A Time Apart
Macauley Series, Book One
Rebecca N. Caudill
Genre: Paranormal Romance , Vampire
Date of Publication: February 8, 2015
Number of pages: 211 (estimated)
Word Count: 71,020
Cover Artist: Rebecca N. Caudill
A love story that traverses the confines of time, life, and death, uniting two passionate souls from different worlds and ages …
Olivia Donnelly has spent her whole life obsessing about how she will die. When tragedy strikes, reality comes crashing down and she’s forced to confront her fears head on. Hoping that a move across the globe will help her to cope with a devastating loss, she arrives in Ireland a broken down shell of a woman looking for a second chance at life.
Almost immediately Olivia is drawn to places she’s never been, and to a man that she’s never met. When she crosses paths with the mysterious and frustratingly private William Macauley, her life is thrown into turmoil unlike any she has ever known. The two couldn’t be more different – she’s human, he’s a vampire – but Olivia can’t get him out of her mind. Having acknowledged her overwhelming desire for William, now she must come to terms with how her feelings for him will greatly alter her future.
Olivia’s understanding of life – and death – take on new meaning as she examines the truth of the person she once was, the woman she was born to be, and how William is the key to her everlasting happiness.
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Rebecca Caudill read her first novel when she was just four years old and has been hooked on books ever since. When she wasn't writing her own stories, she was sneaking copies of her mom's paperbacks to read late into the night.
Fast forward several years later and Rebecca graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in English Lit, which gave her new insight into the written word. Following college, Rebecca embarked on a career in tech PR in the famed Silicon Valley, which eventually led to her leading Global R&D communications for a Fortune 500 company that everyone knows by name. Finally, after more than a decade of writing words ascribed to other people, in December 2014 she quit her job to pursue writing full time.
Today Rebecca lives with her husband and beautiful-but-neurotic cat in Oakland, California. When not creating fictional worlds inhabited by strong women, rakes, rogues, and dashing heroes, she is planning her next vacation, trying out new recipes, or drinking Islay scotch.
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Please welcome A Time Apart author Rebecca N. Caudill to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, A
Time Apart: Book One of the Macauley Series?
It’s my book; how can I pick just one? J All kidding aside, I have two favorites parts
of the book. The first is when William and Olivia first meet one another in
person, and the second is the first time they are intimate with one another. When
I was drafting the scene at the Shelbourne Hotel, I was so energized – the two
characters I’d been envisioning, had given words to, were finally going to
meet! It felt like a significant turning point in the writing of the
manuscript, like there was no going back. In terms of my favorite other scene,
since the book is a romance novel first and foremost, I was really worried
about writing that first love scene as readers have a lot of expectations of
those scenes. Heck, I had a number of
expectations of the scene. When I had dotted my last “i”, and crossed my last
“t”, I was so immensely proud of what I had accomplished for my characters. It
was exactly what I had envisioned.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always been a storyteller, but I first began
writing them down while in elementary school, and when I won a few awards for
my stories, I decided that someday I’d grow up and be a famous author. Of
course, I also wanted to be a judge, a horse jockey, a rock star, and a host of
other things most young kids dream about.
I studied Journalism in college and I had assumed that
upon graduation I’d write professionally for a newspaper, but that was at a
period when newspapers were beginning to struggle financially and being a beat
reporter paid less than working at McDonald’s (something I’d already done in
high school). Instead, I ended up going into copywriting, where I wrote commercials
for a radio conglomerate in a large east coast market.
After marrying my husband, we moved to San Francisco
where I began working in technology PR, which requires a ton of writing – albeit not very creative writing, and your name
is never attached to it.
After more than a decade in the industry, I found it
very difficult to balance my day job with my desires to pursue a career as a
fiction writer, so with the support of my husband, at the end of 2014, I quit
my job to pursue creative writing full time. As they say, the rest is history.
What inspired you to write your first book? How
long did it take you to write A Time
I had been wanting to
get back in to creative writing for awhile, but it was incredibly hard to
juggle the demands of my career with the desire to write. After 10-plus hour
days in the office, I’d come home and want to just vegetate in front of the TV,
or I would have more work to do. Then in 2008, two friends told me about NaNoWriMo,
which they were both participating in, and I decided to join them. I guess you
could say that was the push I needed to start writing my first book.
Unfortunately, I was
horrible at it. I’d write a page and then edit it, resulting in practically an
entire re-write. By the end of November I had only written an official 10,000
words, although with all of the edits I’d made, I’d actually written closer to
25,000 words. I tried it again the following year and failed just as
spectacularly. It was then that I realized that NaNoWriMo, while an amazing
program, just wasn’t amazing for me.
With A Time
Apart: Book One of the Macauley Series, I basically wrote what I would want
to read. I’m a voracious reader, but there’s a recent trend to write really
young heroines. There’s nothing wrong with that at all – I’ve read and loved
these books too! – but I really wanted a heroine that was slightly older, and
had a bit more of life under her belt so that older readers could more easily
identify with her. So the first thing I did was visualize my heroine, Olivia,
including who she was, what drove her, what her challenges were. From there, I
set out to develop a hero who would be her match. At that point, I’d already
figured out the scenario that would get them together – or in some cases, keep
them apart – and I just went from there, writing on a time table that was
Here we are six years
later with Book One of the series, which clocks in at around 71,000 words.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that
really strikes you about their work?
Depending on my mood, I have a few favorite authors,
and I’ve read their books several times throughout the years.
Anne Rice’s Interview
with a Vampire is what set me on my love of the paranormal. I have yet to
read an author who can invoke the feel of New Orleans, a city I adore, quite
the way that Rice does.
Another favorite, albeit an unoriginal one to love at
the moment, is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.
I’m a sucker for a highlander with a heart of gold and Jamie Fraser is the
perfect embodiment of what I like to see in that sort of male character. I was
very worried about the TV version of the show, but it has surpassed my
expectations. I daresay that I like Claire even better now than I did in the
book. Bravo to Ron D. Moore and Caitriona Balfe for elevating such a beloved
character. And Sam Heughan, despite my earliest skepticism, is absolute
perfection in the role.
Another favorite of mine is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. When the third book in the
series came out last year I re-read the first two, devouring them quicker than
I did the first time around. I love how Harkness interweaves various forms of
paranormal, and how she uses history to elevate the tension in her story – both
London and Sept Tours are almost characters in and of themselves! – and
finally, with the marvel of modern medicine. It’s just a truly captivating tale
and one that I’ve recommended to practically everyone that I know. I recently
read that the All Souls Trilogy is going to be developed into a TV series by
BBC so I am waiting with baited breath.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Writer’s block is The
happens mostly when I’m not able to focus 100% on my characters – when there is
too much going on in my day-to-day life, or when I need to think about other
things, and then it’s really hard to go from those thoughts back into my
fictional world. When that happens, I have learned over the years not to force
it. If you write when you’re not feeling the words, it’s going to show and
you’re going to end up rewriting them anyways so it’ll just wind up being
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading three books but that changes on
a daily basis since I go through them pretty quickly. I just downloaded about
twenty more books onto my Kindle this past week. My current
“to read” list is on Goodreads.
Do you have anything specific that you want to
say to your readers?
First of all, I want
to thank them for their interest in my book. Authors put so much of themselves
into getting these words to print, and while a lot can be said for the
satisfaction of a job well done, we also receive a tremendous amount of satisfaction
from knowing that people enjoy what we do. Also, I want to let them know that
I’m pretty active on social media, especially Twitter and my blog, and that I love interacting
with people. I sometimes get frustrated with Twitter because I feel like the
majority of people that I follow in the community use it as a broadcast
mechanism, when Twitter can be a truly exceptional tool in getting to know someone
and having an opportunity to interact with them that you wouldn’t normally
Can you share a little of your current work
Sample from Chapter 6
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$10 Starbucks card
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