MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Friday, December 12, 2014

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: RACHEL WALSH – THE LAST SCRIBE

Rachel Lee Walsh, is one of those all inspiring women that has covered and conquered various obstacles and still stands tall  in sharing and inspiring life for others. As M.A is a reflection of so many artists’ journeys, it is once again a huge honour to be able to share details on Rachel’s latest release – The Last Scribe.

Thanks for sharing your story.

As a start, can you tell our readers a bit more about yourself?

I would be delighted, Nadine. Thank you so much for asking.

I guess I would say that I'm first and foremost a mother and second of all an artist, poet and storyteller. I live in a small town in North Idaho and have two beautiful and talented daughters who are also artists in their own right.  I also have two adorable but lazy dogs, a kamikaze cat and a reclusive hamster named Wink. For the last several years I've also been the caretaker for my grandfather who suffers from advanced Alzheimers. 

Any, weird and wacky author habits?
When I edit my manuscripts I have to go into my bedroom closet.  It's the only place in my house where there's no distractions or interruptions.  Some of my best ideas have come to me while sitting in a pile of shoes with a rack of clothes touching my head.

What inspired the Last Scribe?
A great deal of what I've written in the past is stories from my own life, but I had this fiction story always in the back of my mind. I envisioned a heroine who questioned everything yet stood strong in what she truly believed in. One day I was in a second hand book store and saw the Apocrypha. As someone raised in a very religious environment, of course I'd never been allowed to read it.  I took it home and read through the whole thing in a few days and when I was done, I knew I had my story.  It took three years of development and another four years to actually write it but as of now, The Last Scribe Series includes three full length novels and seven novellas and I've loved every minute of it.

Your novel includes history on the Book of Enoch, a book we all know was banned from the bible, how has readers reacted towards your story?
So far I've had two different reactions. Most people have no idea what the Apocrypha is, let alone the Book of Enoch.  Those who do are either fascinated by what I've done or scared to even read it. I've had a few people accuse me of treading on dangerous ground by using this as a story basis. However, I've yet to have anyone complain or question my motives after they actually read it.

Your main character – Hope Matthews - takes a strong female lead, can you tell our readers a bit more about her.
Hope is the last surviving descendant of Enoch and the epitome of an imaginative, passionate girl who struggles with feelings of inferiority and personal rejection. Being left by her father at a young age and forced to conform and compete in another family, she has identity crises that cause her to act irrationally. She is tremendously strong willed, but also fearless which gets her into trouble on a regular basis. By her very nature she is the perfect example of the fight between good and evil in all of us.

The last Scribe is not your first novel, can you tell our readers a bit more about your other published books and where they can find them.
Currently, I have three prequel novellas available on Amazon. You can find them here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00L31D45I



Will you ever allow your novels to branch over to film?
Absolutely! The Last Scribe is currently represented by Ken Atchity of Atchity Entertainment and he has high hopes of seeing this series developed into a feature film.

Will there be more of Hope Matthews?
I like to say there will always be Hope. Before she fades into memory I like to think her adventures will be exciting and entertaining readers for many, many years to come.

What does the future hold for Rachel lee Walsh?
Stories and more stories, I hope. I truly love what I do and can't imagine doing anything else with the rest of my life. Right now I have at least ten other story ideas waiting for me to sit down and bring them to life.

Where can readers connect with your work?
You can find me at www.thelastscribe.com or www.rachel-walsh.net or on Facebook at or on Twitter @4wings4u and on Pinterest. Also, don't forget you can always find me on Amazon!

Are there any tips and tricks you’d like to relay to other aspiring authors?
Don't give up! I can't tell you how many writers I know who have given up on their stories without ever finishing them. Join a writing group with people you don’t know (objectivity) and really invest yourself in it. Listen to advice and critiques with an eye for improving your writing, not just arguing your point. If you want to be good at any craft, connections, and commitment and ongoing education is paramount.
 
 


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