Today I got the chance to speak to Rachel Thompson, author of the #1 best sellers, A Walk In The Snark, The Mancode: Exposed and Broken Pieces in the hope that I could find out a little more about her aims and motivations as a writer.
1. How long have you been writing and what prompted you to start?
I started writing professionally in college, but as an author, since 2011.
2. What sort of things have inspired you – what provides that all important spark?
Music is a huge influence on my life. I have many songs that I listen to while I write — particularly female singer/songwriters. I’m also fascinated by relationships and all aspects of them.
3. I’ve read your book, Broken Pieces. Writing it must have been quite a journey. What was it like?
Yes, this is my third release (the first two are humor books). This book deals with much heavier topics like childhood sexual abuse, suicide of my ex-lover, abusive relationships, but also love and trust.
4. I’m assuming you love to read. Have you any personal favourites and why?
I’m a big fan of Margaret Atwood and John Irving. Both write intensive character portraits. I’m drawn to lyrical writing and they are great examples of that.
5. Do you have personal rules or any particular mind-set that you stick to when writing?
I abhor clichés, so I love to take apart sentiment and deconstruct it. I also allow myself to write about any subject without worrying what others will think or say. It’s my story, not theirs. And hire an editor.
6. If there was no one else left on earth would you still write, and if so why?
Absolutely! (Great questions, by the way). I’ve journaled for many, many years and nobody has seen those but me. It’s my release.
7. If you could tell the writer you were at the beginning three things, what would they be?
Trust in your vision, don’t listen to others who tell you you’re not good enough (whatever that means), and make the time.
8. Can you tell us a little about your marketing strategy? Have you found the formula or is it still under development?
Well, I’ve seen all three books hit #1 on one of Amazon’s bestseller lists at some point. Social media, blogging, optimized website, advertising, blog tours, etc. are all uber-helpful, but in the end, it’s the relationship building and connections that create interest in the reader.
9. Who is or was the most influential person in your life and why?
My family influences and supports me daily. Not only my husband and kids, but also my folks and sisters. They’ve never told me NOT to write.
10. What do you want your readers to experience when they read your books?
My latest book is presented in ‘pieces’ if you will, as opposed to chronologically, so the reader instinctively feels that sense of disconnect that I felt as I travelled my path. Some people don’t get that and it’s okay — their reviews express that I’ve achieved my goal.
11. How do you define success in relation to your work?
The process of creating a book is one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had. And I get to do it again and again! Knowing people are interested in my words? Crazy.
12. You’re stranded on a desert island, what five things would you want to have with you?
A lifetime supply of water, my IPod, ear buds, and batteries that would never die, food, and books. Is that five?
13. Tell me about your latest project.
I’m writing the next in the Broken series, titled Broken Places. It delves deeper into my experience with childhood sexual abuse and touches on subjects I didn’t cover in previous books.
14. Where can your readers find out more about you and your work?
My website is http://RachelintheOC.com or they can visit Amazon
bitly.com/BROKENPIECES to read a free sample (no Kindle required). Print version available Fall, 2013.
15. Where can they purchase your books?
Right now, Amazon only, though I am uploading Pieces to Barnes & Noble and iBooks. Print will be available everywhere.
What people are saying about Rachel’s books…
“This is one of those books you find and think, Oh My Gawd! Where has this book been hiding? Rachel Thompson has to be the funniest female author whose book was such a pleasure to read. Her ManCode and ChickSpeak is more than witty, dare I say, it is the truth and nothing but the truth.” ~ The Book Goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mancode: Exposed
“Mancode had me laughing from page one. This is not a dainty hee hee kind of chuckle but a Laugh Out Loud kind of funny. Rachel hit it on the head so many times, I swear she was talking about my own darling hubbie! Perhaps some mancode quirks are truly universal. Looking forward to the third book!!” ~ Patricia McCallum
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Pieces
“Once I started this book I literally couldn’t put it down. The writing is so raw and full of emotions that few of us would dare to think about, let alone write about for others to read. This book is about tough subject matter and it brought me to the edge of my seat from cover to cover.” ~ Ladonze Gregory