Chissick Chat #11 ~ Read the interview with Rachel Coverdale

Chissick Chat

Chissick Chat with Elaine R. Chissick and Rachel Coverdale

Today, I’m saying hello to a very excited Rachel Coverdale, children’s author and all round lovely person who has recently conquered her technofear! Welcome to my blog. Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about yourself and your books?

What, or who, inspires you?

I’m inspired by so many authors of so many different and diverse genres.  I love the magic woven into The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, I’m inspired by the ability to maintain thrill and fear in Mr Mumbles by Barry Hutchison.  Now all I have to do is capture those essences …

Do you enjoy reading the same genre as the one you write in?

Yes, I’m someone who gets bored easily, I like life to change constantly, so I do the same with my reading.  I’ll read a toddler book to my grandchildren, then go home and read a murder mystery.  Once I’ve finished that I’ll read a YA, then I’ll pick up a classic.  Variety is the spice of life!

Has any of your research taken you to an unusual place?

Usually my research takes me straight into the countryside which I love, however I was taken to an unusual place on the internet when I researched badger baiting.  Not a place I wish to return to and I was a bit worried that my search history would make me look like I was wanting to take part!  It was a horrible experience because I didn’t want to read what was written or see any pictures, but neither did I want to do a disservice to the wonderful men and women who protect these enigmatic creatures.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have completed my three toddler books and with your help I am definitely going to beat my techno-fear and upload them onto Amazon.  My main book which is aimed at pre-teens/teens is almost finished and I’m hoping to have it published later this year or early next year.

What are your future writing plans?

I have another toddler book that is bashing on the inside of my skull, demanding to be written.  Also there is a YA book that’s making appearances when I try to get to sleep on a night, so I had better put pen to paper on that too.

Is there anything you don’t like about writing/being an author?

Apart from the poverty?  No I don’t think there is.  I absolutely love seeing my ideas form into a story and find it extremely therapeutic.  I really wish I’d started many years ago.

Quick Fire Questions …

Tea or coffee? Black coffee

Sweet snack or savoury snack? Sugary, sugary sweetness

Real book or ebook? Real

Cinema or DVD? DVD – I don’t like to be a tearful soggy mess in public

Cat or dog? Dog

Weepie or action movie? Action

And to Finish, What is your favourite …

Food? Almost all

Drink? Fresh orange juice

Movie? Overboard

Book? Rebecca

Colour? Blue

Saying/Proverb? Live well, laugh often, love much

Song? Bohemian Rhapsody

Pudding/dessert? Lemon and meringue pie

Thanks for stopping by, Rachel. Wishing you all the luck in the world with your books.

Elaine Chissick


Elaine R. Chissick ~ Wife, mother, and step-mother with a passion for writing. I have three books out on Kindle at the moment and two in paperback. One is a true story and the other two are fiction novels. I am currently working on a few new projects. I’m also one of the authors who contributed to the charity book, “Look 4 Books Medley of Short Stories”
I have an eclectic taste in music, I like to cook, and I think that my cat has the most fabulous green eyes I have ever seen.
For more information, check out my website:


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