sneaked past the Canadian Mounties to peek in the frosty windows of interviewed author Rachel Starr Thomson, an author I had the good fortune of being introduced to last December during the #31AuthorHunt. Here is what I discovered about Rachel . . . outside the author's studio!
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Serena: What is your favorite memory from a writers’ conference or event:
Rachel: That would be the feeling of joy that came over me when I realized, as a young twentysomething, that I was no longer a teenager and this was not school or anything like school. That I could, in fact, be late to sessions or walk out early or bring my tea into the room and nobody would care. It was brilliant. And may or may not have resulted in my skipping half the conference to do, er, other stuff.
Serena: Heeheehee! You rebel, you! Now quick! Name three things on your desk:
Rachel: I would answer this question if I could see my desk, but it is currently buried under an avalanche of paperwork, and I haven’t seen it since last fall. My desk is in my office, which is in a big brick building in my backyard. It’s terribly inefficient to heat, and since I live in Canada and this has been the winter of the Polar Vortex, I have been working in my bedroom, in a rocking chair, pretty much since mid-November. Today it is sunny and a degree above freezing, so I have hopes of seeing my desk again soon.
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Serena: Your desk sounds a lot like mine at the moment! If you could spend one week within the world of one particular novel, it would be:
Rachel: Narnia, no question—because as a child I lived there much of the time in my imagination. I probably love Middle-earth more than Narnia, but returning to my childhood imagination sounds amazing.
Serena: I would totally go to Narnia. But I think I would want to stay more than a week! But if you were in Narnia for a week, who would trade places with or assume the identity of?
Rachel: Nobody. I would be my own self and no one else, as I feel it’s safer that way and probably more fun.
Serena: Very cool, Daughter of Eve! What’s your definition of a perfect day (besides all the fun one might have in Narnia, of course)?
Rachel: Have you ever seen the title sequence for the Peter Rabbit series of cartoons that ran in the 90s? The one where an actress playing Beatrix Potter walks through this gorgeously green and sun-drenched English countryside while Miriam Stockley sings “Perfect Day” in the background?
Rachel: That is a perfect day.
Serena: Sweet. I've never heard that song before. It's lovely! If you could hang out with one of your characters for one week, who would it be?
Rachel: My favourite character at the moment is one of the heroines of my work-in-progress, The Prophet Trilogy (specifically, I’m writing Book 2: Comes the Dragon). Her name is Flora Laurentii Unfortunatia, Flora the Unlucky, and we would be friends. We would eat fabulous Middle Eastern food together and I would tell her how much God really likes her.
Serena: I am totally intrigued by a character with that name and story! And speaking of unlucky . . . I'm kind of a loser when it comes to DIY projects. Do you have a favorite DIY success story?
Rachel: Once I milked a cow and was really good at it. I have never let anyone forget this. I’m not sure if that’s what’s meant by the question, but that’s my answer.
Serena: Successful release of milk from the original sourse seems pretty DIY to me! If you could pick one of the following people to have on staff for a year, which would it be: Housekeeper, Personal Chef, Personal Trainer, or Chauffeur?
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Rachel: Personal chef, absolutely. And then I would keep him on for the rest of my life. Because I love to eat, but I don’t so much love to spend time cooking.
Serena: I am with you there! I hate to cook. I would much rather spend my time reading a good book! Speaking of which, would you name three of the authors who have influenced or inspired you?
Rachel: C.S. Lewis, Stephen Lawhead, Lloyd Alexander. Also every other author I ever read as a kid (there were hundreds).
Serena: Can you name the most worn-out book from your childhood?
Rachel: Hundreds . . . I read too many books to wear one out.
Serena: So back to the food . . . *stomach growls* What is your favorite ethnic food?
Rachel: Probably Thai. Specifically coconut chicken soup (tom kha gai). But I really like all the foods.
Serena: I've just started experimenting with Thai food (not a lot of ethnic food choices where I live!) and I'm finding it . . . interesting. I'm not sure I would want to go to Thailand to eat it, though. I'm a sucker for clearly labeled ingredients, lol! What is one place you dream of visiting?
Rachel: Scotland! I have been all over the U.S. and Canada, and touched down in Asia, but I have yet to visit the UK or Europe. Scotland, being the land of my ancestors and darned romantic in all the best ways, is the place I’m most eager to see. I will walk through the countryside on a perfect day.
Serena: Oh, me too! I would love to visit Scotland! I think fantasy authors have a soft spot for Scotland and Ireland. But before I start dreaming about my "someday" trips, can you tell me the best thing you’ve ever heard from a fan?
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Rachel: That my books have drawn them closer to God in some way or made them see their own lives differently. I love that. Also, one of my readers connected with her future husband when he read a review she wrote of Coming Day, one of my books. He said he realized while reading it that their hearts were really similar and he could get serious about her :).
Serena: OH MY GOODNESS that is the B-E-S-T, most romantic story I have every heard from an author! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
If I went back in time and asked the 4 year old YOU what you wanted to be when you grew up, what would she say?
Rachel: She would say she wants to be a writer. So that’s pretty cool, I think.
Serena: Very cool, indeed! Thanks for letting us stalk you, Rachel! It's been fun.
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