Rachel Cross

Truth: So much stranger than fiction

I’m occasionally asked where I get the inspiration for my books. That’s easy to answer. Real people.

A piece on NPR about Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan started me down the road to Rock Her. McKagan’s autobiography can be found here http://www.amazon.com/Its-So-Easy-other-ebook/dp/B004T4KX82/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372877327&sr=1-1&keywords=duff+mckagan+it%27s+so+easy It is fantastic (yes, I’m pimping his book, if you read it, please don’t forget to leave him a review on Amazon or B&N and Goodreads) I smirk when people tell me that they find the idea of a guitarist in a successful rock band going back to school and becoming a lawyer unbelievable. Is it more or less unlikely than a bassist for one of the most critically and commercially successful bands ever, getting sober, going to business school and having a career as an asset manager?

Someone I met as an impressionable teenager became my inspiration for Maddy in Rock Him. She was very ill as a child and has lingering effects of the disease as an adult. This woman is intelligent, accomplished and does NOT let anything keep her down. When she was a child, other kids asked her about her disfigurement and she told them she fell off a cliff. No one ever asked the details.

I recently read an article about this guy–http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/magazine/evermans-war.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=fb-nytimes&Holy hell! Kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarten? Joins the U.S. Army Special Forces and becomes one of those hard-core guys fighting the Taliban? Unfreakin’ believable.

Now that I’m a writer, I read biographies or meet amazing people and think, what if? I write romance so the answer to that question involves, love, sex and a heaps of trouble before my characters land their happily ever after.

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