Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Rhian Cahill

RhianCahill1. Welcome to the author spotlight Rhian, can you tell us a little about your novella, Christmas Wishes?

I originally wrote it because a friend asked me to put him in one of my books. Of course I only used his first name and his physical build. Everything else is made up. It’s a friends-to-lovers novella set around Christmas when one too-small elf suit shows Dean in a completely new way. A way Talli is forced to examine her feelings for her best friend.

2. How did Christmas Wishes come to be published?

Like all books, I wrote it to get published but having it released with Harlequin Australian’s new digital first line – Escape Publishing – was a fluke. I sat with Kate Cuthbert at the RWAus Awards dinner this year and during our conversation she mentioned she wanted to have an ‘intimidating’ editor persona. If you know Kate you’ll agree she’s one of the nicest people you could meet and in no way intimidating. She’s too friendly. Anyway, I said I’d send her something to pull apart and then when she rejected it I’d badmouth her all over the place. I was joking of course but Kate wouldn’t take no for an answer and by the end of dinner I had her email address plugged into my phone and I’d promised to send the ms the minute I got home. She then made me write the sequel. See, intimidating.

3. You also have a follow-up novella, New Year’s Kisses, that’s recently been released. Do you plan on writing a series of novellas along the same lines?

I have one more in the series, Valentine’s Dates, which will be out early next year, and then I’m planning to just write one Christmas novella each year. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kate talks (twists my arm) me into writing more.

Christmas Wishes_cvr4. Is the process of writing a novella different to writing a novel? Which do you prefer writing?

I don’t have a preference. I write what the characters tell me to write. A novella and a novel are definitely different. You have room to add more characters and a deeper conflict/plot in a novel. Novellas are short and sharp. Each word has to count but you also have to be sure you give enough detail on your characters and their story to deliver a satisfying read. Nothing worse than disappointing a reader. I often hear readers say novellas aren’t long enough but as long as the story has reached a satisfying conclusion you’ll be leaving them with that feeling because they don’t want the story to be over, not because you’ve left anything out.

5. What do you love most about being an author?

Going to work in my PJ’s. :)

6. Describe yourself in three words:

Wife, mother, writer.

NYK7. Complete this sentence: When I’m not writing, I’m…

Reading.

8. Do you have a writing schedule you follow, or are you a ‘write whenever I can’ type of author?

Whenever and wherever I can.

9. What advice would you give to aspiring romance authors out there?

Never stop writing or reading. Writing because the more you do the better you get. And reading because you have to fill the creative well and you need to remember why you write. To give a reader that ‘fall into a good book’ experience. I think you need to keep your passion for both well fed.

You can check out Christmas Wishes and New Year’s Kisses at Escape Publishing. You can also visit Rhian at her website, blog, Facebook, and twitter.

WIN! Rhian is kindly giving away a copy of a book from her backlist (winner’s choice) to one lucky person who leaves a comment below… Good luck! Competition open worldwide and winner will be announced and notified on 14th December.

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  1. That’s a great story about you and Kate at the Awards Dinner, Rhian.

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  2. I think Escape must have a rule: Only friendly editors :) Kate’s a doll and so is my editor, Nas Dean.

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  3. Wendy

     /  December 11, 2012

    Love the story about the intimidating editor!

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  4. That’s fantastic Rhian! Congrats!
    I think it’s safe to say Kate is a sweetheart <3

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  5. Well done on the post Rhian. Nice to see you on this great site.

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  6. Natasha Devereux

     /  December 11, 2012

    It seems that nice things happen to nice people Rhian. It sounds as though you and your editor are one the same page – so many writers will be envious.

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  7. Love the idea of a Christmas Novella per year. I’ll be looking for each one :))
    Also like your Work Uniform… beats the heck out of mine hahahhaha

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  8. Congratulations on your release, Rhian! Both stories sound fantastic. :D

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  9. I’m really enjoying your friends to lovers work. You bring a great level of intensity that takes a lot of experience when writing a high heat level. Kate is always lovely to sit next to. I’m not sure about intimidating. Maybe that’s her alter ego self. She’s a good editor though. She knows how to bring a new idea to a work and make it stronger.

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  10. Some things are just meant to be, like you sitting beside kate =))

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  11. Thanks Rhian for being on the Author Spotlight and thanks everyone for dropping by to comment. The winner (chosen randomly) of a book from Rhian’s backlist is… Jennifer St. George!! Congrats Jennifer, Rhian will be in contact to arrange your prize :)

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  12. Wow. Thanks for all the lovely comments. I’ve been in the edit cave and I’m just now popping up for breath. Of course that lovely Kate has already sent me another set of edits to work on so I won’t be breathing for long. lol
    Congrats Jennifer. I’ll be in touch soon.
    And a big thank you to Juliet for inviting me into the spotlight. :)

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  13. Wow – thanks so much. I’m very excited about winning!!

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