Featuring Raquel Byrnes

Today I’m interviewing romantic suspense author Raquel Byrnes.

Raquel lives in Southern, California with her husband of sixteen years and their six children. She considers inspirational fiction a wonderful way to minister to others. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-of-your-seat pace. Her first book of the Shades of Hope Series, PURPLE KNOT, is set to release from White Rose Publishing.com later this year.

Welcome Raquel! I’m so glad you could take time away from your busy life to drop by for a visit. What one or two lines best sums you up as an author?

Raquel - Inspirational romance with an edge-of-your-seat pace.

Anne - What activity consumes your time when you’re away from the keyboard?

Raquel - I homeschool my six children which takes up the bulk of my time.

Anne – Tell us about your most recent release.

Raquel – My debut novel, Purple Knot, introduces spunky private detective “Rain” Cruz who joins her ex-fiancĂ© to track down her best friend’s killer.

Anne - Is there a message in Purple Knot you want readers to grasp?

Raquel - I want readers to know that you don’t have to be perfect to be a Christian; that ours is a God of grace and second chances.

Anne - Describe your home office as appears right now. Is this a good or bad thing?!

Raquel - I write in our homeschool room because that is where I spend most of the day. My counter has a half-finished Egyptian sarcophagus, a collage my daughter is working on, and research in various states of completion. Its controlled chaos and I love it.

Anne - Do you belong to any writer’s organizations, critique groups, and/or depend on beta readers?

Raquel - I meet twice a month with a critique group I co-founded called Sunday Morning Romance Writers. I also attend the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild critique group in Temecula.

Anne - Of all the characters you’ve created, does one hold a special place in your heart? Why?

Raquel - I think Summer Corbeau, Rain’s best friend in Purple Knot, has the most pull on my heart. I’ve had friends in real life that have gone through what she did and all I could do was pray and hope. She rings true to me.

Anne - Are you a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person?

Raquel - More like suspiciously eyeing the glass and wondering if I’ve been poisoned.

Anne – Ah-ha! Not surprising that you write romantic suspense, then! Do you have any words of advice for struggling, unpublished writers?

Raquel - Hone your craft. Give yourself time to improve, but keep getting better. The key to publication is a well written story.

Anne - Outside of writing, what accomplishment are you most proud?

Raquel - I’m most proud of my children. They are sweet young people with a heart for the Lord. Nothing can surpass that.

Anne –I’d like to conclude the interview by mentioning you can read more about Raquel on her website or her blog.

Thanks so much for dropping by today, Raquel, and congratulations on the upcoming release of Purple Knot!

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  1. Hi, Raquel!! I'm so excited for your upcoming release! I, too, am such a proponent of stories of imperfect people (aren't we all!! LOL!) finding God's grace, love and mercy in second chances. God bless!!

  2. Oh! Great interview. :D
    I am so excited to see your books are going to get published. My favorite part of the interview had to be the part where you say "More like suspiciously eyeing the glass and wondering if I’ve been poisoned." It made me laugh!
    I really hope to hear from you soon. :)

  3. This gal can write. She can spin a yarn well beyond your imagination.

  4. Hey Raquel,

    I'm so excited to see you here and to learn a bit more about you and your fabulous writing. You go, girl!!!

  5. Great interview~ I'm so impressed that you homeschool SIX kids and still have time to write! Your time management skills must be through the roof! Love the "suspiciously eyeing the glass" answer :)

    Best of luck with your series!

  6. Still can't believe you homeschool six kids! And we can't be perfect - only one man was ever perfect, and we are not Him!

  7. Thanks, guys! You know, homeschooling actually helps with my writing because we have a set schedule. When the kids are doing independent work, I sit down and do some writing.

    They keep me in line...no internet surfing with my kids reminding me to get back to work! =)

  8. 'Suspiciously eyeing the glass and wondering if I've been poisoned' - an instant classic, it needs to go into your next novel! I am thrilled you are getting published, and am truly inspired by your writing...suspense, romance, humor and God's grace are not, in my opinion, a simple bunch of things to combine, yet you do it very, very well! Congrats!!!!

  9. Interesting interview.

    I'm in awe of people who home school their children and manage everything else too.

  10. Nice interview. You forgot to mention how bright your kids are, especially the computer wiz. ;)

    Lynnette Labelle

  11. Wow-- homeschooling 6 children and you're still able to squeeze in writing time. That's amazing.

    Best wishes for success with your story!

  12. Hello Raquel, did you ever receive any rejection letters? If so, what did you do with them?

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  14. I received many rejection letters. I don't know of any author that hasn't. I went to the store and bought the most beautiful, shiny binder I could find and stored them in there.

    I did it to remind me that they were proof I was doing SOMETHING toward publication. Sure they said no...but at least I got my stuff in front of someone.

    Eventually an agent said YES and then a Publisher. And that shiny folder reminded me that even a no isn't ugly...its a step in the right direction.

  15. oo..Purple Knot sounds intriging. I love the title too.

  16. Hi Raquel,
    From the very first of your manuscripts I read all those years ago, I knew you would become a published author. I am so very happy for you. Your characters seem like real people and are very memorable. You always said you wrote your own mysteries because you couldn't find good ones that were clean. Well, now other people can enjoy your clean suspenses! Good luck with the series, Kristin Childs

  17. Thanks so much to all of you! And a special thank you to Kristin who spend hours and hours helping me with my very first novel. <3