Please join me in welcoming author Audrey Rich to the blog today!
Audrey Rich is a South Florida author, who writes YA and NA Contemporary Romances and is an avid reader of novels where love conquers all. She’s married to her own happily-ever-after Hero, is an inactive CPA, and a stay-at-home mom homeschooling her teenage daughter.
She enjoys volunteering with children of all ages at church and teaching the Junior Achievement curriculums at local middle and high schools. She also loves to travel with her family.
Her first novel is Masquerading Our Love, which she started writing one night when she was too wired to sleep. It took her three months to write and five years to finally publish it.
Audrey’s first YA short story, Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire, is in the free You & Me Forever: A Sweet Romance Collection with seven other writers. Released on the 25th of April it hit number one in Amazon’s Top 100 Free slot for the Teen and YA Contemporary Romance category for numerous days.
She is currently writing Thinking About Love, Part 2 and hopes to have it published by late summer.
Her upcoming release Thinking About Love, Part 1 is up for preorder on Amazon for only $0.99!
Can love trump faith?
Seventeen year old, South Floridian Trina Weber has the world at her feet: beautiful, part of the in crowd, and with almost enough college credits to earn her AA while only a junior at Stonehaven High.
With her whole life planned, all she wants is a boyfriend, one who will support her goals to become a family doctor.
When the gorgeous, equally ambitious College Freshman Stuart Grant blazes into her world, he fits right in. He’s everything she dreamed of and more…except he doesn’t agree with the most important part of who she is.
Hi Audrey! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Audrey: I love apples because, once they’re washed, you don’t need to peel them so they’re perfect anytime.
Carrie: That is one of my favorite things about apples!
Audrey: I love the summer because no coats and beaches!
Carrie: I don’t wear a coat in the winter either … much to other people’s consternation 😛
Audrey: Dogs because I’m highly allergic to cats.
Carrie: Dogs are better anyway 😉
Audrey: Depends on my mood. I stopped drinking coffee for over 18 months so tea was my warm drink. Now I’m about 50-50
Carrie: Is an author allowed to quit drinking coffee?? lol
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Audrey: My superpower would be helping people. It’s the reason my bible study sisters call me the “fixer” and why I’ve always volunteered: pre-schools, elementary and middle schools, teaching Jr. Achievement all the way from Kindergarten to high school children, participating in the IRS’s VITA program, including teaching college students to become tax preparers, helping in my churches nursery, pre-school, and teenage programs, and holding the positions of President and Treasurer in my community’s Homeowners Association.
Carrie: That is awesome!!
Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Audrey: Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz because it was the first book I was able to read by myself and I loved that she realizes that “there’s no place like home.”
Carrie: It’s such a great book! And …as a useless piece of trivia for all of you playing along at home, my husband is from Kansas and until we were married he had NEVER seen The Wizard of Oz movie!! He also <ahem> did not find my “We’re not in Kansas anymore” commentary as funny as I did whenever we left KS on the way back home from a visit. I have no idea why haha!
If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Audrey: You would find that I’m prepared for anything. I have an umbrella because I live in South Florida where a rain shower can happen at any time, needle and thread, adhesive bandages, pencils and pens, paper, etc.
Carrie: You are the one I want to sit beside at conventions 😀
Describe Trina and Stuart in one sentence each, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce Thinking About Love, Part 1 as a movie!
Audrey: Trina is the ambitious, studious, beautiful girl who isn’t afraid to act a little crazy while still maintaining her “model appearance” and she’s not afraid to talk about her faith. I think Christie Brinkley’s daughter, Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook , would be perfect for the role.
Stuart is the All-American hunk who is smart, motivated, fun loving, responsible, and willing to bend his views college student. I think the American actor Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) would be a good match for Stuart.
Carrie: Those are great picks!
What drew you to the young adult genre?
Audrey: When my son reached middle school and began reading YA, I read the “questionable” books he wanted to read. It sparked my love for YA books, especially YA with romance. I loved the fact that the teenagers don’t have all the adult issues so I find them more entertaining.
Carrie: I’ve been troubled lately at some of the offerings in the YA general market, so I love that you decided to do something about it!!
What do you most want readers to take away from your book?
Audrey: I want readers to fall in love with the story and the characters, who are not the perfect Christian teenagers the church wants them to be. These teenagers live in a world bombarded with temptations that they must push back every single day and occasionally they fail. They definitely don’t always act or think like Christians but throughout the story these imperfect teenagers come to realize their mistakes and attempt to rectify them as best as imperfect, sinners can.
Carrie: We need more imperfect characters in Christian fiction!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Audrey: I’m currently working on the second part of Thinking About Love as well as the untitled story of Trina’s friends Carol and Frank. Their story is a twist on instant attraction turned into a disliking so strong that it doesn’t appear as if they can ever rekindle the attraction they first had.
Carrie: Oooo… that’s an interesting twist! I’m intrigued!
What about you? What’s YOUR fave line from The Wizard of Oz (book or movie)?