I’m really happy to welcome Rachael Richey to the Nut Press. Rachael is a member of an online writing group I belong to and her debut novel, Storm Rising, is out today! She’s very kindly agreed to give an author interview but first, here’s what Storm Rising is all about:
Frontman of the grunge rock band NightHawk, Gideon Hawk has had enough of the rock star life. He is jaded, disillusioned, and haunted by the memory of an unresolved heartbreak. On a whim, he leaves the band in New York and heads to England in search of answers.
After attending the funeral of her estranged mother, Abigail Thomson makes a shocking discovery in her parents’ attic. The still-raw memories that surface, along with even more startling discoveries, force Abi to face a devastating truth that leads to a series of life-changing events. She and Gideon must race against time to reclaim the life stolen from them a decade before.
So Rachael, can you tell us any more about the story? From the blurb it sounds as if Abi and Gideon have history together.
Yes. Without giving too much away, Abi and Gideon met and fell in love as teenagers. This is revealed throughout the book in flashbacks.
Gideon is a grunge musician. Is this what you would have been, if you hadn’t become a writer?
Definitely not! I’m practically tone deaf. No, I’m more likely to have followed Abi’s career of artist, or something in the art world.
Did you have a playlist while writing Storm Rising? If so, what was on it?
Not an actual playlist but there are a couple of songs that I listened to a lot while I was writing it, and now feel they have a connection to the book. One is Your Decision by Alice in Chains and the other is First Snow on Brooklyn by Jethro Tull. Neither is really relevant to the story, but whenever I hear them I find myself thinking of Abi and Gideon.