Featured Interview With Rachael Richey
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in the south of England, moved to the Isle of Mull, in the Hebrides for fourteen years, and now live back in the south, in Cornwall. Whilst on Mull, I met and married my husband and had two children. Over the years we have had two rough collie dogs, and now we have a lovely lop-eared rabbit.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started writing stories when I was seven. They were adventure stories about my dolls and teddies. By the time I was about ten I knew I wanted to be a writer and spent several years writing totally unbelievable stories about a group of girls who had amazing adventures. I’ve always been an avid reader too, devouring books constantly.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My absolute favourite author of all time is Daphne du Maurier. I adore her books. I like lots of genres, crime, thrillers, chick-lit, romance, romantic suspense – bit of everything really. I’m particularly fond of Barbara Erskine. Her books all feature at least two stories running through the book, one present day, one flashback. I love that style and have used something similar in my books. Hers are more historical though – my flashbacks so far haven’t gone back past the twentieth century. I also love, Linda Fairstein, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Sophie Kinsella and Kate Atkinson – to name but a few!
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My first book, Storm Rising, was published at the end of February by the Wild Rose Press, and is first in the NightHawk Series, featuring Gideon Hawk (guitarist in a grunge rock band), and Abigail Thomson (artist). The book follows their story using flashbacks to when they met as teenagers in the nineties. They were kept apart by forces beyond their control, and when Abi’s mother dies she discovers a shocking secret that changes her life. You’ll have to read the book to find out more!
I wrote the book in three months. It started from one tiny idea for a scene (which actually never made it into the book) and it just suddenly all came to me and came flooding out. I didn’t originally intend there to be a sequel, I thought I would have told their story by the end, but that wasn’t to be. I realised just how much I loved the characters and couldn’t bear to leave them. I also realised just how much more of their story there was to tell. The second book, Rhythm of Deceit, due out later this year, answers some of the questions raised in Storm Rising regarding Abi’s mother.
This is the blurb for Storm Rising:
Frontman of the grunge rock band NightHawk, Gideon Hawk has had enough of the rock star life. He is jaded, disillusioned, and haunted by the memory of an unresolved heartbreak. On a whim, he leaves the band in New York and heads to England in search of answers.
After attending the funeral of her estranged mother, Abigail Thomson makes a shocking discovery in her parents’ attic. The still-raw memories that surface, along with even more startling discoveries, force Abi to face a devastating truth that leads to a series of life-changing events. She and Gideon must race against time to reclaim the life stolen from them a decade before.
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