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.
~ Xpresso BT
If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
What would you say inspired you to write it?
The beauty of second chances, love, forgiveness, and redemption.
What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
Both Jackson and Emma were inspired by a combination of things. I drew inspiration for Jack’s character from my husband, Dave—he has similar humor and mannerisms as Jack. I also grew up on Sanibel Island myself, so I drew from some of my experiences and the island lifestyle to create their characters.
Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
I don’t really believe in writer’s block. I think the words are always there, but I think we get stuck when we don’t feel inspired. When that happens, when I feel like I’m forcing the writing or trying too hard, I take a step back. I’ll give myself a few days off and get out. Reading, watching movies, getting out around nature, and listening to new music helps me. Sometimes I’ll work on a different project and revisit the project after I’ve had some time to clear my head or focus on a different story.
Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
For sure. I’d say it taught me how to believe in myself. It also gave me a very thick skin.
Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Definitely. That feeling often hits me during the revision process. It can be so overwhelming, seeing the things that need to be changed. Sometimes it feels like you have to start entirely from scratch. Fortunately, I’ve never had to do that, but I have hated revisions so much that I have wanted to just toss the computer out the window and never look at it again. Taking a break always helps me through that, and focusing on one small task at a time helps, too. If I just look at one single revision that I need to work on at a time, I don’t feel so overwhelmed.
What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
When I’m not writing, I have 5 animals to take care of –a dog and 4 cats—and a husband who keeps me very busy! I love getting outdoors, going to concerts, reading, and watching indie films. Live music is probably one of my favorite things in the world. I also love nature and like having my quiet time.
How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
Just remember that there is always an audience for your work. Someone will enjoy and appreciate your work, and that is who you are writing for—you’re writing for yourself and for those who like your stuff. There will always be many, many people who dislike or downright hate your stuff, but you don’t need to worry about them. They’re not your audience. Let it go and keep moving forward.
Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes. Love and Relativity is a companion novel to my New Adult romance series, The Preservation Series. But it’s a stand-alone novel, so you can read it without reading Preservation.
What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
Right now I’m working on a darker drama called The Replacement, which will be out in early 2014, and I’m also working on another NA romance as well as the next book in my NA sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy.
What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
I loved the freedom self-publishing gave me. And after submitting my poetry to traditional literary magazines and seeing how long it took just to hear back, I decided to publish my novels on my own. I did earn a few acceptances from traditional magazines, but by that point, I knew I didn’t want to wait that long just to hear if someone wanted to publish my stuff or not.
What would you say was the toughest part?
Building a readership. When you’re new, you’re a tiny fish in a massive sea. This business is heavily saturated, so it’s hard to be heard sometimes. As a newbie, it was overwhelming to approach new bloggers and reviewers to ask them to give my book a try. It takes a lot of patience and persistence to establish and grow your fan base, especially as an indie because you’re doing it all on your own. Marketing is without a doubt a full-time job, and that’s one of the downfalls for me of being self-published. I’d much rather spend more time writing and less time marketing, but I don’t have that option.
Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Yes. I think hiring professionals is really important as an indie. I didn’t have much of a budget to work with when I started, but I still made the sacrifice. I scrimped and saved from my day job to pay for professional cover design and editing. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I think cutting corners is one of the worst things you can do in this business.
How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I did a lot of homework and asked for recommendations from people I trusted. I found my editors through word of mouth and from people I worked with, and found my cover designer when I saw she did a lot of covers for fellow indies.
Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
All of my work can be found at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. Smashwords distributes to other retailers, like Kobo and iTunes, so my books are there as well. I chose those three main retailers because those are the places I earn most of my sales.
Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Drama or comedy?
Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight
Thanks for having me!
Livia says: A total pleasure!
About the Author & Links:
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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