Interview with Rachel Woods, author of The Prodigal Captive

24 Jul 2018

What can you tell us about your new release, The Prodigal Captive?

The Prodigal Captive is a mystery with suspense, action, and romance. It takes place on a fictional island in the Caribbean and features married journalists who search for the missing son of a billionaire. Inspired by real-life events, The Prodigal Captive has a compelling, intriguing plot that combines sex cults, kidnapping, and ritualistic murder.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired to write by my paternal grandmother who famously told me, when I was four or five years old, that I told so many “stories”, I could fill a book.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

“Love in the time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“The Mosquito Coast” by  Paul Theroux

“The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Orczy

“Get Shorty” by Elmore Leonard

Any book from the “Trixie Belden” series

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

My first guest would be Toni Morrison and I would ask her to expound upon her belief that as a writer, you should write the books you want to read, which seems to counter the current prevailing belief that you should write for a particular audience.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is creating really twisty, jaw-dropping plots that no one (hopefully) can figure out.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, I have a day job, so that takes up eight hours, but once I get home, I usually spend some time screaming at “Days of Our Lives”. After dinner, I try to get some writing done, but I’m a “lazy writer” and easily distracted!

What scene in The Prodigal Captive was your favorite to write?

I enjoyed writing the scene where the heroine was forced to employ stealth, ingenuity, and guts as she searched for the truth. This scene combined lots of action, suspense, and danger, which is

what I love to write.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Fight the good fight of faith

Rachel Woods is the author of the new book The Prodigal Captive

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