A Drop in the Night – An interview with Thea Rademacher

Roisin Spragg

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

When I was in the fifth grade, I starred in a Nebraska Public Television show for kids. I am still embarrassed about being recognized by a “fan” in our local grocery store while in the middle of an argument with my little brother!


What novels affected you the most growing up?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’ Engle, The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach



Where did the idea for your current book come from?

A Drop in the Night, the Life and Secret Mission of a WW II Airman is the story of my 90-year-old former neighbor. The mission was classified until 1987 and he never spoke about it until a neighborhood party that got a little wild. . .


Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?

I have come to understand that the mysteries of the Universe, the complexities of Earth, and the experiences of living in a human body, inspire me with more ideas than I can express in one lifetime.



What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?

I spent a lot of time in libraries when I was a student so I have to have a well-organized, quiet space. For inspiration, I take a walk or work in my yard. I always have some way of recording device, no matter what I’m doing. My best thoughts come during quiet reflection. I am also a person who writes a skeletal outline before beginning the writing process. When I sit down to write, I search for that space inside me that is confident that the words will flow. If they don’t, I get up and attend to other things. Editing comes later.



How important is marketing and social media for you?

For me, writing a book was an easier process than marketing and social media! I had a good idea about what I was doing researching, writing, even publishing. Getting the word out in an effective way is another world altogether!



What advice would you have for other writers?

You have to realize from the moment you decide to be a writer that you are now also a business owner and as such, you have to work your business- you will be the one promoting your product.



What are you reading now?

The Nix; Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front; Faery Stories.


What’s your next step?

SO MANY! I have two ideas for new books and am helping a lot of my friends with their work.


Follow Thea Rademacher on Twitter: @adropinthenight

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