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Despite the struggles, love survives.
While she continued to work her full-time RN job, it was thoughts of what she would do after retirement from her career in healthcare that spurred Rachel to begin writing her first manuscript in March of 2012. Needing guidance and support with her new endeavor, she joined local and national writing groups.
Release day for Rachel’s debut novel, To Dance One More Day, occurred in June 2014. Her second book, Taking A Chance On Love, released in October 2015. She is working on her third manuscript and is planning her first series. Rachel’s books reflect her love of the performing arts. Working as a registered nurse for twenty-five years has influenced the threads of medical drama woven into her storylines.
A music enthusiast for decades, Rachel resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with her husband of thirty-eight years and their spoiled Labrador retriever. She is a member of Georgia Writers Association, Georgia Romance Writers and is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America.
Rachel writes contemporary romance novels and draws her inspiration from the performing arts.
Rachel's debut novel, To Dance One More Day, is centered around the world of ballet.
Desertion and death of her family leaves Jillian Russell alone in the world. A medical diagnosis takes away her performance career. Starting over in Charlotte, North Carolina, she opens a ballet company which takes all her resources and leaves no time to build new relationships.
Trauma surgeon, Alan Armstrong, is determined to fix Jillian’s life before he moves on to set up a rural community clinic that had been the top priority in his life, until he met Jillian.
Will their undeniable connection cause them to change their ambitions so they can be together? Or will they walk away from each other to continue on the paths they had chosen before they met?
Her second book, Taking a Chance on Love, is focused on a concert pianist.
From childhood, Virginia Manning has planned for a career as a concert clarinetist. Blindsided by family circumstances, her plans are interrupted, taking her down a path she would never have chosen. As a music teacher, Virginia’s relationship with the football coach goes from problematic to romantic. After Blake’s brush with death, a scared Virginia runs away looking for the contentment music has always brought to her life.
Because Blake Oliver has experienced disappointment and pain, he opts for a fresh start in a small New England town. Accepting the position of football coach, he isn’t looking for love when it finds him. But when Virginia leaves to pursue a performance career, Blake realizes it’s not where you live but having someone to love that matters. His only problem is making her understand that as well.
What has inspired some of your writing?
The inspiration for my stories come from the performing arts. I’ve written about a ballerina, a music teacher/musician and my work in progress has a heroine that is a concert pianist.
What topic would you choose to write about that you haven’t yet?
I have not written about heroes/heroines with children. I’m outlining my first series and in book one, the hero has a young daughter. I’m looking forward to the challenge of this new element in my storyline.
What is something you would like your readers to get out of your writing?
Everyone has something that complicates life. It could be relationships, money or family. I hope as readers watch my characters solve similar problems they will feel better about their situation and perhaps it can guide them toward a solution.
If you could go back in time and change one thing what would it be?
I would pursue a music performance career instead of a teaching career.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what genre or songs?
I prefer to write in a quiet atmosphere. I know many writers listen to music while they write, but I have found I get pulled into the music and out of my writing. If I did listen to music, it would be classical music.
What is your favorite quote in general or from one of your books?
Mason Cooley – ‘Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.’
Which famous person you would like to meet (living or dead) and why?
I would love to meet Martha Argerich because she is one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century. If I possessed one-third of her talent, I’d be a happy musician.