I fell in love with Rachael’s writing last year when I read Pack Up the Moon so I was thrilled when she agreed to participate in a Q&A session with Karen’s Korner! To celebrate the release of her new novel Splinters of Light (which just came out last week), we sat down with Rachael and asked her questions about her books, writing and even what she has coming up next. We are so excited to have Rachael on the blog today – plus, we are giving away a copy of her new book!
Thanks for having me! The inspiration for Splinters of Light actually came from, of all places, a People magazine! (You’d be surprised how many writers use this trick of finding inspiration in current magazines.)
What is your writing process like? Do you write an outline and do you write every day?
I write every day, at least a little bit. I like to get up, drive to my favorite local café where I know everyone and they know me, and then I get down to business. I normally start with an outline, and then all those plans go out the window, which is hard because then I have to drag my characters back in line later on.
How do you feel your writing has changed since your first novel?
I think my writing has gotten deeper. I’m definitely willing to go further into a character’s soul, to mine the really rich, difficult subject matter that I was scared of ten years ago. I find it super rewarding to find out what scares a character most and then make it happen to them (and then fix them later, because books should always end with hope—at least mine, anyway).
What has been the best compliment you’ve received about your books so far?
Great question! I’ve heard that my books help scared readers get through difficult time in hospitals, while they’re either recovering or waiting for a loved one to recover from something. I can’t think of higher praise than that.
I love the covers of Splinters of Light and Pack Up the Moon! Who designs your book covers and how involved are you in the process?
Oh, I’m not involved in that at all, and I feel like I won the cover lottery for both. I give my ideas of what could go on the cover (for example, for Splinters of Light, lemons were a theme, so I suggested that) and then the talented designers at Penguin do the rest of their magic.
If you didn’t write books, what would you do for a living?
I would be a 911 fire/medical dispatcher. (Wait! I am one! I have two full-time jobs, and I love both of them.)
Write the worst stuff you can possibly write. It will be bad (all first drafts are terrible). You can fix it later. Don’t be scared. Revision is the BEST part of writing—most writers learn this truth well into their career.
Do you have a favorite author and what authors or books have inspired you to write?
Lately I’ve been loving Tana French’s dark thrillers which are set in Ireland. I read all over the map! But when I was growing up no one influenced me more than Anne of Green Gables. I think I’m a writer because of her.
If you’re allowed to tell us, what can your readers expect next? Are you currently working on anything new?
Yep, I’m working on the next book for Penguin, Taking Care, which is about a woman who, when she learns her deceased husband hid a whole family from her, determines to make that family her own. It’s still in early second draft, but I love this feeling of being so deep in the writing. I’m crazy about these characters.
Thank you so much for having me!
Connect with Rachael:
- Website: http://www.yarnagogo.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachaelherron
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rachael.Herron.Author
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3024739.Rachael_Herron
To celebrate the release of her new novel, Rachael and her team have graciously provided Karen’s Korner with a copy of Splinters of Light for a giveaway! Enter via the Rafflecopter below (US entries only):