Please join me in welcoming author Rachelle Paige, a fellow Kindle Scout winner, to 10 questions and answers. She describes herself as a wife, mother, daydreamer, friend and traveler, Her writing involves small town, home, heart. romance and is flirty. Without further ado, here’s Rachelle.
You have a table for four at your favorite restaurant and can invite any three people, living, dead or fictional. Who are your guests (and why) and where are you eating (and why)?
If I could invite any three people to eat dinner with at my favorite restaurant, I would choose my grandma, my grandpa, and my grandpa’s brother Uncle Cas. They have all passed and I miss them dearly. Family means everything to me and that really came from their example. We would be eating my grandma’s lasagna and would have her famous apple pie for dessert. We wouldn’t be in a restaurant, we’d be sitting in the breakfast nook of my grandparent’s home that was built in the 1930s by my great-grandparents.
Describe your most productive writing venue. What makes it best for you?
My most productive writing venue is our office. It’s on our main floor, away from the kids’ bedrooms. And most importantly, it has a door that locks.
What is your most productive time of the day (and do you need caffeine)?
My most productive writing time is after 9pm. I’m a morning person and love getting up early. But so do my kids. I spend the whole day taking care of them and have trained myself to sit down and write at least 1000 words after they have gone to bed. Unfortunately, I’ve done such a good job adjusting to this schedule, I have a tough time working during the day when I get time on the weekends! And no, I can manage at least two hours without caffeine.
How many books do you read in a typical month? Do you read in your genre while you are writing? What’s your most recent “great” book?
In a typical month, I’ll read at least three novels. I’m always writing and love reading in my genre, romance, although I often read historical romance novels and I write contemporary. The most recent great book I’ve read was Tucked Away by Jennie Marts. It is a contemporary romance and a fun read.
What themes do you regularly employ in your writing?
The recurring theme in my True North series is home. Coming home, finding home, making a home out of difficult circumstances are a few examples that fascinate me. The phrase “you can never go home again” inspires me. Maybe you can’t go back to the home that you had in childhood or earlier in your life, but I don’t think that means that you can’t create something better.
What motivates you to write?
My kids motivate me to write. I’ve been dreaming up stories my whole life and being an author has always been a life goal. But sitting down to actually start and finish a novel didn’t happen until my first child was born. Everything sort of clicked for me and I realized how can I encourage them to work hard and go after their dreams if I’m not living that mantra.
How did you develop the idea for your most recent work?
Tiny Island Summer started out as an idea to update Pride & Prejudice and set it on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. Combining my favorite novel with my favorite place provided ample inspiration. Of course, the final book has changed a lot from my initial idea. I love how that happened in the process of writing the story.
What was the best piece of writing advice you ever received and why was it so valuable?
The best piece of writing advice I’ve ever received has been to keep writing, every day, no matter what. I started out as a pantser—someone who doesn’t necessarily have a plan for the book and lets the story go in whatever direction happens. But working with some amazing critique partners, I’ve changed course and am reformed and now plot my stories. The biggest difference I’ve noticed in plotting vs. flying by the seat of my pants is that I can keep writing even when I’m hit with writer’s block. Some days, it’s a real struggle but I know that the next scene is going to be really exciting and fun and I push through to get there.
Catch up Rachelle on her website www.rachellepaige.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Rachelle-Paige-511680888981810/, or twitter @rachellepaigebooks
And here’s a tiny bit to entice you to read Tiny Island Summer (True North Book 2)
Thanks to her job, Darcy Rogus, has been relocated to the middle of nowhere. But with her determination to succeed and her best friend by her side, nothing is going to sidetrack Darcy achieving her career goals, especially not a handsome and brooding next-door neighbor.
Ben Hampton has put his life on hold to take care of his ailing mother, and he can’t let himself get distracted by anything, even if those distractions come with enticing hazel eyes.
Staying away from each other is easier said than done on an island of fewer than three hundred people.