Rachael Herron, author of Cora’s Heart
Tell us about your latest creation…
Cora’s Heart is the story of Cora, a farm-girl who’s been hurt too much in the past, who safeguards everything–except her heart. Mac is a large-animal veterinarian who has already risked it all and lost everything that mattered. When a secret is revealed, Cora has to decide whether Mac is a safe bet . . . or the worst gamble of her life.
Where are you from / where do you call home?
I’m from Oakland, California, a lively town just on the other side of the San Francisco Bay.
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was old enough to realize that an actual person was behind the books I loved. I wanted to be that person.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?
I always love my latest book best. Cora’s Heart is definitely my favorite, and I’m still in love with the hero, Mac.
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?
I go to a local coffee shop to write. It’s big and bright and full of people at all times. I put on my headphones, and the process of drowning out the voices drives me into the work. Sometimes I look up, completely stunned that I’m sitting in a room with other humans, instead of living inside the world I’m making.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?
I love the work of Sophie Littlefield and Nicole Alexander. I love to read about women who find their true strength in unexpected places.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?
Anne of Green Gables! Oh, I wanted to be Anne Shirley so badly. I still do, I think.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?
Jo March, still furious at Amy for throwing my book in the fire.
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?
I play the accordion! I play badly but with gusto!
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?
Tacos from the taco trucks Oakland is famous for, and I love a good scotch and soda after a long day.
Who is your hero? Why?
My mother, sadly passed on, will always be my hero. She taught me that I could do anything I wanted to, and she believed in me utterly.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?
For me, the challenge is finding the time to read through my To Be Read pile! I think most readers find the same problem staring at them from their bedside table.
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