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Today I’m on the ‘Cloth of Grace’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Consequences series. The first book in the series, Strand of Faith, was published in November 2018. Book 2, Thread of Hope, released on 2nd May 2019, followed by Weave of Love on 24th October, and Cloth of Grace at the end of February 2020.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Shooting targets only, honest. Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes we shoot Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.)
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at www.racheljbonner.co.uk.
When the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, how do you choose between what you ought to do and the only thing you really want?
Leonie finally knows who she is. But now she needs to decide who she is going to be. Her choice will affect not just her family, not just those she knows, but tens, hundreds of thousands, millions of people that she doesn’t. And every path that’s open to her will put Perry under the pressures that caused his breakdown before. How can she do what she must and still protect Perry?
Perry desperately wants to make things easier for Leonie. Somehow he has to find the strength to face the things that all but destroyed him in the past. But every way he turns, some aspect of his past lies waiting to pounce – even during his happiest moments. And he can never forget that Leonie’s life is in danger from someone, somewhere.
Gabriel has managed to negotiate peace, at least in theory. Now he must put that into practice and reunite Leonie with the family she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes right in the middle of his own sanctuary. Can he still protect those he loves, or has he been harbouring a villain the whole time?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I never intended to be an author! I had this story in my head that I needed to write down and everything escalated from there. As for me, I live in the UK in a small Pennine valley in Lancashire. We’re surrounded by hills and the scenery is amazing. I love reading and swimming and I’m also an archer.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I think my favourite book as a child was Winne the Pooh (secret: I still read it again sometimes even now). In fact, there’s a children’s book that features throughout the Choices and Consequences series. It’s never named, but in my head it’s Winne the Pooh. Now I have so many favourite authors and books I couldn’t begin to choose. They include Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett (Discworld), Jodi Picoult, Annette Marie (urban fantasy), Jodi Taylor (Chronicles of St Mary’s), Sarah Woodbury (After Cilmeri time travel fiction), Trisha Ashley (romance), Diane Gabaldon (Outlander), Anne McCaffery (Dragonrider series). But there are many, many more.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’d say Neil Gaiman, but I’ve managed that because he does a Masterclass which I’ve taken (it’s excellent, highly recommended and well worth the price). One of the writers who has inspired me is Annette Marie. She writes young and new adult fantasy and I find her work really compelling.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Winnie the Pooh. Then tea would also involve honey, and I love different types of honey. I think my favourite would be a thick set honey with added ginger, but to be honest I’ll eat any sort. The owner of our local garage sells local honey alongside car services, and I really like that too.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t think I have any particular rituals or habits. This year I’ve started trying to write every day, even if it’s just a few words. I normally have a mug of tea on the go, possibly some chocolate…
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I always love this question because it makes me think there must be a magical ideas shop that only ‘real’ authors know about… And now I have another idea… Seriously, pretty much anything I see, hear or read can give me the start of an idea. Some of them pan out and some don’t. Yes, the people in my life totally need to be worried. They may contribute to the idea or I may take some of their characteristics for people in the current story. In the Choices and Consequences series I know which characters have picked up which characteristics from people I know – but I won’t tell!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Pantser, definitely. I try to be a plotter but it doesn’t work. I think I have an idea, a plan and then after about two paragraphs the characters have taken the whole thing off in a different direction.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The biggest ‘do’ is “Finish It”. Most people start and don’t finish so you’re already ahead of the game if you manage to. There are lots of ‘don’ts’ – don’t get depressed at rejection letters, but do try and make it better for next time – don’t rush into self-publishing, but do rewrite, get beta readers, get an editor (that’s a really big ‘Do’) and get a professional cover – don’t think you can escape having to market your book, but do learn about marketing because indie or trad you’re going to have to get involved in it.
What are your future plans as an author?
Well, this series is complete now, but I don’t want to leave this universe. I’m writing a number of short stories set in this world, centred round some of the secondary characters. Some will be free for those who subscribe to my newsletter, some will be part of a collection. The first three are around the Traders, Brother Andrew and Aidan.
After that, I’m about 20% of the way into another book which features angels and a red headed kickass heroine, along with a Christmas short story in that universe.
And I’ve got a non-fiction book on the go which covers a collection of letters sent to my great grandfather by his nephew in the 1920s. So I’m pretty busy!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Slowly, as though time was standing still, he walked towards her. She watched, cautious, poised for action but not moving. He felt no resistance as he got closer, just the static tingle of power against his skin; perhaps this time she didn’t perceive him as a threat. For him this had a sense of destiny about it, as though all the events of the last few months were drawing towards this one point. He realised now it was inevitable that, in the end, he would have to challenge Leonie for Perry’s life.
The world shrank until it was just the two of them, just the channel between them. Her eyes locked on his, the normal deep grey glowing with hints of brilliant green.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Rachel J Bonner.
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