Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Author Interview: Rachelle Dio

Rachelle Dio
author, Tidal Patterns

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?

My books to date have been set in small towns. But I absolutely adore London and would love the chance to visit again and set a series across the pond.

What is one silly fact about you? 

I’m obsessed with Dateline. I think I’ve watched nearly episode (definitely every episode with Keith Morrison because he’s my favorite). I drive people crazy when they watch the show with me, because I make them guess “who did it” within the first ten minutes of the show (I’m usually right).

What got you started on your writing journey? 

The very cliché answer is that I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, which is true. I never sat down to plot out and write an entire novel from beginning to end until my mid-twenties. It took me nearly two years to write one book and then I was too intimidated to show it to anyone. After I had my first son, it really clicked that if I want to encourage my kids to follow their dreams, I have to model the behavior.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well? 

Sweet romance was described to me as stories that could be shared between mothers and daughters. I really connected with that answer because I’m very close to my mom. I have a (slightly) steamy romance series as well. But I’m wrapping up the final books in that series in the next few months and will be focused on clean romance.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so? 

I am publishing the final two books in my steamy series and am excited to get to work on the next installments in this clean romance series, Golden Shores. I have plans for a novella and a full-length novel, hopefully to publish those in the autumn.

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

I include very specific quirks of my loved ones in my writing. In Tidal Patterns, a secondary character is known for his awful culinary concoction of fried eggs and canned tuna, my dad’s specialty.

Where do your ideas come from? 

In my life, I believe in looking forward and don’t spend too much time questioning my choices. When I do reflect, my mind takes  ‘what if’ scenarios to the extreme and this often gives me plot ideas.

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

Caring, friendly, scared, capable, headstrong

Those five words could apply to both the hero and the heroine.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book? 

Tidal Patterns is a story about moving on and finding the strength to do so. With a beautiful setting and a great supporting cast, I think you’ll be smiling from beginning to end.

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

I love Rose. She’s the heroine’s best friend, tap dance troop member, and next-door neighbor. And she’s in her seventies. I can’t wait to write her a bigger role in the next installment in the series.

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