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!
To learn more about Rachel, visit http://www.rachelharriswrites.com/.
We are thrilled to have Rachel joining us. Read her interview here!
Patty Campbell talks about the germ for a piece of writing being like the sand in the oyster. What is your grain of sand? Do you begin with character or setting or something else?
I always begin with my characters. I need to know their flaw and their main story goal; only then can I start building around that. I create huge backstories, determine their likes and dislikes, cast them in my mind, and create story soundtracks based around their arc. My stories are very character-driven.
Do you outline before you write or just dive in?
I totally outline. A LOT. I plot out everything I possibly can, and usually end up with anywhere from 10-20 pages of detailed notes before I even type “Chapter One.” But, knowing all that ahead of time, even while I do change it up here and there, helps me write. I know what comes next, what I need to build toward, and that gives me focus for the scene at hand.
One time, I wrote a novella with a friend, and our deadline was super crazy. We had no choice but to dive in. I drove that poor girl batty with my questions and need to figure everything out while drafting.
Why do you write for Young Adults or Children or Adult (whichever is pertinent)?
I write for YA and adults, and I love doing both. For YA, it’s because all of those experiences are still with me today. A decade later, I can close my eyes and remember every detail of my first real heartbreak. The first person my age who had their life taken way too young. Every song that came on the radio, and how I felt when I first heard it. To me, high school and college years are about experimentation, finding yourself, and firsts. While a lot of the world has changed since I was younger, the heart of these issues is still the same.
For adults, I love writing for this audience because it is my current experience. I know what it’s like being a thirty-something woman in the world. While I’m happily married, I have friends who are navigating the dating waters, and they confide how it’s changed from when we were in college. It’s another chapter in our lives, and one I love exploring. Plus, I feel my unique brand of humor comes across well in this genre. I love romantic comedies!
It’s the dawn of the zombie apocalypse, what 3 things are a must to take with you when you flee your home for refuge from the undead hordes??
I’m taking my iPad, regardless of whether or not I know if electricity will be available where I end up lol. My Kindle on my iPad is my sanity! Please tell me electricity will be there! Next, I have to bring my well-loved copy of Pride and Prejudice. This is a book I read every year and will never grow tired of reading. And, totally assuming my husband and girls are running with me, the third thing would be the biggest bag of chocolate I can find in my pantry. If I’m running from the undead, and the world is falling down around me, chocolate will be needed to keep me from flipping out totally. It certainly works when deadlines hit (*grin*).
Meet Rachel and the rest of the authors at the
on Saturday, February 15th
at Lone Star College - Montgomery.