Each Monday I would like to take some time to get to know some of our favorite authors. My hope is that this will help readers connect with the authors.
Today I would like to introduce you to: Rachel Scott McDaniel!
She’s quickly becoming a new favorite of mine! I love that she writes about the Roaring 20’s! She’s also such a joy to know!
Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rachel can be found online at www.RachelScottMcDaniel.com and on all social media platforms.
To help us get to know her, I have given her some questions and here are her responses:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I started writing twelve years ago. It began as a hobby. Life threw some curveballs that made me close my laptop for a bit, but then I returned to writing about six years ago and have been creating stories ever since.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I am writing my very first time-slip! The entire story revolves around a 100-year-old steamboat. I’ve had such a fun time researching steam vessels and their amazing history. It’s titled Undercurrent of Secrets and is slated to release September 1, 2021.
Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)
A: Hmm. I don’t have an “official” snack or drink. Though I tend to reach for Chick-fil-A sweet tea any chance I get. I also listen to music while I write. Mostly soundtracks because anything with lyrics tends to distract me. The Pride and Prejudice 2005 and the Emma 2009 soundtracks go on repeat for me.
Q: What is your favorite time period to write about? Or read about?
A: I LOVE to write about the ‘Roaring 20s’! There’s just so much to experience in that era! As for reading, I don’t have a preferred time period. If the story is fresh and fabulous, then I will devour it and then gush about it forever.
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: My absolute favorite book is Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. I can read that story again and again and never tire of it. I LOVE anything written by Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, and Pepper Basham. I’m also a HUGE fan of Sarah Sundin, Jocelyn Green, Regina Jennings, and Roseanna White. Honestly, I can go on and on and on. There’s just SO many talented storytellers in Christian fiction!
Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?
A: Oh oh oh. This is a tough one! I have SO many fictional friends! But I’m going to go with a classic favorite and say Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia. I would definitely explore Narnia and listen with rapture to all Aslan’s wisdom. I think I’d come out a changed person from that experience for sure!
I have saved my favorite question for last!
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?
A: Wow, that’s a great one! Each of my books have a faith theme woven into the story. For Above the Fold, I wanted readers to get a firm grasp on God being the sole One who defines us. That our identity is not in our failures or our triumphs but in Jesus! For The Red Canary, it’s the unwavering fact that God’s unconditional love never EVER fails us. Actually, if I had to pick a theme song for that story it would be One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture.
To connect with Rachel, please click on any of the following links: her website, her newsletter, and Facebook.
I’m also featuring her debut release, Above the Fold. It came out in December last year. You don’t want to miss this one! Grab your copy here!
About the book:
After losing the love of her life to a big city journalism job, Elissa Tillman pours herself into the suffragette movement and her secretarial work helping keep her father’s Pittsburgh newspaper afloat.
Cole Parker returns to the steel city with the phantom failures of his past nipping his heels. All he asks of the future is a second chance with the woman he once spurned.
The murder of a millionaire offers the perfect chance for Elissa to prove to her father and the world that she’s a serious journalist. But there’s a catch—she has to compete for the story. Against none other than Cole Parker, the very man who shattered her heart.