MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RACHEL RAWLINGS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Rachel Rawlings, Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The idea came from an amazing stock photo a friend stumbled across. She sent it to me and immediately we agreed it needed to be a cover. Specifically, for a tattooing, warding witch!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’m a huge Urban Fantasy fan. I love all things UF. I am admittedly pigeon holed that way.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Depending on what book I’m writing it could be from my encyclopedia of monsters, travel books on the region it’s taking place but mostly online. Google, Wikipedia, and the general rabbit hole that is the internet, lol!
Can you tell me about your Series?
Adeline Severance is one of the few remaining warders. She has a unique gift using magical inks to permanently imbue spells of protection onto her clients. Her skills were in high demand but not appreciated by everyone in the magical community. Especially the Magistrate.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I’ll say book one ‘Ink It Over because two and three are in progress.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Anywhere and everywhere. Lol! I’ve got a few ideas rattling around right now. One is even for a realistic contemporary romance. If that’s even a thing. Lol!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Books on herbs and stones came in handy for this book as well as Google image searches for locations in and around Providence.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, it was a planned three book series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My schedule has been a little off lately, due to some family commitments and the loss of a family business which was my day job due to a flash flood. But I believe the universe is telling me, albeit in very dramatic fashion, that it’s time to invest as much of myself into my writing career as I have in other places. So, after getting the first round of people out of my house and off to work, I’ll do some cardio and coffee. After the second round getting people off to school, more coffee. After the third and final round of getting people off school I get down to business. The first half of my day will be for writing and the second half will be for course work and marketing. I plan to devote a minimum of six hours a day to writing. It’s a job. The dream job, but still a job and I have to work it.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Right now, I am trying to wrap up a book I started before ‘Ink It Over actually. It’s called Rotten Luck and is a stand-alone. It’s been fighting me all the way. But I’m pretty close to the end. Desmona is a perpetually unlucky girl who finds herself face to face with vampires and a vampire hunter. After that it’s on to book two in the Touch of Ink series- Better ‘Ink Twice.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names are the worst, lol. I struggle with names. Too common, not common enough, easy to pronounce etc. Ugh! Next time I’m going to do a contest and the winner gets their name in the book Lol!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
All of it. Can that be an answer? Any given day any aspect of writing can be a challenge. It’s solitary and for me the toughest part is overcoming that inner voice telling me I’m not good enough.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love trailers. They’re so much fun. I’ve made a couple for my earlier series. I started playing with some editing software. It’s something I’d like to get back to.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing my first book. Looking back, it’s not my best work. I feel I grow and improve with each story but it’s my first work. I said I would do it and I did it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best part has to be the readers, that there is someone out there who wants to read a story you have to tell and then be waiting to read another one. It’s crazy! In the best possible way!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing, writing to support my family. It doesn’t have to be huge houses or fancy cars but enough to have my work be a financial contribution to my family would be amazing.
Have you always liked to write?
Always. I started with poetry when I was younger and used to enter the contests they had in the back of the Archie comics. I earned a couple of awards. In hindsight, those awards probably went to anyone who paid the entrance fee, lol! But it spurred me on.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just keep writing. (And yes, please say that in Dory from Finding Nemo’s voice.)
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’ve run a hair salon for years and would probably go back to that industry. Or disaster relief. After navigating a business through to catastrophic floods I would probably find a way to help other businesses do the same.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I don’t respond to reviews. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and reviews are a place for readers. As authors we need them. Desperately, lol. But they aren’t really meant for me, if that makes sense. The system says we need them and we do from a business perspective and I am grateful for them all good or bad but at it’s core a review is to share with other readers their opinion or experience. And everyone is entitled to that.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing. I am terrible at talking or promoting myself.
Where did your love of books come from?
You know, I’m not sure. I’ve always loved reading. I feel like I had a lot of books growing up and books were something I was always allowed to get. I can’t remember a time without them. Although I have been in a bit of a reading funk. Well, not funk but I’ve been trying to increase productivity so I haven’t been reading as much. Although, reading is an author’s homework so maybe I should get back to reading. Yeah, that sounds good…
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends. If I’m in the groover it energizes. If I’m struggling- like with the current wip because I just want to finish it and my mind wants to move on to something else whether we finish it or not- it’s exhausting. Lol!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Being thrown off schedule. I’ve been in a routine with the day job for so long that if I get off my schedule it’s hard to get back on it and be productive. With more time on my hands in a couple of weeks I’m going to come up with a new schedule and stick to it!
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️