The Crossroads Presents: Rachel Vincent

Posted 29 October, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Giveaway | 3 Comments

It’s the last day of The Crossroad Blog Tour and I’m lucky enough to have Rachel Vincent stopping by for a little chat. Rachel is the author of three fabulous series: a YA paranormal series, SOUL SCREAMERS, including the newest novel, IF I DIE; an urban fantasy series, SHIFTERS, including ALPHA; and her newest urban fantasy series, UNBOUND, including BLOOD BOUND and SHADOW BOUND (releases June 2012). She also stories in a variety of anthologies including ENTHRALLED: PARANORMAL DIVERSIONS and CHICKS KICK BUTT. Welcome!

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Kaylee Cavanaugh, the main character of your popular young adult Soul Screamers series, is a bean sidhe — a banshee. What drew you to banshees?

I hadn’t seen much done with them before, and I though I had something to add to the existing lore. It’s been a lot of fun!

With many gearing up for National Novel Writing Month, any advice for teen writers?

I’m a pretty quick writer, but since this is my day job, I have to be. To meet my deadlines, depending on the project, I write anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 words a day, which is well ahead of NaNo page. I know that teens have full lives, thus much less time to write than a full time writer has, but I think that the NaNo pace is doable, if you can do two things.

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First, plot your story in advance. In detail. Know your characters, know their relationships, and know what needs to happen in the story before you even sit down to write. If you know what needs to be written when you sit down, the words will come quickly because you don’t have to stop and think about the next “what if.”

Second, write in dedicated, no-internet blocks. I do this in one hour/1,000 word sessions. But you don’t have to be that fast. Two 600-word sessions a day will accomplish the NaNo goal (if my math is right) in two hours a day, with a break between. So dive in! Put everything else out of your head and live in your fictional world for two hours a day. Before you know it, you’ll have those 50,000 words under your belt, and all the experience that it brings with it. 🙂

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Where do you do the majority of your writing?

I used to do all my writing in my recliner, on my laptop. But when I developed carpal tunnel in both wrists, that had to change. Now, I use a desktop with an ergonomic keyboard and massive computer screen, so I can zoom in on the words. I’m still faster on my flat laptop keyboard, but I can only use it for short periods at a time, or my arms hurt too badly to work.

Favorite fuel for writing?

Coffee. Sonic’s diet vanilla Coke. Blueberries and smoked almonds.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Rachel revealed the cover and back cover blurb for the second novel in her Unbound series, SHADOW BOUND (link to the post HERE). Here it is:

If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…

KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…

The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….

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3 Responses to “The Crossroads Presents: Rachel Vincent”

  1. I love Rachel!!! Her Shifters series is one of my all time favorites, she sure knows how to rip a reader’s heart out, stomp on it, and then slowly put it back in and piece it back together. I still need to read the Soul Screamers series, I’m looking forward to making time for those!

  2. This is an awesome interview because I love reading about how and where authors write! I haven’t read the Soul Screamers series yet, but I did recently purchase Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions because I thought it would be a great way to introduce myself to many new YA paranormal authors.

    Thanks for the swag giveaway!

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