Hello everyone. Today is the first time that I have done a guest post, please bear with me. The author is Rachael Ritchey who has kindly agreed to answer a few questions and allow me to post the links to her new book Captive Hope. You can see the trailer for this further down. Her first book The Beauty Thief trailer can be viewed at rachaelritchey.com This is Rachael`s blog and you can find more information by paying a visit. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy the trailer and please feel free to re blog this post. Lets help Rachael get the success she deserves. Thank you.
Hello and Welcome! – Rachael Ritchey
1. What inspired you to write?
I began to have a growing love for writing in middle school, but I spent most of my time writing poetry and journaling. It was actually a sort-of-need that started growing in my about five years ago, but I had no idea what to do with it. The thought of writing anything longer than a letter was overwhelming and also seemed ridiculous. How could Rachael, of anyone, write a story worth reading? That was the thought in my head. But just over two years ago I couldn’t stand it any more. The story for The Beauty Thief was all there and it HAD to be written. Captive Hope came out of that, and it just keeps going!
2. What was the inspiration for Captive Hope?
Captive Hope was born out of a surprise from book one. I didn’t expect or plan to have any minor characters falling in love with anybody else, but the more I got to know them, the more surprises these made up people from my head threw at me. I think that’s one thing I love about writing. I can have a plan, yet there is so much more to the story than even I can fathom. 🙂
3. What writer inspires you the most?
I have a soft spot for classics, and I think it’s writers like Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, & E.D.E.N. Southworth who’ve all inspired me, especially to write!
4. How you felt about your publishing journey?
Most of the time I find it exciting and fun. It can be a bit of drudgery, too, but that is much more rare. I almost always find pleasure in learning new things, trying my hand at something I’ve never experienced before and seeing if I can accomplish what I set out to do. Most of the time, that’s a yes. Writing and now publishing have been surreal and wonderul.
5. Any tips for us out there?
If you have a question about how to do something, search for the answer. The internet is full of information, and while some of it is quite useless there is a plethora of useful bits and most of it for free. Ask Google weird questions and you’ll be surprised what you find.
Do not be afraid to ask for help. Different people have different strengths.
Get beta readers and ask them to be completely honest, brutal if need be. You’ll need to grow a thick skin, but as long as you’re willing to consider the worth of other’s ideas, you may find that they will help you become a better writer.
Once again I thank Rachael for being my guest on this blog post. I wish her great success and hope all her dreams come true.