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Into the Mind of an Author: Rachel Walter

Soul Promise The Soul Mate Series Book 2
photo courtesy of Rachel Walter

Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
I’m very easy going, sarcastic, and somewhat dry. I have to say, not many “get” me and the way I think. But the ones that do hold a very special place in my heart.

What made you do decide to become an author?
After I wrote my first book, I had no idea what to do or what I wanted or wanted to do. It wasn’t until I shared it with some people around me that I figured it out. My sister, my teenage stepdaughter, and her mother were among my first readers. But when my step daughter said, “This is really good. It reads like a book I’d pick up at the library.” Then I knew I needed to do my research and start my journey.

Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
I have several favorite authors. But I’m going to go with Kendall Grey. She’s influenced the editing tyrant in me with her posts about tightening up your manuscript and such.

Where can we find you online?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… I’m sort of everywhere.
Instagram: Rachelwalterauthor

Tell us about your book!
Soul Promise is my next release. It’s a YA PNR and is book 2 in The Soul Mate Series. Book one, True Connection, followed a girl, Jazzy, who meets her soul mate. Book two, Soul Promise, follows her brother, Henry, through his adjustment to becoming a member of the local pack of shifters and finding his soul mate. It’s packed with action, tension, heartache, and tender moments. I cannot wait until readers can get their hands on it next month!

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
Every morning I have to have coffee. But before I can drink anything hot, I have to drink something cold first.
If I see someone building my taco the wrong way, I won’t eat it. But if I don’t see them make it, it’s okay. (Don’t ask)
Music helps me focus.
(Some of this is more my OCD coming out. But, you get the hint. I’m full of oddities.)

What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I don’t actually know. There are subtle differences between book and movie for almost any book to movie adaption. I think it all depends on what you can overlook. But I absolutely loved those books and movies.

What’s your favorite genre to read?
Thriller, Crime Fiction, Mystery

Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
That depends on the day, my schedule, and my next deadline. Sometimes I’m reading more than writing and others I’m writing more than reading. There are very few days where I do neither.

What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
Well, I’m positive I can really explain my writing process exact. I’ve noticed it changes from book to book. Even snack choice changes depending on the book. Basically, it’s a lot of thinking, writing, rewriting, rewriting, rewriting. I always go back and find the correct way or best way to say something. That takes a while. But it saves me some rewriting later. After I finish the “first draft” (I say it that way, because I probably rewrite the story start to finish 5 times before completing the draft), I send it off to my team of beta readers. And I wait, impatiently, for them to finish and give me their feedback and suggestions. Then I readjust, add, subtract, rearrange, and re-edit before sending off the manuscript to my editor.
My favorite part of all of that is getting all the feedback and sending the manuscript off to my editor. It’s sometimes frustrating when the book leaves my hands before I know its FINISHED, but It’s relieving to send it to my editor. It feels like I’ve accomplished something. The feedback, I don’t even know where to start. I tell my betas to give me ALL their thoughts. I want to know everything they thought as they read the novel. What fits, what doesn’t, what they liked and didn’t, etc. Sometimes that gives me very amusing comments. :)

Rachel is a wife and mother from Central Pennsylvania. Her favorite season is fall, for hockey, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and bonfires often. She’s also a coffeenista with an insomnia problem. When Rachel isn’t playing with the people inside her head, making her family believe she belongs in the loony bin, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, species confused cat (he believes he’s part dog, love him), and finding new books and music.
Regarding writing, her first love is Young Adult Paranormal, but she’s venturing outside of her comfort zone and opening up to writing more genres. Be on the look out!

More From This Author

True Connection (The Soul Mate Series) #1
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks

A Message of Flowers (A Pocono Valley Romance) #1
Adult Contemporary Romance
Available on all platforms

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