MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RACHAEL BROWNELL!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I have 8 books releasing this year. First, the Rumors series. 6 stand-alone interconnected novels. Each book focuses on two main characters and how the rumors that spread through their office effects their lives. I’m also releasing a duet – the Imperfect Love duet. I got the inspiration for book 1 from a song and everything fell into place from there.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a fan of romance novels. I read them when I was growing up and as much as I’d love to branch out into other genre’s, I write what I know.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Gossip in the break room.
Whispers in the hallway.
Like wildfire, rumors are easy to spread…. and hard to extinguish.
Find out which rumors are fact and which are pure speculation.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Probably book 1, Emerson & Ryder’s story. Mainly because they kick things off. The first books introduces to you all aspects of the series, most of the main characters and allowed me to give everyone a different personality. Plus, the main rumor is a theme throughout the series and when the hated person in book 1 gets her own book, I get a chance to redeem her in a way.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
People talk. Gossip. Spread truth and hate. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the difference between the two and other times, people don’t care. Drama is more interesting than real life sometimes and this series is no different.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I wanted everyone to have their own story, their own book, and even though they’re woven together, each character has their moment in the spotlight.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Being full-time as of a few weeks ago, my typical day is hard to describe. Most of the time I spend a few hours marketing and doing task oriented things. Newsletter, emails, etc. My afternoon is almost always me, at my desk, cranking out as many words as I can get before the school bus pulls up in front of my house and it’s time to hang out with the family.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
After the 8 I have planned for this year I plan to write a novella based off a small character from the Rumors series. She didn’t get her own book but she has a story separate from the drama that constantly surround the office. The only way to get your hands on it would be to subscribe to my newsletter.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I LOVE coming up with names for my characters. They have to fit the personality. I spend a lot of time looking up what names mean and creating the character around the name.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Probably ending a book. Wrapping it up, making sure you haven’t the reader questioning anything. I hate when I read a book and things are left to the imagination so I try not to do that.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I’ve been teaching myself to use iMovie in the little spare time I have. I plan to begin making my own trailers and short videos for marketing as soon as I have the time. I have two more deadlines to meet first.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I’ve won a few awards and received some accolades for my books. My greatest achievement so far though has been being nominated for a RONE award.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to create an experience for readers that allow them to escape for a few hours.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still doing what I love, writing. Even if it becomes a second job again someday, it’s a part of who I am and the thought of not being able to do it makes me sad.
Have you always liked to write?
I’ve always tinkered with writing, since I was in my early teens. Poetry and short stories. None of them were very good but that didn’t stop me. Holding On was originally written when I was in high school.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t let it scare you. Don’t conform to what you think you should write. Write what speaks to you because it will speak to someone else too.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I went to school for public relations and event planning. Ideally I’d love to be a wedding coordinator.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I try to read every review, especially the bad ones. I always hope to learn something from them. Where did I go wrong? What do I need to do better next time?
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Attempting to be everywhere – social media, events, etc – while still being able to write. It’s a balancing act most days and gives me anxiety from time to time. I’m great at time management but even I have days where I just want to throw my hands up in the air and give up.
What are you working on now?
I finished the 4th book in the Rumors series this morning and I plan to start book 5 tomorrow.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Here’s a little something from Imperfect Love Story (coming 6/21/18). This is how it all begins…
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Green pastures pass in a blur as I make by way down the highway, my heart beating wildly in my chest. I focus on the road ahead, the mountain peeks and my plan.
Get in. Get it done. Get out.
I’m sure my mother will leave me little time for anything else. Five days of pure organized chaos. That’s the way things always are when my mother is involved. It still shocks me that she’s turning fifty years old this weekend and moving at the pace she does. She’s going to have to learn to slow down eventually.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
The downside to her slowing down is that she’ll have more time to meddle in my life. I’m putting a stop to that this weekend. I’ve been letting her guilt me into decisions my whole life. Her “suggestions” were to be taken into consideration and when decisions were made, they never really felt like mine. They were always what I thought mother would support. What mother wanted. What mother would agree with.
That ends now.
I’m going to keep telling myself that until I start to believe it.
With only fifteen miles until the edge of town, and thirty miles to my parents ranch, I need to find my confidence soon.
Ding, ding, ding.
Reaching for my phone, I flip it over to see who’s messaging me. Reception out here is sketchy so I’m surprised anything even came through. Nothing.
Ding, ding, ding.
Where the hell is that noise coming from?
Looking down at the dashboard, my question is answered. I’m about to run out of gas. Town is only fifteen miles ahead. I should be able to make it. I’ve only run out of gas once in my life, the only other time I’ve made this drive.
Ten minutes later, as my car shudders to a stop on the side of the road, I curse my dumb luck and beat my hand against the steering wheel.
Why? I’m so close. Literally. I’m staring at the “Welcome to Fairview” sign. The gas station is just around the next bend, too far to walk in this heat but close enough that I’m pissed off.
Resting my head against the back of the seat, I close my eyes and try to remember the phone number to the garage. I refuse to call my parents for help, I’m already running two hours late, and I don’t want to see anyone else while I’m in town.
Stepping out of the car, I shake my phone and walk around until I have a faint signal. Dialing quickly, I pray he doesn’t answer. It’s been a long time. I doubt he even works there anymore. I’m sure he’s moved on. There’s no reason for me to think he still works there.
Then again, when you least expect to meet people, that’s when they come into your life.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love this question because my answer is always the same. Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. Anyone who’s read that book knows exactly why and if you haven’t… YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
That’s really tough because I love each of them for different reason. If I had to choose… Jesse from Chasing Fate I guess. She’s strong, fearless and her story is inspiring.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. If I’m really into a story I can write for hours and hours. If I’m struggling, all I want to do is take a nap.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My bestie in the whole world is Casey Bond. She’s amazing. Her writing is amazing. We’re constantly talking plot lines, helping each other work out the kinks, reading blurbs for each other, everything. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for her. She pushes me to be the best writer I can be and then helps me get there.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Ooooh! Probably something like Messy, or Boring. There’s really nothing that’s happened in my life that would be worth writing an entire book on. That’s kind of sad, isn’t it?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m on Twitter (@HoldingOn2013), IG (@AuthorRachaelBrownell) and FB (@AuthorRachaelBrownell). The best place to learn more about my books and follow my writing journey is my website. http://www.authorrachaelbrownell.com
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️