Welcome to the blog, Rachel. I’m so excited to have you here today.
I’m super honored to be here! Thank you for the invite to chat with you 🙂
What was your favorite part about getting to know – and write – Kate and Rhett’s characters from your new release, The Mobster’s Daughter? Did they surprise you or teach you an important lesson along the way?
I was just talking about this to my best friend because it actually took me a bit to get to know these characters—I would say about a third of the way into the first draft. But after that, I realized I had more in common with Kate than all my other heroines. We’re both a bit on the shy side, struggle with confidence, and possess a deep love for music.
All your books are set in the 1920s. What do you love most about this era?
I love SO much! There are many layers to this era from the women’s suffrage to the great depression with the prohibition mixed in along the way. Having just emerged from a world war, society was on the brink of change. Fashion became more expressive, music faded from ragtime to jazz, and silent films replaced with talking pictures. There’s just so much to the Roaring 20s, that I don’t think I could ever exhaust it all in my stories.
Definitely! 🙂 I love that there’s so much to be explored through stories.
If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
Hmm. This is a tough one! I love the idea of being a journalist during the 1920s like Elissa from Above the Fold, but I don’t think I’d be able to pass up being one of the first radio broadcasters for KDKA (which was the first radio station in the entire world) To be part of history! I really think that would be exciting.
I love that! And I just saw your beautiful new cover for Above the Fold. GORGEOUS!
Can you share a piece of writing advice or encouragement that has helped you in your journey?
Not all rejection is a bad thing. In fact, I got rejected by a leading publishing house in the industry and that certain rejection led me to dig deeper into my writing. Their reasons for passing on the story was because they felt they could “pick it up and place it anywhere.” That I needed to convince them “Why Pittsburgh? Why that era?” And they were SO right! It was actually the reason why I started researching and writing about the Roaring 20s. So that rejection set me on the right path.:)
I’m so grateful God uses those hard moments to teach and challenge us. I love hearing how He strengthened you and your writing through that early rejection. Thanks for sharing that with us.
What first inspired the idea that became your “Undercurrent of Secrets” book? I love steamboats and can’t wait to read it.
My publisher was accepting proposals for a new series of books set at historical landmarks. So I talked to my husband about some ideas and he was the one who actually found the Belle of Louisville. I just loved the idea of a moving historical landmark. And then the story blossomed from there.
Yes! I heard about the Belle of Louisville not that long ago and hope to visit that area soon. And I love how your hubby helped your brainstorm ideas. 🙂
Thanks so much for joining us today, Rachel! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I recently signed a contract for another time-slip for the Doors to the Past series (same series as Undercurrent of Secrets) and it’s titled In Spotlight and Shadow. This one will take place in a 100-year-old theater. So I’m busy writing that story which will release February 2023.
Yay! That sounds great. Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it! 🙂
Rachel has graciously offered to give away one copy of any of her books – Reader’s Choice! Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉
Thanks for entering! Contest is open to US residents only and ends March 1, 2022 . The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!
I enjoy reading about the WWII era.
I love that era too!
I’ve enjoyed several set during that time and want to read more. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth!
Hi , your books sound very intriguing! I too find the Roaring 20’s very interesting and exciting years! I love your book covers, they are all so beautiful! I remember watching a weekly show when I was just a little girl, it was called My Little Margie, and I always loved watching it. I enjoyed reading this blog. Have a great week and stay safe. Thank you for the chance.
Thank you so much! I just love the ‘Roaring 20s’ because there’s just so much history in a span of a decade❤️
We’re so glad you could join us, Alicia. Hope you get to read Rachel’s book too! 🙂
My favorite era to read about is the 19th century.
I love the 1800s, especially Regency!
It’s one of my favorites too, Roxanne. 🙂
My favorite era is the frontier, of the Eastern, Midwest, or Western U.S. Similar to Louis L’Amour.
Yes!!! So many good stories set in that era!
Definitely! So many good stories. 🙂 Good luck in the drawing, Rachel.
I guess if I had to pick an era, then Regency would be my pick. That being said, I do enjoy a lot of variety and haven’t really read much from the 1920’s. So, variety is the spice of life!
I super enjoy Regency stories as well!
Yes, Regency stories are such fun. I’m like you, Perrianne…. I love how reading a variety of eras keeps life interesting. 🙂
My favorite era is the 1940’s since it is a time of great upheaval, profound, unforgettable and difficult times which many had to struggle through and survive. It showed me how brave and courageous so many were. In order to survive they sacrificed and endured.
Yes!!! I enjoy WWII books too! Such displays of courage!
I agree, Anne. There are so many stories to learn from that incredible time. Thanks for sharing!
Sound’s great! I loved The Red Canary!
Aww thank you so much!! So glad you enjoyed the story!
So glad you stopped by, Emilee. Good luck in the drawing!
My favorite is probably 1800s American pioneers!
I love reading about the pioneers! 🙂
I’ve always loved the Civil War era but I’ve recently become fascinated with the early 20th century. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Thank you for stopping by!
Me too, Connie! So glad you could join us. 🙂
Historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre to read. Several eras I enjoy reading are Regency, the Civil War & WW II.
I love all that you mentioned! Thank you for stopping by!
It’s really hard to choose just one time period, isn’t it? Love your picks, Alison!
I love any Historical Era! But I’ve especially liked WWII stories and Civi War too!
Rachel’s books are amazing! I especially loved The Mobster’s Daughter!
Thank you so very much, Paty! Your encouragement is such a blessing to me!
I LOVE historicals too, Paty. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!
I love reading about WWII.
Me too! There’s so much to explore during those years.
And there’s such a great selection of books to choose from. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I like to read about the American Revolution or the Civil War eras.
Love it! Thank you for stopping by!
Yes, there are some really moving stories set during that time I’ll never forget. Thanks for visiting, Joan. 🙂
I don’t really have a favorite era. I’ve been reading mostly historical fiction lately, but I like to diversify and read some in different eras.
I love this answer! Thank you for stopping by!
That’s really great, Winnie! It’s so refreshing to read stories set all over and in different times, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thanks for the great interview, and for the chance to win! I especially love reading about wartime romance…WWI, WWII, Civil War. They all held such possibilities and strong ideals.
I totally agree! I haven’t read as much civil war as I have WWI and WWII. But the stories I’ve read in that era have been fascinating!
So glad you enjoyed our chat, Teri. Good luck in the giveaway!
I think my favorite era is Regency.
Such a fun era to read about! 🙂
I love Rachel’s books! They’re full of so much history.
Yay! So glad you could join us, Marilee. 🙂
I enjoy reading books from various eras, but one of my favorites is during the 19th century time.
I’m a big fan of the 1800s myself! I read a lot of Regency.
I’m really partial to that era as well, Stephanie. 🙂 I always learn a lot when I’m reading a book set during that time.
I enjoy WWII and Regency eras.
So many good books, so little time, right? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Caryl.
I enjoy WWII and Civil War Eras especially.
That’s such an intriguing era!
I’ve read more Civil War ones than WWII, but I have several of those on my TBR list. 🙂
I love historical fiction, and I really enjoy a good split time novel too. Great interview, thanks for sharing!
I love that you mentioned split time novels. Yes, I have several favorites in that genre! 🙂
I love historical fiction, usually the 1800s. Anything from Regency era to the settling of the American West.
I just recently finished The Mobsters Daughter and really enjoyed it!
Love it, Patty! 🙂 Isn’t it fun to hop around to different eras? 🙂