Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi! Thanks for interviewing me! My name is Rachel Homard. I’m thirty-two.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Arkansas, went to college there, married my husband there. Then we moved to Kansas for a year, got our fur baby and then had an awesome little boy. After that, we landed here, in Kansas City. We’ve been here three-and-a-half years now.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
A little about me….hmm. I’m an author. Haha. It’s been such a fun adventure seeing this dream I had as a kid come to life. Really though, the best thing about my days is spending time with my family. I’m a stay-at-home mom and get to spend my days going on adventures and playing with my three-year-old son, Asher. Family life wise, it’s just me and the boys: my husband, my son, and my dog. We all enjoy traveling, cooking, tickling and wrestling, reading (obviously 😊), and just soaking up all the time together we can.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that my first book was published on January 10th! It is just the best feeling I could imagine. I feel so honored and blessed to have an agent and publisher that believed in me.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a child. Even before I could write, my mom would transcribe my stories about unicorns and ice castles. For years, I stopped writing. Life got busy with college and marriage and then teaching elementary school. But I had this idea I’d wanted to get on paper for a while, and so, about four years ago, I did. I worked on that for a while before deciding to put that to the side and focus on something new, THE GREEN TRIANGLE. Turns out, it was a great idea! I can’t believe it’s out in the world!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Oh gosh, I don’t know. A writer, I’ve felt like that for a while. But every time I write something, I always wonder if people will connect with it, will like it, will stay up late thinking about the characters.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My dad is a retired Green Beret. My first book, one I haven’t published yet, is loosely based on my idea of what he would do if I was kidnapped. This is obviously not the whole jumping off bridges and never missing a shot, type of tale Taken is, though, I won’t lie, I am a fan of that movie. I won’t give away too much though, since I’d love to see it on a bookshelf one day!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Well, honestly, I am terrible at titles and I bounced around a billion ideas. But the organization they are fighting against carries business cards with green triangles, so Joe and Savannah begin calling them The Green Triangle. And I thought, hmm, that could be interesting. Though I don’t know what I’ll call the follow-up. Maybe The Purple Circle. Haha.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t know what my style would be. I usually just start writing and see what happens until I get stuck and have to work something out. It works for me, but I know a lot of my friends plan out their work a lot better! For this book, I knew I wanted a soldier to be living on the street and have to save someone. I went from there.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
This book is just a fictional piece. But, with Yosef, my main character being a Green Beret like my dad, I spent a lot of time trying to soak in the warrior mindset so I could portray it accurately. Men and women that serve are my heroes and I hope this book does them justice.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I did not. My book is based in L.A. and Afghanistan. I’ve been to L.A. before, so I remembered from that. I haven’t been to Afghanistan, but my dad has, and helped fact check things for me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Dar Albert. She did an amazing job. I’m so pleased.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The main thing I wanted to do was give readers an idea of the challenges soldiers face, not just deploying, but coming back to their families. My main character deals with PTSD, but it doesn’t stop him from being a hero, from being the person to sacrifice, to say ‘send me’ when others are backing into the corners.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
The last thing I read that I really enjoyed was The Ten Thousand Doors of January. Such a cool concept. So incredibly different from my book and style, but so worth a read.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
So many people have helped me, my family especially. But my agent has been so incredible, there for me any time I need her. I’m so lucky. My critique partners and my writing sisters are just the best, most supportive, people out there.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, in a sense. My job on a daily basis is being a mom, and it is by far, the best thing I’ll ever do. But I love to write, love to see stories come together. I may not get books out as quick as other people, but they will definitely continue coming.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. I don’t think so. I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I could go back and tweak a million little things, but I love the story so much.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I am always learning new things, and always trying to pay it forward for other people trying to get published, just like people did for me.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I actually tweeted this the other day. FirassDirani would make a good Yosef, who goes by Joe. Candice Accola for Savannah, and Aldis Hodge for Clark.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Just keep going. It’s a long, hard process, but there are lots of other writers out there who will support you!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Gosh, thanks for picking up my book and choosing to read it. I so appreciate it and I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I have pieces of all my critique partners’ books sitting on the couch with me. They are always a fun read.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t know. My mom says I used to grab a book and a flashlight and go sit in the closet. So my earliest book would be thirty years ago!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything to both. I laugh all the time, and just the other day I cried reading The Scarecrow to my son because it was so beautifully written. So yes, anything and everything.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Great question. I would love to meet Jesus and walk the same paths he walked. I would also really love to meet whoever invented ice cream. We would likely be best friends.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Family, Traveling, Reading, eating ice-cream. Friends. Volunteering at the animal shelter with my son. Love puzzles even though I don’t work them often. TV. Oh, and I have an obscene amount of orchids. I buy them on clearance and bring them back to life.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love Psych. It’s my all-time favorite. But I also love Leverage, Friends, and Chuck. I really watch everything but horror. Can’t handle it. Yes, I think about sixty people die in my book, but I can’t handle two hours of having my heart race like crazy.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food. Oh Lord, what don’t I like? Ice cream is at the top of the list, but I love everything from Italian to Indian to Mexican to Thai. Not picky at all.
My favoritecolors are probably pink and blue.
Music wise, I like everything. Anything I can dance to. But my very favorites are probably Tom Petty, Iron and Wine, and Louis Armstrong, and I can still jam to some good nineties songs.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I don’t know. Have more time to read? 😊
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family. Hands down. I’ve traveled all over the world, so it wouldn’t need to be anywhere special. Just my living room, hugging them like crazy for all 24 hours.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’ve never been asked that before. My son always says “love you moon back Jesus star.” Maybe that. Of course he’s three, so he says a lot of other things about boogers and stuff too, but that’s the sweetest.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website is: https://rhomardbooks.wixsite.com/author
My Facebook Author Page is what I use most: www.facebook.com/rachelhomardauthor/
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Homard/e/B082ZFZKXV/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1