|Lost in NashVegas, NashVegas Series #1|
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Who knew Nashville would look so much like Las Vegas? At least that's how it appears to Robin Rae McAfee---an aspiring songwriter from Freedom, Alabama. Packing witty dialogue, quirky characters, and a rocking "country vibe," her story will make you laugh as it plunges you into the world of today's country music industry. 320 pages, softcover from WestBow.
Favorite verse: Song of Solomon 4:9 NKJV: "You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace."
Our Interview with Rachel Hauck
How much of Lost in Nash Vegas is factual?
All of the places in Lost in NashVegas are real except the record companies I used for Robin’s story. The restaurants, Music Row, the Bluebird Café, the hair saloon the heroine visits are all factual places. I love writing, but am not a skilled songwriter. I had to learn a lot to write this book, but I had a blast doing it. I had the opportunity to meet great Music Row people and songwriters like Chris Oglesby, Barry Dean, who wrote the Martina McBride song, God’s Will, Karen Staley who wrote for Faith Hill and Trick Pony and Craig Monday. What an honor.
How did you come up with the title Lost in NashVegas?
WestBow Press came up with the idea and I loved it. Very unique, very true to Robin McAfee’s story. NashVegas is a nickname for Nashville in case anyone is wondering.
How did you come up with the concept for the story Lost in NashVegas?
WestBow was looking for southern chick lit and I brainstormed an idea with my agent. Making Robin a songwriter was actually her idea. Through my research I found out about the Bluebird Café where a lot of wanna-be song writers try out their music.
Singing in front of people can be scary, so I wondered what would happen if a girl born to write songs was terrified to sing in front of people. Thus, Robin Rae McAfee character was born. Her journey is about overcoming fear to realize her life’s destiny.
What is your Favorite Bible verse?
Has to be Song of Solomon 4:9 NKJ
How closely is Lost in NashVegas based on your own life?
Right after college I received my dream job offer. I packed up and moved to central Florida. One day, out of the blue, I was hit with this fear and panic. It was horrible. But I knew God would get me through. I quoted a lot of scripture. I understand what it feels like to be in a crowded room, or airplane and want to run. So I used the memory of those emotions and experience to bring out Robin’s fear. But I’m living proof prayer and the Word do work and God’s perfect love overcomes all fear.
Do you prefer to write contemporary fiction?
I do. It’s my best voice.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Writing is wonderful. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. But it’s a solitary job and requires a lot of self discipline and self encouragement. I have to work through my own doubts and insecurities. And above all, there’s no trick to writing a book other than putting my backside in the chair and writing whether I think it’s brilliant work or not.
How long did Lost in NashVegas take to complete?
Roughly 5 months.
How much research did Lost in NashVegas require?
A ton of research. I spent four very busy days in Nashville, then probably an additional forty to fifty hours reading books on the music industry and reading information off the internet. Then while writing, I might stop one day and spend several hours researching a story point, or Nashville location. The research always continues while writing.
Who was your favorite character?
Robin is my favorite character. I love how she faces her fears yet remains true to herself. However, there are a few secondary characters I love. Her sister Eliza, her friends Arizona and Birdie. Jeeter and her Grandpa. Really, I love them all. I do.
Are there new projects on the horizon?
The second NashVegas books is done, Diva NashVegas, and comes out in April, 2007. This book is about a country music star named Aubrey James.
Who is the person who most influenced your writing?
My father is the most influential person in my writing life. Not in the way of craft, but by speaking destiny to my heart. Since grade school he told me, “Rachel, you’re a writer.” He died the summer of ’05, so he was able to see my first books.
What were some of your favorite books as a child?
I love biographies and the Little House books. I probably have read them a couple dozen times.
What message would you like your readers to take from Lost in NashVegas?
The God’s perfect love cast out all fear. Don’t let fear, doubt, circumstances, whatever, stand in the way of your dream and destiny.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
My heart is to write great, entertaining stories that bear the fragrance of God. So at the end of the book, the reader has that sigh of contentment, of feeling of hope.