Posted by Ing on 1 March, 2011 // ★★ 27 Comments ★★


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? 
Rachael:  Thanks so much for
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?
Rachael:  Oooh, I love Owen.
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?
Rachael:  Lucy is quiet,
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?
Rachael:  Owen’s always been a
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?
Rachael:  Owen’s mother Irene
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? 
Rachael:  It was really natural,
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? 
Rachael:  There’s a third book
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?
Rachael:  I’ve recently
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?
Rachael: I
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?  
Rachael:   Not yet, to the
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?    
Rachael:   Venice! It’s the
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?
Rachael:  Write more, and write
every day.
If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now?
Rachael:  This very second?
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?
Rachael:  I’d love to hear what
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  

To learn more about Rachael, her books and knitting projects click on the following links:


Here are more details on her books:
Book 2 of the “A Cypress Hollow Yarn” series
Cover Blurb: 

Lucy Harrison sells books by day and volunteers with the Cypress Hollow
fire department by night. Her life is just the way she likes it—full,
even-keeled, and smooth—until bad-boy ex-cop Owen Bancroft comes back to
town. Lucy has always been fearless, never scared about diving in to
help others. When it comes to risking her heart, however, she realizes
she’s absolutely terrified.

In a small town like Cypress Hollow, everyone knows your business—and
there is nowhere to hide. Then Lucy and Owen are thrown together by the
discovery of the lost work of local legend, knitting guru Eliza
Carpenter. Now Owen, adrift and struggling to redefine himself as a
civilian without a badge, will have to learn how to open himself up to
life’s new possibilities . . . while Lucy decides just how much of
herself she’s willing to gamble on love.

Book 1 of the “A Cypress Hollow Yarn” series

Cover Blurb:

Abigail is more than ready for a change when she inherits a cottage from
her beloved mentor, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter. Leaving the
oppressive city for the greener pastures of a small California beach
town, she intends to turn her cozy little windfall into a knitting shop
and spend her days spinning, designing, and purling. But she’s not going
to be welcomed with open arms by her new neighbor. Eliza’s disgruntled
nephew, the gorgeous Cade, now owns everything surrounding Abigail’s
ramshackle new home, and he views this sexy city girl as an unwanted

But chemistry working overtime is drawing two very different people closer
than they ever thought possible. And when the past that Abigail thought she’d
left behind comes calling, she’ll have to somehow learn to trust her handsome adversary with much more than just her heart.


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  1. Anonymous

    I have not read this book, but I love reading about small towns and books in series. I would definitely have to read the first in the series, before starting this one… reading the books in order is a pet peeve of mine..don’want to miss any exciting parts.
    Thanks and I look forward to reading your series and sharing them with my book club at the library where I work.


  2. The reason why I attracted to her book is her book cover! I do love her cover. It’s beautiful and the premise sounds good =)

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com


  3. Hi…thanks for the giveaway !!!

    I haven’t read Rachael’s book.
    But this book sound great and I would love to read it. I love this kind of book.


  4. I haven’t read your books Rachael and that is why I certainly want to, because they sound lovely! I love small town romances, generous warm-hearted heroes and LOVE the 2nd bookcover it looks cute and has that small town homey feeling to it 🙂

    Great kniw pullovers! 😀 I only know how to knit scarves, but for one Christmas all my family got scarves :-))

    Thank you for the generous giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I love that the structure of the questions allows Rachael to give such a spiffy synopsis of the book. If the book is written half as well as the way the author tells it here, I’m hooked 🙂


  6. Anonymous

    I like Owen’s background and know I will enjoy reading his story. I also love connected books.

    mickey @3214 @aol.com

  7. Anonymous

    Hi, These books have it all, friendly towns, great sounding heroes and even a tortured one thrown in as well as being series book. So I like what I see here about this series. Cannot wait to read them.

    Natalie’s Mama
    lovesthemets @ yahoo dot com

  8. I immediately wanted to read this book after reading this line in the interview: “He limps from a gunshot wound, but the biggest wound is in his soul, something that only Lucy can see.” Sigh…

    Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
    castings at mindspring dot com

  9. What draws me to the book is the heroine Lucy because I find her very similar to myself in that we’re both the more quiet and shy type, loves our families more than anything and is scared to make drastic changes. It would be interesting to read about her experiences and see how she handles them, especially in dealing with the dynamics of her relationship with Owen.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  10. I liked the cover of your first book and I knit so I ordered the book. When it arrived I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I have been waiting for March 1 to read your new book. I am a fan of your blog and facebook friend. margo@therockholds.com.

  11. Jen, How romantic! And you’re living the life of the book. I hope you like it.

    Birgit, You know, I always find the time to knit. I don’t know how–it just fits in where I can…. And lately I’ve started weaving! So fun!

    All, Thank you for stopping by and leaving notes. Each one means so much to me!! What a fun release day I’m having!

  12. The knitting part draws me in. i crochet as does my mother and its just something that is just a part of our lives.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  13. Loved the first book! Interested in this as well. Her first was well paced with interesting, likable characters. Loved the knitting aspect as well.

  14. Call me funny but it’s not just the storyline that draws me in – it’s the cover plus title that I love!!

    My question for Rachael: With all the writing do you still have time for knitting?

    danaan at gmx dot at

  15. I loved her first book… it was like every knitters fantasy come true. 🙂 I originally read it because I was a fan of her blog and a knitter, but it was so fabulous she’s got me as a fan for life. I’d love to win a copy because I don’t when I’ll be able to make it to the bookstore to get one! And wounded hero… be still my heart. I can’t wait to read this new book!

    theothersoulmate @ yahoo.com

  16. Jen

    I’m making a life with my own wounded hero (though don’t let him hear you call him that!), someone I kissed – once – in high school, who sought me out years later because of the memory of that moment, and I’m taking care of my dementia-addled grandmother part-time. I can’t wait to see what Rachael does with a similar situation.

  17. Mia

    I started reading Rachae;’s blog oh probalby 5 years ago, if not longer. As a knitter, I was reading other knitters’ blogs for inspiration. I remember when she announced she was going to try and write a novel in a month. And followed her progress down to voting for it in the contest for publication. It has taken a long timebut she is finally there. I met her last year for the first time in real life at MDS&W which is a major fiber festival on the east coast. I am hoping she will come back this year. (There might be some fiber involved for a bribe Rachael!!!)

    I am still spinning my yarn for the sweater in the first book. Now there will be more yarn to spin. Rachael understands knitters and their love of the craft even though we get fustrated with it at times.

    Mia at fireemtgirl at gmail dot com

  18. Anonymous

    Hello to all!

    gmapeony at yahoo dot come
    (so I dont forget to put it – lol)

    Rachel’s books give me a warm and fuzzy. Love books about wonderful towns and continuing books, so count me in please.

    Helen L.

  19. SaraJace

    I´ve always loved this kind of books. Especially books with strong heroine. And this book sounds so interesting and now I am ashamed that I haven´t read anything by Rachel Herron. I am going to undo it.


  20. Hello!
    I am sorry to say I havent read any of Rita’s books, but these knitting books look really great. I love the covers.

    patoct at yahoo dot com

  21. I agree, the covers look cute, especially book 2. I think her books looks interesting and I would love to find out more. ‘How to knit a heart back home’ sounds like something I’d enjoy, I just love a wounded hero, either emotionally or physically where the heroine helps heal him. Owen sounds delightful!


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