In the interview seat today we have the lovely Rachel Dunning. Rachel hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games. A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts. She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.
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Hello Rachel and welcome to Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
Was there anything particular that inspired you to start your journey of being an author?
I got hooked on writing after publishing my first New Adult novel (which was called Finding North). Before that it had only been a bit of a hobby. That novel created a bit of a buzz and I got caught up in it. Before I knew it, I was writing day and night, trying to come up with better and different stories for people, and I haven’t stopped since.
What would you say is the hardest part of writing/publishing a book for you?
I don’t have any trouble writing books. Some books are better than others, but writing itself I find rather easy. So the hardest part of writing for me is marketing. I think it’s the hardest part for every author.
If you could only read four books for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (I wept, I actually wept…)
Do you and your main character share any personality traits?
Nope. Not at all. ;)
If you could live in any book what book would it be?
Lord of the Rings
Where do your ideas for your books come from? Dreams? Music?
I follow Stephen King’s advice and sit at my desk and tell myself I have a job of writing to do and then I do it. It’s incredible how “inspiration” strikes when you just sit down and do some hard work.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Write. Write. Write.
No, really: Write.
I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.
I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And yet...so unbelievably right.