Thomasine Rappold – Author Interview

theladywhosawtoomuchBY THOMASINE RAPPOLD

Where did you get the inspiration for your series/book?

The inspiration for the Sole Survivor Series came from a combination of ideas that have always fascinated me.  Acquired Savant Syndrome, a rare condition in which a person develops remarkable mathematical, musical, or artistic abilities following some type of head trauma, provided an ample source of inspiration.  Paranormal ability, survivor’s guilt, consuming grief, and superstition were all tossed into the mix.  When added to the “what ifs” in my head, an intriguing premise for the stories began percolating in my mind—a series featuring ordinary women who acquire extraordinary abilities in the wake of surviving separate traumas.

If the apocalypse happened, which of your heroes &/or heroines would you want to have on hand to help you survive and why?

Hmm.  This is a tough one, but I would have to say Landen Elmsworth, the hero of The Lady Who Saw Too Much.  Landen is a born leader with a fierce protectiveness.  He considers it his duty to take care of others, and people feel safe in his presence.  As for which heroine I’d want on hand, I would choose Madeline Sutter from The Lady Who Lived Again.  Maddie possesses the ability to heal, and this talent certainly would come in handy during the apocalypse.

Who is the celebrity who inspired the characters in your latest book?

Celebrities don’t often inspire the development of my characters.  While there are dozens of celebrities I admire, I can’t help seeing them in the various roles they’ve portrayed or the personas reflected in the media.  I prefer to flesh out my characters on a blank canvas, using nameless faces as inspiration, so instead, I look to photos in fashion magazines and catalogues, where the models’ previous work and personal histories are unknown to me.  I draw my characters on that blank canvas, using their conflicts and flaws and fears to make hot messes of them.

What genre(s) do you write in & why?

I write historical and historical with paranormal/mystical elements.  There is something so intriguingly romantic to me about historical settings. I’ve been reading the genre for years, so it only made sense to write in the genre I love so much.

Are there any particular locations you have traveled to that have made it into your novels?

My stories take place in Misty Lake, a fictional town set amid the real community in upstate New York where I live.  Several locations mentioned in my books are close to my home and I frequent them often—Troy, Albany, Saratoga, and several small lake towns and hamlets.

If you were not writing, what would your profession be?

In addition to writing, I have a day job working for a NYS Government Agency.

What is your go-to snack or meal when you are on deadline?

Pizza! Hot or cold, morning or night, it’s perfect!

How many more books do you have planned in the series?

There is one more book planned in the series.

What would the theme song for this novel be & why?

Actually there are three songs I consider as theme songs for this book, but if I had to choose the most apt, it would be “Crazy Bitch” by Buckcherry.  The other two are “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince and “No One Else On Earth” by Wynona Judd, both of which are far less graphic, but Crazy Bitch captures the essence of what my hero is feeling.  Landen believes Gia is insane because she believes she sees visions of the future, but he’s so physically attracted to her, he looks past her “delusions.”

Do you have any other upcoming releases that readers should know about?

Yes.  The third book in the Series, The Lady Who Drew Me In, will release in December.


Thank you so much for having me here today!


A three-time RWA Golden Heart nominee, Thomasine Rappold writes historical romance and historical romance with paranormal elements. She lives with her husband in a small town in upstate New York that inspired her current series. When she’s not spinning tales of passion and angst, she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing on one of the nearby lakes, and basking on the beach in Cape Cod. Thomasine is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Capital Region Romance Writers. Readers can find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter: @ThomRappold.

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Cursed with prophetic visions and desperate to atone for a death she could have prevented, Gianna York swears she will never again ignore the chance to save a life. When she is hired by Landen Elmsworth to serve as companion to his sister, Gia repeatedly sees the image of her employer’s lifeless corpse floating in Misty Lake. As subsequent visions reveal more details, Gia soon realizes her best chance to save this difficult man is by becoming his wife.

At first, Landen Elmsworth believes the fetching Miss York might be right for a meaningless dalliance, but he grossly underestimates her capacity for cunning and soon finds himself bound until death to a woman he may never be able to trust. Yet in the dark of their bedroom they discover an undeniable passion–and a capacity to forge their own destiny . . .
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