Today I’m interviewing Rachel Medhurst the author of the Avoidable series and soon-to-be released Deadliners!
Here’s a super cool thing, if you go to her site at http://www.rachelmedhurst.com and you sign up for her email list, you can receive a FREE copy of the first Avoidable book.
Super cool, right?
Here’s some more about your newest favorite author…
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been a writer since I was a girl. My nan even has a little booklet I wrote when I was about six or seven. I wrote my first novel ten years ago and then realised I had a lot to learn, so did a creative writing diploma. I decided to actually pursue writing as a career this year.
Why did you decide to self-publish?
I decided to self publish because I’m impatient. No, that’s only part of it. After doing some research, I realised that I wanted to take control of my own destiny. I love to learn, so being an authorprenuer is exciting and something I’ve really enjoyed doing. I still have a lot to learn.
Was it a hard choice?
It was at first, because I’d always dreamt about getting picked up by a publisher, but once I made the decision it was easy. I’ve since also had a novella accepted by an independent publisher, so I’ve achieved my dream in two ways.
What’s your writing process?
I recently found an American term called Pantser (I’m British, so this baffled me and I had to research what it meant.) I’m most certainly a pantser. I sit down with a blank page and start to write. The story flows out of me and I never know what’s going to happen before it does. I love being surprised by my characters. I sometimes get a hint of what might happen before it does, but it really is only a hint.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
My favorite guilty pleasure has to be dancing (street style) in my kitchen while cooking dinner. No, I won’t film myself haha!
What motivates you to write?
I have a creative flow that I can’t seem to stop. Writing and being an author has been my dream for a long time. My childhood was tough, like many others, but I write to show that no matter what happens to you, you can achieve your dreams. All my books have an underlying message of hope in them.
What is your best tip for getting motivated?
Commit! Even if you commit to just one hour a day or one small step a day towards your dream, you’ll feel much more motivated.
Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate all the way! Or Vanilla with chocolate on it..is that allowed? 😉
How do you split your time between writing your books, writing your blog, social media, other marketing, finances, etc.?
I dedicate most of my time to writing and editing. I then dedicate about an hour a day to social media and writing my blog etc. I also work a full time day job so I have to squeeze everything in around that at the moment. I tend to just do something when I have a few minutes.
Which of those tasks do you love the most?
Writing…I could just write all the time and do nothing else…although I do love to interact with other people and readers too.
Which of those do you love the least?
I think it would have to be scheduling social media. I much prefer just talking to people on there, but I like to have a few quotes etc set up because I like to inspire others.
Coffee or tea?
Tea…I’m English. 😀
What social media sites do you use?
Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Google+
Which of those do you find most interactive and engaging?
Twitter is my favourite, but Facebook is a close second now that I have more lovely people following me.
How do you handle mediocre or bad reviews?
I’m grateful for them. Especially if they’re detailed as they help me become a better writer. I’ve tried to develop a thick skin because I’m naturally very sensitive, but I totally understand that not everyone is going to like any one book. I think as an artist that is the most freeing thing to learn.
How do you decide on your cover art?
I have a great cover artist that I was lucky enough to find. He’s very current and I can tell him a vague idea of what I want and he comes up with better. I’m not amazing at being able to see it, so he really is brilliant. I’m always pleasantly surprised when he sends me something back.
Where is the best travel destination you’ve visited?
My favourite place for beauty is Greece. I’ve been to five of the different islands. I also really enjoyed Egypt, but more because of the things we did, like quad biking over the desert. That was great fun!
Do your stories and characters come in your dreams, your thoughts or some other way?
I sometimes get a basic idea of a story or character when walking in nature, but this is usually after I’ve started a story. Because I don’t plan, I rarely have this happen though.
What things do you handle on your own and which things do you allow other professionals handle?
I handle my marketing, social media, blogging, writing, formatting and publishing. I do some of my editing, but I also like to hire an editor as it’s always better to have another set of professional eyes. I also get a designer for my covers.
How do you decide on those tasks?
I love learning, so took it upon myself to learn most of it. I’ve never been any good at graphic design so I knew I had to get someone else in. Editing, I learnt when I did my diploma, but any writer is always too close to their writing to be able to edit it without any help at all.
What travel destination would you like to visit?
So many! I’d love to go to Machu Pechu in Peru as my dream destination.
What has been your most successful way to increase book sales?
Releasing a series. The Deadliners is a trilogy, but I’ve taken longer to release the second one. Avoidables however, I released three in four months and I’m starting to slowly see a build in sales. I also set the first one as permafree so readers can see if they like my writing.
How do you get readers to add reviews of your books?
I have a letter in the back of my books kindly asking the reader to leave a review if they enjoyed it. I’m not sure if it’s working yet.
What is one of your favorite books of all time?
The Wind in the Willows. My year six teacher had only one hand and he was so passionate about the book that it also made me passionate about it.
What’s coming up next for you?
I actually have something releasing every month until Christmas which is exciting. My modern dreams novella Choice! is released by Salt Publishing this month. The Deadliners: New Generation is released in November and Avoidables 4 is coming out in December. I’m also hoping to release the start of my Zodiac Twin Flame short story series. Phew!
That is a lot going on!
Thanks so much Rachel for sharing. Good luck with all of your writing!