1--What is the title of your latest release?
WHERE THE ROAD BENDS
2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?
Norah King is weeks away from marrying a man who can save her family farm, when she discovers an injured man on her property. Nursing him back to health is the right thing to do, but will her altruistic act prove the thwarting of her own plans?
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
I went with Iowa for the specific reason of wanting to have some secondary characters from my past novels make cameos. It’s totally a stand-alone book, but fans of my previous books will have fun spotting these “easter eggs”.
4--Would you hang out with your heroine in real life?
For some of my books the answer would be maybe, but for this book I for sure would. Norah is optimistic, hard working and has a depth to her that would make spending time with her rich and enjoyable.
5--What are three words that describe your hero?
Optimistic, resilient, lovable
6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?
I spent a bit of time digging into contracts in the 1880’s and how they stood up in court. I am hardly and expert (especially since there seemed to be a lot of subjectivity in the actual court cases), but I found the quest to understand enlightening.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
Answer: I typically wait until I am done. Slowing down to edit takes my mind out of the story. If I have to go back and change something in the storyline, then I’ll make some changes, but typically I wait until the end.
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
Ice cream and Pizza…I guess I still have teenage taste buds!
9--Describe your writing space/office!
A couple years ago, my husband converted part of my ridiculously large closet into a writing space. I love it, but usually end up writing on the couch. With six kids and often more (we foster), I like the idea of hiding away to write, but don’t often have that luxury.
10--Who is an author you admire?
There are SO many fantastic authors out there! Picking just one is impossible, but since you asked, I’ll go with Laura Frantz. Laura Frantz pays such amazing attention to detail and she’s an honest to goodness, amazing human being.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
So many! I was often swept away in the classics (Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, North and South), but it was the books with endings that didn’t satisfy me that made me want to be a writer. I would lay in bed and rethink the endings. It was those books (in addition to the lovely, perfectly written ones) that made me want to see if I could actually write a book.
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)
My debut received a revise and resubmit from my publisher. They sent me a nice note saying if I’d make some changes, they would look at it again. This was exhilarating and devastating. I was thrilled someone thought I was close and disappointed that no one was raving about my book.
I sat on it for a day and then jumped back in and made the changes they suggested and quickly realized they were right! My book got stronger. Then it was a matter of waiting to see what they thought of the work I put in.
When I did finally get the news that my book was going to come out, it felt surreal! The wait to actually hold it in my hands was grueling, those were a long fourteen months, but it was worth the wait.
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
Historical romance has been my favorite for years and years and years, lately I have dabbled in contemporary and found that I really enjoy that too.
14--What’s your favorite movie?
Picking favorites is sooo hard for me. So I’ll cheat and give you three- The Hundred Foot Journey, Return to Me and Father of the Bride
15--What is your favorite season?
Summer! I love the warm weather and schedule free days.
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
I’m not picky. My favorite is anything that makes me feel like my people went out of their way to make the day special. I love the hand made drawings my little kids make and when favorite meals are made just for me.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
A friend introduced me to Crash Landing on You a Korean Drama and I loved it! I totally get the obsession people have with K-Dramas.
I recently binge read several Denise Hunter’s books and loved them all!
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Anything I don’t have to cook. My husband makes the most amazing wood fired pizzas. I’m a huge fan of tomato, basil, mozzarella and balsamic- perfect combo of flavors.
19--What do you do when you have free time?
I love road trips. My kids are the best travelers, and my husband is made for the road. He can drive hours and hours and he is always up for an adventure. If I say, “we are two hours from a really cool stop.” He responds, “Let’s do it.”
I think our retirement years will be spent stopping at every historically significant location we can find!
20--What can readers expect from you next?
I have several exciting things in the works. A contemporary rom-com and a historical that has whispers of Beauty and the Beast woven in.
I am super excited to give more details on these projects in the near future!
As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it--even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she's planned.
Norah's care does more than aid Quincy Barnes's recovery--it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.
Christian Historical | Romance Historical [Revell, On Sale: June 7, 2022, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780800739744 / eISBN: 9781493436309]
Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children "old stuff". Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children's bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn't attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she's so glad he did). Since that time she's often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.
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