Author Interview: Rachel Caine

Posted 16 August, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 23 Comments

Ooh, my friends. I’ve got such a treat for you all today because today, I’m thrilled to welcome to the blog one of the hardest working authors around, the fabulous Rachel Caine! Why do I say she’s one of the hardest working authors? Because of these series:
The Morganville Vampires (15 books)
Weather Warden (9 books)
Outcast Season (4 books)
Revivalist (3 books)
Red Letter Days (2 books)
Not only is she a prolific author, she’s an absolutely fantastic writer at that — definitely one of my go-to urban fantasy authors.

What sparked the idea for your Revitalist series?
I had a fascinating conversation with a nanotechnologist a few years back about how nanotech was being developed for all kinds of medical applications, and one of them (an offhand comment) was how eventually even life support could be delivered via a shot. That was my jumping off point … because there’s a slim difference between “life support” and “death maintenance.”

Your stories are filled with vibrant, kick-ass women and hot alpha men who jump off the page. How do you go about creating such three-dimensional characters?
Wow, thank you, that’s a great compliment! I wish I could say there’s some special thing I do, but apart from dragging myself out of bed and ungodly early hours (today: 5 am) and consuming vast quantities of coffee … I guess it’s just that I’ve learned to let the characters speak their minds, whether they’re good, bad or morally grayscale. One thing that really helps to me is getting a good grounding in what my characters know and do, so I do a lot of research on those things.

With the end of the Revitalist trilogy and Morganville tying up with book #15 (Wow!!) this year, what’s up next for you?
I thought it was going to slow down a bit, but that plan isn’t working out — thankfully! Yes, I’m wrapping up almost all my existing series, but I have a new YA novel (Prince of Shadows) coming out in February that I’m very excited about, and we’re plunging bravely into the world of digital TV production! MORGANVILLE: THE SERIES funded on Kickstarter about a month ago, and we’re neck-deep in pre-production for the show, which will be available next spring. There are other things underway, too. SECRET THINGS.

So, you exceeded your goal for your Morganville web TV series Kickstarter — Congratulations! What else is on the to-do list before we get to see the final product?
So much! I’m working on the fulfillment of rewards right now. Just designed the postcards, which kinda rock, and the so-popular vampire bunny slippers have been ordered and are being shipped; we’ve got about four more pieces to pull together in the next three weeks but it’s coming together!

On the production side, the six 10-minute scripts are done, and we’re doing breakdowns and budgets prior to moving to the casting phase. But it’s moving fast!

We expect that filming will take place in October, with post-production starting in November. Hoping for a release in February or March 2014, but that’s dependent on a lot of factors we can’t yet calculate.
I know this is like asking who’s your favorite child but, out of all your amazing characters, who do you enjoy writing the most and why?
Oh, my … so tough! I find joy in all of them, honestly, but on balance I think I still have a special place in my heart for Joanne and David from the Weather Warden series, and in Morganville it would have to be Shane and Myrnin (who are not a couple, just a couple of crazy characters!). Revivalist would probably be Manny and Pansy, who sort of come as a set.

What’s your writing space like?
Sure! (not pictured:) Harlan the gargoyle, who occupies a place of honor on the small refrigerator next to the coffee station on the right side. Yes, it’s a turret. I have a writing turret. It is a thing of joy!

And a couple quickies (because I’m all about the quickie)…

Favorite indulgence?

Chocolate, beyond any doubt.

A must-have when writing?

Music. Absolutely music.

While writing, do you do it with music, in silence or does it depend on what you’re writing?
Heh, same answer – music is my muse. I construct playlists for each book. It’s a whole thing with me.

Best or favorite thing that’s happened to you or that you’ve gotten to do since getting published?
I could even START to pick. My life has become amazing, especially the last five years … and I think it boils down to people. One thing about success: it allows me to do more of what I love to do. Some of that is selfishly fun, like going to San Diego Comic-Con and fixing up my house and traveling a lot, but the other part of it is that I can spend a lot more time and money helping people, and that means the world to me. I try every day to spend either time or money helping others. And my readers have made that possible.

Rachel, thank you SO much for taking the time to answer my questions! I’m a huge fan of all of your series (though, I have to confess, the Weather Warden series is my favorite!) and look forward to your next ventures.

Thank YOU! So awesome to talk to you today! — Rachel

Rachel Caine is the NEW YORK TIMES and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the hit Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and many others.

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23 Responses to “Author Interview: Rachel Caine”

  1. I am excited and sad about the end of Morganville,a nd I need to finish the Revivalist trilogy, which I’m also excited about.
    I love the idea of live support via injection, it’s a great thing to base a trilogy on.
    Thank you for the lovely interview, I adore Rachel’s books.

  2. I love this interview, Mary! Admittedly I’ve only read Rachel’s Morganville Vampire series (yes, I have the first 14 books and am anxiously awaiting the last one!), but she seems to have a mass following in every genre and that’s amazing!

  3. This is a great interview Mary, I had the lucky chance to meet Rachel earlier this year, and she is such a lovely person to talk to. I really need to get a wriggle on with her Morganville vampire series, especially with it coming to an end soon. Thanks for sharing a great interview with us! 🙂

  4. Ooh what is this Prince of Shadows? Get into my TBR now!

    SOOOOOO excited for the Morganville web series, I can’t contain myself. There is squeeing happening. It’s shrill. 🙂

  5. Mmm, chocolate. As much as I love it, I’d have to go with Cheetos. So addicting. Which is sort of why I haven’t bought any in a few months 😛

    And I’ve heard amazing things about Rachel’s books! I just have to get started on them. But ooo, this series sounds good!

    • I do love my chocolate but when I need something salty, I definitely prefer Cheetos. Yummers.

      You definitely need to try out some of Rachel’s books! They’re fabulous.

  6. Okay I NEED that office! That is one amazing desk, love it! And how amazing that you got to interview her!
    I have read the first 5 or 7 (maybe even 10) of the Morganville books and LOVED them. I need to figure out where I stopped and get caught up cause they are so great. Awesome, awesome interview!

  7. Oh my gosh–I love Morganville, and I had no idea there was a Kickstarter for a TV series! What great news. I love the interview, especially the photo of that beautiful writing space. Thanks for all this, ladies!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. Lovely Interview! I was just starting to wonder where she got the idea of revivalist from! I’ve read all 14 TMV books and also the first two in the revivalist series. Unfortunately my copy of ‘Terminated’ is taking much longer than expected 🙁

    Also…I’m so EXCITED for the webs series!!! I remember praying for a miracle to happen when they were fundraising as it didn’t seem possible. Come on 2014 , I’m ready!!

    Great questions and answers and even though I love Shane, Michael is just a sweetie and always so protective and manly! He’s my favourite from the series. Who’s yours by the way?

  9. Fantastic review! I am so sad that the Revivalist series is ending. I guess it gives me a lot more time to catch up on the Weather Wardens and to finally start reading Morganville. Looking forward to the web series.