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May 2018: Debut Novel Inspiration
~ Rachael Richey ~

CTR asked:
QUESTION: What inspired you to write your debut novel?

Rachael Richey said:
I’ve been writing stories ever since I was a small child; firstly about my teddies and dolls, and then about a whole school of imaginary children. From there I progressed to writing poems and short stories, always with the aim of writing a full length adult novel. I started one back in the mid-nineties with great plans for it becoming a best seller before the year was out. It made it to about 60k words (which took about ten years by the way), when I realised I had twenty eight main characters. Hmmm… a few too many maybe? I’m pretty sure a publisher would think so!

During the writing of that book, I had several vague ideas for other stories, some of which I made notes about. One of them I actually wrote the first chapter, and then abandoned it for about five years until one day, early in 2012, I suddenly had the idea for a scene for that book. It was quite a dramatic and emotional scene, and in the event it never made it into the book itself, but… it inspired me to sit down and write the rest of the story. I began in February 2012 and finished it by the end of May. All 103,000 words of it. I was absolutely gobsmacked. I had actually finished writing a whole, full-length adult novel. And it had been quite easy. Of course then the difficult bit started. I had to edit it. And edit it again. And again, and again…. and so on. But it was all worth it, and I fell so much in love with the characters that I decided they needed a sequel. At present they have three sequels – maybe there will be more to come.

So, basically, I guess the thing that finally inspired me to write this particular novel, was just one little scene that popped into my head. A random scene from a part imagined story, that stuck in my head and wouldn’t leave. I’m very happy that it did because I haven’t stopped writing since, and I love it.


Storm Rising by Rachael Richey cover

Storm Rising

[Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Romance]

Frontman of the grunge rock band NightHawk, Gideon Hawk has had enough of the rock star life. He is jaded, disillusioned, and haunted by the memory of an unresolved heartbreak. On a whim, he leaves the band in New York and heads to England in search of answers.

After attending the funeral of her estranged mother, Abigail Thomson makes a shocking discovery in her parents’ attic. The still-raw memories that surface, along with even more startling discoveries, force Abi to face a devastating truth that leads to a series of life-changing events. She and Gideon must race against time to reclaim the life stolen from them a decade before.

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