Interview with Rachel Henderson

Published 2018-10-12.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love many different authors. I like anyone who can put across a message really clearly that everyone can understand. I enjoy reading health books at the moment such as books by Dr Rangan Chatterjee and Dr Rupy Aujla. I also enjoy funny books and have throughly enjoyed those by Gill Sims.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
i have two children to get ready for school each morning so the threat of them missing the bus and me having to pay for a taxi to get them school certainly inspires me! However, I am a morning person so as soon as the morning chores are done I like to crack on with work, whether I am working on a new book or some freelance writing work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my children is my favourite thing to do whether helping with homework, watching TV together or playing games. I also love adult colouring books by Johanna Basford. I have always enjoyed shading but do not like the way I draw so love to use someone else's inspiring drawings to colour in. I also take a daily walk along the local canal and enjoy visiting our local WWT centre and having family fun while admiring the birds there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I tend to use Amazon to look for books. I have recently read a book on healthy eating for diabetes but am about to download a selection of revision guides for my children to help with their GCSE's which they start next year!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do not remember the first story I ever wrote - it was probably at primary school. I do remember copying out a poem about peas which I loved. I remember running out of school with it to show my Mum, who was collecting me. I wanted to show off my neat handwriting and drawing that I did at the bottom. As I handed it to her the wind blew it out of my hand and it landed in a puddle. I was heartbroken! Luckily my sister also brought one home and I made a new version at home.
What is your writing process?
I am not sure that I really have a process! I find a topic I am passionate about and then just start getting ideas down on paper! later I think about the structure and any references! probably not the best way to write but it works for me!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember re-reading a story when I was at primary school about a man who never did any washing up! He used up every container and utensil in his home including the flower vases and then had nothing to eat or drink from. He put it out in the rain to get it clean and then always kept on top of his washing up! I realised from this book that there are books that you love that you can read again and again and still get enjoyment form.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not the best designer and always wonder whether I should pay a professional to make my cover! I had my first few book covers professionally designed but it was very expensive. I tend to think about a colour which suits the theme of the books, such as blue for money and green for food and then work with that. I like to keep the cover very simple with bold colours so that it stands out.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
All of Johanna Basford's colouring books as they bring me such pleasure and relaxation. I find it very hard to put them in order of preference but probably Enchanted Forest, Secret Garden, Johanna's Christmas, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly and magical Jungle. She has a new book out in a few weeks and I am sure that will be in this list somewhere too!
What do you read for pleasure?
I have lately discovered Gill Sims and love her books as they make me literally laugh out loud. However, I do not read much in the way of fiction but tend to enjoy healthy eating books such as The Four Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chattergee and cookery books with healthy meal ideas. I will soon be reading GCSE course books so that I can help my children so Macbeth, Lord of the Flies and A Christmas Carol so maybe I will get back to reading classic literature again!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet and so read books using the Google Play books or Amazon Kindle apps.
Describe your desk
My desk is a huge clutter of things! The computer is in the middle with a landline and mobile phone next to it. On the left there is a set of drawers with colouring pencils in it and mugs of pens and pencils on top. In front of it there are more pencils in an opened out tin and fine liners. On the left is another opened out tin of pencils with a colouring book on top of it and a tablet below it! there is also a desk lamp, a selection of small notebooks and some scrap paper. It is a big desk!!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Gloucestershire. My upbringing was an interesting one I feel. My parents had grown up in council houses and their parents still lived in them. They owned their house though and this inspired me to start thinking about money and ways to make money to better your situation which was part of the influence for my finance books. We also had a lot of family members with diabetes which led to my interests in healthy eating.
When did you first start writing?
I write poetry when I was a teenager and found it a great way to vent my teenage angst. However, these are certainly not at publishing standard, although I still have them! I wrote my first book just after I was married in 2001 and it was a vegan recipe book. I was a vegan at the time and there was a lack of recipe books so I saw a gap in the market that needed filling. Once I did that I started freelance writing and wrote more books which I self-published as well as ghost writing books for others.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a book with easy healthy eating hacks. I was speaking with a friend and she said that she needed some simple tips on how to cook healthy meals. I took this idea and expanded it into a book which not only has meal ideas but all sorts of tips and tricks to make healthy eating much easier as well as information about what is a healthy diet back up by reserach.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ebooks were rare when I started writing. I had to sell them in .pdf formats to read on a PC as there were no apps for reading ebooks. Therefore I did not think I woudl find a publisher.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have found that my sales have massively increased as a result of Smashwords being able to distribute my books to far more outlets.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to help others by passing on information that I have benefited from.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am not sure that I have fans! I do appreciate every person that has bought a book form me though and want to thank them all for doing so. I hope that they have managed to gain something from the books and feel that they offered them good value for money.
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