Monday, August 12, 2013

Interview: Rachel Hamm

Today I am pleased to welcome Rachel Hamm to the blog to talk about her new book, Twenty-Five. 

A little about Twenty-Five

Abigail Bronsen is sure her life is going nowhere when she turns twenty-five and realizes she hasn't done anything on a list of goals she made for herself as a teenager. Ben Harris is looking to find "the one" after his last girlfriend cheated on him. When they crash into each other, it appears they've both found exactly what they wanted. A year of firsts follows: first date, first kiss, first “I love you’s.” The first fight is inevitable, but neither of them saw a breakup coming. When Abigail is offered a job overseas, they’ll discover that no relationship is perfect and even true love sometimes finds itself separated by time and distance.


1. What was your inspiration for this book?  I was twenty-four years old, living with my parents, working at a job I hated, and my younger sister was planning a wedding.  I felt like nothing was going right in my life.  One day I was just fed up with being frustrated.  I sat down at my desk, turned off the television, and wrote out my feelings.  Eventually that turned into writing Twenty-Five, the love story I’d always wanted, but never gotten.

2. Would you classify your writing as plot driven or character driven? Plot, definitely.  I’m bad at characters!  Twenty-Five is a little different because the main character was basically me in the first draft, but the other things I’m working on are much more dependent on the plot than the characters.  Hopefully, as I grow as a writer, the character development will grow, too.

3. Can you tell us a little about your main character? Abigail is facing a lot of the problems I was facing myself when I wrote the book.  She hates her job.  She feels overshadowed by siblings that she loves.  And she’s never had a real relationship.  She’s lonely.  But the great thing about her is she strives for independence even when a man comes along who offers to take care of her.  Throughout the book, she thinks she isn’t living life, but she’s constantly trying new things.  She underestimates herself, when she’s really a pretty awesome person.

4. Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book. Traditional writers and critics are going to hate this book!  When I was editing it, the biggest critique I got was that there needed to be more conflict.  But in real life, the conflict isn’t always good vs. evil.  In real life, conflict can be as little as not being able to tell the guy you’ve just started seeing how inexperienced you are in love and life.   I wanted this story and these characters to be as close to real life as possible.

5. What do you hope readers take away from this book? A love story makes everything better.  When it comes to love, you have to find yourself just as much as you have to find someone else.

6. What song best describes your writing style?  A song to describe my writing style?  Haha, I don’t know.  But I always think of Twenty-Five when I hear the song, “Collide,” by Howie Day.

7. Night Owl or Early Bird? Such a night owl.  But as I am getting older, I find it harder and harder to sleep in on weekends, so the tides might be changing there.

8. Skittle or M&Ms? Skittles, but chocolate in almost anything else.  Brownies, Chocolate cake, ice cream, cookies.  I prefer my sweets to have some substance.

9. Who are your favorite authors? Jane Austen, something my MC and I share.  Charles Dickens, JK Rowling (if you don’t love Harry Potter, we can’t be friends), Claire LaZebnik, Kathy Reichs.  And all of my friends in the real world whose work I read and am amazed by.

10. Can you tell us about any future projects? Absolutely!  I have a second book written that I am currently editing – a fantasy about mermaids who don’t have the ability to love.  I’ve also just started writing another book set in a parallel universe that asks the question “is there really only one person for everyone?”  Obviously, love is a theme!

Meet the Author

Rachel was born in Buffalo, NY but grew up in Burlington, NC. Raised by northern parents in the south, she likes to say she got the best of both worlds. Her writing is inspired by classic authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, as well as contemporary ones like JK Rowling and Claire LaZebnik. She loves to read and has been known to spend an entire weekend engrossed in the adventures of her favorite characters.

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