Interview with Charity Rau

What's the story behind your first book?
One of my sisters is just a year younger than me, and growing up we did everything together. We went to the same college, and after she graduated, we both moved to Maryland and shared an apartment. Most of the time it was fun, but sometimes we fought and I started to wonder: what would happen if two sisters were bound together forever, unless they could break a spell? That idea turned into my novel.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I hang out with my husband and our pomchi - we love to travel. I also enjoy finding unique places and things to photograph. I like to chill at the beach and collect pretty shells and colorful sea glass, and I always make time to spend with family and friends.
Describe your desk
Right now, my writing desk is actually a table. I have a cup of pens and sharpie markers and a notepad (to write down ideas that come to me while writing) in one corner. My laptop, a lamp, and file folders, that contain what I'm currently working on, complete the setup. I try not to have things that might distract me on the table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mainly in the Midwest (Illinois and Indiana), but also lived some in North Carolina. I have a lot of small town settings and culture in my writing because of this.
Who are your favorite authors?
Louisa May Alcott, Alex Flinn, Amanda Hocking, James Patterson, and Jackson Pearce are some of my current favorites. This list could go on for awhile if I listed all the authors I really like.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember that really impacted me was the great illustrated classic version (the ones with a picture on every other page) of Little Women. I first read it in second grade, and many times after that. I loved Jo and wanted to be just like her. In fact, she is partly responsible for inspiring me to become a writer.
When did you first start writing?
I first started telling stories around six or seven. I am the oldest of four, so I always had a ready audience. I was about ten when I started writing down my stories. I still have a file folder full of those first written stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, my first written story was about fairies and unicorns. I was ten. Before that, I told stories to my siblings to help them fall asleep, but I never wrote any of those down.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating imaginary places and deciding what will happen there. I also love entertaining others with my stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. They are the ones who give my books a life of their own, and encourage me to continue writing the best stories I can. Without them my books would probably still be stuck in my computer.
What are you working on next?
For my next project, I will be working on a Goldilocks retelling. It is one of the few fairytales that doesn't seem to have a full-length novel retelling and I have some great ideas for one, but I'm not ready to give away too much yet. Look for more details to come soon!
Published 2015-09-07.
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