I’m excited for you to hear from Historical Romance author Rachel Fordham today about her life, writing, and most recent book, Where the Road Bends, which just released June 7.
Rachel has offered any one of her previous novels as a giveaway. To enter, simply comment on this interview by June 14!
Welcome, Rachel! I’d love to start off learning what you wanted to be when you grew up.
I found one of those Kindergarten questionnaires not long ago and where it asked what I wanted to be, I put a mom. I know I dreamed of other things too, but most of those dreams didn’t stick as well as being a mom did. I have a houseful of kids and we also foster and I treasure my time with my kids. (I do the bookwork for our business and write, but being a mom is my favorite job.)
Being a mom is the most important job we have! How and when did you start writing?
A few years ago, I was feeling like I needed something else, that was just mine. I needed a creative outlet. My husband said, “You read so much, why don’t you write a book?” I haven’t stopped since!
Supportive husbands are the best. Who was your favorite book character as a child and why?
I have always been an avid reader and as a child had a huge list of characters I adored. One of my favorites was Anne of Green Gables. I loved her stubbornness, zest for life and I have always (even as a child) had a soft spot for orphans.
God planted those seeds in you even then. What advice would you give an aspiring author?
If you put words on the page, you are an author, so don’t let doubts about whether you are a “real” author hold you back. Just keep writing!
Great advice! If you wrote in a different genre than your current one, which would you choose and why?
I adore historical and hope to always write in that genre, but I also love contemporary. I would love to write stories with modern characters wrestling with life and love.
I would read those! What does a typical day in your writing life look like?
With a house full of kids, there is no such thing as a typical day! I tend to write in big spurts when there is time and then set it aside when there is something more important that needs my attention. It’s not an ideal set up, but somehow the books keep getting written.
Whatever works, right? How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
It varies! I wrote a solid rough draft in twelve days once and other books have taken four or five months. Obviously, editing drags the process out. I enjoy seeing how each book takes form!
Twelve days?? Wow. What did God teach you through the writing of Where the Road Bends?
The pandemic had just begun when I wrote this book. We were living in uncertain times just like my characters were. As I was writing characters who have to trust and believe that their hard things could be worked for their good, I also had to accept that our time of uncertainty could produce good things if we looked to the one true source of hope and peace. I’ve always known this, but my understanding of it deepened.
That’s a great lesson. What do you hope your readers take away from Where the Road Bends?
I hope they close the book with a happy sigh and feel that they have been entertained and swept away by these characters. I also hope they reflect on how often we judge others without knowing the whole story. I hope they will be a little braver and stand up for people when they are being judged.
Foster care has been eye opening for me, as my life has become more and more entwined with people who are living very different lives than I am. I don’t always agree with their choices, but I am keenly aware that they each have a story that led them to where they are.
So true. We never know what people have endured or are currently dealing with. How many unpublished and unfinished manuscripts do you have? Any plans to pursue publication for any of them?
Let’s see- I have the very first manuscript I wrote. It’s historical and a storyline I love but it would need significant editing since I knew so little about writing when I wrote it. I also have two complete contemporary novels that I would like to publish someday and another complete historical that I feel like has so much of my heart in it.
Lots of options! What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
I love that the words and stories I write and love so much connect me with people all over the world. I love thinking that a message in my books that affected my heart is also touching someone else. I may never see them, I may never know, but these words can go far and I love that.
That’s beautiful. I, too, love how God uses the power of words, even fiction, to touch hearts and change lives. What a privilege to be part of that miracle.
Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Rachel. I pray God continues to bless you as you write for Him and take care of all those sweet babies He brings into your life.
Join the Conversation. Do you enjoy reading Historical Romance? What time period is your favorite? Do you have any experience with foster care, or like reading books dealing with the topic? Any questions for Rachel?
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Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham
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Can a Man with Nothing and a Woman in Dire Need Make a Life Together?
For Norah King, her family land is all she has left—and she can’t lose it, even if it means marrying someone she doesn’t love. Days before the wedding, she discovers a badly injured man on her property and chooses to take him in—a decision she could live to regret.
Norah’s nursing does more than aid Quincy Barnes’srecovery; it also awakens his heart. But as a penniless man with no home of his own, Quincy has nothing to offer her. The honorable choice is to leave and let her marry her intended. The only problem is that when he leaves, he inadvertently takes something that doesn’t belong to him—something that will change both their lives forever.
When their paths cross next, Quincy sees firsthand the consequences of his actions and will go to great lengths to set things right, but will it be enough?
Can Quincy come clean to Norah and make amends? Or will their future together be ruined before it has even begun?
Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs, Yours Truly, Thomas, A Life Once Dreamed, and A Lady in Attendance. Fans expect stories with heart and she delivers, diving deep into the human experience and tugging at reader emotions. She loves connecting with people, traveling to new places, and daydreaming about future projects that will have sigh-worthy endings and memorable characters.
She is a busy mom, raising both biological and foster children (a cause she feels passionate about). She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.
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