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Interview & Giveaway: ‘Caged Moon’ Author Rachel Deagan

Let’s meet Author Rachel Deagan today. Her book Caged Moon is gaining a lot of praise. She is stopping by on Reviewing Shelf as a part of her Blog tour.


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.

Want to know more about CAGED MOON? Find the excerpt here.

Check out Rachel Deagan’s Blog

Find Rachel Deagan on Facebook

Buy Caged Moon on AMAZON HERE

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GIVEAWAY (17-25 February)

Rachel is giving away One Paperback copy of Caged Moon to US/Canada resident. You know you want it.

Enter to win HERE!



Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

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