About the Author
Rachelle Rea Cobb has history with words. She penned her first short story in middle school, her first novel right out of high school, and signed a three-book publishing contract right after college. Her Steadfast Love series (from WhiteFire Publishing) and 2020 release, Follow the Dawn (Illuminate Publishing) are set during the Dutch Revolution. She is also the author of Write Well, a short writing guide designed to teach the structure of good writing. Rachelle is a freelance editor, an author of six books, and voracious reader. If you're looking for her, check the bookstore. In 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero and they live happily ever after in a fixer-upper by the sea. She's a fan of chai and lemonade (though definitely not together)!
1) What inspired the idea for Follow the Dawn?
Anna is actually the sister of a character in the Steadfast Love series. Although that series ended happily, I couldn’t quite place my finger on Anna’s happily ever after, so I decided to start writing and find out!
2. What did you as an author take away from writing Follow the Dawn?
I never write a book that doesn't change me ... and I think that's the way it should be. If authors leave a little of themselves on the page, the stronger the book will undoubtedly be! Anna taught me about overcoming betrayal and tragedy and reaching out to hold tight-fisted to hope and love and faith!
3. Who is your favorite character in the story?
Titus is Tudder's son and we first meet him in the Steadfast Love series. He waltzed onto the scene and stole the show in some ways. I'm delighted he gets even more screen time in this book!
4. How did you decide that you wanted to write in this specific time period for this book?
The Elizabethan time period has always been my favorite! I am continually drawn back to the political intrigue, dynastic turnovers, religious upheaval, and cultural changes. The whole century fascinates me. But I'm super glad to live in a time with indoor plumbing and Internet. ;)
5. When you are not writing, what else do you like to do? What hobbies do you have? Do you have a day job?
I do have a day job! I serve our church as an Executive Assistant and adore my work there. As for hobbies, I love to read. ;) I also enjoy trying new recipes, visiting thrift and antique stores with my husband, and our first little one is due to join us in April, so I imagine my "free time" will change significantly when we meet her! I am thrilled about our little blessing.
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