Readers, today we have Rachel Harris joining us. Her latest book is You're Still the One. Rachel, what's the book about?
YOU’RE STILL THE ONE is a romantic comedy about a fresh-out-of-college woman with a daring summer bucket list and a desire to prove herself, and a recovering bad boy of country music who’s wants the world—and his boss in particular—to see that he’s more than his reputation. Only problem is, the first task on Arabella’s list is to hit on Charlie, a man she’s had a crush on for half her life, and she’s the boss’s daughter. For several reasons, Charlie is forced to put her in the off-limits category, but their chemistry is off the charts from the word go. I had such a blast with these two characters, and I can honestly say I don’t remember swooning or giggling so much while writing.
What should readers expect from you titles?
I write humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the protective men who can’t live without them. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple of my books. And kissing. Lots of kissing. For me, books are an escape, a chance to get away from the everyday routines and stress of dirty dishes, Mount Laundry, and rising bills, and that’s what I strive to give each of my readers. An opportunity to smile, laugh, swoon, and cry while you try on someone else’s skin for a few hours.
What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?
I LOVE this question! I often talk about this on panels, because I think so many people think they need to go to school to study writing, and if they can't, then they shouldn't try. That's simply not true. I graduated with a Mass Comm degree, but I never studied writing in college. What I did do was study my favorite books later. I broke them down, chapter by chapter, to see how my favorite authors handled dialogue vs. narration, setting and emotion. I would ask myself why I loved a certain scene or character, because the answers often told me a lot about the sort of stories I wanted to tell. I still do this from time to time. My first books were YA, so I broke down the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. Later, I broke down Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins. I learned so much by really studying these authors and their books.
What's next for you as an author?
Up next, I have a YA releasing in April, The Natural History of Us, which is a contemporary romance that I love so, so much, and for my adult romances, I'm contnuing to write book two in the Country Blues series, You Belong With Me.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
The world of publishing is so supportive and wonderful, so I've had the oppotunity to have dinner with so many incredible people...but I've yet to really get to know Kristan Higgins or Lisa Kleypas. They are two of my writing idols, and to talk books with either of them for an hour would be awesome.
What's your day job like?
I'm a homeschool mom so my day job changes from day to day, as far as what we are doing or learning, but mostly it involves wearing yoga pants and cuddling on the sofa or sitting around the kitchen table, reading a ton of books. We also love trying recipes or doing activites that bring what we're learning to life, so imagine my kitchen sink filled with dishes and random things thrown about...housekeeper of the year, I am not. But we do have fun.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I am an extroverted introvert, which I didn't even know was a thing until recently, but it totally describes me. I can talk to anyone, I'm not really shy, and I don't mind the spotlight. But I also need moments of quiet, I live for the hours where I can hide in a book or go take a bubble bath, and when given the choice, I much prefer getting to know someone during a one-on-one conversation than, say, a huge group setting. But I enjoy both depending on the situation.
Thanks for joining us Rachel.
Thank you so much for having me. I hope everyone loves Arabella and Charlie as much as I do!