Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an Atlanta-based relationship advice expert with an M.A. in Counseling. For many years I have given relationship advice on my blog, HeyRachel.org, Examiner.com, and Urban Professionals.com, etc. I actively communicate with my many fans via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. My other similar works include a novel, Man Drama, and Raggity Anns—A Short Film (soon to be released as a web series) based on the dynamics of three “Raggity” women living and loving in Hotlanta (same premise). Raggityanns.com
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Hey Rachel! Real Talk. Real Relationships. Real Advice! My inspiration ….. now, that’s a great question! OMG! ALL MY LIFE I HAD TO FIGHT! (excerpt from the movie “The Color Purple” in case you didn’t know) Actually, all my life, I’ve given no-nonsense relationship advice to my friends and family. One day, I had a brilliant idea and decided to get paid for all of my great advice. I started “HeyRachel.org.” Needless to say, after ten years, I don’t own a yacht or even a small fishing boat, but I’ve helped a whole hell of a lot of people. I’ve received tons of responses over the years, from “Thank you Rachel! It’s because of you that my fiance finally proposed” to “Thank you Rachel! You helped me find the courage to leave a really bad relationship.” THEY say … do what you love and the fame and fortune will come! Hey “THEY” … I’m still waiting!!! 🙂
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Hmmmmmm … does the left corner of my family room sofa count? I sit with my computer comfortably on my lap and type while the dog barks, the TV blares, and my son constantly asks me question, after question, after question, after question ….
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I like any book by Terry McMillian or any book that is filled with drama. I definitely do not like boring self-help books! My book is definitely not boring and as a matter of fact, you should burst out into hysterical laughter at least 20 times!
What are you working on now?
Raggity Anns—A Short Film (soon to be released as a web series) based on the dynamics of three “Raggity” women living and loving in Hotlanta . I chose to make a short film after receiving coverage for my film script from Paramount studios.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Well, I am just getting started, but Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram appear to be working for me.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Promote, promote, promote, and never stop promoting!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Life is hell and then you die …. cherish the good times!
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hey Rachel! Book 2
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, I know why the Caged Bird Sings, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, The Desert Island Survival Guide for Dummies
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