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Interview With Rachel Rossano

My cover designer (ooh that's fun to type!) is also a writer and she's currently celebrating her latest release, The King of Anavrea, the second book in The Theodoric Saga. I interviewed Rachel on writerly subjects, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virture set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.

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1. Can you give us a synopsis of The Theodoric Saga?

The Theodoric Saga is a series of four novella/novels that follow the story of various members of the 
ruling family of Anavrea. The first book, The Crown of Anavrea, is the story of Trahern, the crown prince of the Anavrean throne. It focuses on the story of how he met and married his wife. It also tells why he gave up his claim to the throne. The story also focuses on the theme of choosing to love.

The King of Anavrea is another love story. Ireic, Trahern’s younger half-brother, copes with the sudden responsibility of becoming king. He agrees to a political marriage as part of a treaty with a nearby country, but everything goes wrong when he discovers his bride is blind. If he marries her, he could lose his crown. But, if he doesn’t, her father will declare war on Anavrea. 

In The Reward of Anavrea, Liam Tremain is rewarded for saving the queen’s life. King Ireic gives him a fortress on the Rhynan border and a title. When Liam arrives to claim his land, he discovers that another nobleman has stolen some of his resources. The local midwife appears to have had a connection to the previous master of the keep. And more complications keep cropping up from the previous master’s past.

The Servant of Anavrea needs the most work before it is published, but the core story should remain the same. Seth, the first born son of Trahern and Eve from The Crown of Anavrea, has been serving as a spy/ambassador for Anavrea for many years. When a young woman is purposefully abandoned on his doorstep to serve as his housekeeper during an operation, he doesn’t have the heart to abandon her again. Instead he allows her to join the operation.

2. How long have you been a writer? 

Storytelling is a bit of a family trait. I grew up on tales of my father’s childhood, college pranks, and 
hunting adventures. I told myself stories at night as I fell asleep. It was one of my favorite times of day. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started writing the stories down. I started publishing my stories in the early 2000s both as indie-published books and serialized rough drafts as I wrote them. The first time I considered myself a writer, though, was when I started moving from one writing project to the next without a break.

3. What is your writing routine like?

I take the time I can get when I can get it. With three young children and being a homeschooling mom, my time isn’t really my own most of the time. I tend to grab time when my youngest two are napping or when all of them are down for bed. I have a supportive husband who lets me escape in the evenings sometimes. I go to a local restaurant, hide in a booth, and type like crazy on my laptop for a while. It is one of the ways he shows he loves me.

4. What books and authors have inspired your writing?

I enjoy Sarah M. Eden’s Regency romance novels, Diana Wynne Jones’ YA fantasy novels, and Orson Scott Card’s science fiction. Recently I read a good book by Laurie Penner called Secrets of Gwenla. I can’t say any of them particularly inspired anything, but I did enjoy them.

5. How long did it take you to write and edit The King of Anavrea? 

The King of Anavrea was one of the novels on my backlist waiting to be published. It was written in about a year, if one only counts the writing time. There was a gap of months in the middle of the writing process. Years passed between writing and editing for publication.

6. Are you working on any other writing projects?

I always have more projects than I have time for. Right now, I am trying to finish another old project. I started writing Living Sacrifice about the time I wrote Wren (A Romany Epistle). Like Wren, Zezilia Ilar is a young woman making her way in a male dominated world. She also breaks stereotypical boundaries. However, Unlike Wren, Zez doesn’t live in a medieval world. Roman/Latin influences still appear her world’s technologically-regressed society in the far future. Her story has a bit of everything, as befitting an epic fantasy novel.

I am also working on preparing the next Novel of Rhynan for publishing. Honor is a stand-alone sequel to Duty. The king has given Lord Dentin an impossible job: reclaim the adopted son of Dentin’s best friend. Dentin crashes a wedding celebration with the intent of getting the distasteful task finished and done. Before he can speak to his friend and break the news, a young woman discovers his mission and challenges his honor. Unable to forget Elsa’s flashing dark eyes or perceptive words, Dentin finds himself ensnared. He stumbles upon a complicated plot that has the unknowing Elsa at the center. However, no matter how he tries to convince her to let him help, she refuses.

7. Any advice for writers?

Write. Write. And write some more. Write what excites and interests you. If you are bored with your 
topic or story, your reader will probably share the sentiment. Write what moves you. Then when you are finished, edit it and share it.

You can buy Rachel's books on Amazon and Smashwords