Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Interview with Rachel Ward

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Love and Relativity is a companion novel to the Preservation Series, my NA romance series. It’s a stand-alone, so it can be read separate from the Preservation Series.

Do you have a favorite character?
My favorite character from L&R would definitely be Jackson. I have a huge soft spot for him and he was just so much fun to write. He’s loveable and sexy and I just wanted to see him redeem himself.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yeah, that actually happened with Carter from my Preservation Series. He accidentally became a minor yet significant character in Love and Relativity, and then I eventually gave him his own story, Declaration, which is the 3rd and final book in the series.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I always choose my own concepts for my covers. As an indie, I get that freedom and I love it. I basically go to my designer with the concept I want and she works her magic. I always choose my own images, so it’s a really hands-on process for me. I’d have a hard time giving up that control.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I usually need silence while I’m actually writing, but I need music before I write a scene and while I’m working on the concept and plot points. Music is a must for my writing process.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I start with a very loose outline, but then I just go with the flow and see where the story takes me. I usually always know the ending before I know anything else. So I write with that final scene in mind, or with that final message I’m trying to convey and work from there.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
Indie publishing is hard work. You pour every ounce of heart, energy, and dollar into your art, and that does not guarantee a recipe for success. You have to treat your work like a business if you expect to make a living off of it, and you have to have thick skin or you’ll never survive.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
All the time. It’s one of the greatest challenges (for me, anyway) of being an indie author.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Be professional, be classy, and be kind. Believe in yourself and treat your work like a business. Take it seriously. Don’t cut corners. Work hard.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Live music, indie films, animals, and nature.

Thanks for having me!

Book & Author details:
Love and Relativity by Rachael Wade 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Love, life, and happily ever after? It’s all relative.

Marine biology student Emma Pierce lives in paradise—geographically speaking, anyway. Stranded on Sanibel Island, Florida, she works at a nursing home by day and spends her nights dodging the island’s infamous bad boy, Jackson Taylor, at her favorite karaoke bar. Trying to heal from the loss of her sister and a failed relationship she rerouted her life for, she’s ready to graduate and finally leave Florida behind.

When a run-in with Jackson and his rowdy crew goes sour at the bar one night, sparks fly and irreversible damage is done. It’s no secret that Jackson loves to get underneath her skin, but this time he’s gone too far. Now all he wants is to earn her forgiveness before she’s gone for good, but their ideas of closure—and the future—are enough to keep them worlds apart.


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Author bio:
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.

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