Rachel Schieffelbein will be the guest of honor at a book release party on Thursday at the Chatfield Public Library. Her new book, “Don’t Fall,” becomes available as an e-book that day.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Rachel Schieffelbein will be the guest of honor at a book release party on Thursday at the Chatfield Public Library. Her new book, “Don’t Fall,” becomes available as an e-book that day. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Rachel Schieffelbein hears voices.

And she's still a pantser.

"My characters are usually in my head for a while before I write them. I hear them having conversations with each other, and that's how they come to life for me," said Chatfield author Schieffelbein, who will release her new book, "Don't Fall," at the Chatfield Public Library this Thursday, May 29, beginning at 7 p.m.

She elaborated how her characters - this time Anya and Zander - gained a plot on which to thrive.

"I'm a pantser, not a plotter, meaning I sit and write without plotting it all out ahead of time," Schieffelbein explained. "But I knew where they needed to get and just worked on getting them there."

Schieffelbein shared the story, which she based on the fairytale "Rapunzel."

"Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adoptive mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered she doesn't even have a best friend. But Anya doesn't seem to mind," Schieffelbein explained. "She has her books, her photography and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy. Before long she's lying to her mom and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about."

"Don't Fall" is the second book with a fairytale foundation, as Schieffelbein noted, "I love fairytale retellings and retelling 'Rapunzel' as a contemporary story was a really fun challenge. No one climbs any hair or anything like that, but the themes are all there."

She added that she is in love with her characters and loved watching them fall in love with each other, even though she wrote the story.

"Anya is so sweet and naïve, but she grows and challenges herself. She has more strength than she realizes. And Zander is just a doll." Schieffelbein added, "It's about more than just the romance. It's also about Anya's relationship with her mother and her finding her independence. There's nothing like getting caught up by your characters and writing their story. When the words come easy, and you can see the scene in your head, it's a great feeling. I really hope my readers love Anya and Zander like I do."

"Don't Fall" is being published by Swoon Romance, an imprint of the Georgia McBride Media Group, and Schieffelbein enjoys writing to be published by Swoon.

"Swoon is a small press and it's like a family," she added. "I've become friends with several of my pub sisters and I love my editor. It's been great working with them. I'm working on another young adult novel right now about two girls, cousins, that I'm really excited about. I also have a chapter book out with a couple of publishers."

Schieffelbein explained that she looks forward to seeing the artwork for the front cover, even though "Don't Fall" is being released as an e-book.

"It releases on May 27 as an e-book and is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Honestly, seeing the cover is one of the best parts of being published," she reiterated. "But the very best is hearing from my readers, knowing that they connected with a character I wrote. That's the best."

Readers and fans can connect with her on Facebook, or on Twitter @RMSchieffelbein.

The release party for "Don't Fall" is at the Chatfield library on May 29 at 7 p.m.

"There will be cupcakes, and prizes and lots of fun," Schieffelbein concluded.