Friday, December 4, 2009

I Need Friends Friday: Rachel Rager

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's friend is Rachel Rager. Rachel is an author of clean romance (three cheers!) including By Love or By Sea, released earlier this year. She can be found on the web at and at her blog.

Let's get to know Rachel!

SME: Welcome to INFF.

Rachel Rager: Thanks.

SME: You're from Wyoming, a state I have never been to in my entire life. So, let's pretend you are the Wyoming Tourism and Visitors Bureau. What is something in Wyoming that an ignorant tourist like me really ought to go see?

Rachel Rager: Oh, my. I'm from Casper, so my first thought would be Fort Caspar.

SME: Sounds very military.

Rachel Rager: Last year I actually wrote a book based in Fort Caspar, then called Platte Bridge Station.

SME: So it's historical? The book, I mean.

Rachel Rager: Yes. The book is fiction but takes place there during Custer's last stand and when Caspar Collins gets killed. It was a lot of fun to research!

SME: Is this a published book, soon-to-be-published,
never-going to see the light of day...?

Rachel Rager: This book was a Christmas gift for a couple friends and probably needs a ton of editing. But hopefully someday it will be published.

SME: Awesome. So, Fort Caspar it is. I'll add that to my future travels list.
From the "Info I learned about you" category: You have three daughters. The emotional roller coaster must be nonstop at the Rager household.

Rachel Rager: Oh yes! Never a dull moment!

SME: How does your husband handle that? As the only guy in a house full of
females, he must really feel the dearth of testosterone.

Rachel Rager: He does remarkably well. However the girls are still young, so he may change his mind in 5 or 10 years!

SME: Um, yeah. I'm already contemplating the impossibility of three teenage girls sharing a bathroom.

Rachel Rager: I try not to think of it. My husband likes to teach the girls fighting skills. He says if he's going to have girls, they're going to be tough. And they are.

SME: My daughter learned somewhere along the way how to effectively administer a wedgie--a bit of knowledge she put to good use ag
ainst her older brother.
So, what's your favorite continent?

Rachel Rager: I've always been fascinated with Europe. I don't really know why.

SME: Europe, I think, has pulled ahead in the "Favorite Continent" poll. I hope it feels very proud of itself. Africa and Australia are totally getting stiffed, though.

Rachel Rager: Or Australia. My mom lived there as a girl.

SME: You've redeemed Australia.

Rachel Rager: Oh,good!

SME: Your novel "By Love or By Sea" came out earlier this year. Can you give us a quick blurb?

Rachel Rager: A young woman encounters a boy from her past
who was assumed to have drowned at sea. She is engage to another man and while her long lost love tries to put the pieces of his former life back together, she must decide where her heart really lies.

SME: Now, because I am a big fan of games, not to mention they take up space in the interview, I have a game for you to play!

Rachel Rager: Okay.

SME: I have entitled this game: 'Tis the Season. In honor of the countless hours I spent over Thanksgiving weekend watching a cable marathon of corny made-for-tv holiday movies, we are going to revisit a few of these not-to-be-missed offerings.
I'll ask 3 trivia questions about made-for-tv holiday (mftvhm) movies. Get the questions right and you win.

Rachel Rager: Uh-oh.

SME: 1: Which of the following is NOT an actual title of a mftvhm?
a.) Will You Merry Me?
b.) Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus

c.) Dancer the Reindeer stars in The Nutcracker Ballet

Rachel Rager: A. Will You Merry Me?

SME: Sadly, that's an actual title. Makes you wince, huh? The correct answer was C!

Rachel Rager: I thought for sure that one was real.

SME: No worries, though. I think you'll get this next one right.
2: Which of the following was not a glaring deficiency in at least one of the mftvhm that I personally watched over Thanksgiving weekend?
a.) When the "entire town" shows up to hoist and transport a house (yes, the entire house), only three people (the same three people) are ever shown in any of the shots. Talk about small-town charm!
b.) When the "epilogue" portion of this feel-good movie darted to ten years later, both the hero and heroine look unaccountably exactly as young and fit as they did in their early twenties. It's a Christmas miracle!
c.) The mother of the bride in one particular movie was played by an actress who couldn't have been more than five (maybe ten) years older than the actress playing her daughter. That's taking the whole mother-daughter "let's be friends" thing a little too far.
d.) Every single one o
f the above occurred in AT LEAST one mftvhm I watched this weekend because, apparently, I am in desperate need of a life.

Rachel Rager: How about D. Not that I agree with the final statement.

SME: Ding, ding, ding! I knew you could get that one.

Rachel Rager: Whoo hoo! *arms in the air*

SME: This one might be tough, but I think you can get it.
3: Which version of "A Christmas Carol" is my absolute favorite?
a.) The one with George C. Scott as E. Scrooge
b.) A Muppet's Christmas Carol

c.) The one with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and all those loveable Disney characters
d.) The answer is A. So don't pick b, or c, even though I like those versions, as well.

Rachel Rager: D. And I will agree that A. is a classic!

SME: Yeah!!! Two out of three is good enough to make you a winner here at INFF. Congratulations!

Rachel Rager: Thanks! I'm usually quite lousy at games!

SME: And my games are usually quite lousy, so sounds like a good combo to me.

Rachel Rager: It was delightful!

SME: Ah, gee. Thanks.
Now on to the part of the interview where I draw a portrait of my new friend. You!

Rachel Rager: How exciting!

*the sounds and smells of sharpies being expertly utilized*
SME: A masterpiece!

Rachel Rager: I like the boots!

SME: I thought a pair of Uggs would come in handy.
Alright, final question. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Rachel Rager: 1. Because I am not nervous (probably because I'm in my pj's still and glasses)
2. I have holed myself in my office with a movie blaring for my sick children in the other room!
3. Sarah is the best interviewer in the world!
4. I can eat my chocolates and no one even sees me!
5. And, I'm having a fabulous time!

SME: All exceptionally good reasons.

Rachel Rager: Yes. I think so too.

SME: I hope everything goes wonderfully with "By Love or By Sea." Let us know when you have another book coming out!

Rachel Rager: I will, thanks!

SME: And thank you for joining us at INFF.

Rachel Rager: Thank you for having me!

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

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Rebecca Irvine said...

My daughter (age 9) went and saw the new version of The Christmas Carol two days ago and said it was scary. I think the George C, Scott version is secure in its top position as the best version out there.

Jewel said...

What a fun interview. I don't know though--I do love the one with Mickey and co. It's the one I grew up with.

But then again, you really can't top George C. Scott.

Rachel Rossano said...

Great interview! You both did a super job. :)


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