-in-cheek shows like Jane the Virgin and The Good Place.

Favourite food/meal?

I’m pretty omnivorous, so it depends on my mood. Pizza, tacos, Indian curries…as long as it’s not oysters I’m mostly okay with it.

Favourite season?

Fall. I’m all about crisp weather, chai tea lattes, and school supplies. The quote from “You’ve Got Mail” sums me up pretty well: “It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

What genre/s do you like to read?

A little bit of everything: history, non-fiction, science fiction, an occasional fantasy, some romance…

What are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?

I just finished A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking in print and I’m working on A Discovery of Witches on Audible. Both are excellent and I highly recommend them.

Any book recommendations?

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Do you have a favourite author?

Brian K. Vaughan
Margaret Atwood
Douglas Adams

Anything else you would like to share about your personal life or interests?

I am an eclectic mishmash of interests and spur-of-the-moment decisions. I get very passionate about reading and stories and stories told well (or poorly) spark my interest and keep me talking for far longer than anyone really wants to listen. But I’m really just here for storytelling. My day job as a data analyst is as much about stories as my writing career.

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