When you go through my biography, one of what you’ll discover about me is that I’m the author of contemporary Romance/suspense, To Die Once. What you may not know is that I had two editors who worked with me. Rachelle was one of them! She’s one of the sweetest people I know, and she, among others, made my publishing journey a lot easier. I can’t thank her enough for that! Rachelle is the author of the Steadfast Love series. If you’re shopping for something new in the historical romance division, the three books in this series will color your day.
That being said, it is my pleasure to interview Rachelle and present our chat below!
Miranda ~ Hello Rachelle! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Rachelle: Hi Miranda! Thank you so much for having me! Okay, so me in a nutshell: I’m a novelist, newlywed, and freelance editor. I wrote the Steadfast Love series during college and the third book in the series released in April. Also that month, I got engaged to a man with the same name as my fictional hero. In June, I married him! Some fun facts about me: I’m a homeschool grad, an Oreo addict, and I drive a pick-up truck.
Miranda ~ How did you become a Christian? Tell us your story!
Rachelle: I was raised in a Christian family, and I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was quite young. Then I was twelve, I started having daily quiet times with a girl’s teen Bible. I fell in love with Jesus and haven’t looked back since!
Miranda ~ The Steadfast Love series is your first published work. What inspired you to write it and, what message did you hope to pass across to your readers?
Rachelle: The first book was inspired by a song; thus, sounds feature predominantly throughout the series (can’t tell that from the titles, right?). After the first book was completed, I knew there would be another. Then another. Through this series, I hope that readers see that there is always hope to be had in Christ.
Miranda ~ White Fire Publishing is the house you chose and approached to publish your book. What—about White Fire—inspired you to choose them, and, how did it happen?
Rachelle: I love Roseanna White’s books and the relational, caring way she blogs on Go Teen Writers. I first “met” her through those two avenues, and when I learned she and her husband founded and run WhiteFire, I was immediately drawn to that publisher. Seeing the quality of the books they publish sealed the deal for me. I am so grateful for the thoughtful expertise and quality editing they invested in my series throughout the publishing process. My stories are better for the ones who read them first.
Miranda ~ In your own opinion, why should a Christian with a talent for stories write fiction—what do you believe they can offer the world?
Rachelle: Jesus told stories, so I’d say that speaks pretty highly of storytelling right there! In my own life, I can certainly speak for the fact that stories have made a world of difference. Teaching me lessons I might not have otherwise learned (or learned the hard way!). Taking me places I never otherwise would have seen. Stories are important, special, and powerful.
Miranda ~ How would you describe your author voice and, why do you write the way you do? Is there a principle behind your type of writing?
Rachelle: Hmm, answering this question hopefully doesn’t make me sound prideful! I’ve been told I have a lyrical, poetic writing voice—and I’ll claim that in a heartbeat. No principle, just the fact that I try to infuse hope and truth into every sentence through the Spirit’s leading. I never want my stories to come across as preachy, but rather real and inspiring.
Miranda ~ Who are the people/authors that have inspired you the most? Why?
Rachelle: This could be such a long list! As for historical and contemporary reads go, I greatly enjoy the writings of Roseanna M. White, Joanne Bischof, Sara Ella, Joy Palmer, and Stephanie Morrill. Their stories have shaped me. When I’m looking for nonfiction, I enjoy Gary Thomas and Natasha Metzler. Their (true) stories have shaped me, too. Check them out! 🙂
Miranda ~ What should we expect from you in the future? Are you working on any project now?
Rachelle: Yep! It’s Top Secret right now, though. Sorry. 😉
Miranda: The last three years have been a whirlwind and, a lot has happened early in your life. What message/advice would you give to those still waiting for love or to become published authors?
Rachelle: Wait with patience but expectancy. I think there’s a tendency or temptation (at least there was for me) to think that it will never happen. That may be an easy trap to jump into, but resist the urge to be pessimistic. Work hard. Love life. Learn more about writing, and enjoy time with friends who just may introduce you to your future Beloved. 🙂
Miranda ~ As a novelist who’s completed her first series, what advice would you give to a first-time writer who wants to become a published author?
Rachelle: Do your research. I can’t say enough good things about Go Teen Writers, the writerly website that did a lot to give me my start. Learn the industry lingo and become familiar with the (long) process of publishing. Exercise patience. Make connections (I actually guest posted on GTW about that very thing). And pray and ask God to open doors. 🙂
This or That Q&A
Coffee or Tea? Neither! I don’t particularly care for warm drinks, but I’m always up for a milkshake or smoothie!
Salad or Fruit? Fruit
Dresses or Pants? Dresses. I wear pants regularly, but I adore frilly skirts.
Lemonade or Orange juice? Lemonade
Flats or Heels? Flats. I own only one pair of small heels, and I wore them at my wedding!
Boots or Pumps? Boots
Movie or Music? Music
Cooking or Cleaning? Cleaning. It relaxes me.
Breakfast or Dinner? Breakfast (and often breakfast for dinner)
Summer or Spring? Summer. I love it.
Winter or Fall? Winter. What can I say, I’m a woman of extremes.
Leather jacket or Blazer? Blazer. I own several, and they (along with sweaters, wraps, and shrugs) are among my favorite closet items! 🙂
Thank you, Rachelle, for stopping by today!
Thank you, Miranda, so much for having me!
About Rachelle Rea Cobb
Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. During college, Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South. Find Rachelle on her website, twitter, facebook, pinterest, instagram, goodreads, and Amazon.