Author Interview: Rachel Coker

Please join me in welcoming Rachel Coker, author of Interrupted.

1. What is one of the most challenging and/or the most rewarding aspect of being a teen author?
I think the most challenging part of being a teen writer is balancing writing with all of my other responsibilities. I’m still in high school! It can be very difficult sometimes to meet deadlines, do interviews, and arrange speaking events when I’m worried about science and Spanish homework. 🙂 One of the blessings of being a homeschooler, though, is that I can arrange my schoolwork around everything else. It all works out in the end, but it can be a struggle sometimes!

The most rewarding part of my experience as a teen writer has definitely been all the wonderful people I have gotten to know, in person and through emails and letters. It is such an encouragement to me to receive notes from teens all over the world who have been inspired by my story. I’ve kept every email and letter that I’ve received, and I read through them whenever I feel discouraged. They always bring a smile to my face! 🙂

2. Who is the person (besides God!) that influences you most in your
writing. Why?

I think I’m heavily influenced by the people that I know will read my writing. I try very hard to write books that are meaningful and touching, and will help young people to think about difficult topics, like death, faith, and love. But I always keep in mind that there may be children or non-Christians reading my works. So I’m very conscious to keep everything clean and Christ-centered. I never want to write something that my nine-year-old sister wouldn’t be allowed to read!

3. Tell us a little bit about your next project.
My next book is due to come out in March 2013! I haven’t announced the title yet (I will soon on my blog, though!), but I really hope that it will be as widely received as “Interrupted.” No, it’s not a sequel, but it is a historical YA novel set in 1969. It tells the story of Scarlett Blaine, growing up in Georgia with her big, dysfunctional family. Her younger brother, Cliff, is mildly autistic, but since autism wasn’t diagnosed in the 60’s, he is thought of as a freak and an outcast of society. Scarlett has to struggle with the normal pressures of growing up and discovering who she is, along with protecting her younger brother and keeping her family together. Despite all the outside influences that threaten to keep her family apart, she has to figure out for herself what is really important in life.

(Me: This sounds just as good, if not better than, Interrupted! Can’t wait to read it.)

4. Do you have a favorite scene in Interrupted?
I always loved the scene where Allie professes her love to Sam! I don’t want to spoil the scene for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but a thrown shoe is involved, and it just tickled me to write that part. I hate writing overly sentimental, gushy scenes, so it was refreshing to make the one “love scene” of the book a little humorous.

5. Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
I would love to send out a big “thank you!” to everyone who has read or bought my book “Interrupted”! It means so much to me that you would give my book a chance. I really hope you enjoyed it! To anyone who is interested, I would love it if you followed my blog (www.rachelcoker.wordpress.com) or “liked” me on Facebook!

Thanks for joining us, Rachel!

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