About Rachel Elizabeth Cole:
Rachel Elizabeth Cole writes a mix of genres–from heartfelt literary and women’s fiction, to laugh-out-loud chick-lit, to quirky contemporary middle grade fiction. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines both online and in print, including Cahoots, Literary Mama, and Flashquake.
When she’s not writing, Rachel works as a graphic designer specializing in book covers. Her favourite season is autumn, she prefers tea to coffee, and she wishes every morning began at ten a.m.
Even though she hates the rain, Rachel lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, their two sons, and two very spoiled house rabbits.
What inspires you to write?
Ideas come from everywhere. My kids, my pets, my friends and family, TV shows, other books, news items, etc. Sometimes an idea just hits you out of the blue. Sometimes it comes together in bits and pieces from different sources and at different times.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do a bit of both. I’ve found I need a roadmap in place before I start writing. What is the ultimate goal? What are some of the major plot points? That kind of thing. But as to the details, I prefer to discover them in the course of the writing. If I know the whole story ahead of time, what the use in writing it? So while I have a broad outline–either in my head or quickly sketched out in bullet form in a Word doc–I don’t spend a lot of time filling in all the gaps and details. I like to just write and trust my muse/creative instinct/subconscious/whatever-you-want-to-call-it to guide me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I think it’s natural for writers to want to be published. Writing is a form of communication. And you’re not doing much communicating when your writing is stored away on your hard drive or squirrelled away in notebooks!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will always be here, whether in printed or electronic form. Some will be published by publishing companies (both big and small) and others will be self-published.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers, Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Children’s Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Literary Fiction, Historical
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print