I’m interviewing Rachel L. Demeter, author of historical romance “The Frost of Springtime”. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.
1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?
I would say marketing and getting the word out. There’s a steep learning curve, and it takes a sufficient amount of time, resources, and patience—but once you receive feedback and are able to connect with your readers, it’s by far the most rewarding part! 🙂
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The Frost of Springtime?
On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, saving her from a life of abuse and misery. But while Aleksender is drawn away by war, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—and upon his tormented return, she alone might bring an end to the winter in his heart.
In addition to the romance and sensuality, The Frost of Springtime offers a vivid perspective into the ravaged, war-torn streets of revolutionary Paris. My book is truly a historical romance; the 1871 Paris Commune plays a significant role in both the story and characterizations. Laced with Gothic undertones, conflicted characters, and forbidden love, it’s a journey of intense emotional stakes and plenty of twists and turns! 😉
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
The Frost of Springtime is a stand-alone. It was originally written as the first book in a series (which would have been entitled “The Frosted Seasons” and featured Christophe as the protagonist) —but I decided that the story was strongest as an isolated event. And don’t readers deserve each book to be its very best?
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I track my progress by word count rather than hours. When I’m “in the zone,” I’ll easily knock out 3,000+ words per day. Other times, when I’m distracted or suffering from the dreaded writer’s block (cringe), I’ll manage about 500-1,000 words. So, it varies greatly—but I try to set a minimum word count each day. Alternatively, some days I’ll concentrate on research, plotting, developing the characters, or just brainstorming new scene concepts. I prefer a mixed bag!
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
Oh, it’s too hard for me to pick out a specific book … but here are some of my all-time favorite authors: Lisa Kleypas, Gaelen Foley, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Stephen King, and George R.R. Martin (I know, I know … the last two aren’t romance writers—the list just didn’t feel complete without them!)
6) What are you working on now?
I’m thrilled to say that I have several novels lined up, including Finding Gabriel, an edgy historical romance set during the Napoleonic Wars, a historical romance/horror hybrid set in an Victorian asylum (I’m super excited about this one), a medieval historical romance, a few contemporary romances (which would fall under the New Adult genre), and a horror. It’s an exciting time! 🙂
AUTHOR: Rachel L. Demeter
GENRES: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC
PUBLICATION DATE: February 14, 2014
To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.
On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.
But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.
Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone, replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.
Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.
Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.
Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.
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