Friday, March 12, 2010

Author Interview - Rachelle Christensen, author of Wrong Number

Wrong Number is my first published novel, but my second is close on its heels. My nonfiction book, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage for Latter-day Saints will be released in May 2010.

What inspired you to write Wrong Number?

I wanted to enter a chapter into the first chapter contest at LDStorymakers in 2007. I came up with the first chapter of Wrong Number, it won second place, and then I went on to write the rest of the novel.

What books or authors have influenced your writing and what do you like to read?

I like to read a wide variety of books from children to YA to adult. I really like a good romance, but nothing too detailed. And yes, I love romantic suspense. It’s hard to pinpoint a certain author because I go through phases where I’ll gobble up everything I can by an author and then move on. I love Agatha Christie, Shannon Hale, Clair Poulson, Mitch Albom—and many more. A favorite book of mine is Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart. You can check out my goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1663930 list of favorites and repeat-offenders to see more all time favorites.

How do you come up with ideas for your novels?

Lots of ways. News stories sometimes tickle my brain and I think…Hmm, that would make an interesting story if… I’ve also been inspired by dreams. Some of my working scenes are from actual dreams I’ve had where I feel like I’m the onlooker taking notes as to what these people in my dream are doing and why. The novel that I just finished writing began from a single sentence that popped into my mind just before I fell asleep. So the ideas seem to come from all over at any time of day or night, so I try to make sure I jot them down before I forget them!

Do you have a quote that motivates you?

I love quotes! I actually started doing a Thursday thought post on my blog recently. Here's one of my favorites from there "Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future and he inherits his own past. --H.F. Hedge

I thought the heroine from Wrong Number was extremely gutsy. Do you see yourself in your characters? Do you think you'd be that brave?

I do see a bit of myself in my characters. Hard to know if I'd be that brave, but I'd definitely do my best to figure things out and I think I'm willing to take risks to solve problems.

What’s coming up? I’ve got a few things I’m working on. I’ve finished an inspirational romance that I love, called Wind Song and I’m enjoying writing my WIP-working title Caller ID, so I guess we’ll see what comes up first on the docket.

Do you have any advice for other authors? If you’re serious about writing, attend writers conferences and classes, join a great critique group, read novels in your genre of interest, and write, write, write! Also, learn how to take criticism and know when to apply it to your writing and when to chuck it out the window.

Where can we find your books? Anywhere books are sold. If you don’t see it, ask for it and they can order it in. Available wherever books are sold, including Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon

If you’d like to get a sneak peek at Wrong Number, check out the book trailer—it’s awesome! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5X0T59a9E Stop by my blog, www.rachellewrites.blogspot.com to see what I’m up to. Thank you so much for this interview! Happy reading and writing.

Read a sneak peek of chapter one here at Rachelle Writes and you can watch the book trailer here

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Cami. This was fun! :)

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