Winding Down WIPterviews With Raewyn Hewitt

Do you know what I like about Fridays? Well, besides the fact that with my dayjob schedule I’m off work at 10 a.m. most weeks? And that Friday is the first day of the weekend? And that I like Fried food and that just sounds like Friday? I like the WIPterviews. Sadly, after next week, we are done. *sigh*

But enough doom and gloom on a Friday! I’ll just have to find some other way to entertain you. Besides which, this week we have another international guest from the way, way other side of the planet AND, may I add, home to LOTR and The Hobbit. If for no other reason than that, I want to give a huge Random Muse, flying monkey welcome to…

Raewyn Hewitt

…the Kiwi that’s not a fruit or a bird, Raewyn Hewitt.

And, to make you feel at home, please have a seat on this fancy new chair I brought in for just this occasion. What? No, it’s not Mount Doom, silly. That heat and vibration you feel is just the heated back massager feature. *smiles sweetly* *glares at peanut gallery* I can so smile sweetly, I just did.

Care for some tators, Raewyn? They go splendidly with coney stew for second breakfast.

RH:  Mmm tators and coney stew…

kls: *says to no one in particular* See, she appreciates my snacks. Now then, start us off by telling us a little bit about yourself. Who the heck are you?

RH:  I’m a wife, mama to two beautiful little cherubs, Sunday school teacher, cat lover, always-playing-catch-up gardener,  who loves drinking tea and dreaming up fantastic tales. Right now I’m trying very hard to wrestle said stories onto the page. Oh and for some international flavor, I hail from New Zealand. Kia Ora Kotou (Hello to you all). *waves*

kls: Multi-lingual as well. We are a talented bunch. Speaking of which, let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to this Fellowship of Wordsmiths?

RH: Your blog of course! You were one of the first writing buddies I made through the blogisphere, and when I saw your posts I was in (apart from a brief blogging hiatus)! Then of course I met the others and it’s been a beautiful thing.

kls: Beautiful and sometimes disturbing. Hee, hee. I’m glad you stumbled in and made yourself at home. What WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

RH: The Fall of the Kings (Book 1 of the Heartstone Trilogy), The Moon is Made of Glass (a faerie story) and most recently The Legend of the Kings (Book 3 of the Heartstone Trilogy).

kls: Hmm, now I realize you’re a Kiwi and all, (which I always thought was a bird or a fruit, but what do I know?) and maybe you have a different system of counting, but…um…where’s Book 2 in that equation? Or is that like the lost sea scrolls or something?

RH: Well you know how the middle of a story can drag…

kls: Moving on, then, tell our readers what your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday is?

RH: The WIPpeteers by miles. Not only are they talented writers all pursuing one of my favourite goals, but they are so encouraging.  Also because my writing process is so slow, sharing my work-in-progress helps keeps me focused on my goal.

And then of course there was that unforgettable tweet conversation we had about WIPpeteer costumes… Who was it that started posting pictures???

kls: I think it was ReGi. She’s quite the little instigator, you know. Outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

RH: Like you I blog on There and Draft Again, and I belong to a real life writing group (SpecFicNZ) in Kapiti, which boasts great coffee and equally good conversations about what’s going on with Dr Who. Oh and our writing…

kls: I’m envious of anyone who has a real-life writing group. I’m not sure why, because I’m really not a people person. Anywho, here’s a lovely curly-q ram horn I’m told comes straight from New Zealand. Now pucker up and do some horn-blowing. Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

RH: Perhaps if I blow that horn really loudly it might distract from the lack of actual published works… *pawaaawawaaaaaa*

kls: Wow. That was…lovely…truly. *squiggles finger in ear* I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything quite like it before. (And hopefully never will again!)

RH:  kay that was supposed to be some kind of pacific conch shell thing but my phonetic looks a bit dodgy – although reminds me of the time some friends tried to teach hubby and I to play the didgeridoo. Interesting fact: if you laugh while trying to blow the didgeridoo it sounds a bit like that phonetic, and has the circular effect of making you laugh harder. If you’re feeling low I would seriously suggest trying to learn the didgeridoo…

kls: Yes, well, perhaps we could make that the official WIPpeteer instrument but, back on task, if you don’t mind?

RH: Did I digress long enough?

kls: More than long enough, yes.

RH: One day the books will be published. Until then come and visit me at my blog – Dreaming of Other Realms…  I’m friendly and make great choc-chip cookies. (The virtual ones have no calories!)

kls: Great. And now, with all the enthusiasm I can muster, the supposed but ultimately badly named Lightning round! Huzzah. Hurray. Cheerio. *long-suffering sigh*

Coffee or tea?  Really good coffee, but then pots and pots of tea to wash it down.

Rock or country? Rock first. And I’m a country girl – so I like country too. (See how lighteningly fast and non-committal my answers are)!

kls: Yes. You’re an inspiration to all would-be lightning bolters everywhere. *note, heavy sarcasm*

City, country, or seaside? I was bought up on a farm (dairy) that backed onto the beach… so country and seaside.

Favorite color? Blue.

kls: *falls off chair* A one word answer. Incredible.

RH: *doffs WIPpeteer hat*

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? Reading other peoples fantastic tales…

kls: Whew! That was quite the pithy lightning round. I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

RH: Just thanks so much for having me, and for the words of writerly wisdom that have helped me mature as writer: Suck it up Buttercup! Too right.

kls: *laughs* That is a brilliant piece of wisdom if I do say so myself.

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  1. Once again, great fun. Can’t wait for YOUR interview, Kathi! 🙂

  2. I’m sad the WIPterviews are coming to an end as I’ve loved them all. Lovely to learn a little more about you Raewyn, plus the sound a didgeridoo makes! I’m sure that knowledge will come in useful one day. Also, I can’t wait until you publish your Heartstone trilogy.

    I hope you’re going to be doing a ‘lightning round’ during your WIPterview, Kathi. 😉

  3. Oh and thanks so much for hosting me Kathi!

  4. Lovely interview ladies. I enjoyed finding out more about you Raewyn. I especially liked the didgeridoo fact! And it was interesting that Kathi is one of the first people you met in blog land. 🙂

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  6. I’m so glad you posted the link to your interview! My crazy week kept me from finding it. Haha – love your answer and the blare of the WIPpet horn! It’s also great that we have a Kiwi aboard. 🙂

  7. I always miss Fridays and Mondays (if only I really missed them and didn’t just miss most of the internet people I enjoy visiting), so I’m glad I went back after you posted the link, Raewyn. I’ll second your idea about the didgeridoo btw. I have a few songs where they were played along with a band (I also have some punk Tuvan throat singing pieces). Pretty neat stuff.

    Oh, and Kathi… you’re the reason I joined WIPpets too.

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