I am happy to welcome Rachael Herron to As the Pages Turn today. Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College, and has
been knitting since she was five years old. It’s more than a hobby; it’s
a way of life. Rachael lives with her better half in Oakland,
California, where they have four cats, three dogs, three spinning
wheels, and more instruments than they can count. She is a proud member
of the San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America and she is struggling to learn the ukulele.
Rachael was another new to me author I found last year while stalking Barnes & Noble online. Her debut novel How to Knit a Love Song had the cutest cover. I read the synopsis and had to check her book out. I really fell in love with the town of Cypress Hollow and the main couple of this book. It was a very entertaining, sizzling, and laughter filled read. The best part of this book was the fact that Rachael included a knitting pattern at the back of her book. It was cute and a neat idea for those that knit. Anyway I am happy to have Rachael here. I hope you guys enjoy this Q&A session and decide to check her out. You won’t be disappointed. Also check out some of Rachael’s work. She’s modeling some of her knitting creations in the pictures posted below.
Welcome Rachael, to the blog! I
am so glad to be revisiting your town of Cypress Hollow. Your first book “How to Knit a Love Song”
which came out last year was absolutely adorable. The second in your Cypress Hollow Yarn series
“How to Knit a Heart Back Home” releases today.
Can you tell the readers about the town and about your second book?
having me! I’m really excited about my new book. Set in the small coastal town
of Cypress Hollow, where everyone knows perhaps a little too much about each
other, it’s the story of a quiet bookseller and a daring, if broken, man
revisiting a kiss that changed their lives.
Can you tell us a bit about the hero Owen Bancroft? What about Owen do you think will draw the
readers and make them love him?
He’s an ex-cop, released from the force after he made a horrible mistake—he’s
the black sheep of Cypress Hollow, home to take care of his ailing mother. He
limps from a gunshot wound, but the biggest wound is in his soul, something
that only Lucy can see.
Now tell us a bit about the heroine Lucy Harrison? What about Lucy do you think will draw the
readers and make them love her?
sometimes shy. She loves her small life and her bookstore, and most of all, her
family, but she hates that’s she’s scared to make changes. The only time Lucy
is really brave is when she’s helping someone else (she’s on the volunteer fire
brigade of Cypress Hollow). Will she learn to be daring in love?
Why are these two crazy kids perfect for each other? What about them individually draws them to
one another? Why do you think the
readers will fall in love with this couple?
hero—it’s in his genetic makeup. He’s the kind of guy that would run toward an
explosion, not away, like a normal person. Lucy, on the other hand, can be
scared of her own shadow. But now, with his injury, Owen can’t do the
rescuing—Lucy has to. So they’re (again) opposites, just like they were in high
school, when they ran in completely different crowds. And you know what they
say about opposites…
What was a scene that stood out or was memorable for you when writing
How to Knit a Heart Back Home? Why did
this scene stand out for you?
has Alzheimer’s, and it’s something I wanted to get right—it’s a disease that
devastates not only individuals, but whole families, and I didn’t want to come
off as trite. A friend, who was taking care of her mother at home, did
something so beautiful to help her mother that it made me cry—and then I asked
if I could borrow the moment (highly fictionalized) for my story. The
hand-washing scene remains one of my favorites.
Can you tell us where the idea for this series came about? I know you are a knitter yourself so had you
always planned on writing a book where knitting is a big focus?
actually. I was competing in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, in which
you write a novel quickly, in the month of November). I knew to write that
fast, I’d have to write about something I loved. So I naturally turned to
romance and knitting, both things that I love so passionately that they’re easy
to write about.
Can you tell us what you have up your sleeve next for this series? How many books do you have planned right
now? Any plans to write books outside of
this series in the next year or so?
in the series coming out in October called WISHES AND STITCHES. It’s about two
doctors in Cypress Hollow, one with a great bedside manner, and the other
struggling to make a difference, both unpracticed in love. And I also have a collection of essays coming
out, also in October, called A LIFE IN STITCHES—it’s kind of my life seen
through the sweaters I’ve made over the years. I’m super excited about both
Now on to questions about you. We
want to know more about Rachael Herron.
Who are some auto buy authors that you read now?
discovered Tessa Dare—what an incredible historical romance writer! Such
emotion! I read her books with a highlighter, trying to figure out how she
makes things come together. I also Barbara O’Neal (such gorgeous language) and
Barbara Bretton (small town paranormal romance, also with a knitting
theme—she’s a great knitter in real life, also).
Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would recommend? Or TV shows that
you love right now and don’t ever miss?
absolutely loved The King’s Speech (who didn’t?). I’d love to see it again in
the theater, something I rarely do. As for TV, I don’t have much time for it,
but when I do, I love The Amazing Race (which just started back up again,
Have you mastered the Ukulele yet?
What projects are you working on now for knitting?
ukulele. Stop by my blog to see a little uke song I made up about the book
(http://yarnagogo.com) — you can judge for yourself. But I’m definitely a better
writer than a player or singer. As to knitting, I’m working on another version
of the sweater made from the pattern that’s offered with the book, a simple
cardigan with a pretty fluted edge, very old-fashioned and sweet-looking.
I see that you love to travel.
What have been some of the best places that you’ve visited and why? What place is on your list that you have not
visited? Why do you want to visit this place?
city of my heart—I feel more at home there than anywhere else. I’ve been many
times, and I can’t wait to go back. And I’d love to visit Iceland someday. I
hear they have great yarn stores.
If you could go back to your younger self what would be the one advice
you would give yourself?
If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now?
Napping in bed with a fabulous book, something I don’t get enough time to do.
Rachael thanks so much for stopping by today! I really appreciate you answering all these
questions. Do you have any last words or
questions you would like to pose to the readers of this blog?
readers think! Stop by my site, and say hello! Thanks, Ing, for having me. I’m
so happy to have had the chance to chat!
Now on to the giveaway! I am offering 2 copies of How to Knit a Heart Back Home today. I hope you all enjoyed the Q&A and found a new author as well. HERE ARE THE RULES AND DETAILS FOR THE GIVEAWAY:
- Giveaway is open to US and International residents where Book Depository ships to.
- You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
- You MUST answer Rachael’s questions: What did you all think of Rachael’s book? What draws you to her books and make you interested in winning a copy?
- Leave a comment saying HELLO or questions you have for Rachael.
- Giveaway ends March 12th