Monday, July 20, 2015

Interview with Rachelle Rea!

I know I've been absent for a little while... I'm sorry. I'm trying to get ideas and fit this back into my (at least right now) not busy life. :)

Today, though, I have an interview with Rachelle Rea! Author of The Sound of Diamonds.

About the author: 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 Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.

1. Can you tell us some titles that are similar to your book, The Sound Of Diamond
 The first Inspirational Romance series I was The Legacy of the King's Pirates series by MaryLu Tyndall. I'd like to think my series has the same adventurous spirit as her fiction.
 Endorers compared Diamonds to  Jody Hedlund's new YA series and Melanie Dickerson's medieval novels, which just honors me!

2. If you could meet one person from the past for one day, who would it be and why?
I'd choose to meet Elizabeth I, who was Queen of England during the time my series is set. Fascinating woman. 

3. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
 Read! Seriously. You can't learn to fly a plane by watching one glide across the sky, but you learn a lot watching a sentence soar. So read in your chosen genre-- and out of it. And check out I learned most of what I've learned about writing from there.
4. Do you like to listen to something while you write (music, radio, etc)? I do, indeed! I have a YouTube playlest of songs I listened to while writing this series. I'm thinking with the next novel, I may have to try to better figure out Spotify... :)

5. So far, what has been your favorite part of your writing career? Words. Cheesy, I know. But the privilege to craft a story out of think air using nothing but words is incredible-- and frustrating, exhausting, and unlike an other joy. But here's the thing: others' words bless me so much, too. When people say they want to read my novel or say they liked it, that means a lot.

6. What is one lesson you would like readers to take away from your book? Hold to hope. There's nothing quite like it. Intangible but the strongest rope you'll ever cling to.

7. Is there something specific that sticks out to you that you learned while writing this story? I learned so many things. Like writing a book is weird-- and writing each book is different. Like witing when I feel like quitting is very important. Like taking a break from writing is important, too. Perhaps most of all I gained a greater respect for the way Jesus crafts our life stories. Creatively, lovingly, gently.

8. I saw you like Oreos… I have a very important question then…. What kind of Oreos is your 
favorite? The double-decker kind with chocolate fudge! Or double-stuffed! Oh, let's face it, I'll take any and all. :) 

9. And the last question…. If you could be anywhere in the world for three days, where would it be? The beach. Which is quite convenient, actually, since I live about half an hour's drive from the coast. :)

About the book: 
 Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle's castle. She doesn't dare to trust him...and yet doesn't dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope...or be overcome.

You can keep up with Rachelle and her books here: 
Instagram: @RachelleRea
And you can buy her book on Amazon HERE! 

Thanks for stopping by, Rachelle. Come again! :)

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