Monday, July 21, 2014

Connecting Strangers by Rachel Carrington‏

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.

After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense.

I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, Freelance, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch Bones, Castle, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five-O, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.

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Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become. I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Unfortunately, domestic violence is something that has been in my family so I’m all too familiar with it. I wanted to write about not only the escape but the road to recovery. But I knew I also wanted to do it in a way that didn’t just focus on the abuse. I wanted the heroine to grow beyond the anger and to learn to live and love without being scared of being hurt. So I created Emily. Though she’s terrified of what lies behind her at first, she’s an overcomer, and I think the readers will see more of that as the series continues.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
I wrote the first draft in three months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Bringing unique characters to life and telling their stories. I love creating an individual out of my imagination and giving them words that resonate with readers.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The trimming. During the editing process I usually end up trimming thousands of words, and most of the time, it’s painful. I want to keep every word I wrote, but I know it’s not feasible. While the words sounded fine when I wrote them, they don’t always belong. Still, letting them go is my least favorite thing.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
This is tough because, honestly, I don’t know that I would want to be anyone else. The idea of living a famous person’s life might be intriguing, but I wouldn’t want to deal with their challenges any more than they would probably want to deal with mine.

Celebrities face a never-ending flash of cameras, a lack of privacy, and rumors galore. I’m thankful to have the anonymity that allows me come and go as I please without having to worry about whether my hair looks okay or my makeup is on right. I think there’s something to be said for just being an average joe…or Jolene. :-D

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I just did a massive cleanout and started fresh with everything so all the items are five days’ old.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
 I’m working on the second book in the Discovering Emily series, and I’m about 50,000 words into the first book in romantic thriller series. I also have three books that are complete and ready to be released, two of which are paranormal and one which is a fantasy.

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