Friday, July 31, 2009

Author Interview: Rachel Vincent

Today, I'm thrilled to be featuring one of my favorite authors Rachel Vincent. Rachel’s young adult debut, My Soul to Take, will hit the shelves on August 1, 2009. My Soul to Take is the first in the Soul Screamers series, about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) trying to balance a normal high school experience with the terrifying, hidden world she’s just discovered.

Your Shifters series is doing quite well, what made you decide to write for YAs?
Thank you! I hope the Shifters books do well. I work very hard on them, but this is a tough time for the publishing industry as a whole. As for what made me decide to write YA, well... reading YA. I was late to the Harry Potter movement, but devoured them after a friend (an adult) put the first one in my hand. Then I read Scott Westerfeld, Laurie Halse Anderson, and several others, and discovered how much YA had changed since I was a member of the target audience. If they were publishing things like that when I was in high school, I wasn't finding it. But when I saw how wide open the possibilities were, I knew I wanted to try it. And I absolutely fell into my YA world. Buried myself in it, and barely came up for air. ;-)

How did you come up with the Soul Screamers' World?
I started with a concept. Based on my research, I knew I wanted to write about a bean sidhe, but that she'd need to be able to do more than scream to herald death. So I brainstormed ideas for what her scream could really mean. What she might really be doing, but humans wouldn't be able to see. Once I knew what she could do (and how), I needed to come up with some conflict. What would stop her from doing what came natural. Why? The answers, and the world building, really came from there. And readers will get a much, much deeper look at the world building in the second and third books, due out January 1 and June 1 of 2010.

Did you learn anything fascinating researching for this series?
Oh, tons of stuff. Like, in some of the older Irish tales, bean sidhes were supposed to have wailed specifically for only one of the five great Irish clans. One of those clans was the Kavanah family, and Kaylee's last name, Cavanaugh, is a bit of homage to that tradition.

Are there any parts in My Soul to Take that were hardest to write?
Um... Yes, the original drafts, I really messed up the scene in the restaurant, where Kaylee and Nash are having breakfast (originally it was lunch). There was no chemistry, and my writing was about as sharp as a dull blade. But I feel like I got it right in the rewrites. It now carries more of an emotional punch, and a strong reference to Kaylee's time in the psychiatric ward.

What are your expectations for your YA series?
I honestly don't know what to expect. I'm crossing my fingers, but trying not to get my hopes up. I've been warned that often YA books experience a "slow build" as word of mouth between teenagers begins to travel. And that's really all I could ask for. ;-)

What are you currently working on?
I'm about to start Alpha, the last of my (adult) Shifters books, and I'm really having trouble wrapping my mind around that. I've never ended a series before, and it really kind of hurts, just thinking about saying goodbye to Faythe and her world. But this is where her story ends. I've known that all along. Now I just hope I can do it justice.

Do you plan on writing another YA series after you finish your Soul Screamers series?
I would absolutely love to! Unfortunately, it's premature to talk about that just yet. I have to wait and see if there's an audience for this first series before I jump into another one. Again, crossing my fingers!

Is there anything else you would like the readers to know about you or your books? Um... my books (both adult and YA) are character driven, but also very plot intensive. I try to capture emotion, and I'd rather my characters make decisions that are realistic based on who they are at the time, than to always make the "right" choices. Who wants to read about perfect people? The whole point is to watch them grow, right? And grow they do. ;-)

Thanks Again! Thank you so much for having me!

Thank you Rachel for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer questions!

For more information about Rachel Vincent and her books, please visit her website here.

37 comments:

  1. Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors too. I love her shifter series. I finished My Soul to Take a couple of days ago and I absolutly loved it. I think she did a great job on it. I hadn't read a book about bean sidhes before, so it was interesting. So looking forward to the next book.

    Great Interview

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  2. Shes one of my favorites too.the Shifters series is fantastic.
    I can't wait to read My Soul to Take.

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  3. Great interview! Have loved everything Rachel has written, and really looking forward to reading My Soul to Take. Thanks Rachel! Good job Tina! :)

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  4. Her new YA book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it! Awesome idea!

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  5. I have followed Rachel V since her first shifters book and LOVE her I can not wait to read MSTT!! Awsome interview as always and what wicked cool review site! :)

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  6. Another great interview! I just LOVE Rachel's books, both adult and YA. They are just so awesome and her characters are just so real. Supernatural tendencies aside! ;)

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  7. Great interview!!! So many things I didnt know, really interesting ^^ and the book just looks so good.

    --Mariana

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  8. Good interview - it was interesting to read about some of the stuff she found during research - and how she incorporated that into the story (Kaylee's last name, for instance).

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  9. Awesome interview! And I agree with Rachel that authentic rather than perfect behavior makes for the best characters!

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  10. I want to read her book so bad! She seems really cool :)

    -Briana

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  11. Awesome interview! Found out some cool and interesting things!!

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  12. Definitely agree that it's better for characters to act like themselves rather than role models when making decisions!

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  13. Great interview. Thanks for taking the time to do it.

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  14. I'm looking forward to reading her book and I'm glad she's considering another YA series!

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  15. What a great interview! That was fascinating to read! I so want to get hold of My Soul to Take!

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  16. Great interview!! She is a really good writer! can't wait to read more of her work!

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  17. Great interview! It makes me want to read more of Rachel's works.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. What a awesome interview, Rachel seems so sweet. I just got her first book, Stray, from the library and I'm eager to start it.

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  19. I've heard a lot of great things about "My Soul to Take". I've never read Rachel's books, but I'll definitely be putting this on my to read shelf!

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  20. Awesome post! Always a pleasure to learn what makes an author tick!

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  21. Sounds like a good and interesting book! I'll put it o my TBR list! ;)
    Thanks for the interview.

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  22. Wow, a lot of praises about the author here. I should definitely try reading her books. :)

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  23. I haven't read this author before but I've been really wanting to try out her werecat series. Such a neat premise for all her books!

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  24. I cannot wait to read this! And Rachel Vincent's other books. Awesome interview!

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    Jessica

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  25. Great interview! I'd love to read her book. :)

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  26. I've never read anything by Rachel Vincent, but am looking forward to reading some of her books. Harry Potter is also one of the reasons I like to read YA as well.

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  27. Her shifter books were amazing i cant wait to read these!

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  28. Nicee! I should read some of these..

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  29. Her books seem so interesting, I definitely need to read them. Plus, I love the cover of My Soul to Take (then again, who doesn't)

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  30. Love the interview! I see her point about how much YA has changed in recent times, because the idea of supernatural and paranormal, as well as serious issues was practically nonexistent until this past decade. Brilliant stuff! I haven't read the Shifter series yet, but after this interview, I think I have to. I love emotion-based writing =)

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  31. I remember reading this interview. Could have swore I had left a comment. Huge fan of Rachel Vincent's, and I haven't read a single one of her books. Yes, that may seem ridiculous. You know how sometimes you have a feeling you are just going to love a book. That's what I get with Vincent. Can't wait til I review her book series.

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  32. This was an interesting interview and Rachel is definitely very creative. During her research, it must have been exciting hearing about the old Irish tales.

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  33. Great interview! This book sounds really interesting and different...I've never heard of a bean sidhe before. I can't wait to read this book!

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  34. This sounds like an awesome book! This is one my fav authors. I absoloutly ADORE her shifters series

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  35. Great interview! I didn't know that she writes for adults too. Her shifters series look awesome!

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  36. Sounds like a great series. I think it would really kill a girls confidence to spend time in a psychiatric ward, especially since I'm assuming that it's because she's a banshee but others wouldn't believe.

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