My name is Rachael Alfonso, I am 24 years old and I have been a bit of a writer ever since I was in middle school, writing stories for fun. As I grew up, I couple my passion of writing with my passion for cars and thus: What Cars Say was born!
Are you a full-time Writer/Author?
I am not, this is my first published work, but I have always enjoyed writing since I was a child.
How did it occur to you to get into writing?
I work with cars full time in my career, and while I am super passionate about cars, if there is one thing I love more than cars, it is children. So in my community we do a lot of car shows and events and parents love to bring their kids along with them for nostalgic reasons or to teach them about cars, and I knew that by writing this book I would make learning about cars not only fun for kids, but it would also be an incredible experience for the parent to reminisce about their past cars as well, while working with their child on this fun activity.
Sneak peek at your book(s) published or Upcoming.
This is an audio-visual book written to teach kids and remind parents about one of the most exciting eras in automotive history.
Do you have a favorite character in your book , if yes who and why?
No favorite character, but I do have a favorite car that is featured!
Tell us a little bit about your process of writing. How do you go about it? How much time do you invest in writing? What inspires you while creating your work?
It took me nearly a year to get all of the writing completed and another six months or so for the physical creation of the product. I wanted to make all my writing rhyme so that way the reading experience could be a fun one for readers both young and old. I chose the specific makes of cars that I did because they are perhaps some of the most notable cars in the industry and ones you will see everyday, mixed with some that maybe only have 300 models in existence across the globe.
What is the most ‘gonzo’ idea you have adapted to market your book?
I am lucky enough to have a niche community of car people in my life, and they have helped me online market a lot due to COVID-19 preventing us from doing in person events like we originally wanted to do. But we must adapt!
Fast facts on Author-
I used to be a Junior Olympic Swimmer.
I can quote every line from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
I have swam with sharks.
I have also driven almost every make/model of exotic sports car that exists.
Favorite Book- “The Odyssey, I know It Is more an epic than a “book” but It Is what Inspired me to keep chasing the written word all my life.”
One famous fictional character that you like, also one you don’t like-
The Alchemist, from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” is my favorite character, and I don’t have any characters that I don’t like as I feel that every character in every story is essential.
What do you prefer reading/listening too- Paperback/hardcover or e-book or audiobooks?
I am old fashion, sure I come from the tech generation, but I firmly believe that there is no greater feeling than holding a book in your hand and having the satisfaction of flicking a page over and getting lost inside the printed ink.
Sound of a word that you like, also one word that you don’t like.
“Cynosure” is one of my favorite words of all time. Least favorite word would be “Impossible.”
“Everything will be ok in the end. If it isn’t ok, then it is not the end.”
Which quirky pseudonym would describe you the best?
“Maria Testarossa” My middle name, followed by the Ferrari I first fell in love with that also means “Red Head”, and I am a natural ginger so all the better!
Any message for the readers?
Read everything you can. Knowledge is power. Reading is not nerdy, it is one of the most incredible things you can do in your free time. Learn all you can from every flick of the page or click of the mouse, because no one can take away your knowledge. The more you know, the better.
Any Message for Motivational Marvels website/page.
We get one life. One. There is no reset button, there is no cheat code, and there is no “checkpoint” where if we fail we can go back from and begin again. Everything we do here on this Earth may seem small but it ripples into eternity forever. Being an author, creating life to words and putting them out there for the world to read is a HUGE deal. Whether it is an e-book on how to fix computer monitors, or the next Harry Potter series, your words matter. So get them out of your head, put them down on paper, and leave your mark in time because that is the only certainty that we have, that time will not cease.
Lastly, please share the book facts.
You can purchase your copy at: http://www.whatcarssay.com
Editions are available for you to purchase now!