I’m Rachael Herron, and I’ve been both writing and knitting since I was about five. I live in Oakland, California with my better half and a menagerie that defies description. I write the blog Yarnagogo and I’m a proud member of the San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America. I’m struggling to learn the ukulele.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
The Cypress Hollow Yarns series is set in a small town on the rugged west coast of California. How to Knit a Love Song is the first book in the series — a knitter and a sheep rancher both need wool, but not to generate heat: they generate enough of their own. Just released How to Knit a Heart Back Home is the second book — quiet bookstore owner Lucy has to decide how much of her heart she can gamble on the return of Owen, the black sheep of Cypress Hollow, the man she’s lost her heart to once already.
Will this be your first RT or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
This is my second time attending RT, and I can’t wait! Last year I walked around pretty goggle-eyed — there was so much to see, hear and do. This time I’ll probably act more cavalier, but inside I’ll be doing cartwheels. For newbies, I recommend doing everything, especially mingling with people everywhere you go. Introduce yourself to everyone, and you will meet amazing people.
Are you speaking on any panels during RT? Are there any you are looking forward to? What panels are you planning on attending?
I’m speaking on three panels, “On the Cutting Room Floor,” (the art of revision), “Staying True to Contemporary Romance,” and “Writing a Memoir for the Contemporary Reader.” And I’m planning on attending just about all the panels I can get to!
If someone were wanting to meet up with you at RT, who should they look for?
Honestly, I’m one of those writers who can usually be found in the bar at night. I’m not a big drinker, but the night begins and ends there, for all parts of the publishing business (writers, readers, editors, agents), and it’s a great place to hang out and meet people.
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