Rachelle Christensen is a long-time writing friend of mine whose second romantic suspense book, Caller ID is being released later this month (though it’s probably already trickling into some stores). I thought I’d ask her a few questions about herself and writing so you can get to know her better. Keep reading because there’s a terrific giveaway listed at the end of the post:

Rachelle, this is your second novel. Can you tell us a little about the publishing process?

I’m going to cheat here and give you a link to a timeline I blogged about. It’s a good insight into the process.

*Being a stay-at-home mother of four must keep you very busy. When do you find time to read and write?

I’ve learned the magic of a minute. Seriously, I work in snatches and I read in snatches and I read pretty fast. My husband says I’m always busy and I don’t know how to relax. But that’s just because I have to be crocheting or sewing if I watch a movie with him. It is a priority for me too, and that makes all the difference. It’s important for me to find time to read and write because I love it.

Much of your book takes place in the mountains. Do you have a certain location that your family likes to go to camp or recreate? How long have you been going there? 

Yes, we love to head up Payson canyon and camp at a pretty little spot near the lakes. My in-laws have been going there for decades and I love to go with them because they have a well-stocked trailer that has a bathroom, and you know, bathrooms are kind of nice to have in the woods.

If you were going to hold a clandestine farm in the woods, what would you grow there, and why? Hmm, how about money trees? Really, I love gardening, but my garden is so small—not really, but when compared to my mom’s ½ acre garden it looks small. I’d love to have more gardening space to plant a bunch of zucchini and banana squash, so maybe I should look into this idea a bit more, huh?

You should try trellising on your back fence, I bet you could fit in a lot more. What other writing projects do you have coming up? I just finished writing/editing book one of a new “Wedding Planner Mystery” series. I had so much fun writing this novel and getting to know the characters. The title is Diamond Rings are Deadly Things and it’s set in Sun Valley, Idaho near where I grew up.

That sounds like a fun story idea. I can’t wait to see it.

And now: To celebrate the release of CALLER ID, Rachelle is hosting a contest for a new Ultra Flip Video Camcorder (4GB memory, Records 120 minutes Value $149.99) and other great prizes. You can enter to win between now and April 14, 2012. Winners will be announced and notified April 16, 2012.
For how to enter, click here. You can also check out the book reviews, other author interviews and get more chances to win by visiting the other stops on her blog tour here.

To learn more about Rachelle and her books, you can check out her website or friend her on Facebook. Her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or many local bookstores.

Also, check out her book trailer below. It’s terrific!