Friday, December 30, 2011

Interview with Rachel McClellan - author of Fractured Light

As a part of Fractured Light Blog Tour by Rachel McClellan I also got an opportunity to interview the author. You can find the first blog tour post I made about Fractured Light here:

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Fractured Light - Rachel McClellan!

The interview is divided into several sections. First section is about Rachel, second section is about her books, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.

Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

RM: I am a wife and a mother of four, but deep down I’m just a girl who’s trying to follow a dream despite being in her thirties. I want to live life to the fullest and when I’m a ninety, I want to look back on my life with no regrets.

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

RM: It wasn’t really inspiration but more of a constant nagging from the characters inside my head. It’s hard to listen to them all.

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

RM: When I was a girl I wanted to be a number of things. The first was a veterinarian. I loved animals. Then I wanted to be a lawyer. I loved to prove my point (though I often failed). Then I wanted to be a psychologist. I loved to get inside peoples heads. Then I wanted to be an actress. I loved pretending to be someone else. But then I realized that through writing I could be it all and more.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?

RM: I’ve always loved to write, but I didn’t take it seriously until a trip to Ireland in 2007. Something there made me believe in myself and gave me the confidence I needed to take writing seriously. I began writing my first book in Ireland, a book titled THE DEVIL AND THE FOOL. The idea came to me when I was visiting an extremely old graveyard. That scene I wrote is still one of my favorites.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

RM: I love to play racquetball, volleyball, basketball, pretty much any sport. I also like to cook and dip chocolate truffles. Decorating them, though, is the most fun. When I’m not doing any of those things, I love my TV shows: Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Being Human, Once Upon a Time.

RM: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

MR: Trying to keep everything in balance. My writing can suck me in for hours if I let it, but that’s not fair to my family. They are my priority.

MR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

RM: I like working with children and teens. Because of this, I think I’d be a teacher.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

RM: Music. I can write anything listening to it.

MR: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

RM: Not yet, thank goodness. And I completely attribute this to music.

Part II

Let’s talk about books!

MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?

RM: It was a strange mix of, “No way!” “It’s a mistake.” “This is the coolest!” “People are going to read something I wrote?” “Finally!” “What if everyone hates it?”

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

RM: Before I begin any story, I make sure I know the end. Then I monitor my word count to make sure the end comes around 80,000 words. I don’t do any heavy outlining, just major plot points. And I make sure I know my characters well before I begin.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

RM: You have to do it every day. Even on busy days, I make sure I write at least one sentence because that sentence always turns into more.

MR: Where did you get the idea for your book Fractured Light from? How was the book born?

RM: My friend and I had bought a writing book and were completing the writing assignments inside it. One of them was about loss. Instantly I pictured a girl with crazy blond/white hair at her father’s funeral. Instead of being consumed with grief, the girl was trying to figure out how she was going to avoid death when it came for her. Llona was born.

MR: Which character do you love most in Fracture Light? Which character can you mostly relate to?

RM: I love Llona. Her sense of humor surprised me, and I liked writing about her. I look up to her and wish I could be as strong as her. I relate to her in the fact that it took me a long time to believe in myself, too.

MR: I’m aware that your book is pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons? Do you base your fiction on some experiences you have had and people you have met?

RM: May reminds me of my younger sister. I kept finding myself writing certain characteristics of hers into May’s character. As for other characters, they are all loosely based on someone I know or crossed paths with. It’s true what they say, you write what you know.

MR: How many books have you planned in Fractured Light series?

RM: Three.

MR: I must ask you about next book in the series. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

RM: Fractured Truth is about Llona at Lucent Academy. Even though she is among her own kind, the Aura’s, she’s still considered different because she’s an outsider. Not only that, but she’ll also have to deal with the consequences of what happened at the end of book one. Llona’s going to have to dig deep to over come it. Add this to all the weird thing going on at Lucent. Not everything is as it seems.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? I have several. Dean Koontz, C.S. Lewis, Mary Shelley, Joshua Gaylord, Ayn Rand, and many more.
What is your favorite book or series? I love the Chronicles of Narnia, Odd Thomas series, Hunger Games
What is your favorite book blog you follow? There are so many good ones out there. But, honestly, I’ve always enjoyed yours. I was very excited when I saw you were going to be a part of my blog tour.
What is your favorite song? Tough one. So many good ones. I love The lonely by Christina Perri, Highland’s Apparition and Red by Chevelle, The Old Mission and House Carpenter by Hurt, One by Metallica, Trinity and Ira Deorum by James Dooley
What is your favorite season? Fall
What is your favorite food? Depends on my cravings. Right now it would be a rolled up, cream-cheese stuffed crepe with a warm strawberry syrup and a dollop of whip cream Okay, three, no four, dollops.
What is your favorite car? I want Dean’s car on Supernatural – a black 1967 Chevy Impala – although I’d go with a two-door instead of four.
What is your favorite color? Black
What is your favorite movie? I love the newer Batman’s. And Moulin Rouge. And the newest Sherlock Holmes. Oh, and I love the Underworld series.
What is your favorite time of the day? When the kids go to bed. Magic hour is from 9 to midnight.
What is your favorite weather? I love a good rainstorm.

Thank you so much for answering all my many questions, Rachel! I really appreciate it!

I would highly recommend Fractured Light! I really enjoyed reading it and can't wait to the next book in the series! You can find my review, information about the book and other things needed here:
There is also a giveaway of Fractured Light, so click on the link above and enter!

Happy reading!


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