Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with Rachel Vincent

I'd like to welcome Rachel Vincent to my blog today, this gifted author has two amazing series out in the reading world right now; her adult Shifters series as well as her young adult Soul Screamers series. You can read my reviews of the final Shifters book, Alpha, here and her newest Soul Screamers book, My Soul to Steal, here.

1. When did you first start writing, and was there something in particular that inspired you?

I was five. I wrote (and illustrated) a story about a class field trip to the zoo. I literally don’t remember a time I wasn’t writing (except a total hiatus for a few years after college, to try out the “real world”) so I can’t really point to a particular inspiration. I’ve just always been writing.

2. What first attracted you to the paranormal/urban fantasy realm when it comes to writing?

I write the kind of stuff I like to read. The fantastic. My real life is boring. My fiction shouldn’t be. ;)

3. In regards to your own characters, who is your favorite and why?

I like Faythe. I know a lot of readers aren’t fond of her, but I like her. I wouldn’t have written six books about her if I wasn’t. I like that she fights ceaselessly. I loved Ethan. And Jace. In Soul Screamers, I think Tod and Sabine are the most fun to write, but I’m starting to really admire Kaylee.

4. What other genres (besides your own) do you enjoy reading?

I’ve been really into contemporary YA lately…

5. If you could not be a writer, what would you be?

I’d probably still be a high school English teacher. But honestly, I like writing better. Ninth graders kind of glaze over when you try to teach grammar.

6. As a reader I know how difficult it can be to name a ‘favorite’ book, would you mind listing your top three? (Past or present authors)

The Stand. Swan Song. I haven’t narrowed it down any further than that. I’ve loved lots of books, but these are the two I’ve reread multiple times.

7. What are some must haves when you sit down to write?

Coffee. I’ve started mentally associating it with the creative process, evidently. Pavlov’s writer.

8. If you became trapped as a character in a book or series, which would you choose and why? (Any book, any series, new or old)

Oooh, that’s tough. I like to read about people overcoming serious problems, but I don’t think I’d want to actually experience any of those problems. I like being an observer. ;)

Rachel has kindly offered a copy of My Soul To Steal to one lucky commenter! Simply leave Rachel a question or a comment, she will be popping in periodically throughout the giveaway.

Here are the rules:

- Open to International addresses.

- Contest closes February 22, 2011 12AM EST.

- Leave a comment or question in the comments section and then fill out the form below to enter.


  1. Great giveaway! I just wanted to say congrats on all of your work and I cannot wait to get started on the shifter series!! Great giveaway too Thanks so much!!

  2. Awesome giveaway ! I hope to win !

  3. Thanks for the giveaway :D I hope to win too! :')
    Question for Rachel: You said you won't be doing anymore books from Faythe's POV, any chance you will be writing books from the other characters POV? I'm already looking forward to Abby's story in Chicks Kick Butt though :)

  4. Rachel, your books are amazing!
    I am a sucker for good cover art. Who is your cover art designer?

  5. Hi Rachel if you could write another genre out of your norm what would be and why?

    I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/BookLovershaway/status/37582445356400641


  6. Do you have to do any research for your novels?

  7. Shifters has ended and the books were amazing. I loved the series and now I miss it. I cannot wait until your upcoming new series. Congrats on the shifters series.

  8. I found this series through the free novella on barnes and noble, and I could not put it down. I have read books 1-3 and cannot wait to finish! This series was beautifully written. Thank you for making it happen.

  9. Great interview.I loved the Shifters series and starting Soul Screamers soon.
    What was one of the hardest scenes for you to write and which one was your favorite to write from either series?

  10. I have a bunch your books on my self and I cannot wait to start reading them (I think most of the Shifter books).

    Thank you for the contest and the interview!

  11. I loved your shifters series. I can't wait to start reading the Soul Screams series, I've had the first book on my TBR pile and I think I'm going to begin it soon.

  12. I love both of your series: The Shifter and SoulScreamers.

    My question: What inspire you to write about bashees for your YA series?

  13. Todd is awesome. His character seems haunted (ha ha) with a story to tell. I understand that his book reaper is an e book. Will he ever get his own printed book or series? Did his character grow on you and demand to be written?

    I just ordered book one in the shifter series and am exited to read it.

  14. i miss marc already! soul screamers is epic! xx

  15. Great giveaway. Love your books and looking forward to the new series.

  16. What is the favorite coffee of choice for writing?


Sorry about the CAPTCHA folks. I'm getting too much spam again!!

Thank you for taking the time to comment! I read every one that I receive and I appreciate your thoughts.