**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Rachael McIntosh
1. How did you get started writing?
I think I basically had a breakdown and I needed to do something with the ball of confusion I had tangled up inside. I am an artist who ended up working for a defense contractor during the lead up to the Iraq war. By the end of my stint there I was in charge of the marketing for five product lines. I left the job when I became pregnant with twins. The thing was I couldn’t do the oil painting that I had always done with the kids around so I started typing my story. I had never written anything before, but when I submitted it to the editors they told me to 1. Use a pen name. 2. Get a life insurance policy 3. Break it down into a trilogy because I had submitted 4.8 novels worth of material. I did everything but use a pen name. My family and friends have heard these stories as they happened in real life and I figured what’s the point of a pen name. I’ll just change the character’s names in the book. I fictionalized everything making it easier to read and (hopefully) guarding me from lawsuits.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
This is a tricky question I am just listed as FICTION. I guess I could be listed in Suspense / Thriller. But honestly its not like cars are flipping over and bombs are going off. It could be a Whistle Blower / Tell-all but it doesn’t have the typical confrontational / angry tone. It’s a really good story about how a woman deals with things that are fairly common place but not “normal” for most Americans because most don’t get to see this stuff. I was afforded a unique perspective of world events being an artist working inside the military industrial complex.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I think about how I’m going to make these books into a NetFlix series.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
I LOVE it when the plot lines start weaving themselves together by themselves! I love that.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Marketing. After you’ve got the book complete and you’re all proud of your accomplishment and its REAL, now you have to get people to look at it and read it. And then you are in sales mode and I’m not really as into that as I am staying up till 2am waffling between dream state and reality.
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
Hmm….I don’t know celebrity names but I always wanted Samantha from Bewitched to be my mom. I guess my dad could be Rupert Murdoch the owner of News Corp, someone powerful in shaping world view and really rich. Samantha is of course a witch and can fix things with a twinkle of her nose. And Rupert would be plotting to take over the world but somehow Samantha keeps him in check despite his well laid plans. I’d be their kid who can work magic sometimes. That would be COOL!
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Mostly, I’ve lived everything I write about. Then I let the story write itself.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
I’m not sure. I think it has to be someone who has an inkling that something isn’t right in the world. Probably someone who liked the XFiles back in the day.
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
I get the kids to sleep and just start typing. I do this every night. I have written every night for the past three years now. I guess I bring down a tasty beverage depending on the mood I’m in. Tea or hot chocolate or coffee and something sweet. If I’m feeling really cool and like a bad a$$ (which isn’t often after dealing with twins) and I’m in “reading-what-I-wrote” mode I’ll have a pint of Guinness.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
There are three books in this SECURITY THROUGH ABSURDITY series. This first one, LITTLE YELLOW STICKIES, was released four months ago The next one, BUBBLES WILL POP, should be on the street at the end of this month. And the last book, THE BIG SHOW, I’m hoping will be out by the end of the year, but at this rate I’m thinking it will be early next year.
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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Rachael L. McIntosh, her new release, and an excerpt from LITTLE YELLOW STICKIES, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Rachael is giving away a signed hard cover copy of LITTLE YELLOW STICKIES to one lucky reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blog. Don’t miss this chance to read this great story! Thanks, Rachael, for sharing your new release with us!