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Interview with Rachel Rittenhouse
1. In your about on your website, you mentioned not being able to find Christian books. At what point did you realize this?
I realized this when I was in middle school. I was in Barnes-n-Noble looking for books to read and I couldn’t find any that promoted good Christian morals. I also have three younger cousins and babysit for a lot of little kids, and when I would go to bookstores, it was hard to find something that I would want them to read.
2. When did you start writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve started writing ever since I was little. I would write all different stories playing off of make-believe characters. I have always known I wanted to be a writer. I love writing and creating stories and I want to share that love with girls of all ages.
3. Did you have a specific moment where you wanted to write this book, or was it over a period of time this desire grew? How did God lead you to accomplish this goal?
4. Which was the hardest chapter to write? Why was it so difficult?
Finding Faith is broken down into seasons instead of chapters. I felt that this gave a unique break to the book since it is a diary. The hardest season to write was late winter/early spring. It was difficult because it was in the middle of the book. For me, it is hard to write the middle because I know how I want it to end, but somehow, I have to create realistic events that can lead up to the ending I want.
5. Do you have a favorite part of the book? What’s the biggest thing God taught you while writing this book?
My favorite part of the book is when Carolyn finally comes take her faith in God and own it as her own (and I can’t enclose too many details, or it will spoil the book!). I feel that as I was writing about Carolyn coming to realize that God knows what is best in her life, I have also come to realize that in my own life. God deserves all the glory in all that we do, and that is what I want to portray in Finding Faith.
6. Have your own experiences in life shown up in your writing?
When I write, I write what I know, so naturally, there are many examples in my own life. I base a lot of my character’s personalities of that of my family and close friends.
7. What’s behind the name of your site, Woodsmall Sisters?
The Woodsmall Sisters is a site that will walk through the journey of Carolyn, Bethany, and Laura. It is meant to help connect the readers with the characters in the books. When I was younger, I loved going to book websites about reading in-depth character sketches, quizzes related to the books, and just fun facts!
8. Do you have any advice for other writers, or anything you would like to say specifically to the girls here at GGFG?
For other writers, I would say to never let go of your dreams. Don’t let anyone say you are too young and if it is something that you feel God is calling you to do, commit it all to Him and don’t be afraid to check out all your options.
To the girls at GGFG, whatever you do, give it all to God. He wants your whole heart and he wants all the glory! When you truly submit to him, you are allowing yourself to be open to God’s plans, which are the best!
9. Do you feel God is leading you to write more books?
Yes, I do. I feel like God is calling me to write whether it is continuing to write fiction to encourage girls in their faith or non-fiction to inspire people with my story.
Summary of Finding Faith:
Finding Faith is the diary of a 13-year-old girl, Carolyn Woodsmall. Carolyn is the eldest daughter and leads a normal life for a girl growing up in the 1850’s, until tragedy strikes and Carolyn’s world is turned upside-down. She struggles with blaming God for what has happened and feels like he has abandoned her. Will Carolyn find her faith and realize that God has never left her?
Rachel Rittenhouse has been writing for as long as she can remember. Now at age 17, her dream of becoming a writer is finally true. Since she grew up loving to read, Rachel remembers the struggle to find good Christian books worth reading for young girls growing in the Lord. She strives to write those types of books and because she loves historical fiction, most of her books are set in the past. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys playing clarinet, spending time with her family, going to youth group, and babysitting some pretty adorable kids! You can follow her at her website www.woodsmallsisters.com and sign up for her monthly newsletters. Also, connect with Rachel on Facebook or Goodreads.
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