Welcome back, we're now on day 5 of TriciaPalooza. This week we’re featuring Tricia Drammeh in celebration of her book release, The Claiming Words, on October 6. Today, Tricia sent over main character Rachel Stevens to talk to us.
Welcome, Rachel, I’ve read all about you and feel like I know you. Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Yes, but not for the reasons you think. I thought I’d end up in the Who’s Who of Atlanta. Or, at the very least, within the pages of Forbes. I planned to be a lawyer or a corporate executive—something to make my mother proud. Now my main goal seems to be hiding the truth from my mother—and from almost everyone else.
You have so many great scenes in the book. Tell us about your favorite one.
My favorite scene…that’s a tough one. The Homecoming Dance is definitely a favorite, especially my dance with Jace. Well, that scene is sort of bittersweet. How about the scene where Jace texted me? Yes. I think that one is my favorite.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
I like to run, and I like to play softball. My church is an important part of my life, and I spend a lot of time with my family.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
I’d rewrite every lie I had to tell my mother. I don’t know how I could possibly tell her the truth, but every lie I told her broke my heart just a little more. One day I’ll have to have a long talk with her, but not yet. *shudders*
Sometimes Tricia likes to mess with her characters. What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has given you?
My writer made me different from everyone else. Sometimes it’s good to be different, but not always. In my case, it’s a burden.
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Free day? What’s that? *chuckles* I don’t know what I’d do. I’m always busy with cheerleading, softball, chores, or church. I’d probably curl up with a good book. No matter what else is going on in my life, I always find time to read. I love a good romance novel. Or a mystery. Have you read Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction? It’s got a little romance and a lot of mystery. I’d recommend it.
As a matter of fact I have heard of that book. Did you know if you go to goodreads.com you can enter your name for a chance to win a copy of the book? We’re also giving away an eBook of The Claiming Words here on this blog. But I digress. Back to you…what's the worst thing that's happened in your life?
The worst thing that ever happened was when my father died.
What did you learn from it?
I was eleven, so I don’t know how much I learned then, but I sure am learning a lot now. I better not say anything else about that. I wouldn’t want my mother to find out.
What are you most afraid of?
This is going to sound crazy, especially in light of everything else going on, but I’m afraid of myself. I’m afraid of what I’ll find out. And I’m afraid of the person I really am deep inside. Yeah, I still fear all those things that go bump in the night, because some of those things are lurking at the periphery of my dreams, but I’m more afraid of why they’re after me.
After having read your book, I’d say you have a right to be afraid. But I’m sure Jace will always be there to take care of you and vice versa. You all are so good together.
Well, that’s it, Rachel. Thanks again for stopping by and talking with us.
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