Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Rachel Fordham & A Life Once Dreamed

Posted August 6, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Rachel Fordham, romance / 32 Comments

So happy to welcome Rachel Fordham back to the blog today, to chat about her new novel A Life Once Dreamed!

Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs. She started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She’d pull a book from the shelf, but they’d insist she make one up. Finally, she paired her love of good stories with her love of writing and hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

You can connect with Rachel on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2020
PAGES: 336

Where you come from matters far less than where you’re going

Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory. In the shadow of the Black Hills, she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid–despite being only twenty-four. But the past has a way of catching up with people.

When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie’s pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves–but he is precisely the one person who can never know.

Can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can’t seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?


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Hi Rachel! Welcome back to the blog!

Rachel: Summer! I am one of those crazy moms that loves having all my kids home. It’s noisy and busy and so much fun.

Carrie: aww! So you’ve probably loved having everyone home the past few months!

Rachel: Hallmark. I’m not a big TV watcher but I discovered Signed, Sealed, Delivered after writing my second book and I LOVE it.

Carrie: that really is a great show!

Rachel: Ocean, but this is a really hard one because I live by both and we enjoy it all.

Carrie: living by both would be the best ever!!

Rachel: Print books are my preference. I feel less distracted when I have the book in my hands.

Carrie: I used to be that way too. Now, though, the more I read ebooks (to keep my house from being completely overrun with print copies) the more I am starting to prefer them.

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Rachel: Hmmm…I would have to say kid wrangling. I have six kids and we foster so we often have more and even though I’m far from perfect, I think they’re the best kids. And they’re ALL in bed by 7:30 every night! 

Carrie: THAT is definitely a superpower!

Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?

Rachel: Where the Red Fern Grows- I have memories from my childhood, reading to my kids and even introducing my husband to this classic.

Jane Eyre- This book has everything! Mystery, romance and a broody hero.

These is My Words- This book is a “whole life” romance and it makes me want to write one too.

Christina Katerina and the Box- This is my favorite picture book from when I was a kid and now my children love it too.

Research books- I know that’s kind of broad but when I first started writing I had no confidence in my abilities. My husband came home with a stack of research books as a gift. I knew he believed I could do it and it made such a difference.

Carrie: What a sweet hubby! And i am still traumatized by Where the Red Fern Grows hahaha

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Rachel: I dream of writing in nature or a fancy office but I end up writing on the couch (it’s ruining my back). I think I’d like to write somewhere else but then again this is working. Unless it’s bedtime I have kids noise in the background and in some ways it’s better than any other soundtrack.

Carrie: That’s another superpower – writing with kids noise in the background 😉

Q: Which of your main characters in A Life Most Dreamed is most like you?

Rachel: My challenges are nothing like Agnes’s challenges but I think we both handle things in a similar way. She doesn’t just sit back and wait for things to happen- she acts. Sometimes she’s right and sometimes wrong but she always acts from her heart and I like to believe that’s how I operate too.

Carrie: I already like her!

Q: Which character was the most difficult to write?

Rachel: James was a more difficult character to write because I had to be patient and let him work through his issues at his own pace. Sometimes I felt impatient with him and wanted him to “get it” sooner but I think the slow crawl made the blossoming much more satisfying.

Carrie: i think that can be true in real life too.

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from A Life Once Dreamed?

Rachel: I hope they close this cover and sigh because they’ve been thoroughly entertained. Then when they’ve had time to sit back and think about the story I hope they’ll look at others differently and remember that where a person comes from does not always determine where they are going.

Carrie: Amen to that!

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.

Rachel: My 2021 book is one I’m VERY excited about. We see so many nurses and teachers (even in my books) but in my upcoming book we will step into the shoes of a dental assistant (or a lady in attendance as they were called then). This girl has quite the past!

Carrie: oh wow! How unique! It sounds fascinating!!

Revell is offering a print copy of A Life Once Dreamed to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about A Life Once Dreamed and/or my Q&A with Rachel Fordham?

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32 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Rachel Fordham & A Life Once Dreamed

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    As a retired teacher, I always love reading about school teachers. I’m looking forward to reading A Life Once Dreamed!

  2. Brenda Murphree

    Rachel, I’m amazed that you have time to write with that many kids. I hear parents talking and they act like they can’t take care of two kids. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Rachel Fordham

      It’s always a challenge and there are times when I have to take big breaks because my kids have extra events or life things going on but I try to be flexible.

  3. Caryl Kane

    Hey Carrie and Rachel! I love it that our beginning does not determine our ending! He is still writing our story.

  4. Roxanne C.

    I love second chance romance stories, and A Life Once Dreamed sounds like it is going to be good in so many ways–the romance aspect, of course–but especially in spiritual growth and truths.

  5. Connie Porter Saunders Six kids plus fosters! I admire you more than I can say!

  6. Melissa Andres

    Omigosh! This is a book I’m really excited about reading! I’ve loved Rachel’s first two novels, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

  7. Dezi A

    The book sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read it! But I still can’t get over the fact that she has her kids in bed by 7:30 every night! 😱 I’m so impressed. Also impressed that she does foster care. I dream of being able to do that some day.

    • Rachel Fordham

      7:30 bedtime is a life saver. I haven’t gotten anything done this summer and I think it’s because they’ve been staying up a tiny bit later. Gah! I need to get back on my early to bed/early to rise schedule.

  8. Danielle Hammelef

    I enjoy the setting and the take away the author wants readers to have after finishing this novel.

  9. Rita Wray

    I enjoyed the interview. When my kids were young I also loved the summer so they would be home. My friends thought I was nuts. lol

  10. Elizabeth Litton

    I would love to read a whole-life romance by Rachel! And her next book about the dental assistant sounds intriguing!

  11. Lynn Brown

    Nice cover. I like that it is a historical romance. It sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Merry

    I love what Rachel wants us to take away from her book. She loves the summer, oceans and paperbacks as I do.

  13. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb and interview. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Winnie Thomas

    Wow! All the kids in bed by 7:30 at night??? You are a superwoman, Rachel! What time are they all asleep? LOL Most of my kids were (and still are) night owls like me. I’m not a very good example!

    I’m loving Agnes’s story, Rachel!

    Thanks for the great interview, Carrie and Rachel! It’s always fun to learn more about my favorite authors and their books, especially when my favorite BFFFC is doing the interviewing!

    • Rachel Fordham

      My older kids read until 9ish (and lets be honest summer is keeping them up a tad later). Everyone gets up super early and since I stay up way too late that means I am the one that never gets enough sleep. 🤷‍♀️

  15. IRENE

    What a place to escape to! So glad that Anes was able to make a new, good life there! Wonder what was secret is?

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