Only one thing stopped her. Robin had stage fright, and she had it bad. It took a huge step of faith, but she loaded her guitar and notebook of songs into her old pickup, and headed for Nashville.
You’ll have to buy the book to find out. But when you read it, don’t be surprised if your eyes spring a leak, and your fist shoots in the air with a big “YES!”
RH: Like most people, when I was 10. Seems to be the magical writer's age. I used to make up stories, but I didn't stick with it as I got into high school and college. But I always knew I wanted to write books eventually.
DM: Where did the idea for Lost in NashVegas come from?
RH: The idea initally came out of a conversation I had with my agent. She suggested redneck chick lit, and making the protagonist a songwriter. The rest came from sweating it out and a lot of research.
DM: I absolutely loved your characters. Is there a little bit of Rachel in any of them?
RH: If you love them, then there's a LOT of Rachel in them. LOL. Seriously, yes, there's always a part of me in my characters, or parts of people I've met along life's road. Robin's struggle with fear comes from some of my real life experiences. Like Robin, I overcame.
DM: Without giving too much away, do you have any scenes that standout as your favorites?
RH: I love the scenes of discovery.Where Robin finds out more about her life than she ever, ever imagined. I love the scenes where she overcomes. And, the Frothy Monkey scene is funny to me.
DM: What authors inspire you as a writer?
RH: Many authors inspire me for various reasons. Colleen Coble for her crisp, clean writing. It's beautiful. Diann Hunt for her humor. Tracey Bateman for her wit and snap and storytelling. Susan Warren for her skill at the craft. Christine Lynxwiller for her ability to paint the human heart on to the page.
Of course, Kristin Billerbeck for her quirky, funny, well crafted chick characters.
And, Sophia Kinsella and Marian Keyes for the way they grab me on page one and carry me through to the last page.
DM: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
RH: Don't give up. The journey to publishing is a unique road. Pray hard. Have faith. And put your butt in the chair and write.
DM: So, what’s next?
RH: The next NashVegas book, Diva NashVegas comes out in April, and I'm starting a book set in the South Carolina low country that will be out this time next year.
Thanks again for having me.
DM: Thank you, Rachel, for dropping by. I know that LOST IN NASHVEGAS is going to be a big hit. Congratulations on one of the best books I’ve read all year!