Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing: Featuring Rachael Davila
What is the working title of your book?
Heaven and Earth
Where did the idea for the book come from?
I had a dream about a conversation between a young boy and a woman. The boy asked her if she thought her family was in Heaven with his mommy, like she was with him. The question stayed with me and became the premise of the story.
What genre does your book fall under?
It is a romance, but doesn’t neatly fit in any particular category. It takes place now, so it is a contemporary. But half the story takes place in Heaven, so there is a touch of paranormal.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I envisioned Jackson Hurst (Drop Dead Diva) as Nate. Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) as Raya. Jon Huertas (Castle) for Vic and Asia De Marcos (Miss Congeniality) for Lani.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Heaven and Earth is a contemporary parallel romance with a couple in Heaven assigned to play matchmaker to their respective spouses on Earth.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m still working on editing, but I have sent a synopsis and partial to an editor.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A little over ten months. I finished it for the RWA-SD PRO Challenge. I had a few thousand words started before that.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I haven’t actually read any books that compare to mine. I haven’t read the book version of P.S. I Love You. I have been told to read The Reason is You by Sharla Lovelace.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The idea that those we love watch over us when they pass away and can come back to us. I firmly believe my mother came back as my daughter.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Heaven and Earth is the first of three to explore the ways people experience death. Not in a scary way. But some people believe in reincarnation, others die for a moment and share stories of a white light before coming back. Others still, share stories of dreaming about loved ones who’ve passed away.
Thank you for visting the RWASD blog, Rachael! If anyone has questions or comments for Rachael, feel free to enter them in the comments section below! Happy writing and reading, everyone!