Author of the Week–Rachel Trautmiller

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This week’s Author of the Week is independent fiction author, Rachel Trautmiller. Please take a minute and head over to Rachel’s website to find out about her projects that are currently in the works! As always, feel free to ask Rachel questions in the comments section.


trautmiller1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

Growing up in Minnesota prepared me for some cold weather. And moving across the

U.S. with my husband made me realize I like WARMTH. However, the Midwest has

some perks. The first snow is amazing. There’s nothing like waking up to a white, sparkly

blanket of it on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, my winter hobbies are nonexistent.

Unless you count football. I’m a Vikings fan all the way to my toes. I also enjoy writing (I

know you’re shocked), reading, spending time with my family and friends. And, if I

wasn’t such a chicken about guns, I might enjoy a career with the FBI.

2. When and why did you start writing books?

I have always loved writing and reading. A story that sucks me into it, alongside the

characters, is my all-time favorite. At age seventeen, I took my first stab at a historical

fiction novel. I made it through three chapters before I realized how much research went

into writing. During my early twenties I read everything I could get my hands on. And

then, one day, reading wasn’t enough. A set of characters emerged in my mind. They

were  persistent in the need to have their story told. The product is The Bening Files.

3.    What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

It’s a dream for me, but it’s hard work. I love my characters and I want other people to

enjoy them as well.

4. Which one of your books or characters is your favorite?

Just as picking a favorite child is difficult, it’s the same with my books. LINKED and

DISCONNECT both hold a special place in my heart, for different reasons. The

emotions, in between all the murder and chaos of LINKED, is sweet. Just two hearts

reuniting after years of distance and misconception. DISCONNECT is explosive (no pun

intended). And the characters have the type of chemistry that leaves you wondering if

they will move past the suspense long enough to figure it out.

5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a


LINKED was hard, simply because it was my first finished product, beginning to end,

including edits. My first foray into the publishing world. However, DISCONNECT was

difficult, even though I was continuing characters from the first book. I didn’t always

agree with the decisions made by my hero and heroine. It’s hard to see your characters as

less than perfect. And, unlike LINKED, I didn’t have years to complete it. I learned how

to work efficiently without compromising the story.

6. Who is your favorite author and book?

That’s a hard one. There’s so much talent out there. I’m going to go with Karin Slaughter.

Her book UNDONE is a masterpiece.

7. What book are you reading right now?

CATCH ME by Lisa Gardner. Another great author. Next on my reading list is Valerie


8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I write a mix of romantic suspense, mystery and thriller. There’s plenty of ugly things in

the world to draw from. Our own fears is one place that’s a great crockpot for ideas. Once

I come up with a basic idea, I “let” my characters do the rest of the work.

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Watching football, spending time with my daughter and husband. In the summer,

poolside barbecues with family and friends are a favorite. We’re pretty low-key at my

house. With a husband in the military, a toddler in the house and a full-time job on top of

writing, we take our time together pretty seriously.

10. Do you have any new books in the works?

You bet. The Bening Files is far from over. Next in the series is AFTERMATH. Healing

takes time. Forgiveness isn’t always swift. Not all family hurdles are overcome. And love is

an agonizing reminder of loss. Feel free to check it out on my website.

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