Please welcome Rachel Astor to the virtual offices today! She is the author of Sugar Rush, a launch release for Entangled Publishing’s brand new Bliss line. Check out what she has to say about her new book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Rachel Astor] I’m a wife and stepmom first and a writer second, though I love all of it. I write light, fun books that I hope put smiles on reader’s faces
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Sugar Rush?
[Rachel Astor] Dulcie Carter has her dream job. She’s been running her family’s sweet shop, Candy Land Confections, on her own since her mom passed away. It’s a great job, but with rent, supplies, and everything else, she needs to keep it hopping with sugar-crazed customers. Add school and trying to have a life and she’s drowning in caramel nougat.
Then she meets Nick… a breath of fresh air. Dulcie’s got a high for him way stronger than any sugar rush. Until, that is, she discovers who he really is: the son of her biggest competition.
When an invitation arrives for the annual Chocolatier’s Taste of the Year contest arrives, Dulcie can’t toss it fast enough, remembering last year’s horrifying “incident” when she tried to come up with a flavor all on her own for the first time and came in last place. But then she runs into Nick again, he goads her so far, she vows she’ll beat his sell-out factory store any day.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Rachel Astor] The concept actually came first, though Dulcie and Nick were not far behind. I love to think about my readers and what might make them happy, so my plots tend to be closely related to jobs or events that I see as being tons of fun—such as running a candy store! And what better way to fall in love than within that theme of chocolate and candy? It can’t help but be a sweet romance! Dulcie was the first character I came up with and it was tons of fun getting into the mind of a chocolate genius- and as a side note, the name Dulcie means ‘sweet.’
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Dulcie?
[Rachel Astor] Hard-worker, sweet (of course!), and maybe a little nervous most of the time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] An evil witch just turned Nick into candy. Describe his new form.
[Rachel Astor] Nick would be the Dark Chocolate of Desire, a decadent double chocolate confection that you know you shouldn’t have, but just can’t quite resist.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Dulcie had a theme song, what would it be?
[Rachel Astor] Actually, Dulcie sort of does have a theme song. She wakes up to I Want Candy playing on her iPod every morning.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Nick’s most prized possession?
[Rachel Astor] His $800 automated coffee machine
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Rachel Astor] Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and a ton of other writers.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Rachel Astor] Silence, coffee, and a notebook with an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie beside me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Rachel Astor] The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern absolutely blew me away!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Rachel Astor] Hmmm. That’s tough, I’ve loved to read since I was a little kid. One book that really stands out from when I was a bit older was Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Rachel Astor] I walk by the river near my house every day that it’s nice, run around with the kids’ sports and activities, and am also a bit of a TV/movie–aholic. Some of my favorite shows are Fringe, So You Think You Can Dance, and probably not surprisingly, Cupcake Wars.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Rachel Astor] I’m at RachelAstor.net as well as @rachelastor on Twitter and http://www.facebook.com/astor.rachel on Facebook. You can check me out on Goodreads as well!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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