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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spotlight on Rachel Jones


Award winning author Rachel Jones is a Labor & Delivery RN by night and a writer by day. Her love of reading romance novels prompted her at age fifty-seven to write her first contemporary romance manuscript. She loves composing stories about strong women and sweet romance. Her books reflect her love of the performing arts. Her twenty-eight-year career in healthcare has influenced the threads of medical drama woven into her storylines.

When she’s not working or writing, Rachel loves traveling, sewing and making music. She lives in Kennesaw, Georgia her husband of thirty-nine years. They have three grown children and one spoiled Labrador retriever. Rachel is a member of Georgia Romance Writers, Georgia Writers Association, Heart of Dixie Romance Writers, and is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America.


Interview Questions

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I came to this realization after I finished my first manuscript. My writing began as a personal challenge. When I completed that manuscript and received a contract offer, I decided I wanted to pursue a writing profession wholeheartedly.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The daily news has an influence on my book ideas. A news article can initiate a ‘what if’ thought process and sometimes a plot begins to form. Many times my ideas come from dreams. When I wake up, I’m lucky to remember enough details to start an outline.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started my first book in 2012 and finished it in 2013. I was fifty-nine years old.

What does your family think of your writing?
They think it’s great that I have found my next career. My family gives unending support to my writing. I will admit when my grown daughter heard I was writing contemporary romance she asked me to use a pen name. She has since retracted her request. 

How long did it take you to write, Taking a Chance on Love?
It took about fifteen months. I began Virginia and Blake’s story while I was doing final
edits on my debut novel.

What was your favorite part about writing it?
Researching football so the scenes involving the coach and his team would be realistic.

What inspired you to write it?
I’m an accomplished musician and I love the arena of performing arts. I wanted to see how someone intent on following their dream would fair if they had to choose a different path. 

What topic would you choose to write about that you haven’t yet?
I have not written about heroes/heroines with children. I’m outlining my first series and in book one, the hero has a young daughter. I’m looking forward to the challenge of this new element in my storyline.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I love that I have found another way to express my creative side. 

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what genre or songs?
I prefer to write in a quiet atmosphere. I know many writers listen to music while they write, but I have found I get pulled into the music and out of my writing. If I did listen to music, it would be classical music.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read and watch movies. I enjoy sewing and cross-stitch. My husband and I have started traveling more over the past few years, and I enjoy that as well.

What is your favorite quote in general or from one of your books?
Mason Cooley – ‘Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.’ 

Which famous person you would like to meet (living or dead) and why?
I would love to meet Martha Argerich because she is one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century. If I possessed one-third of her talent, I’d be a happy musician.

What is something you would like your readers to get out of your writing?
Everyone has something that complicates life. It could be relationships, money or family. I hope as readers watch my characters solve similar problems they will feel better about their situation and perhaps it can guide them toward a solution.

Do you have any words of wisdom for writers who are afraid to pursue publication?
Not everyone writes to be published, but if it is your heart’s desire you must push past your fear. To give your work over to those who may reject it is hard, but I have always looked at rejection as an opportunity to learn.

Virginia Manning’s performance career plans are interrupted to focus on family, taking her down a path she would never have chosen.

A knee injury blows Blake Oliver’s chance for an NFL career. He opts for a fresh start in a small New England town, accepting the position of a football coach for the newly formed football team at the Waverly School.

During football season, Virginia’s relationship with the new football coach goes from problematic to romantic. After Blake’s brush with death, a scared Virginia runs away looking for the contentment and security music has always brought to her life. Football takes a backseat when Blake realizes it’s not where you live, but having someone to love. Can he convince Virginia?



Thanks Rachel for being on my blog today. Rachel is giving a paperback copy of Taking A Chance on Love to one lucky person. Please leave a comment and your email for your chance to win.Likes and follows are appreciated.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful interview with a new to me author. Would love to win a copy of her book.