Happy Friday, everyone! I don't know about you, but I'm so glad the week is over. What's that you say? You are too? Well all right then!
Let's start the weekend early by enjoying a nice interview with aspiring author Rachel Jameson.
Welcome, Rachel! Tell us a bit about yourself.
What is the name and genre of your current manuscript?
Here’s the part where you pitch it. What’s your story about?
This was a great exercise! It really helped me pare down some issues I was having with my story. And talk about tracking an aspiring writer’s progress! This is my first time blurbing/pitching. Here goes! *Gulp*
Ruined by his late father’s debts, James knows he’ll have to marry for money. Until Kate approaches him with a proposition. She'll settle his debts if he'll pretend to court her. He can't fault her logic: everyone knows whoever Wingate woos, all of London adores. He agrees, even though Kate is the last person with whom he’d ever consider getting involved.
Now the most unlikely pair is falling in love. But can James pledge his love after accepting her money? And can cautious Kate risk another fall, this time into love?
Sounds like a great story! How did the idea of the story come to you?
Do you have a word count goal, and how far along are you at this point?
I do have a word count goal, of about 90,000-95,000 words. I recently came to the hard conclusion that the WIP I was working on, while very dear to me, is not the right book to pitch for a first book. It needs to be the third book in a series, not the first. So I just recently started this WIP, and I’m about 2,000 words into it at the moment, with a few plot kinks to work out.
What will be your next step?
As soon as it’s finished and ready to go, I intend to search for an agent.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I do have a critique partner; she’s fantastic, and I can only aspire to be as talented a writer as she is! One day soon I will have completed enough of my WIP that she will let me use my Wii! I’m under strict orders to write before I get any Wii in. I haven’t had any beta readers read my writing yet, but I have a few lined up for when I’m ready. I always self-edit and then self-edit and then self-edit some more.
Wow, that's some strict partner you have there. And by strict, I mean smart, lol. What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Who are your inspirations?
My fellow writers and authors inspire me. Their talent and perseverance always help me to get past my doubts and fears. I’m also inspired by the ideal and goal of me – what I can become, what I can accomplish. Whether those goals are attainable or not, they still inspire me to try and reach them.
As I was jogging, I glanced down at my dinosaur of a cell phone, wishing it would magically transform itself into an iPhone.
(Oh I how I wish! My phone really is a dinosaur – it makes and takes phone calls, and that is it - not even texts!)
Oh my, that is a dinosaur. Good luck with that. ;p Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Who would you like to give a shout out to?
The Romance Divas. It’s an online writing community, with amazing resources, including tons of published authors, and many more who are working toward being published. It’s such a welcoming and supportive place. I’ve met so many wonderful people through it, including a bunch who live in Los Angeles, and we have regular in-person get-togethers, often for brainstorming sessions. Divas is truly an invaluable resource. Also, a big thank you to Twitter, where I’ve made such wonderful friendships with many writers, readers, and more! It’s an addictive, time consuming mess, but I love it, and all my twits!
And finally, where can people find you online?
You can find me at my website, www.racheljameson.com.
You can also find me on Twitter, at www.twitter.com/racheljameson
and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rachel.jameson.
Rachel, thank you so much for letting us get to know you, and I wish you much success with your books!
Thank you, Dorothy, for inviting me here today! I had a great time!