Author, copywriter and editor Rebecca Fraser talks about her writing process, the inspiration for her new middle-grade novel Sea Glass, and the power of intergenerational relationships.

When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I think I was born fascinated with words! I was a voracious reader from a very young age, and started writing fiction early—probably when I was about eight or nine years old. I tinkered with stories, composed endless poetry, and whenever it was a family member’s birthday, a poem from me would always accompany their gift.

From there my writing turned to song lyrics, false novel starts, articles, and short stories. It wasn’t until the mid to late 2000’s when my life was a lot more settled that I finally started taking my writing seriously—honing my craft, researching markets, networking with other writers, learning industry standards, expectations, and pitfalls, and submitting, submitting, submitting.