Hello, all! Today I'm here with a guest Rachelle Rea! You might remember her from when I interviewed her before about her first book The Sound of Diamonds. :) Now she is getting ready for her sequel to release *excited squealing*.
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On to the questions! :D
How does it feel writing a sequel to the first novel in your trilogy?
I’m so pleased that WhiteFire is releasing the sequel to Diamonds—and so soon, too! I actually began writing The Sound of Silver immediately after I finished Diamonds, when I realized there was more to the story. The Sound of Silver was the first (only, as of yet) sequel I have ever written. And I said I would not have a semi-love triangle, because so many sequels have them. Slight spoiler alert: I kinda broke my word. J
I imagine you’ve at least started writing the third book in this trilogy; is it sad to know that it is coming to an end after spending so much time with these characters?
Funny story, I had actually written the last book in the series before I signed my contract. The Sound of Emeralds is currently visiting my amazing team of editors and I’m so pleased, knowing that it will be a stronger finale to the story when they’re done with it. Was I sad saying goodbye? Yes. Quite. But there was also a sense of satisfaction knowing Dirk and Gwyn’s story in full at last.
Do you have any advice for anyone who might want to write a sequel?
Start. I began my sequel, The Sound of Silver, the moment The Sound of Diamonds ends. Actually, I backed it up a few minutes in time; I think that really helped me stay in the story, remain focused, and just flow right through to how I wanted the rest of the story to play out. If you’re a plotter and start all your books that way, that may work for you better! Or you may want to just try writing like it’s a continuation of book one, as if you never even typed The End, and see what happens J
Is there anything you wish you had done? Anything you wish you hadn’t?
I wish I hadn’t bemoaned the time it took me to write the last book in the series. The Sound of Diamonds took me a summer (three months between college semesters) to write; The Sound of Silver took twice that many months. But The Sound of Emeralds took a year. A YEAR. And most of the time I thought I had lost my mind—or that I was writing a poor story because it was taking me so long. Looking back, I see now that I needed that time to let the story be what it is. I needed to grow as I wrote it. It is my favorite of the series because it took so much out of me.
If a reader was to take only one thing away from your book, what would you want it to be?
Hold to hope.
What helped you to continue writing when you really wanted to quit?
The same. I hoped I would be a novelist. I hoped I would be published. I hoped my dream would come true. Not because I deserve it, but because I want it and I want my words to glorify the God who gave me the dream. Dear writer who’s where I was and wondering, don’t quit. Just, write.
As a writer of historical fiction, do you have any go-to places where you can look things up?
Google. And I saw that eye-roll. I actually don’t have a list or anything of favorite sites (except maybe thesauras.com) because Google brings up different resources every time and I’m not very loyal in that respect. J Maybe it’s because I’m searching for random things like what-did-they-eat-at-Christmas and how-far-can-a-horse-ride-in-a-day.
Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she's lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.
You can follow Rachelle on Twitter and Pinterest, like her Facebook page, and keep up with her on her website! You can also see pictures from her life if you follow her on Instagram
(Due to my computer being possessed I couldn't get the picture of the cover to work, I apologize! But, if you hop on over her website I'm sure you'll see it there. :) )