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Please welcome Rachel J Bonner here today. She has kindly answered my questions so keep reading to:
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I know it sounds corny but I dreamt one scene at the end of Strand of Faith (if you haven’t read book 1, Strand of Faith then SPOILER ALERT). That’s the one where Prospero proposes to Leonie at the Easter evening service outside the Abbey. I wanted to know what happened to lead up to that, and what happened next, and the rest of the series just developed from there.
What is your writing process?
It’s certainly not start at the beginning and write until you reach the end! I’ll start by thinking about characters and situations and scenes while I’m doing something else. Once a scene has ‘gelled’ in my thoughts I’ll write it down. I’ll end up with several different scenes and then have to sit down and work at linking them together. Usually I know roughly what order they fit in, but sometimes I’ll have a whole scene written and no idea how it fits until later. Once the whole thing is written down, it’s time for several rewrites. I like to work with multiple POVs and I may decide that a particular scene is better from a different point of view.
I’ve got another project on the go where I wrote the first 3 or 4 chapters, then the last two. Now I’ve also got 3 or 4 scenes in the middle, plus a whole section of back story and I’ve got to work out how to get from the beginning to the end, via all these scenes. I suspect there’s a bit more to happen in the middle that I don’t know about yet.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
On a computer, always. I’m much faster typing than writing and if I use a pen, my hand can’t keep up with my brain and then my handwriting becomes unreadable.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
That’s a tricky one, and it has changed as I’ve written the series. It definitely started as Leonie, but then Prospero’s POV took a larger part, so it became him. But I think overall it’s Andrew. He’s a really nice guy having a very tough time. He’s trying to protect and support those he loves, knowing that they are being manipulated by others – others that Andrew normally trusts and obeys. There’s very little he can do and he doesn’t know that he’s being manipulated too.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Leonie, definitely. The series started as her story, and her point of view. All the characters have a little of me and my characteristics in them, but she has the most. Also, Prospero, her love interest, is definitely hot. And she has all these amazing abilities, things she can do with her mind, that I’d love to have.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I don’t honestly know. I think Prospero, Leonie and Gabriel all had those names in the dream I had (see above). I’ve always liked the names Leonie and Gabriel, but Prospero isn’t something I’d normally pick. Usually I try and get a feel for the character and what name might fit them. For a lot of the minor characters I used ‘placeholder’ names from my extended family because I was writing too fast to think. Then I found once you’ve named a character the name just sticks and you can’t change it!
The enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.
Thank you so much for answering my questions.
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Now read on to discover more about both books in this series!
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?
Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…
Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…
Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?
Amazon Kindle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NBH7J2T
Other ebook retailers – https://books2read.com/threadofhope
During the book tour Strand of Faith will be at 99p, Thread of Hope is priced at £2.99.
A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
Strand of Faith Purchase Links
Strand of Faith Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GKZT8LF/
Strand of Faith Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_J_Bonner_Strand_of_Faith?id=bQyBDwAAQBAJ
Strand of Faith Other retailers https://www.books2read.com/strandoffaith
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
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