Book Nerd Interview
Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series, from Mira books. Stray, Rogue, Pride, Prey, Shift,and Alpha are available in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia, and are being published in Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Finland, India, France, and Italy.
Also, look for the Soul Screamers books, Rachel’s young adult series! My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save, My Soul to Keep, My Soul To Steal, and If I Die are available now, and Before I Wake will be on the shelf in the US and Canada on June 26, 2012. The Soul Screamers series is also being published in the UK, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain.
Rachel’s new adult series Unbound debuted withBlood Bound on August 23, 2011 in the US and the UK, to be followed by Shadow Bound on May 22, 2012.
Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
Not really. I've been writing since I could hold a pencil, but it didn't occur to me that I might be able to make a living with my writing until I was in my mid-twenties.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
A. In high school, I learned that I could write. And that writing would never be easy. I learned that the more talent you have, the harder you should push yourself to better your craft. Those lessons came courtesy of my senior AP English teacher, Mrs. Cheryl Boyte, who was very tough on every paper I ever turned in. Thanks, Mrs. Boyte. ;)
For those who are unfamiliar with Kaylee Cavanaugh, how would you introduce her?
Kaylee is a high school junior (second to last year of high school, for those overseas) who finds out in the first book that she's a bean sidhe, and that she can predict the imminent deaths of those around her. This causes great complications in her life and in her friends' and family's lives and leads to a lot of danger, adventure, and more than a little kissing. ;)
If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I'd probably want to introduce Kaylee to Aura, from Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade series. I think they'd get along.
When was the last time you cried?
I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.
The good news? He didn't get it.
The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…
Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.
But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life….
Rachel Vincent’s heart-wrenching book, Before I Wake, is an all out emotional ride. Each word contained in this amazing continuation of the Soul Screamer Series will leave readers feeling all the emotions known to man. As each of the books in the series is released, it feels like Rachel could not top it. But she proves me wrong every time. Before I Wake is definitely my favorite in the series. The relationship between Todd and Kayley has grown a lot and it is just marvelous to see it develop. Rachel’s writing style allows their relationship to expand in such a way that feels real and authentic.
The plot’s recipe simply gets poured with ingredients that make it thicker, hotter, juicier, and absolutely wonderful. Some of the questions that have been brewing from the start are answered. The rich descriptions that grace the pages are well crafted and effectively advances the storyline. Rachel has a talent of producing some of the most shocking plot twists. The unforeseen coils in the storyline are some of the most unforgettable surprises I have ever encountered. Scene after scene, my eyes widened more and more and in just total awe with how everything came into place. Before I wake sets the finale in place and I certainly cannot wait how everything unfolds in the final installment of the Soul Screamers series, With All My Soul. I feel a little bit heated knowing that the series’ end is closing in. However, it has been a memorable ride. Rachel Vincent is a remarkable storyteller and I am confident that she will finish this series with a bang.
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