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The latest release, Pack Up The Moon, from Internationally best-selling romance novelist, Rachael Herron is on bookstore shelves nationwide.

When she isn't writing, Herron works as a dispatcher for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, where she handles 911 calls for police and firefighters. In her daily work, the Oakland resident is often not far from tragedy, and while pursuing her novel writing career, she spins a riveting yarn.

The theme of Herron's most recent novel evolves three years after a horrible tragedy took the son of artist Kate Monroe, tore her family apart,  leaving her to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing of her triumphant return to the art world, Kate's world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption 22 years ago introduces herself.

Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn't sure she's ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree's father, her high school sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, that they had a daughter.

For another, Kate hasn't spoken to Nolan for three years, not since the accident which took their 9-year-old son from them. But to keep Pree from leaving forever, Kate will have to confront the secrets that have haunted her since her son died and discover if the love of her family is strong enough to survive even the most heartbreaking of betrayals.

A product of  National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo) Herron wrote a book during the month of November, 2006. NaNoWriMo challenges writers to put down 50,000 words in 30 days, about 1666 words a day, with the goal of completing a book.

To become an author had been her life-long desire since childhood, writing stories through grade school, high school and into college.  With a bachelor’s degree in English from Cal Poly and a masters of fine arts from Mills College, she had the credential, but Herron admits the month-long writing marathon really shifted her into high gear.

Still, she has learned to pace herself in sensible intervals of writing and taking breaks into the reality of life: walking her dogs, knitting, napping and spending quality time with her wife, Lala.  Ever eager for new adventures, Herron is taking on the accordion as a challenge, and can strum along a songfest on the ukulele.

Herron is also passionate about knitting and that passion is evident in many of her books:  How to Knit a Love Story, Wishes and Stitches, How to Knit a Heart Back Home and A Life in Stitches.  The colorful book covers display balls of yarn and knitted pieces, finished or in progress. The prolific writer also authored a collective of books, the Cypress Hollow series.

The significance tempts one to research the definition of YARN:  a lengthy, continuous string of wool or cotton (maybe even acrylic), used to knit or weave.  Or an alternate translation:  a narrative of adventures, a tall tale.  Example: A storyteller who spins yarns will keep an audience riveted, a clearly conceived connection.  The optimistic quote professed by Herron is “When life unravels, there’s always a way to knit it back.” .

From her early days in the dorm at Mills College, she connected with a group of young crafters  and described knitters as creative, examples of generosity in sharing, helping one another and warm, like a sweater pulled around her.  A peek into her memoir reveals her expression “My life can be measured in lengths of yarn:  what kind I held, at what time.”

On her blog, yarnagogo.com, Herron offers to teach at writing conferences and seminars.  Her expertise is an outreach to aspiring writers, advising them of how to advance into the world of writing, finding an agent and the discipline of a day at a time composing, editing and rewriting.  “Write a little bit every day and make friends with other writers …. they’ll be your salvation.”--KRB

Karen Balch is a retired nurse, freelance writer and avid reader. She writers regularly for allnewsnoblues.com.

Last Updated (Monday, 17 March 2014 21:27)


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