Name: Rachelle Ayala
Where are you from: Northern California
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc
I used to develop software professionally and managed a team of developers in Silicon Valley. You’ll see some high-tech in some of my stories like Broken Build, Christmas Flirt, and Santa’s Pet.
I’m married twenty-five years to the same guy and have three children, two of them grown. Nowadays, it’s me, my youngest son, my husband and my two birds, a lutino cockatiel and a Solomon Island eclectus parrot.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m on my way to Miami for the Readers’ Favorite 2015 Awards. I won a Gold Award for Christmas Romance with A Father for Christmas. It’s exciting since I’ve never been to Florida. I’ll also get to meet Cate Beauman and Jade Kerrion, two of my author friends.
This year has been a banner year for me. In ten months, I’ve completed and published 12 books. I’m also in six multiauthor boxed sets and will be presenting an Author Productivity Webinar for the Florida Writers Association.
As of now, I have published 24 fiction, 3 non-fiction books and have two works in progress. I’m pretty happy about my writing projects and eager to share them with readers.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
It’s early November and I’ve finished my Christmas stories already [Christmas Stray, A Pet for Christmas, Christmas Lovebirds, Santa’s Pet], have my Valentine’s Day story with beta readers, and am currently working on my Baseball Spring Training story for 2016.
Playing Catch is going to follow the style of Playing Without Rules and delve into the subject matter of overcoming abuse. On the surface, it’s a baseball romance and there will be light moments at the ballpark and fun times with friends. But the story will take us to some uncomfortable places. I’ll have to see how it pans out. It might be my most controversial book since Hidden Under Her Heart [abortion, rape].
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My writer friends online have been awesome. I started at Critique Circle, a free online critique group and made many dear friends. From there, I met the wonderful ladies at World Literary Café. I learned a lot about the marketing aspects of writing and joined this wonderful indie community where people freely shared information with others and supported each other by retweeting, blogging, and posting.
Last year, I started my own Romance In a Month group of writers on Facebook who share and encourage each other to be more productive.
I also have the best group of readers at Club Rachelle Ayala, a Facebook Group where my beta readers and fans hang out. They give me early feedback and discussion about my books and are insiders to the way I write and develop stories.
Oops, I was supposed to name one entity, but I named a few. But they are all important to me and my main sources of friendship and support in my writing life.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. I’m in it for the long haul. It’s the best life ever, getting to live a thousand lives, and not just live it, but to shape it and tell stories that touch other lives. That is an awesome privilege.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m working on a darker romance, Playing Catch. What started out as a spring training baseball romance is diving into some disturbing territory. My heroine is a bartender who plays men—collecting one-night-stands like baseball cards. Is she a sex addict? If so, why? And will she meet her match in a hero, a catcher nicknamed “Catch and Release?” Hint: there is history of abuse. That’s all I’m going to say for now, as the story is still developing.
I predict it will be suspenseful and unpredictable—I hope. 😀
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The toll it takes on my emotions. Since I really get into the story and live it with the hero and heroine, sometimes it makes me moody or sad. A lot of feelings wash over me and if I’m not careful, I can end up going into that dark place with them and staying there. That’s why I include humor and comedy in some of my books, to lighten the atmosphere and get me laughing.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
You don’t necessarily have to write what you know. Instead, write what you’re most curious about. Then you’ll have the passion and to pursue your story to the fullest.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am grateful for everyone who reads my stories. You are the reason I write, and I’m humbled to share so much of myself with you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Barney Beagle by Jean Bethell. I still have the ragged-edged book, with a taped together cover my father made to replace the original. I mention it in A Pet for Christmas.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
World traveller and archaeologist. I’m fascinated by people’s lives and would love to investigate how ordinary people lived in the past. Of course, I’d make up stories about them. I love adventure stories with archaeology in them, finding lost cities and civilizations, and of course all the danger that comes with it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website is http://www.rachelleayala.me
I have a reader’s guide that tells you the reading order and heat level of my books.
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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it’s within the pages of a book.
Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award.
She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.
Hello everyone. I am a writer who loves to combine romance with suspense and humor. My foremost goal is to take you, the reader, on a shared emotional journey with me as my characters grow and become more true to themselves. I believe stories are the means for us to connect and experience life in new ways. As a writer, I’m privileged to share my private dreams and visions with readers. I’m a romantic. I believe in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feel that everyone should find love as often as possible, even if it’s within the pages of a book. Happy reading and loving!
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Books by Rachelle Ayala
Intercepted by Love [Parts 1 – 6]
Jewells in Love
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