Intro: What’s your name, what do you write, where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythological being, what or who would you be?
Hi, I’m Rachael Eliker! I write primarily YA and now, am enjoying dabbling in RomCom (because who doesn’t need a little romance with a laugh or two?). Readers can find me at the following social media sites:
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And, if I was a mythical being I’d be an unicorn because, horses are awesome, it’d be cool to fly, and everyone loves unicorns and their magic, right?
1. Your book releases TODAY! What has been the craziest part of your journey with When a Star Falls?
By far the craziest part of my journey writing this particular book has been the timeline. Though I’m limited in my writing time, I fully intended to finish writing it so I could release it last year…until I had a new baby and our family decided to move to a bigger acreage! So, 2017 was a very good year for me but that didn’t include any new book releases. It feels so good to launch a new book again!
- When a Star Falls is your forth book and its very different from your previous works. What inspired it and how does it stand out from your other books?
It is! I write the way I enjoy reading—there isn’t much I don’t enjoy! My previous three books have been more geared toward YA. The first is a fun, fantastical equestrian series where a girl switches places with her horse (that was an entertaining one to write!). The second series is a futurist dystopian book that is a bit tense at times but will end on a hopeful note. When a Star Falls is still fiction but it is much more light-hearted and rooted in possible truth. True, I’m not a superstar but someday I could be…okay, probably not, but that’s where I gleaned the inspiration. I love imagining what life would be like if my interests and talents were different, which is how When a Star Falls came into being.
- You studied Animal Science with an option in Biology, but your characters are a songwriter and a rocket scientist-literally. What kind of research did you have to do for this book and what was the most interesting tidbit that influenced each of your character?
Collin is a handsome, brilliant but absentminded rocket scientist and is inspired by my own husband, who is also a handsome, brilliant but absentminded rocket scientist. Seriously, some of the stuff he does daily makes me laugh because it seems like it should be common sense. In the same breath, he’ll explain some complex aerospace engineering principal that blows my mind. As for Ruby, I have always loved music and enjoy performing in groups but have never had the nerve to be a solo act. Since playing the sousaphone isn’t exactly glamourous (but it did get me a lot of amused looks in college marching band!), I took her character to the extreme and made her a pop star. Having a few friends in the music business has been helpful but most of my “research” has been lightly following celebrity gossip (seriously, just what I happen to glance at in the grocery store checkout aisle, I promise!), then imagining what it would be like to be on stage and writing about all the accompanying anxiety, klutziness, and triumph of large crowd solo performances.
- What scene was the hardest to write, why?
So much of the book was a blast to write…sometimes I laughed out loud as I reread Ruby’s antics! But, as in any good story, there must be some conflict to propel the story onward. Writing arguments or fighting is always a challenge for me. I for one don’t enjoy dredging up what it feels like to be angry, upset, or have my heart broken. Sorry for putting you through that, Ruby and Collin!
- What are the characters like and why will readers love them?
Both Ruby and Collin are very down to earth but confronted with some very big challenges in this book. I love Ruby’s klutziness, her passion for music, and her work ethic. Collin has a big heart and a great sense of humor. Together, they find love but aren’t free from tribulation. As with all the characters I write, I try to make them well-rounded, which includes personal strengths as well as weaknesses that I hope will make them more relatable to the readers.
- Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer, all the way. A) I have such limited time to write that I’d go crazy if I had to write it all out and B) If my kids find spare sheets of paper lying around (and they always do), they’ll either color on them or rip them to shreds. In the computer, my stories are relatively safe from prying fingers.
- Favorite quote from When a Star Falls?
It’s so difficult to choose just one quote! But knowing Ruby using songwriting as a form of therapy, here’s a bit of a tease from the book:
“Collin’s going to find his way back.”
“And if he doesn’t?” I asked, feeling the all-too familiar prickle of tears creeping into my eyes.
Kiki said knowingly, “If nothing else, heartache is great songwriting material.”
- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
One trap that ALWAYS trips me up is that I try to edit while writing a first draft. Not only do I then lose momentum when writing but sometimes, I forget where the story was going. I’ve been working on getting the story out and then editing as needed.
- What is your writing style like?
I really enjoy playing around with point of views, narrators, conflicts, and timelines. So, I’m not positive I have a writing style that would definitively confine me to a certain style.
- Biggest bookish pet peeve?
As I mentioned about my characters, I really don’t enjoy reading about characters who are flawless because to me, that’s not relatable at all to me because I am well aware of my shortcomings. Conversely, I detest when a villain is so bad that there’s nothing redeemable about them. That’s just as unlikely to me as someone who’s perfect. Bottom line, if the characters aren’t relatable, it’s very difficult for me to really get into a story.
- Top three Rom-Com tropes you love?
I’m really easy to please, so as long as it makes me laugh and not cringe (I’m not a fan of anything that isn’t sweet, clean, wholesome romance), then most likely, I’ll love it.
- What has your author experience been like thus far? Bruises, Highlights, and lessons?
Like anything in life, there have been plenty of experiences that have helped me grow and thankfully, have not derailed me from this author journey. There will always be naysayers and haters who like to bring others down but I’ve also met and collaborated with tons of other authors, editors, formatters, readers, etc who have cheered me on, challenged me to improve, and encouraged me to continue. It has been a cherished experience that has blessed me with unique opportunities that I hope will continue for many years to come!
- What did you edit out of this book?
Not to reveal too much but a romance between two other characters didn’t make the cut in this novel. Depending on how the story goes, they’ll find love together another time in this series!
- What’s your favorite writing-related memory?
The first time I hit publish was a milestone for me. It was during a challenging time of my life and I’d turned to writing a novel, something I had wanted to accomplish but had put off for years. It was exciting, cathartic, and a goal that has opened the way for many other opportunities to use my talents for not only my own self-fulfillment and happiness, but to bless the lives of others.
- What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work?
I was talking with a young woman who I didn’t know particularly well but who’d happened to read one of my books. She mentioned how much she loved the story and praised my writing. Not only was it from a reader who my writing was geared toward but coming from someone who wasn’t family or friend (who I always suspect of softening their answers to protect my feelings), it seemed to mean that much more to me. It was a highlight of my writing career thus far!
- One fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I love visiting the dentist because I think their chairs are comfy. Weird, I know.
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