Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Interview and Giveaway: Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris

Do you have a specific writing style?

          I write fun, flirty escapes. That means my goal is for every book I write to bring a smile (and often a giggle), a happy swoon, and a sweeping diversion from the chaos of day-to-day life. I don’t shy away from emotional conflict or the sad realities that make us who we are, but I like to frame those moments with humor and romance. And highlighting strong relationships, romantic, familial, and friendship, is important to me.     

Do you write in different genres?

I do! I write for young adult, new adult, and adult audiences. My adult and new adult titles are contemporary romance, and my young adult books are contemporary, historical, and fantasy.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

          I’m a romance junkie, so contemporary romance is definitely a favorite of mine…as for YA, NA, or adult, the answer is always influenced by what I’m currently working on (he he).

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true-life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
          This series (Love and Games) is set in Louisiana, which is where I was born and raised. Taste the Heat, the first book, is set in a fictional suburb based on the town I grew up in near New Orleans, so many real life experiences worked their way into the pages. In this book, Seven Day Fiancé, our characters travel to Cajun country, based on towns outside Lafayette. Just a few hours north of Nawlins, life is similar, yet the culture is very different. For this book, I stayed outside Lafayette for a week, exploring, talking with locals, eating my weight in yummy food. All those experiences made their way into the book.
          As for characters, the Robicheaux family is a lot like my own, Angelle definitely has some of me in her, and her godchild Sadie is totally my youngest daughter.
What books/authors have influenced your life?
          Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time, and one I reread every year. The attention to relationships of all kinds, the banter, the growth…I just love it to pieces. It is one of the books that refreshes me and reminds me why I do this—I want to affect someone the way that book does me. Twilight rocked my world in that once I decided to homeschool my children, I immediately began reading all the classic literature I’d avoided for most of my life. I was reading because I felt I should, and a result was that I was not really enjoying it. Then came Bella and Edward, and I remembered that reading could be fun. That it provided an escape, a chance to be someone else, to explore the world, and was a challenging alternative to watching mindless TV. It was after my third or fourth reread of the entire series that I decided to try this writing gig for myself.
As for authors who’ve shaped my life, other than the beloved Jane Austen, I’d have to say Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Jude Deveraux, Lisa Kleypas, and SC Stephens.
What book are you reading now?
          Ha, this answer will have changed ten times by the time this interview posts ;) I read every night, and finish on average 2-4 books a week. Family is really important to me, so I rarely work once my husband comes home or on weekends…but reading is something we do as a family, each grabbing our current books and sitting together. Also, at night, it’s the way to get my own characters voices and plots out of my end so I can go to sleep (*grin*)  
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
          I’m currently working on book three in my YA series, My Not So Super Sweet Life, as well as book 3 in the Love and Games series (Sherry’s book), both of which have early 2014 release dates. Then it is onto a new adult romance and a young adult romance, before diving into another adult. Life is busy but fun right now!

Do you have any advice for other writers?
          Read! Read widely, too, across genres, and then be an active reader. Pay attention to what speaks to you. When you react emotionally in a scene, stop and think about why. When you can’t stop thinking about a certain book or character, ask yourself the same question. If certain words or phrases or passages evoke a response, jot it down. All these things will help you to identify what themes and stories speak to you. They can often help shape your brand and career, and at the very least, help inspire your projects. They may help you find your own unique voice.
The next step is breaking down and studying your favorite books. Contemplating what the author’s goal was for each chapter, the main turning points and black moment. Analyzing these things in another’s work will help you think about your own more critically. And here’s a tip: most authors will be tickled pink to know you took the time to do this with their books. Don’t be afraid to reach out and let them know your thoughts on these questions. Often, they’ll respond back and either say that you nailed it, or give further insight you may’ve missed!  

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Seven Day Fiance
Love and Games Series
Book 2
Rachel Harris

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Bliss

Date of Publication: October 14, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-62266-238-8


Number of pages: 153

Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor

Amazon    BN

Book Description:

Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.

About the Author:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up late sneak-reading her mama's romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches countless hours of Food Network and reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!  

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Rachel Harris said...

Thanks so much for hosting me, Roxanne!


Pam said...

Great interview. Sounds like a good book.