Me: You wanted to be an Actress and an Olympic Equestrian Rider! So how did writing come into the picture?
Rachel: Good question! As a kid, I was always the one with the crazy imagination. If I wasn’t creating my own theatrical productions with the neighbourhood kids, I was carrying out adventures in Horseland, concocting magical spells in my basement, and swinging from ropes trying to rescue the other princesses from my evil brothers. One day, I decided to put my creative spirit into writing. I instantly fell in love. Here was a place where I could literally make my own fantastical worlds and daydream on paper. I think I was about ten when I realized this.
Me: You wrote your first book when you were in fourth grade! Do you ever plan on bringing something from that book into your current writing?
Rachel: Probably not. I did write my first book in the fourth grade, but it was bad. It was a 60 page chapter book about a horse named Dapple who got kidnapped by some evil people – where the heroine had to try to save her. Looking back, it was quite cheesy, but it was a great experience. My interests have also changed vastly from writing about horses, although I still enjoy them.
Me:Is there anything you need in order to write? (a place, food item etc.)
Rachel: Not really, except it takes me some time to settle down into a ‘focused mode’. I tend to check my email, glance over Facebook, and few things first. It’s bad. But once that’s out of the way and off my chest, I can write for hours.
Me: Are you working on something new?
Rachel: Yes! I have another YA novel in the works under the working title, “The Star Children.” This one has a hint of Sci-Fi in it, although mostly falls into the category of urban paranormal. It revolves around three teenagers who discover they bear unusual ‘gifts’ while staying in a psychiatric hospital. Unfortunately, they aren’t the only ones who discover this, and soon learn that not only is the government are after them, but something much darker and greater too. I love the character chemistry in this book. Despite the face paced, supernatural thriller storyline, the characterization is what carries it most. So, stay tuned.
Me: How many books do you read a week/month?
Rachel: I tend to read about a book a week. When I start a book, especially if it’s good, I have a hard time stopping. For me, it’s like watching a movie part way through, and then putting on pause for a few days. I can’t do it. It’s been the source of many all-nighters.
Me: What is the last book you read?
Rachel: Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick. I should be reading the next in that series, but took a break to read ‘The Iron King,’ by Julie Kagawa. After this one, I plan to get back to that series.
Me: What is one book you think everyone should read?
Rachel: That’s a tough one, but since this genre is Young Adult Paranormal, a favourite series of mine, “The Mortal Instruments,” by Cassandra Claire, comes to mind. I LOVE that series, especially (believe it or not) the last one, “City Of Fallen Angels.” The character chemistry in that book had me laughing through the entire thing. I’m also a softy for Simon. I can’t wait for the next instalment to come out.
Me: Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
Rachel: Sam, from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver. I don’t know why, but he has this quiet, gentle,hot thing going on. He seems very sincere and true to himself. He also is an artist and plays guitar.
Me: What do you do in your free time?
Rachel: Free time? What’s that? Just kidding! I have two little boys that keep me pretty busy when I’m not working. Otherwise, I like to fill my time writing and working on my novels, writing in role playing games, reading, or watching a good movie/tv show. I’ve recently become hooked on The Secret Circle.
Me: Any book you are eagerly awaiting for in 2012?
Rachel: Yes! “City of Lost Souls,” by Cassandra Claire. I can’t wait!
Me: Can you give suggestions as to who would love Caged Moon? (eg. Readers who have enjoyed so and so book would love Caged Moon.)
Rachel: “Shiver,” by Maggie Stiefvater, P.C Cast’s “House of Night Series,” “Twilight,” by Stephanie Meyer, and “Hush Hush,” by Becca Fitzpatrick are a few that come to mind.
Me: Thank you so much for stopping by, Rachel. Wish you the best for Caged Moon.
Barnes & Noble
GIVEAWAY (17-25 February)
Rachel is giving away One Paperback copy of Caged Moon to US/Canada resident. You know you want it.