Episode 36 - Author Chat with Rachel Fordham


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A Lady in Attendance
Five years in a New York state reformatory have left a blemish on Hazel's real name. So when she takes a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts's lady in attendance in 1898, she does so under an alias. In the presence of her quiet and pious employer, Hazel finds more than an income. She finds a friend and a hope that if she can set her tarnished past in order, she might have a future after all.
As Gilbert becomes accustomed to the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, he can't help but sense something secretive about her. Perhaps there is more to this woman than meets the eye. Can the questions that loom between them ever be answered? Or will the deeds of days gone by forever rob the future of its possibilities?
Rachel Fordham pens a tender tale of a soft-spoken man, a hardened woman, and the friends that stand by them as they work toward a common purpose--to expunge the record of someone society deemed beyond saving--and perhaps find love along the way.
More about Rachel Fordham
Rachel grew up in a big family in Washington State and was a tom boy, an athlete, and a voracious reader. She doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t nose deep in a book or making up stories in her mind. She never thought she’d be a writer though- that was something other people did (people that understood grammar better than her). She went off to college and earned a bachelors in sociology with plans to be a social worker (this never happened but she and her husband did become foster parents). She met her husband, Tyler, while in college and became a wife and a year and a half later a mother. She's a family first kind of girl, so spending her days with her husband and kids keeps her heart happy.

Years later after cross country moves and more children, they settled once again in Washington State. This time she is on a beautiful island with her favorite people all around her. She couldn’t ask for a finer setting to ignite her imagination, add to that the fact that her husband has unwavering faith in her abilities. When he made the off-hand comment, “you read so much you should write a book,” she took it as a challenge. And she hasn’t stopped since.

And so here she is, writing in between diaper changes and packing lunches. It’s not uncommon for her kids or Tyler to ask her why she's laughing or crying as she types away. It’s become a bit of a family affair, this whole writing thing! She loves books with satisfying romances, all things historical, and considers it a huge success if she can make a reader laugh and cry in the same story.

Purchase your copy of A Lady in Attendance here.

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