About Rachel Hawke:
Rachel Hawke grew up just outside the city of Los Angeles. She began writing her first book in 2011 and now has sold over 12,000 copies of her four books on Amazon. Her main obsessions for writing are vampires and romance. This started with Anne Rice’s “Interview With The Vampire.” Her books became Rachel’s inspiration to create her own vampire world.
What inspires you to write?
Although I love watching movies, television and reading other people’s books, I get most inspired by wanting to create my own world of stories and see how that plays out with the characters I create. Other inspiration comes from the common themes and ideas in storytelling. I could create characters and see how they would act in a murder mystery-love triangle scenario. The possibilities are endless.
Tell us about your writing process.
For each book I’ll create a set of basic plots and character relationships that will occur before I start writing. I don’t outline it too much because a lot will change along the way, and for the better. New ideas will bloom because of some situation that I create while writing, and then that sparks new ideas related to other plots and character relationships. I’m always adding to it along the way, so when I’m stuck, I’ll just look back at the page and use one of those ideas or it might trigger a new idea.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I mostly listen to my characters to see their initial reaction to the situation. If their reaction leads the plot in a direction I don’t want it to go just yet, I’ll change the circumstances the character is in.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write something you’ll enjoy reading and can get excited about. It’s not fun unless you like it too. There will be more difficult days and you’re not expected to create something amazing. If you can try and not give up on the hard times, you can make your “easy” days even better. Writing is like exercise or any athletic sport, if you don’t practice and do it often enough, then you can’t perform as well. Also, about reviews, someone will always love your writing and someone will always hate your writing, no matter what.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve self-published on Amazon for all of my books, but am looking to go into print with them as well to expand my reach. It’s easy to go, but I really advice on creating a professional looking cover. People will judge your book by its cover. It’s like a representation of the effort you put into writing it. If they cover looks cheap, they’ll think the writing is of poor quality.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
A lot will have to do with self-marketing. I think there might be more and more services that you could use to market your books. These will probably cater to self publishers, but for those who also have to do their own marketing even when they have a publisher.
What genres do you write?: Romance, Paranormal
What formats are your books in?: eBook
Link To Rachel Hawke Page On Amazon
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