Today we are welcoming Rachel Dove, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.
I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.
In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.
My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.
In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback.
Did you read much as a child? Are you an avid reader now? Do you prefer books in your own genre or are you happy to explore others?
I have always read from an early age, and I am still addicted now. I read all genres, but I am a sucker for romance and New Adult books. I also love reading middle grade and YA, something I hope to branch out into one day. Too many books to write, too little time!
Are you self-published or traditionally published?
Both, I have short stories and a novel out on Amazon, and am in the middle of writing my 5th traditionally published book, which will be out next year from HQ Digital.
Which genre do you write in and why?
I write contemporary romantic fiction, because these are the books that speak to me. I love a happy ending, and seeing how two characters meet and fall in love.
Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
I couldn’t honestly pick, there have been so many, from the classics to my favourite modern day authors. Every book is an adventure, but you find your own style.
Has your country of origin/culture influenced your writing?
The Westfield series is set in Yorkshire, which is where I have lived since birth. I think that I write in this area because I love where I live, and want to fly the flag for Yorkshire a little.
What part of the writing process do you find most difficult? How do you overcome it?
The soggy middle I think, when you get to halfway and are convinced that you will never reach the end of the book and even if you do, the whole thing will be utter garbage and your editor will laugh in your face. You just have to plan, and keep going. It will be worth it when your book is finished and getting good reviews. Then you start all over again and the doubts come bouncing back!
Do you have a favorite time of day to write?
I like to write when I have done the school run. I potter round tidying the house, run quick errands and then it’s coffee and laptop by 10 am. I love hitting my word count before I go and get the kids. The house is not often quiet, but when it is, it’s a nice piece of bliss.
What is the best thing about being an author? And the flipside – what is the worst?
The best things are seeing your book out there in the world, in shops and online. The worst is the rejections, which every writer gets, and the waiting for your completed book to get into the hands of readers.
Is social media an essential chore or something you enjoy? Which forum do you prefer?
I enjoy social media – it’s my watercooler in the day times, but I do tend to turn my phone off in the evenings and take regular breaks from being online. I love Twitter and Instagram.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be up to?
I am a qualified Post 16 teacher, so I would still be doing that. I love to teach, and do plan to return to it eventually. I left in December 2015 to pursue a full time writing career and be home for my family more, and it’s working out well, aside from the isolation at times!
It’s the last day and the earth is facing oblivion – what book would you read?
My favourite book in the world – Wuthering Heights, or Morris the Mankiest Monster – to my children.
Please tell us what you are working on or your latest published work.
I am currently working on book 3 in the Westfield series, which will be out next year and is a secret till then. Book 2 is out in July, and in September I have a darker romance coming out, which is very different to the Westfield series. I am super excited about seeing what people think of them!
Here’s the UK Link to Rachel’s Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chic-Boutique-Baker-Street/dp/0263922022/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497815521&sr=1-1&keywords=rachel+dove
You can find Rachel on Amazon.com (for US readers) here: https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Dove/e/B008FQFV7I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_10?qid=1497815619&sr=8-10