Today, I am very pleased to have author Rachel Sparks on the blog for Finding Fiction Friday! Rachel has written several romance books and her latest book "Love Makes You Whole" is due out this month. First, a little about Rachel ...
Rachel Sparks grew up in South Carolina. With a degree in Early Childhood education and one in social work, she brings those skills to the table to write stories involving strong female characters, current social issues, a sprinkling of romance and powerful storylines. She has 8 published novels.
On the 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll "Factor Of Love" ranked 14 out of 201 romance novels.
Rachel has appeared on WGGS-TV 16 Dove Broadcasting in November of 2006, February 2009 and March 2010.
Also, in March 2008, Rachel appeared on Your Carolina WSPA-TV 7.
Tell us one thing about yourself that you think might surprise us.
I have a tattoo of Ben Cartwright on my right leg
Do you remember what it was like, the feeling you had when you learned your first book was out there in the world? What was it and what was it about?
My first book was "Innocent Hearts Of Courage". It was so thrilling when it came in the mail. But then every book I publish I get nervous and excited about it.
Innocent Hearts Of Courage: While investigating a homicide two detectives stumble across a drug ring. But when they discover who the supplier is and who they are using as dealers and runners...they must take on a huge corporation...a corporation that supposed to help but is killing instead. Along the way they must deal with the past and hurts in order to find peace and love...will they heal and find love or will they be destroyed like the system...
Tell us a bit about your latest book? What’s it about, and what inspired it?
"Love Heals The Broken" was published last year.
What would it take to break a man ... Benjamin Durham is proud of his three sons, Aaron, Ethan, and Tim; his daughter-in-law Ruby, and his twin grandsons Charles and Christopher. Things are going great on his 250,000 acre ranch and his family. Then tragedy strikes one after another. Can Ben’s faith and trust in God see him through? Or will the fires of hell be too much for one man.
What inspired me was that a friend and a relative was going through some tough situation so I decided to take it, twist and make a fiction novel out of it. I hoped it would help people.
What do you have coming up next?
The sequel to "Love Heals The Broken" called "Love Makes You Whole".
If there is one character you’ve written or are writing that you would really like people to meet, who would it be and why?
Ben Durham because it shows that no matter how tough or even financially well off you are that the fires of Hell can still bring you down but if put your faith and trust in God and family you can come through
What other ideas do you have bouncing around in your head?
I have sketches and ideas for 4 more books…
According to your bio, you’ve appeared on a television show or two? How was that experience?
Every time I appear, I am nervous just as the first time. But once it starts and I’m talking about my books, I’m fine.
To close the interview, I have ten questions for you, plus one. Here they go!
- What is your favorite word? Faith
- What is your least favorite word? failure
- What turns you on? Nice people and true friends
- What turns you off? People that take advantage of you in order to get what they want.
- What sound or noise do you love? Snow falling and birds chirping
- What sound or noise do you hate? People arguing
- What is your favorite curse word? I don’t cuss
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Can’t think of one…
- What profession would you not like to do? ????
- If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Well done good and faithful servant
- What question have you never been asked, that you wish someone would ask you? Can’t think of one…
Rachel, thanks so much for spending time with us. Can you let us know where to follow you, and where we can go to purchase your work?
Rudy and Trish are the main characters in Patricia and my published short stories in the "Evernight: Romance in a World of Darkness" anthologies. You can get to know them as well as get 23 other great stories! Here's where you can find them: