UFI welcomes Author Rachel Caine. Thanks for Joining us!!
What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?
Hmmm, well … when I’m not reading, writing, or watching films or TV, my favorite time-wasting passion is playing hidden object games on my computer. Yeah, not even cool Xbox games. Hidden object games. Sigh. (I love them, though.)
What do you enjoy doing on your down time?
Um … hidden object games. And also cooking – I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like, because of my schedule and travel, but when I can, I love working in the kitchen. I make a fabulous turkey/potato gourmet burrito, by the way.
What is your Favorite part of writing?
The process. As much as I moan and groan about getting up early, I love sinking myself into a story in process and letting it flow through my fingers. It just feels really good to me.
Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write?
I’m an early riser – not by choice, though. I discovered my brain was in the right mode to do its best work if I got up at 5 am and wrote until about noon or 1 pm. Sucks, but there it is; I get up early and get done early, typically. I also have to listen to music. (I’m listening to my soundtrack right now. Seriously, I have an INTERVIEW SOUNDTRACK. What a geek I am.)
What are some of your Favorite books or Authors in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Genres?
I suspect I’d be naming many of the same books people already love, but here goes – much love for Charlaine Harris’s Sookie books, Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden books, Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series … and Seanan McGuire’s books, always. Ann Aguirre’s anything at all. Kelley Armstrong. Going back a ways, Charles de Lint and Roger Zelazny.
Your Weather Warden series was one of the first UF series I read. Do you feel that your writing has changed from when you wrote about Joanne Baldwin to now with Bryn Davis?
I hope it’s grown and gotten better, but often it’s more about writing a different sort of character than before – someone fresh and new to you as a creator. I know I’ve learned some things, but there are always new bad habits to discover and unlearn, too. I’ve definitely gotten more comfortable with third person storytelling, and I can easily switch back and forth now.
Can you tell us a little bit about the world that The Revivalist series is set in?
It’s our world, basically … only the medical breakthroughs are a little more startling and terrifying. We already live in a pretty terrifying world in the US when it comes to healthcare and its lack of affordability or availability for many people. I was extrapolating and riffing on that a bit by making Bryn’s situation – hooked on a drug that she must take daily not to live, but to stave off final, irrevocable death – a metaphor for those of us who are dependent on pills or treatments that we may or may not be able to afford long-term. Of course, with a fantastic medical advance like the resurrection drug comes a lot of people with the motivation to use it for personal gain, power, or profit. So the world is changing, but on the surface, it’s still the same as ever.
In many ways, it’s like the world we’re in today … it’s a very different world than ten years ago, yet on the surface there appears to be little change.
Do you have a favorite scene in Terminated?
I think discovering Manny’s series of great hideouts was fun for me to write … I’d stumbled over an article about people who were buying old Cold War-era missile silos and transforming them into personal living quarters, and I thought, well, that's definitely something that Manny would be all over. But there are a lot of fun action scenes, too.
Which character was your favorite to write about? What about the hardest to write about?
Bryn has always felt very natural for me, and easy to write; I think in terms of “favorite” it’s always the spice you throw into the soup, so Manny and Pansy are my entertainment for my writing brain. Hardest for me is always Jane; she’s tough to stay with, because she’s so off. But that’s also entertaining, in a way.
What Other Projects can we look forward to reading from you?
The next thing out will be DAYLIGHTERS, the fifteenth and last Morganville Vampires novel in young adult; in February, we’ll be releasing PRINCE OF SHADOWS, a period retelling of Romeo and Juliet, with a twist. And of course I’ll be working on the web TV adaptation of MORGANVILLE: THE SERIES, filming this fall/winter!
Thank you so much for talking with me!
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.
In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s latest Revivalist novel, Bryn Davis’s problems quickly turn from dead to worse…
Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin—who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn’s lover Patrick—is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way.
And while Bryn’s allies aren’t about to go down without a fight, the secret she’s been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side—and her own lover—will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity…