Rachel: Thank you for the opportunity to answer your interview questions.
Ashley: No problem. So, let's get into it, shall we? First question: Ghosts of Luna Creek is the second book in your series about the McConnell Sisters, with the first being Ashes of Richmond. Which was easier to write and edit?
Rachel: Ghosts of Luna Creek was definitely easier to write and edit. I already knew the characters, where they were going and their history! I just had to make sure that I correctly lined-up everything with statements in Ashes of Richmond!
Ashley: Of course. You’ve mentioned in a previous interview with KCL Publishing that you get your ideas from meditating and visualization. How does this work for you? What is the process like?
Rachel: My meditation process is this: I find a quiet space and I send up a request to Archangel Gabrielle, the Angel of Communication and Angel Ecanus, the Angel of Writers, and I ask them for guidance, originality, well-written words, and new ideas. Then, it flows to me like I’m watching a movie in my head. I usually cannot write it down as fast as I can see it.
Ashley: Wow. That sounds like quite the process. Let's talk more about your writing process in general. Writers are usually grouped into “pantsers” who just write intuitively, and “planners” who use outlines and a bunch of different guides to help them write a story. Which are you — a “pantser” or a “planner”?
Rachel: Oh, I’m definitely a “pantser”! I have tried the outline process, but it just doesn’t work for me. As I come across new material or hear something interesting, I’ll write that down and put it in a folder I carry titled, “Plot ideas”, but that’s as far as my “planning” goes!
Ashley: That's actually a good compromise between the two. A little birdie told me that the third book is scheduled for release in 2016. Are you already working on it? What are your plans after the series is complete?
Rachel: Yes, your little birdie is correct! I am currently working on the final book in the Sisters McConnell series! It is titled, Montana Dreamer, and will be released in November of next year! After this series is complete, I plan to finish a screenplay that I have been writing in my “spare” time ha-ha!
Ashley: Writers are notorious bookworms (guilty, here), so let’s talk about what you like to read for fun. Do you have a favorite genre or author? What are you reading right now?
Rachel: I am an avid reader! Right now, I have several books that I am reading and many more on my “waiting to be read” shelf! My favorite genre is definitely historical fiction (go figure!) but currently I am reading, You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Practice The Way to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Ashley: That "to read" shelf never seems to get any shorter. A lot of writers, both beginners and experienced ones, speak a lot about writer's block. There are countless writing articles, books, and interviews about it and numerous tricks to get back into the groove. Have you ever experienced “writer’s block”? How do you overcome it?
Rachel: I haven’t actually experienced “writer’s block” per se, just a period of not knowing where I want to go next with the story. How I overcome it, is the same way that I begin every writing session, with meditation. I ask the Angels to give me insight on how the story should move along. If I have more than one idea, I’ll ask about one, wait to see how I feel about it, and then ask about the other. The scenario that feels “right” is the one I go with.
Ashley: One last question -- and it's a fun one. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Rachel: If I could travel anywhere in the world, my first stop would definitely be the Treasure State…Montana. Why? Because my soul belongs there. It reminds me of this on a daily basis ha-ha. One day, I’ll live out there permanently! I want to be on the west-side of the state, near the Rockies and Glacier Park. I’ll get there soon!
On behalf of both myself and KCL Publishing, I would like to thank Rachel for giving this interview.
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