Interview with Rachael Ritchey

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just got all signed up with Smashwords, but they are giving me the opportunity to simplfy my marketing and advertising by helping me distribute to multiple platforms with several companies. This is a good thing!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the book is a pretty personal one. I'm just an average wife and mom who works part-time to help support my family. I was suffering from a disconnect in my life, as though I was just floating along without any direction. On the long drive to church one Sunday in late December, while I prayed about my lack of interest and emotion, I was reminded of the deep and abiding love of Jesus Christ. His love is beautiful and transforming. I didn't feel blase because anything bad was happening but because I wasn't taking time to spend with my savior, to refresh and restore my soul. My thoughts whirled along from there to this story and here we are. The Beauty Thief was my way of telling you that your beauty is not an outward appearance or any thing that you do. Life has no meaning apart from love, specifically the selfless and brotherly love of Christ that we can share with others. That's the story behind the book!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is sharing my stories, great and small. I love telling tales. I get all excited about the details. If you ask me to tell you about a book I've read, you'll likely hear the entire story from start to finish. I savor every word when I read, and writing them lets me savor them even more.
What do your fans mean to you?
At this point, my only fans are my family and a few friends, but if that's any indication, then I can tell you that fans mean a great deal to me. I'm humbled beyond words by the friendship, love, and support. Fans are not strangers, but friends who appreciate what I appreciate and vice versa. Fans, YOU ROCK!
Describe your desk
Clutter-central. There can't be another word for it. I've got coffee mug, cell phone, stacks and stacks of loose papers, a half-dozen notebooks, staples, speakers, pictures of my book covers, a hanging sheet of paper with hand-drawn pirate weaponry, a diagram of a galley ship, a sweet note from my son, "I love you mom you are one of the best pepole in my life from: R" My heart has now melted. I don't even remember anything else about my desk now that I've looked at his little note again.
What are you working on next?
Right now I've got two projects going. One is the second book in the series called Captive Hope which will follow a couple of the supporting characters from The Beauty Thief. I want to focus on this one because I don't want to leave everyone hanging! Only problem is, if I don't sell enough of book one, I'll have a terrible time paying for book two. Editors don't come cheap! I want my stories to be the best they can be, and that means having them professionally edited. The other project is a middle grade fantasy which I'm pretty excited about but will have to sit on the back burner for a time!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I actually wanted to be a Publisher's author, but the more research I did, the more I found that the bulk of marketing and advertising would still fall on my shoulders if I went mainstream. These are the things I am not good at and enjoy doing the least, mostly because I feel so inadequate. But as an indie author I get almost full control of every part of my book, from writing, to editing (I hired and independent editor), to book cover design, to formatting, etc. I'm still responsible for the marketing, but I'd be doing it anyway!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my family and/or doing chores around the house, watching a little TV, reading a book, or working at my part time job. Hiking is also a favored pastime when available.
Who are your favorite authors?
This question is difficult, only because it could be a long list. I'll try to narrow it down to the top 5-10. Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Shannon Hale, Lori Wick, Charlotte Bronte, Gail Carson Levine, John Bunyan, Shakespeare, E.D.E.N. Southworth, James Riley.

I like a variety of genres, but classics and young adult/middle grade books catch my fancy most of the time.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design was a challenge I wanted to tackle myself. For one thing, like everything else, I wanted creative control. I take that seriously, though, because having a cover that looks eye catching and professional is important to me. You'll have to let me know how I did. Anyway, I approached it with gusto almost from the time I started writing the book. I spent countless hours working and reworking, designing and redesigning possible book covers. If you visit my blog, there is a post showing several examples of my process.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by browsing. Looking at what other people are buying, staring at titles and covers. Reading the synopsis.
Published 2015-02-20.
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Books by This Author

The Treasonous
Series: Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,000. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A lady-in-waiting who loves a knight and refuses to let fear rule her life. A knight who must battle the demons of the past. Another who must choose between family and fealty to his king when the past comes back to haunt the Twelve Realms, bringing with it a treason that will change the future. There are powers at work none of them could begin to fathom. It will take more than courage to overcome.
Captive Hope
Series: Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,320. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The Twelve Realms seems an idyllic nation, but behind locked doors there are sinister powers at work. Not even the royal family of High Castle is outside their reach, and Lady Idra has unwittingly placed herself in the crosshairs of a shrewd mercenary.
The Beauty Thief
Series: Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,140. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
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Love means sacrifice. Magic is long dead in Twelve Realms. At least this is what most believed until the life of a princess becomes the obsession of a man who defies time by stealing true beauty to sustain his life. When the thief ruins Princess Caityn, her betrothed and his knights might have a chance to save her, but what will it take? Maybe their own lives. Is love worth it?