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Character Interview: Rachel Lyons from ‘Severed Threads’ by Kaylin McFarren




We’re thrilled to have here today Rachel Lyons from Kaylin McFarren’s new romantic suspense novel, Severed Threads. Rachel is consultant for the Warren Nash Foundation from San Palo, California. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Rachel. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

For some readers, I might seem crass, bitter and unstable, but I assure you I’m a much happier, stable and self-assured person than I used to be.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

For the most part, I would have to say yes. Although I’m not as foolish and cold-hearted as I might have come across.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

My ability to stay focused on a difficult task as well as my willingness to do anything to protect a member of my family.

Worse trait?

I guess I would have to say trust issues, which I honestly believe are justified, and how hard it is sometimes to open my heart and give love away freely.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Yes. Chase Cohen an ex-lover who abandoned me when I needed him most and returned to San Palo four years later for personal reasons.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

When all of Chase’s secrets were revealed, I wasn’t sure how I would react. But I don’t want to give too much away.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Most definitely Selena Pollero. As readers will find out, she has her own hidden agenda.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I’m actually rather pleased with how all the loose ends come together, although some readers might disagree.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

I would love to go to exotic fun places, but make sure I’m protected against villains this time.

Thank you for this interview, Rachel.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Definitely. In fact, I’ll be a major character in two forth-coming books!! J

About the Book:

Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating – until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her own life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death.

About the Author:

As many people know, Kaylin McFarren wasn’t born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors. However, she has been involved with business and personal writing projects for many years. Her careers have taken her in all directions, ranging from fashion modeling and interior design to office manager and art gallery director. Yet her love of reading and interest in creative writing has remained ever present. As a result of her tapping into her imagination and utilizing her own life experiences, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards. Her first novel, Flaherty’s Crossing was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest and her second book, Severed Threads, has already garnered two first place awards.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation – a non-profit she and her husband formed to fund expanded research, and the care and treatment of cancer patients and their families.

Her latest book is a romantic suspense titled Severed Threads.

You can visit Kaylin online at





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