Monday, January 11, 2016

FEATURED AUTHOR: RACHEL DUNNING



ABOUT THE BOOK


I pay my debts, and I expect others to.

I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

So did my sister.

So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.

Another debt.

I paid for that one too.

I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.

Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley
I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.

I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.

I drink. I party. I meet guys.

But I wasn't always like that.

I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.

She and I hit the road for spring break, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.

But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.

It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.

That's all it was supposed to be.

I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.

And yet . . . so unbelievably right.

Content Warning:
Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.



INTERVIEW WITH RACHEL DUNNING


Rachel, what's your favorite thing about the writing process?
“Getting to know” my characters. I confess, I get a little emotionally involved in them. And by the time the story is done, each one feels like a long-lost friend (or enemy) that I think about for months after the book is finished.

Do you have a writing routine?
I grind away. When I’m not writing, I can put it aside, but once I get going on a story it becomes an obsession. I just can’t let it go. I wake up early (when I can) and start writing. I write late. I neglect duties at home . . . until the story is done and I can finally take a breather. If I don’t do it this way I tend to lose the feel of the story and it’s harder to pick it up later.

What’s more important – characters or plot?
Characters. No doubt.

How often do you read?
Not often enough! In desperation, I tend to listen to audio books while cooking or doing chores, just to stay on top of my reading schedule.

What do you think makes a good story?
Characters you can love.

What books do you currently have published?
Naive Mistakes Series
Finding North
East Rising
West-End Boys
Deep South

Truthful Lies Trilogy
Know Me
Find Me
Need Me


Johnny Series
Johnny
Losing Johnny
Taking Johnny
Claiming Johnny


Mind Games Series
His Mind Games
Her Mind Games


Standalones
Like You
Red-Hot Blues


What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

Complex plots lose the reader.
Nothing beats a likeable character.

Is writing your dream job?
Absolutely.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had? What did it teach you?
Haha - too many to mention. It taught me that if I was ever going to be happy in this life, I’d be telling stories and not doing telesales. LOL.

How do you feel about Facebook?
I loathe it.

For what would you like to be remembered?
Beautiful stories.

What’s your favorite beverage?
Non-Alcoholic beer. (“Beck’s Blue”)

What is one of your happiest moments?
The first five-star review I ever got. Moments later, I got a scathing one-star. It didn’t even faze me. I was on cloud nine. I still think about that first review. I don’t think that person realizes how much it still motivates me when things get down. (That review is here in case you want to see it!)

What’s your least favorite chore?
Cleaning. I just hate it. I hate it. I have no words to express how much I hate it. (But I do love cooking.)


Would you rather be a movie star, sports star, or rock star?
Rock star.


Do you give your characters any of your bad traits?
I used to more than I do now. But I do my best to make the main characters loveable and kind and people I’d really like to be friends with.

Do you procrastinate?
On my taxes? Yes.
On my writing? No.

What’s one thing that drives you crazy?
Taxes.

What would your main character say about you?
“Stop telling us what to do!”

Where is your favorite library, and what do you love about it?
I love the Nashville library. So elegant, so quiet, such a beautiful place to just sit and relax and read.

If you had to choose a cliché about life, what would it be?
Shit happens.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.

A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.

She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.



Connect with Rachel:
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Twitter  |  Goodreads

Buy the book:
Amazon US  |  Amazon UK   |  Amazon Canada  |  iTunes  |  Smashwords  |  Barnes & Noble

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