Do you have a specific writing style?
I tend to drift toward First Person/Descriptive Writing. I think I naturally want to tell the story from a personal point of view, explaining the scenery and detailing my characters in order to place the reader in the book. It’s definitely a fine line though because I would never want to override the readers own imagination.
How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
Since I’m a new author and I’m unknown, I wanted to keep it simple – really allowing the title to speak to what the book is about. I choose the jewel because let’s face it – jewels are sexy and glamorous, not to mention the Purple Delhi Sapphire happens to be an intricate part of the story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In the beginning, I was focused on the spiritual aspect of the story. The thread of life, recurring ruts and about moving forward and not backwards but in the end I think I just want to be able to transport readers to a new world, provide adequate suspension of disbelief, and include dynamic characters with realistic flaws and virtues.
Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think it would be impossible to write without pulling from my own experiences. I never purposefully look at my own life or the life of others as inspiration, but sometimes it’s inevitable. For example the abusive relationship between Sophia and Nick was definitely based on true aspects of bad relationships I've been in. And the love I write about between Sophia and Cullen - it's obviously a clear reflection of my marriage.
What books/authors have influenced your life?
There's been so many. I think the thing they have in common is that they're all based in fantasy. Books like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Outlander Series, Heather Graham's paranormal books. There’s just something in the nature of secret worlds, hidden doorways and time travel that captivates me. And this is why I’ve chosen magical realism as my own genre. I want to make others feel the way I do about words: to breathe in awe at the unusual and to find a little bit of magic in everyday life.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Hands down -- Diana Gabbaldon. I bow to her. She is the most amazing writer I've ever read.
What book are you reading now?
I'm reading some of Cassandra Clare's books from the Infernal Devices Series.
What books are in your to read pile?
I’m going to try a few new authors next and I like the look of the following: Fury of the Phoenix, The Clockwork Scarab and My Name Is Michael Bishop. Of course I’m dying to read The Eighth Book in the Outlander Series.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Diana Gabaldon. She just has a way of stringing together a sentence that places you right there in the story. Not to mention her characters are fabulous -- I could read the most boring mundane details and yet I'm fascinated and want more.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read and write often, there’s no greater gift for the soul and it will only serve to keep your creative juices flowing. I would also suggest you read and write what you enjoy -- after all it’s making you an expert.
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The Temple of Indra’s Jewel
Publisher: iUniverse, LLC
Number of pages: 274
Word Count: 75,279
Sophia Marcil awakens from a snorkeling accident in the Lérins Islands to find herself in the chambers—and the body—of a nineteenth-century princess.
In a confused state and with no idea of her whereabouts, Sophia embarks on a desperate quest for answers, hoping she can find her way back to her fiancé, Nick, and her true identity.
After she finds a diary in an antique desk, Sophia follows a clue that leads her to a questionable alchemist, who relays the history and magic of the mysterious amethyst she inherited from her greatgrandmother— the only possession that made the leap through time with her and perhaps the only thing that can prevent her from becoming a pawn in a murderous plot for the throne.
Using her inheritance, Sophia races through time to the twenty-first century to solve the mystery of her family’s past.
But once she is there, she unearths a dire warning about a curse that clings to her heirloom, leading her down a dangerous path involving two men from different times and ultimately puts her life at risk.
In this tale of obsession, greed and passion, a woman on a journey through time struggles to regain a family heirloom and control its magic, hoping to break the curse before it breaks her.
About the Author:
Rachael Stapleton grew up in a small town, writing as a hobby until the age of sixteen when she was given the opportunity to pen a column for the Orono Weekly Times. Today she is a dedicated writer who contributes to a weekly writer’s circle and is also a proud member of the Writer’s Community of Durham Region.
Rachael lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and two children.