Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Author Interview: Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones
author, Taking a Chance on Love

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I have lived my whole sixty years in Georgia, married thirty-seven years to my Prince Charming. We have a son, a daughter, a son-in-law, a spoiled Labrador retriever, and a rambunctious French bulldog grand-pup.

My traveling has been limited to fifteen states in the continental US. Writing is changing that for me. In 2016 I plan to travel to Utah and California (two states I’ve never been to) for writers’ conferences. There may even be a cruise with Prince Charming in my future.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and /or on your “must read” list?

     This Heart of Mine – Brenda Novak

     Betrayed By Your Kiss – Laura Landon

     Evergreen by RaeAnne Thayne

     A Bramble House Christmas – CJ Carmichael (a new author to me, so I’m giving her a trial read)

What is your favorite genre to write?

To date I’ve only written contemporary romance, but I have a goal to try another genre before I stop writing.

What is your favorite genre to read?

My favorite genre at the present time is historical romance.

What got you started on your writing journey?

I have always enjoyed reading novels. Wondering what I’d do after retirement a few years down the road helped me discover a buried desire to write. So, I challenged myself to write a novel.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2015?

I’m working on my third book and would like to complete the first draft by the end of the year. I’ve started bouncing around some ideas about a series and would like to have some concrete thoughts about it on paper by New Year’s Eve.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

My stories to date are infused with the performing arts. I have a music degree and have performed clarinet, saxophone and flute in many ensembles. I also taught piano for ten years so my love for music, and by extension, my love of the performing arts comes through in my stories.

I have been a registered nurse for twenty-four years. It’s just plain hard to keep the medical drama out of my storylines!

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

I have written two books and both have been published.

Please share about your book. 

From childhood, Virginia Manning has planned for a career as a concert clarinetist. Blindsided by family circumstances, her plans are interrupted, taking her down a path she would never have chosen. As a music teacher, Virginia’s relationship with the football coach goes from problematic to romantic. After Blake’s brush with death, a scared Virginia runs away looking for the contentment music has always brought to her life.

Because Blake Oliver has experienced disappointment and pain, he opts for a fresh start in a small New England town. Accepting the position of football coach, he isn’t looking for love when it finds him. When Virginia leaves to pursue a performance career, Blake realizes it’s not where you live but having someone to love that matters. His only problem is making her understand that as well.

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

Talented, Passionate, Tenacious, Loyal, Survivor

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

The heroine in my work-in-progress is my favorite character to date.

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