Dancing Through The Pain

Now you might think the title is metaphorical but no. I mean literally…but also get ready for some real stuff and life lessons! Wooh!

 

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le me Swing Dancing 🙂 ( photo cred: Swing Bridge Dance Club )

 

Something you all know about me at this point: I’m a huge lover of Swing Dance.  (Being deprived of it since I’ve moved is so hard)

BUT

Something you may or may not know about me is this: I have chronic pain in my legs (due to uneven arches in my feet.) This chronic pain affects me daily. Some days are worse than others but usually after a full day of running around doing errands and working I am out for the count and it hurts to walk or move.

 

 

Put chronic pain and Swing together and you get an interesting way of making said chronic pain worse. Yet I do it and keep doing it anyways.

 

Why?

 

Because I love it too much to stop. Now that might sound like a silly excuse but its the truth.

 

Why Swing Dance?

Swing Dance is something I did weekly before moving (I still dance around my apartment lots too. Not the same but hey I’m still groovin’ )  Not only was it fun but it really improved my mood but, for the first time in a long time, I REALLY looked forward to a new week ahead of me cause I always kicked off the week with dance.

Fun fact: Dance or Movement Therapy has been used for many centuries to improve the mental and physical well- being of a person. Since dancing is an art, it increases self-expression and helps people connect with themselves and others. Dancing is a form of art that offers a way to explore psychological roots to overcome certain illnesses such as depression. Research have shown that dancing provide benefits that can help minimize depression’s effects.

As well as it being fun there are actually a lot of health benefits of it. Swing Dancing is a fun way to work out without it really feeling like a workout in the moment. Dancing also makes you happier. Not just in the moment but also in the long run.

I’ve taken many kinds of dance over the last 4-5 years and it really does make you happier! and if I’m having a bad day I put on one of my favorite songs at top volume and just sing and dance away like no one is watching. (usually no one is haha)

Something else that Swing Dance has done for me personally is make me a little more social and confident. – I’m an introverted little human who much prefers sitting in a corner and waiting till someone approaches me and starts talking to me as opposed to my approaching them… but doing Swing Dance totally turned that around for me?

How?

Simple- Swing Dance is a very fun, outgoing, and social type of dance where, whether you are a lead or a follow, guy or girl, if you wanna dance you get your butt off that chair and go up to someone and ask them to dance.

For the first while when I first started Swing Dancing I was like ‘nuh- uh no way. Nope. I’m gonna sit here and wait for someone to ask me to dance.‘ but eventually I started going up to people and asking them to dance!

Now this might sound like a funny thing to discuss but here is the thing. If you are a introverted little human (as mentioned before) you would know that this is a scary thing! But in terms of Swing Dancing I now have NO problem (or almost no problem) walking up to someone and asking them to dance.

Where did the chronic pain come from? What can you do to relieve your pain?

As I stated above, my chronic pain affects my every day life as it is a reoccurring pain in my legs. It caused by uneven arches in my feet and when I went to go get it figured out I found out my one leg is carrying about 70% (cant remember exactly) of my body weight when I stand as opposed to having it distributed evenly. (So you can see there the pain comes from)

Essentially my pain relief comes with doing some stretches for my legs and feet as well as just not walking around and putting my feet up when I can. Other than that there isn’t much to be done.

Why do you dance if it hurts?

I keep doing dance because its honestly something I love and am passionate about. Swing Dance has helped me become more confident in myself and has also made me happier – as well as that I’ve gotten to know some amazing people who I now can call my friends.

 “Whats your point in telling me this, Adriana?” – well. Let me tie this all together here.

Basically my point is no matter what, do what you want to do or have dreamed of doing.

Don’t let anything hold you back whether it be mental or physical.

If there is something you truly love and are passionate about you will find a way to do it. For me that love and passion is swing dance.

For you it might be dance as well.

Or music.

Or painting.

No matter what it is, you can do it. If you just have faith in yourself and find the determination to reach for your dreams.

Achieve your goals.

If you set your mind to it you can do anything no matter what ‘limitations’ people tell you you have.

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Well, We Don’t Like Being ‘Eye Candy’ Either…

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So I recently went and saw the Ghostbusters movie in theatres with my sister and co-worker, Taylor, and I really really enjoyed the film (maybe I’ll review it another time) A few days after watching the movie, I stumbled upon some posts and articles posted on Facebook written by some enraged guys about Chris Hemsworth’s character Kevin in the film.  People were mad that he played a dumb guy who was basically just there for his looks. (The term I read that was used frequently was ‘Eye Candy’ )

Now normally I’m not one to whine or complain about this kind of stuff but I just want to say this. ‘Us girls don’t like it when you do this to us, either.’

Normally I’m not one for the whole time to give you a taste of your own medicine thing…but right now this actually applies quite well. I think it was interesting and kind of nice to have the roles reversed for once because finally…FINALLY people are starting to slowly come to the realization that ‘hey. It totally sucks when this guy/girl is a total dummy and only there because they are attractive. What does that make me?’

My question and main concern is Why? Why aren’t people taking a stand against the creation of characters like this? Like, don’t get me wrong. These kinds of characters are HILARIOUS. But what is that also telling us about how much people and the media seem to take the looks of people for granted and nothing else really matters? – Now I’m NOT saying we all need to riot till things are changed but do you think there is any way this kind of thing can be changed? or should?

I ask this for the reason looking at it from a girls point of view here. But to me, it seems women’s bodies are so sexualized in our society and we and our bodies are turned into some sort of pleasure for the eye. And what do we and our bodies then become? Eye candy. There for the pure and simple enjoyment of the eyes of others. Women these days don’t seem to be held to high standards because they are clever. Its based a LOT on how we look and its one of the many things messing with many people in our society today. As women we want to be like these models or whoever and have a body like theirs to even get a guy to look at us or get their attention but then we have to worry about guys who may not wanna keep their hands (or words) to themselves. Everything has spiralled out of control based on this whole idea of people and characters only being around for the sole reason of being ‘Eye Candy’ to others.

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana G.

 

Please Note: I’m not saying all guys are horrid people or whatever. I’m just looking deeper into an issue that can and is spiralling out of control even with simple and further promptings with characters who are dumb and really only there cause they look good to the other characters or whatever.  (and I’m using the example of women cause I am a woman and yeah….you get my point)

Book-Tube

Hello Readers!

Now I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a book related youtube channel! But today I kinda wanna officially share it with you!

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I posted my first video on my youtube channel a year ago with a writing related video (and I may do more of those in the future too) and looking back its a pretty terrible video BUT for my first youtube video its not too bad? ANYWAYS. Since then I’ve been posting videos on and off about book things and all that fun stuff and I keep coming up with ideas for more videos and its a lot of fun. (Yes, this whole post is self promo…but I mean you’re already on my blog so… 😉 )

I plan on doing some more vlogging and stuff during some every day life/dun event stuff on the channel BUT I’m posting today not to promise those videos cause sometimes life happens BUT to ask a question and just tell you a bit about my channel.

You can access my channel here: The Librarian Files Youtube Channel

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So I’ve recently done a fun video where I dance around to songs with books. I felt pretty stupid doing it but it was also a LOT of fun.  I’ve also done an unboxing for The Bookish Box and hope to do more in the future when I have money. 😛 I’ve also recently got some books for review from BookLook Bloggers and so I may be posting some reviews as well. But basically I’ve just got a couple random videos trying out some different things and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. BUT my question for you is this:

What kind of book related youtube videos would YOU like to see on my channel? (Collaboration ideas would also be super cool! Then I’ll have to find people to Collab with but thats just minor details XD ) I would LOVE to hear some ideas of your favourite kind of book related youtube videos to watch. Do you like book hauls? Reviews? Unboxings? Collabs? Bookish Skits? Videoing my trips to the bookstore? What do you want to see? give me any ideas and I’ll give them a shot!

(Like seriously. I’m graduating this summer so I’ll have time to actually do this stuff! )

So yeah thats kinda my post for today 😀  I have a book review of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes  coming soon! So keep an eye out for that!

 

Until next time!

Adriana G.

OOPS! I forgot. Here is a mini interview…

Hello Readers!

So guess who was the horrible blogger and forgot she was scheduled to write a post for Rachelle Rea’s upcoming book? Yeah…me.

So here I am in a desperate sort of panic and also going like this:

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BUT I shall not delay this post any longer my friends! So lets do this thing!

So I haven’t started reading my ARC of Rachelle’s upcoming novel but I’m hoping to start this weekend and I’m BEYOND excited! So this post is just information about the upcoming book  PLUS an interview question and answer (yes, only one. I told you it was a mini interview thing) so yeah. Stick around for some awesomeness here!

 

ABOUT The Sound of Emeralds
What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote The Sound of Emeralds during her senior year of college.

 

LINKS

Website: http://RachelleRea.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/InspiringDaring/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RachelleRea/ Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/RachelleRea

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Amazon Preorder: http://is.gd/F53u5R

Kindle: http://is.gd/F53u5R

Barnes & Noble: Coming February 15

Books a Million: Coming February 15

Goodreads: http://is.gd/zRI9dg

 

OTHER INFO 

ISBN: 1939023637                                               ISBN-13: 978-1939023636

Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing                           http://whitefire-publishing.com

 

 

Sound of Emeralds

 

So I personally am #TeamDirk but we have a #TeamAnders related question here so lets just do that before I start to weep because Dirk and Gwyn or goals.

#TeamAnders Interview Question:  What would you be willing to do, reasonably, to win Gwyn’s heart?

#TeamAnders Interview Answer: Anything but break her heart. A part of me wants to say I would do anything, and in a way I would. I would. I love her that much that I would break my own heart, but never hers. And if that is what I’m called to do, so be it.

 

So thats it for today! Thanks for reading lovelies!

Adriana G.

Its 2016! -Beautiful People Link-up

Its 2016 and I’m back! (Maybe to as much as my calendar says I will be because Final and Diploma Exams and Life. :/ )

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So I already missed not putting up a book review because I didn’t actually have one written yet…so this will be replacing it….and I know its not Monday either. BUT OH WELL. Doesn’t matter. As long as I am here and posting. I’ve lately been extremely discourage with anything relating to my novel writing lately so this year I’m really just gonna focus on only 3 projects as opposed to messing around with all ideas at once. I’ve also been deciding what stories I even find worth keeping BUT in light of that I’m gonna be joining The Beautiful Books Link-Up talking about writing goals for the new year!

 

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What were your writing achievements last year?

Oh my…well I had lots of achievements last year that didn’t happen. If I sat here and listed them all we would be here a while…

 
Tell us about your top priority writing project for this year?

My top priority project this year is going to be a new novel I started the other night. I’ve had the idea floating around my head for month now but I really just started to develop it a few days ago as a last attempt to see if I will be writing novels anymore. So I’m kinda taking it very slowly and carefully because I’m at a hard point in my life right now with writing and other things so I’m trying not to get frustrated with everything. I’m really sticking to it for a friend and I’m giving writing (novels not blogging) another try.

But with that said, let me tell you about my writing project. I do not have much at all but I have a tiny couple sentence description summarizing the characters, a collage of the character shipping cuteness, and a Pinterest board. So its a start.

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Isn’t this collage to cute?! I’m in love with my characters of this story, ok? Ok now character summary thing:

The story of a quiet girl screaming in a void known as an ignorant, careless family and she just wants to be heard…and her screaming in silence is heard by the most unlikeliest of people; a tattooed, piercing covered pet store employee who is searching for someone to love the real him. The one hiding beneath the tattoos and piercings.

 

as I said, not much about the plot in that little description thing, but its a start! 😛 But this will be the project (out of three) that will probably have most of my attention this year.

 

 

List 5 areas you’d like to work the hardest to improve this year.

  1. Work on my editing. I’m not the best at editing so I really need to improve on that this year as one of my novels I’m gonna be focusing on edits this year
  2. Describing characters. I cannot describe characters very well and its frustrating cause I have a perfect image in my head and I want to tell people what these characters look like but then it comes across as tell-y so…
  3. Work on showing things in my writing as opposed to telling them. Over this last year and a bit I’ve improved a little but It still needs some work.

I can’t really think of anything else so I’m only listing three…but oh well!

 
Are you participating in any writing challenges?

I don’t think so. Right now I don’t need any challenges I just need to learn to love writing again and re-learn that its ok for things not to be perfect and messy. I feel writing challenges will add a pressure I don’t need.

 
What’s your critique partner/beta reader situation like and do you have plans to expand this year?

Its this whole big dramatic deal that I don’t really feel like discussing….but lets just say finding a beta reader who will actually stick around and help me out is EXTREMELY difficult and frustrating.

 
Do you have plans to read any writer-related books this year? Or are there specific books you want to read for research?

None I can think of off the top of my head, but some may very well come up.

 
Pick one character you want to get to know better, and how are you going to achieve this?

ALL OF THEM! How I’m gonna do that, I don’t know yet…. Any suggestions.

 
Do you plan to edit or query, and what’s your plan of attack?

I’m taking a break from querying my novel this year. I really just need to read it over again and decide if its worth it to keep burying or not. As for editing, I have my novel Aimlessly Wandering that I’m finishing edits/re-writes of the ending on so I need to finish that. My plan of attack is to try and work on it without crying cause its a mess LOL probably consume lotsa chocolate and get fat too.

 
Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?

I honestly have no idea…. Can you tell I have no idea what I’m doing anymore?

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What do you hope to have achieved by the end of 2016?

The goal I hope to achieve is NOT quitting writing and getting at least 40k in my new novel. Other than that I got nothing. Keeping it small this year.

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Spotlight Saturday #12

Spotlight Saturday

 

So, first off, tell us a bit about you! 

I’m a 16-year-old student, blogger and researcher. I also enjoy reading and reviewing books, singing and playing the ukulele. I’m currently researching graphene-based sensors, but I’m fascinated by lots of areas of science, including space, disease mechanisms and ageing. I’m incessantly curious and nerdy, a bit of a grammar nut and love talking to passionate, geeky people. Journalists are endlessly creative when it comes to misspelling my name. I have unruly hair, three younger siblings and a long-standing and inexplicable aversion to eating fish.

 

 

What is the title of your blog? Where did you get the idea for the name? Any specific meaning behind it?

The title of my blog is its url, just stylized with brackets to Frizzy (Rose) Elle. My email address, which I created when I was about eight, is izzyroselle (an amalgam of my first and middle names: Elle, Isobelle and Rose). Then in August I was thinking of a name for this blog and my younger sister suggested frizzyroselle, a play on the email address and my crazy hair. I have a 3 year old book blog called darquessedreams, which is not a great name. I love the blog name Virtually Forever, but I think that’s already taken on Blogspot so I hold it over on WordPress on my empty blog there. I’m too committed to frizzyroselle now to change it though, I think.

 

 

What gave you the idea to start blogging? Was it sort of just ‘Hey, I should write a blog!’ or did someone suggest the idea?

I started my book review blog three years ago (June 2012) after reading the sixth instalment of the amazing Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, Death Bringer. I loved it so much that I just had to create a blog to shout that to the world, even if no one was listening. They definitely weren’t professional posts – the first one was a detailed, earnest explanation of why you should ship two of the characters. The second and third posts were also about that book. Then I started reviewing everything I read. But I posted infrequently and felt stifled by not being able to post personal things about my life (according to the arbitrary rules of the blog). Also, it was summer and I was bored. Bam, personal blog. I started blogging daily rather than monthly in December, I don’t know why.

I’m the one who suggests the idea to everyone I meet. I’m the blog evangelist. The blog whisperer.

 
What can or will people find on your blog upon arriving? Do you have a target audience in mind?

It’s very varied. Irish people are the biggest audience, followed by Americans. And since my friends often get mentioned, many of them read it. But so do lots of middle-aged people. It’s about my life – events, projects, thoughts, causes, hopes and dreams, commentary… It’s a very good way to get to know me.

 
Are there any social media sites where people can follow you and still get notifications about your posts or something? 

I tweet almost every time I publish a post @frizzyroselle and my Tumblr (unrelated to blog) is smallbutverydangerous.tumblr.com.

 
And last, but not least. Feel free to give me a link (or links) of a couple of your favourite posts on your blog 🙂

I love this question. Reading my posts about fun days out with friends makes me happy – whether it’s an account of going to town with a friend, going to a reunion, or the best day of my year so far. I like interviewing people – see my interview with a photographer, interview with the founder of the Digital Youth Council,and interviews with people from different countries. Successful days like this and this are also fun to share.

Watch Me Write || Caging the Plot Bunnies

Hello Readers!

Soooooooo here it is! The first post in the ‘Watch Me Write’ post series I’m doing!

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So today I’m gonna talk/ramble about caging your plot bunnies… aka How to take a small idea and turn it into a novel idea.

Now really this process isn’t always that difficult but sometimes you have those few plot bunnies that just seem to exist to drive you crazy…and thats where its time to wrangle the little things up and put them in their place…Which is where things can get difficult because sometimes the plot bunnies are easy to gather up and put where they belong and they don’t really put up a fuss.  Just like the little guy below.

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BUT its there ones that make things difficult: He seems all adorable but then- BAM! He’s gone and you have to chase after it.

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Okay…so I will stop referencing actual bunnies and try and make sense of what my brain is trying to explain in GIFs of adorable bunny rabbits. (Can you guys tell I just needed an excuse to use these adorable gifs in a post?)

 

Okay so. Developing plot bunnies/ideas into a full novel idea can (for me) take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks depending on the difficulty I might be having with the basic plot. I don’t know if it’s like this for anyone else, but I have a little (it’s bigger on the inside) bank of sorts inside my head there where any plot ideas I do not use get stored and eventually when I get an incomplete idea I go and piece a bunch of the ideas in that ‘idea bank’ until I have a decent plot. At this point in the plotting stages I don’t really care about cliches to start (unless its really bad and just drives me crazy and is distracting me from the early stages of plotting.) as a little later on I use a certain technique (can’t tell you what it is yet 😉 ) to get rid of cliches. Basically at the beginning stages of writing, I’m surrounded (here I go again) by a million and one plot bunnies and I’m trying to sort them into two cages. The ‘Not your turn I don’t need you yet’ cage and the ‘Okay little bunnies, I need you’ cage. BUT as there are many kinds of plot bunnies (and not a lot of them make catching them easy) it can sometimes take a while….Especially if you are me and don’t know exactly what you are looking for when on the hunt for the right plot bunnies.

 

 

Okay! So. As I said this post was definitely 2 things: 1.) An excuse for me to use GIFs of Bunnies and 2.) More of an intro post to the series. I PROMISE I will go more in depth with things next writing post but this was definitely a more ‘Adriana was being weird and wanted to write a post about bunnies for no real reason’ kind of thing. Feel free to comment as I will reply cause I love to talk, ok?

Summer Update

Hello Readers!

So, I guess you could say that I’m not ‘officially back’ yet blogging wise. But I’m getting lots of stuff ready to kick off again in the early fall. (Writing posts, tags, book reviews, Spotlight Saturdays and other stuff) SO I have a few announcements for the blog but I will get to those in a few minutes.

First I wanted to explain the reason for my month and a half to two months-ish of not really blogging and/or failing at it when I do 😛

Most of you don’t know (a few of you may, not sure if I’ve mentioned it before) but I struggle through many battles with Depression and sometimes, things just get a little bit crazy, I forget things or just don’t touch them for a very long time (Usually this is the time when I read TONS) when I go through these ‘bad phases’, I guess you could call them. And when these phases happen I cannot think straight and many things that require even the smallest bit of brain power become a struggle.

That is one of the reasons my blogging has basically been non-existent due to my just needing a break when I could get it. (I also recently got a job last month and through all last month (as I mentioned in a previous post) I had summer school.)

I do hope this post kinda makes up for my not blogging and clears up a few things. The Librarian Files is my baby and I love you followers so much so I would never ditch you guys 🙂

Now! With that said: ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1. The Librarian Files is on Instagram!

IG Handle: @TheLibrarianFiles

You’ve might have seen the widget on the sidebar with the Librarian Files Instagram, but in case you missed it, it’s there and I would love for you to check it out! (Got a giveaway planned when I reach a certain amount of followers. I’m thinking 100 followers 😉 Just sayin.)

 

2. The Book Creators

So this is a cool thing I run with Author, Mariella Hunt and Blogger and Writer Brett Micheal Orr and if you love reading and/or writing books then you might wanna check out this website.

Website: http://www.thebookcreators.com

Here are links to The Book Creators on social media in case you wanna follow and keep up with posts through those as well.

Instagram: @TheBookCreators
Twitter: @TheBookCreators
Facebook: The Book Creators Facebook Page

A third announcement is also that I have a blog button coming soon! So keep an eye for that one, cause I LOVE it and I wanna share its cuteness with you people haha.

Well that’s my update!

 

Until Next Time

Adriana Gabrielle

I am the Book(tag) Thief || July on the Blog. What will be going on?

Hello Readers!

I apologize on my absence you guys! I feel horrible and to make up for feeling that way, I feel I owe you all a very quick explanation.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I recently got a job that started on Monday and on top of that, I am working on Summer School this month of July…and its a lot of work! (A semesters worth of work needing to be completed in less that 30 days O.O )

But anyways! Since I’m kinda gonna be busy with that, writing posts and book reviews may be very very few over this next month. I’m still writing a bunch of both reviews and posts when I can but its just finding the time to get everything set up and scheduled. AND on top of that, I’ve started blogging for The Hope Movement again and I have posts for a few other blogs I need to get writing as well…. So July’s plate is very very full.

Basically I’m just running through the month hoping all these things dont catch up with me and trample me…stopping me dead in my tracks.

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Basically, JUST KEEP RUNNING

What does that mean for the blog this month?  It means lots of fun bookish tags! Yes, lots….Basically I am the Book(tag) Thief so I’m stealing a bunch of tags and I’ve been nominated for quite a lot of tags…meaning there will be a handful of fun tags for you guys on the blog this month and starting August, writing posts and book reviews will be back.

With that said, I have got to head to work now….But I felt It was only fair to give you all an update! 😀

 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

The Sound of Diamonds Blog Tour || Author Interview

Hello Readers!

Today I am SO happy to be apart of The Sound of Diamonds Blog Tour in which I will be interviewing author Rachelle Rea about her upcoming novel, The Sound of Diamonds, and ask her about her writing process and tons of other wonderful things! What better way to celebrate ones birthday than by interviewing such an amazing author? (Seriously guys, you will want to buy Rachelle’s book.)

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*Note: Book Review Will Be Coming To The Librarian Files on Monday, June 15th*

Hello Rachelle, and welcome to The Librarian Files! To start this off, could you tell us a bit about you?

Hi Adriana! Thank you so much for having me! Let’s see, I’m a debut author with an addiction to Oreos. I drive a pick-up and play country music—Rascal Flatts is my favorite. My curly hair is natural, and I coach gymnastics as well as work at my church. Oh, yeah, and I’m barely five feet tall. 🙂

 

High Five for Rascal Flatts! So, when did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

In middle school, after a friend and I wrote a short story together about twin sisters who rode horses. I thought that was fun so I kept writing stories, which kept getting suspiciously longer and longer.

 

 

That is great! Now, I must ask, can you tell us a bit about your upcoming novel?

The Sound of Diamonds is set in the 1500s. At that time, not only was the Reformation in full swing in Europe, but modern-day Holland was launching the Dutch Revolution because they no longer wanted to be ruled by Spain. My novel plops right there in the turmoil of religious upheaval and political intrigue. And, oh yeah, there’s a guy who wants to save a girl who doesn’t want to be saved. They’re my favorites, even though the history first drew me.

 

 

Where and when did you get the idea for this novel?

I was driving down Central Avenue in my little town on the way to a college class, when I heard a song on the radio. I forget the song but I remember thinking, oh, wow, that sounds like diamonds. Which, of course, is a really strange thought. So I spent that summer writing a book to figure out what The Sound of Diamonds is about.

 

 

Sounds fascinating!…And here I just get my story ideas while leaning over a sink of dirty dishes…*cough cough* Moving on. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes! I hate to give it away, but I will hint that there’s a lot about hope in this story. Through tragedy and heartbreak and the craziness that is life, Gwyneth and Dirk both learn a lot about how to have hope—and where to safely store that hope…

 

 

Is there a way you can relate to your main character?

She’s tall, so not there, LOL. 🙂 Gwyneth actually shares my near-sightedness. I wear contacts—I detest how I look in glasses; but Gwyneth wears glasses all the time. Well, until a certain chapter that I won’t spoil. 🙂 Anyway…yes, there were glasses back then. They were expensive, but they existed. And Gwyneth has a pair without which she can’t see well.

 

 

What is one thing you found particularly challenging when writing this novel?

Gwyneth. She’s sort of a spoiled brat at the beginning of the book. She’s definitely little like me in a lot of ways. I didn’t struggle liking or relating to her, which is good since I’ve spent so much time with her over the last three years! But she was definitely a challenge at times. She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t and that can sometimes get her into trouble.

 

 

She sounds like such a fun character!

Okay, So I myself am a plotter. Did you have an outline for your novel?

Yes and no. I know, terrible answer. 🙂  I did not outline Diamonds. I just sat down and wrote a story that summer. Which caused me headaches when it came time to revise and edit. With Book Two in the series, The Sound of Silver, I created more of an outline up front. With Book Three, The Sound of Emeralds, I outlined even more. Each book happened differently. I’d like to think I’ve settled into a happy place of loose outlining. 🙂 Ask me again after the next book!

 

 

Did you learn anything from writing The Sound of Diamonds? What was it?

I learned a lot of things: that you can have hope when life is hard, that I can finish a whole novel, that Historical Romance is my favorite genre to write in, and that finishing a novel made a world of difference to this heart. I felt like a real writer, and that motivated me to keep with it, invest in the story more, and look into publishing it.

 

 

Besides family and friends, what is one entity you feel supported you through this writing process? 

Without hesitation, I can think of one community of writers who were an amazing support to me. Led by Stephanie Morrill, Go Teen Writers is a group of writers who are both teens and older; I found and joined the GTW community when I was on the cusp of entering my twenty-somethings, but it is still my favorite writing blog to follow. I highly recommend Stephanie’s blog (which she now co-authors with other writers) to any newbie and growing writer, regardless of age.

 

 

Do you have any advice for other writers/authors?

Read. I can’t say that enough. You can’t learn how to fly a plane by watching one glide across the sky, but you learn a lot by watching a sentence soar. So read in your chosen genre—and out of it.

 

 

Do you have anywhere where we, as readers, can stalk-er…I mean find you online?

Fun question. 🙂 I blog and love social media, especially Instagram now that I have a smartphone!

Website: http://rachellerea.com

Blog: http://rachellerea.com/blog/

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/inspiringdaring/

Twitter: @RachelleRea

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea

 

Thanks so much for having me, Adriana! It’s been fun!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Rachelle!

 

 

Rachelle Rae

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.