written by Rachel Schieffelbein
published by Swoon Romance
About the book – from Goodreads: In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL
Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn’t go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn’t even have a best friend.
But Anya doesn’t seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she’s allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she’s lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she’s ever cared about.
Thank you so much for taking part in the blog tour, and having me today!
I had two novellas published in the last year, but Don’t Fall is my first novel. It’s very exciting, and still a bit surreal. When I think that there are people out in the world, who I’ve never met, reading things I wrote, characters I created, it’s almost unbelievable!
I’ve always enjoyed writing. I remember attending The Young Writer’s conference as a kid, a program set up through school. It was amazing meeting all these writers, and learning more about how they do what they do. But even then I don’t think it was something I ever thought I could really do. It was too big, like imagining you could become an actress or a football player.
It wasn’t until I was an adult, with kids of my own, that I decided to try to write something and send it out into the world. And it was a few years after that when I got online and connected with other writers, and my writing improved immensely. If I hadn’t done that, I don’t think I ever would have gotten here. Connecting with other writers is so very important.
Even when I was writing and querying there was always a part of me that thought it would never really happen. And I think a lot of writers feel that way. But if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s that if you commit yourself to writing you can achieve publication. If you keep writing, keep reading, listen and learn from other writers, and are willing to chop up what you write and do what you need to do to improve it, you will get published. It will probably take more time than you’d like, but waiting is a huge part of this business. (And that doesn’t change ever, as far as I can tell.)
So keep working, keep writing, and don’t give up on your dreams!
About the author: Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.