Monday, April 22, 2013

Author Interview: Rachel Rossano

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand?

I have a huge stack on my nightstand so I will only share a few of them: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Drops of Gold by Sarah M. Eden, The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas, and the Riddle-Master Trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip. Some are rereads and some I haven’t read before. I am a big reader of books I loved the first time.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

I am my own publisher, but if a publisher was willing to go to those lengths for me to research a book for them, I would choose England or tour castles all over Europe. I am fascinated with the time when castles the place to live for the strong and elite classes.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I love writing fantasy because I can make up the rules. Instead of researching and possibly missing a small detail or fact, I can create my world’s complicated history, which usually is similar in many ways to history. World building fascinates me as much as character development.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?

Another of my books, Wren (A Romany Epistles Novel) will debut later this year.

Wren Romany lives by her hunting skills, as a bounty hunter. Weary from a year and a half on the road, she seeks shelter with a rough bunch of veterans of a recent war. They live in the decrepit castle of their leader, a former noble named Tourth. As winter weather sets in, Wren realizes the whole valley’s wellbeing depends on the decisions of this small band of almost forgotten men. It is an adventure novel with a bit of romance woven through.

Two sequels to The Crown of Anavrea (Book One of The Theodoric Saga) are in the editing queue. Between book releases and editing, I am planning on attempting my first science fiction novel, a romantic saga on an interplanetary scale. It will be a prequel to Exchange, a short story I released in 2011. Somewhere in there, I also plan on finishing two short stories.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

I love the thrill of watching characters develop on the page, interact, struggle, and grow. They become alive to me. In many ways, it is like an intense reading experience. I am just as eager as a reader to know what will happen next for my characters, but I am not going to discover it until I sit down and write the next scene. Even if I was never able to publish my work, I think I would still be writing novels in my spare time.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I have finished the rough drafts of seven novels, three novellas, and five short stories. Of those, two short stories (Word and Deed and Exchange), two novellas (The Crown of Anavrea and The Mercenary’s Marriage), and one novel (Duty: a novel of Rhynan) are published. A second novel, Wren (A Romany Epistles Novel) should be appearing later this year.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

A great romance book usually pulls me in with an interesting premise. Then I look for engaging characters that have characteristics that I appreciate. A solid plot with movement, build up, climax, and resolution keeps me reading. At the end of the book, the main couple should demonstrate friendship, support, attraction, affection, kindness, passion, compassion, similar life goals, communication, and commitment at least in a small measure before I am confident they will have their happily ever after. I want the book’s couple to have the pieces that I believe are necessary for a great romance in real life.

Please share about your book

This book began as an opening line contest on my blog and plans to write a short story. Instead the winning line sparked a novel. Written in about eight months, it was the fastest I have ever produced a rough draft ever.

Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a dire winter if they do not find a solution soon.

Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king. When that same king demands Tomas marry the impoverished daughter of the late Lord Wisten, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman.

Duty: a novel of Rhynan follows their journey from strangers to friends as they face complications from their pasts and the shaky politics of a changing regime. Then Brielle is implicated in her cousin’s treasonous activities. Can a marriage of duty survive treason?

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Spirited, humble, strong, brave, smart

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Brielle is strong, both physically and emotionally. Growing up, she develops a reputation for blacking eyes and breaking noses. She survived watching a mother die of a wasting disease. She watched her father struggle and fail to secure her future before his death. She has worked hard in the fields only to watch her reward ride away in her cousin’s wagons. So, when she discovers she has been married off without her knowledge to a stranger noble who acts like a foot soldier, she expects she will handle it as she always does, with hard work and making do.

Tomas is an ambitious man. Born in the humblest circumstances and raised by a single mother, he reached his position through hard work, honesty, and strong leadership skills. Now that he faces new challenges. Years spent on battlefields and tilt yards has not prepared him completely for the burdens of a landed noble. He now has to worry about crops and maintaining his borders. On top of that, he is handed a spirited stranger for a wife. Now he must win her trust and claim his place as liege lord over his new knights. Some of those knights are less willing than others to accept his authority.

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  1. Thank you for the interview, Jennifer. :)

  2. I've read Rachel's novellas and loved the way she was able to pull me so intensely into her stories. I now can't wait to read her novel Duty. I enjoyed reading this interview and getting to know Rachel better!



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