My Book Addiction and More is honored to welcome author Rachel Astor today. Please sit back and enjoy our talk!
MBA: First welcome to our site, please tell our readers a little about who you are.
Rachel: Thanks so much for having me! I’m a wife and stepmom first and a writer second, though I love all of it. I write light, fun books that hopefully take the reader away from the stresses of real life for a little while.
MBA: Your newest release is very exciting can you tell our readers in your own words what your book is about?
Rachel: Dulcie and Nick are competing candy shop owners, but they don’t realize who each other is when they first meet and the sparks fly. Once they find out, the competition is on to see who can out-chocolate the other at the annual chocolatiers competition.
MBA: How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Rachel: The chocolate shop came first as I tend to lean toward settings that I would love to hang out in all day, and what’s better than a candy shop? Dulcie came next – it was tons of fun to try to get into the mind of a chocolate genius!
MBA: When you started writing this story did you have your characters’ images already in mind or did you find they evolved as you wrote?
Rachel: They definitely evolved as I wrote. Dulcie wasn’t quite as flustered at the start as she is in the final book, and Nick became a much bigger part of the book as time went on, their competition against each other taking center stage.
MBA: What was the biggest surprise you had while writing?
Rachel: Probably how much fun I had coming up with the candy descriptions and names! Things like the Snowstorm, white chocolate covered a creamy minty green center and sprinkled with cracked sugar, or the Ode to Love chocolate with its cherry crème filling.
MBA: What’s next for you?
Rachel: Lots of things! My agent and I are currently working on polishing a middle grade novel, but I’m sure I’ll find myself plotting a new romance very soon!
MBA: If you were not a writer what would you most wish to do?
Rachel: I’d love to try lots of things, candy maker (of course!), maybe try photography, a travel agent perhaps – that’s the beauty of writing, I get to live vicariously through my characters!
MBA: What has been the greatest piece of advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?
Rachel: Most writing advice revolves around character development and their journey, which is obviously so important, but what I finally realized was when I was checking out what to read next, it was ALWAYS the plot hook that sucked me into picking something up. What makes a book different from other stuff I’ve read, etc. So, while you have to have characters that people want to spend all that time with, don’t forget the hook, the thing that really makes a book unique (or not).
MBA: What has been the funniest thing to happen during your time writing this story?
Rachel: Probably trying to come up with new ways to make Dulcie’s Grams even more unique, though I did get a lot of inspiration for her from my own grandmother, who used to mow the lawn in her short shorts and “work heels” when she was about eighty. :o)
MBA: What do you hope readers feel when they turn the last page of your story?
Rachel: I honestly just hope they turn it with a smile on their face. There’s so much stress in our world that it’s nice to have a fun, light getaway once in a while.
Thank you Rachel for being our guest! Be sure to keep a look out for our upcoming review of Sugar Rush. In the meanwhile we are excited to offer up an ebook copy of SUGAR RUSH. We are happy to offer a copy of this book to anyone who can receive a gifted copy of the book .This is ebook only. In order to win, you MUST comment on this blog post. Tell us what you’d most like to know about Rachel or her books.
Dulcie Carter has been running her family’s homemade sweet shop, Candy Land Confections, on her own since her mom passed away. But business is slow and rent is high, so Dulcie knows if she wants to keep her mom’s dream alive, she’ll need a miracle. The annual Assembly of Chocolatiers competition might be just the thing, if she can bring herself to try creating something new for the first time in a long time.
Then she meets Nick, a molten-hot guy with a sexy smirk and an attraction stronger than any sugar rush, whose family also happens to own the big-box candy shop in town—her strongest competition for first prize. Nick’s got his own reasons for needing the win, but then being around Dulcie is proving addictive.
As their competition heats up, so do the sparks between them. Can they keep their sights on winning, when love might be the sweetest prize of all?
Catch up with Rachel on her website: www.RachelAstor.net
Follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RachelAstor
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Good Luck Everyone!