Rafferty Lincoln Loves COVER REVEAL+Emily Williams Interview

Hello my little favorite munchkins. I have had the lovely chance to post the cover reveal and interview the lovely author Emily Williams. I am on my second day of school this week and I am already tired but I mean aren’t we all?????? I am in the midst of reading another book and I am enjoying it very much and I will have a review of another book posted on Thursday and the post of Quote Wednesday on of course you guessed its WEDNESDAY!


Anyways let us get onto the post.




The blurb of Rafferty Lincoln Loves…

“Rafferty Lincoln doesn’t like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn, pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no?

Except this isn’t any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profit’s Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling consequences.”

Advanced reviews of ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’

‘A heart-warming and emotional story that will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page. With one of the most beautiful writing styles I’ve ever read, an emotionally charged story and brilliantly created characters – this book is sure to stay with you for a very long time.’ @MegsTyas Between the Pages

‘A story full of heart, this took me by the reins and left me breathless.’ @hayleylipsquid Lipsquid Bookblog

About the charity ‘The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre’

The proceeds from the novel ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’ will be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

BTRC is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired race horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure that our Thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended.

Each year thousands of horses leave racing, some because they reach the natural end of their career and others through injury or lack of ability. Established in 1991, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to ex-racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life.

‘I am thrilled to have written this novel for the BTRC and to be donating the proceeds to such an important and dedicated charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.’ Emily Williams

Author Bio

Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… is her first YA novel after the success of her debut adult novel, Letters to Eloise, released in 2017.


What is your writing kryptonite?

It used to be commas! I am utterly useless at using commas in the right place, I tend to throw in more than needed than leave them out. Luckily, my lovely editor has sorted that out for me with Rafferty Lincoln Loves…! If only she could read everything I write! Nowadays, my main writing kryptonite is my wrist joints, which cause problems writing in the first place! I have had numerous operations on my hands and arms due to a car accident many years ago and then falling off my horse causing nerve damage and joint issues. I’ve recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis autoimmune disease so these problems aren’t going away, however, I’m getting better at dictating my novels. I’ll keep writing as long as I can!

What made you want to write this book?

I love horses! I wanted to write a novel for young adults that was more modern and original but included horses. I had an idea and notes on characters and incorporated these into the overall plot. I then thought back to a charity I supported as a child and decided to write the novel especially for the charity and this gave me the motivation to continue despite the wrist pain. The proceeds from Rafferty Lincoln Loves… will be donated to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?

Start writing that novel earlier. I had all the ideas but none of the motivation in my early twenties!

Have you ever had difficulty coming up with an idea for your story?

Luckily, I have more ideas than time to write them!

As a writer what would your spirit animal be?

Probably a bird. I love the freedom that birds have and I love birds. I have pet birds and breed cockatiels. The babies will often accompany me, sitting on top of the laptop, as I write!

While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?

I tend to leave the book a while before going back to editing. With my first novel, Letters to Eloise, I waited several years before editing. I then found it hard to believe I’d actually written it, which I hope is a good thing! I also found it far more emotional due to how I’d changed since I wrote it. I enjoy editing and loved having thoughts from beta readers about Rafferty Lincoln Loves… and enjoyed going back and adding backstory that was in my head but that I’d not put down. This, I hope, made the story more relatable and gave a depth to characters.

Do you google yourself?

Maybe once or twice!

What word would sum up your book?


Do you believe in writer’s block?

If I am stuck with one chapter, I move on. I struggle to write novels in the correct order! Letters to Eloise was written almost backwards, which made checking the dates at the end a long job!! So no, I am lucky that I don’t get writer’s block, I get chapter blocks, so just look at my overall plan and write another chapter first.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Enjoy every minute of the process. If you are not enjoying it, stop. Start early with everything also, get the book out to beta readers with plenty of time. Everything takes longer than you think.

How much research do you do for your books?

I love research and spend a good deal of time researching. For Rafferty Lincoln Loves… I spoke to friends in the police service and social services. I also researched into racehorses, an area of horses that I am least familiar with and their rules and regulations. I enjoy the research and then watching it come alive in the story.

When did you decide that you wanted to become a writer?

I have loved writing stories since primary school but I wanted to have writing as a career from around Year 7. It just took me a while to get there and hopefully one day will replace the day job!

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I used to write longhand but sadly can’t write anymore that way. I use dictation software on my phone to write notes and then copy across. I mainly use a computer for the actual writing. I’m looking into good voice recognition software for my laptop at the moment after trialling several different ones.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Letters to Eloise took several years! I fell pregnant during the writing process and as the book was about a pregnant mother, I froze and left the book until after my second child. You’ll understand why when you read it!

Rafferty Lincoln Loves… was written/dictated far quicker as I set myself a deadline and wanted the charity to receive their proof copy for approval. I work better for a deadline!

How did you decide to pick out your book cover?

For Rafferty Lincoln Loves… I originally had an image of the tree carved into outside Rafferty’s house (from the novel) but felt I needed something simpler and brighter for the YA market. I’d had feedback that the original cover was too hard to read. I then hit on the idea from a part of the story. It involved an origami horse with the newspaper article of the missing racehorse. I love the finished cover.

Do you think the cover plays an important part of the buying processes?

Whether we agree or not, a book is often judged by the cover. I looked at other books in the YA market and realised mine would need to match/compete with them.

What is your favourite quote from your book?

There is a song at the end I love. I thought I’d try my hand at songwriting. I will blame Rafferty for your opinions on it! Let me know what you think! Otherwise, my favourite quote is ‘There is hope from all of this,’ and ‘For I am, deservedly, not going to rest very well ever again.’ Rafferty, at the end, makes me cry every time I read it!

How can your readers discover more about you and your work?

I’m on twitter @EmilyRMWilliams and on Facebook as Emily Williams Author Page. I have a blog emilywilliamsauthor.blogspot.com and an author’s page on Amazon to keep you updated with new releases.

Where do you see publishing going in the future?

I’d love to continue as I’m doing and just love writing and creating novels that others love too. Then one day write full time.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I hope that you will enjoy Rafferty Lincoln Loves…!



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