Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Also visit her at Lights ON Outreach or come chat with her on Twitter @RachaelWade.
Thanks for having me on your blog today! Well, I live in sunny Orlando, Florida with my husband and 5 pets – 4 cats and a dog. They keep me busy and I’m outnumbered because they’re all males. J When I’m not writing, I love to go to concerts, watch indie films, and study the French language. Something that some people don’t know is that before becoming a writer, I was pursuing a career to work with marine animals. I worked for SeaWorld’s education department and interned for a year at Shamu Stadium, observing killer whale behavior.
What three things would you never leave home without?
My Kindle, iPod, and a notebook.
When you’re not writing or reading, what’s your favorite way to kick back and relax?
I love live music, so I go to concerts as often as I can. When I have some down time around the house, I love curling up with a cup of tea and a good book, or finding a good indie flick to watch. I also love to take walks and get outside.
Which writers inspire you?
Oh, man. Too many to name! Jennifer Armentrout, Jodi Ellen Malpas, and Karina Halle, for starters. J.A. Redmerski, Cormac McCarthy and Slyvia Plath also really inspire me.
The Preservation Series is told from three different POVs : Preservation is from Kate’s POV, Reservation is from Ryan’s POV, and Declaration is from Carter’s POV. Each story revolves around the theme of fear and how it can impact our decisions in relationships and love. The series as a whole is about overcoming those fears, moving on, and finding yourself in the process. Preservation is a student/teacher romance.
Tell us a little about your writing process.
I definitely fly by the seat of my pants. I do make a very loose outline, with plot points and character development notes that I know I need to cover, but other than that I just start writing and go with the flow. Lately I’ve found that I write best at night. Sometimes I’m up until the sun comes up. It all depends on my mood and which scenes I’m writing. I write in my office usually, on a chaise lounge near the window. Wherever I write, I like to be near a window so I can look out.
What do you find most appealing about writing contemporary romance?
I’m just a huge romance junkie in general. I love writing and reading about the complexities of relationships, and all of the “new” fun stuff, like the first kiss, the first date—all the getting-to-know-you stuff. The excitement, passion, and drama are what do it for me.
Thanks again for speaking with me today!