Carter Montgomery spent most of his life blending in, and he liked it that way. It was always better to be seen, not heard. And while a theatric streak and friendly demeanor might have fooled most people, he knew the truth—he was the shy one. The quiet kid most people forgot about. Some might have considered that a bad thing, but those people all wanted to be in the spotlight.
The only place Carter didn’t mind attention was on stage, with The Hellions. Once content in his comfort zone in Seattle, Washington, he only knew three things: confrontation was to be avoided, keeping the peace was priority, and the moment he lost Kate Parker to Professor Ryan Campbell, he had no clue what to do with his life. Playing gigs, working at Pike Place Market, and watching BBC after the love of his life sailed off into the sunset just wasn’t going to cut it anymore.
Desperate to escape his rut, he takes a cue from Kate and chooses a random place to relocate—a small island across the country, where no one knows his name and memories of unrequited love aren’t found at every turn. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect place to unwind and sink back into the shadows, in bursts Whitney Sinclair, a saucy firecracker who loves life and refuses to settle for second best. Full of contagious energy, she dares him to be brave, convincing him that it might finally be time to tell the world what he wants.
It might be time to make a declaration.
Oooh! I'm excited for this one. I haven't read anything by Rachael Wade, but this synopsis has me curious. I have the privilege of hosting an interview with the author of Declaration on my blog today for her virtual tour!
What is your happiest writing memory? It’s something recent, actually. Being able to dig in to a manuscript I’ve been really anxious to begin. Working on my current project has been one of my happiest times so far, because it’s my favorite thing I’ve written to date and I feel really good about where it’s going.
What was your proudest publishing moment? So far, I guess it has been a series of moments during signings. Attending events and meeting my readers in person has been surreal and so, so humbling. It makes what I’m doing feel that much more amazing.
Is there anything you must do or have with you in order to write? If so, what is it and why do you do/have it? I always need access to music. I usually have my iPod or at least Pandora pulled up on my laptop while writing. I usually need to listen to music right before I write and after I finish a scene.
What is your biggest pet peeve with your own writing? – Probably my obsessive attitude with finishing a story. When I write, I become consumed with it and have to write straight through, until I feel like the entire story is told. I have a very hard time taking a break for a few days and revisiting it. Once I begin, I usually have to write nonstop, for days and weeks until it’s completely finished. That can be frustrating because it forces me to put other life stuff on hold while I’m closed away in the writing cave. I sometimes wish that wasn’t my writing style and that I could write a few chapters and then take a break for a week. Like, not touch the manuscript at all. But it calls me, like it owns me.
What is your favorite line from the Preservation series? Hhmm, not sure. I like this one, though: “I don’t care if I build the next Great Wall of China around me, knock it down. Break down every door and fight with me until you’re blue in the face if it means bringing me to my senses. Forgive me for hurting you the way I have, and don’t ever let me walk away from you again, because being this far from you has been almost as painful as the regret I feel for denying you the right to love me and the right to myself to be loved.”
Who was your favorite or the most fun character to write in the Preservation series? Ryan, actually. Ryan has some haters, and I understand why some readers dislike him—he makes some really stupid decisions—but I see him in an entirely different light. I love him. I think he (and Kate) are both misunderstood in many ways. I love Ryan’s intensity and his alpha streak. Writing him in and out of the bedroom was really fun. He’s this guy that just wants a second chance. He wants to get things right and his devotion to Kate is so strong, you hurt for him a little because you see him struggle, you see these obstacles get in the way of that devotion and his goal to be the man he wants to be for Kate.
Why did you choose to put Kate and Ryan’s story aside and write Carter’s plotline into the Preservation series instead? A few reasons. One, because readers showed a lot of interest in Carter after the first book. Everyone seemed to love him, and as I wrote Ryan’s story, I started to feel like he needed his own story. I felt like his story of unrequited love was sort of unfinished, like it was left hanging. I wanted to give him a happy ending. I have a huge soft spot for Carter. And then as I got to know his character more, I knew I’d have a lot of fun writing him. Turns out I was right.
Time for a This or That Lighting Round!
Paris or Prague? - Paris
Literature or Music? – Please don’t make me choose! I have to go with both on this one…
Thunder or Lightning? - Lightning
You’re done! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I hope you have a lovely day!
Thank you so much for having me, Dulcy. These were some great questions.
I want to thank Rachael for being willing to answer my questions and her awesome publicist Samantha Lien for setting it up!
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Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she's not writing, she's busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.
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