|Author Rachelle McCalla. Photograph supplied by the author.|
As far back as the fourth grade, Rachelle McCalla knew she wanted to be an astronaut. Her best friend wanted to be an author, and so they argued about whose chosen profession was better. Rachelle soon discovered she had no aptitude for science, math, or weightlessness. She’s been writing ever since.
Rachelle is a graduate of Hastings College and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where she learned her husband’s Greek skills far surpassed her own. Together they have served a variety of ministries in Iowa, South Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
When she’s not writing, Rachelle spends most of her time working on her servant’s heart with her four children as relentless but adorable taskmasters. In her free time, she is an overly-creative cook, a distracted reader, and an avid gardener whose black thumb of death strikes fear into plants everywhere. She is forever grateful to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his eternal love and forgiveness, to her family for their continued encouragement and support, and to her best friend from the fourth grade, who gave her the idea to write in the first place.
LG: What made you choose to write in the inspy genre?
RM: As a pastor’s wife and ordained minister myself, writing about my faith comes naturally. In fact, I’m not entirely certain I could keep my faith out of my books if I wanted to!
LG: What's the biggest misconception about you as a writer?
RM: Ooh, that’s a tricky question. I’ve been accused of writing “bodice rippers” because my publishing imprint, Love Inspired, is owned by Harlequin. Fortunately, people who make that mistake have no clue what they’re talking about! Every Love Inspired book I’ve ever read is a wholesome tale—as I tell my friends, you can share them with your granddaughters and grandmothers!
LG: How do you get in the mood to write?
RM: I have to have my morning coffee when I sit down to write. I’ve tried cutting back on caffeine and switching to green tea, but the coffee gets me in gear better than any other beverage.
LG: Have you considered writing in another genre?
RM: I’d love to write books for the YA (Young Adult) market, unfortunately that’s a difficult market to break into right now—but I’m working on it!
LG: Name 1 historical figure who inspires you and why.
RM: Oh, there are so many historical figures I love. My historical novel, A Royal Marriage, features a real historical figure, Gisela, one of the daughters of Charlemagne. History records very little about her, only the dates of her birth and death, and a few references about Charlemagne’s family—nothing specific about what she did with her life or how she spent her years. I’ve taken what little we know and filled in the gaps. It’s a fun and inspirational tale.
LG: Finish this sentence: "If I couldn't write, I would..."
RM: Lately I’ve been thinking about joining the military. My husband thinks I’m crazy. But hey, I’m not too old to join the Air Reserves. Do you think they’d teach me how to fly a plane? That would be awesome!
LG: OK--now for the most important question of all--chocolate or vanilla?
RM: I’ve got to have my chocolate, and it’s got to be dark. On the days I eat chocolate, I write more words than the days when I don’t have chocolate. It’s that important!
Readers can find Rachelle on facebook, goodreads, twitter, and her website, http://www.rachellemccalla.com/ .
Despite her protests, Princess Gisela, headstrong daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, must enter into a diplomatic marriage. Yet en route to her wedding, her ship is attacked and she's gravely injured. Rescued by a renowned healer, King John of Lydia, Gisela recuperates at his Mediterranean castle. The handsome, widowed ruler soon has her reevaluating her beliefs on love and marriage…but only if King John could be her groom. Their love is forbidden, and duty requires him to deliver her to her betrothed. Unless they can find a way to join their hearts—and kingdoms—with love, faith and honor.