I am leaving for BEA tomorrow and I am so excited to go!! Before I go though, I was lucky enough to get an interview with Rachel Vincent! You can read the interview below and Rachel was kind enough to offer a signed copy of My Soul to Keep so read on after the interview to enter for a chance to win!
A Bookworms Haven: What gave you the initial idea for the Soul Screamers series?
Rachel Vincent: The decision to write about bean sidhes was a very conscious attempt to explore a bit of folklore that hadn’t been overused in fiction, but that was still easily accessible. Bean sidhes are an established part of Gaelic folklore, but my research provided very little of the hows and whys regarding their wail. So I had plenty of un-answered questions to work with. The world-building came from there—from answering my own questions.
A Bookworms Haven: There are not many books out right now about bean sidhes (banshees), have you done a lot of research to learn about them or have you been using your imagination to create this world?
Rachel Vincent: I’ve done both! Where the lore leaves blanks, I let my imagination step in. It’s a lot of fun!
A Bookworms Haven: In the prequel of the Soul Screamers series, My Soul to Lose we met Lydia who we never quite figure out, will we ever learn more about her or get to meet another being like her?
Rachel Vincent: I hope so. But she’s not currently written into any of the books yet.
A Bookworms Haven: Kaylee has been through a lot in this series and in My Soul to Keep her world gets turned upside down. Do you ever find it difficult to write knowing the path ahead is going to be rough for the characters?
Rachel Vincent: I find it difficult to write anyway. Writing is very hard work. But yes, it is sometimes hard to take characters down paths I know will be unpleasant. But that’s part of the job. As the writer, I have to remain true to the story.
A Bookworms Haven: As the series has progressed we have also met many other types of beings, such as demons and grim reapers, have you done research to add in these new characters or do they come from your own imagination?
Rachel Vincent: No, I actually haven’t researched grim reapers. In fact, I can’t remember ever reading about grim reapers in contemporary fiction, though I know they’re out there. And a couple of people have told me since the first book came out that my reapers remind them of a TV show that went off the air a few years ago, but I’ve never seen it. I do plan to watch it eventually, but not until I’m done writing the Soul Screamers series.
As for the hellions, I made most of it up, but I do take the names and attributes from some established demon sources.
A Bookworms Haven: You have also been writing an adult series about werecats, do you find it hard to shift gears from adult to young adult when writing?
Rachel Vincent: Sometimes. I usually have to go back and re-read a bit from the previous book in each series to get back into that “place” before I start a new book.
A Bookworms Haven: Do you ever find that you are stuck while writing? If so how do you get through it?
Rachel Vincent: I don’t often get stuck in the actual writing, because my books are outlined in advance. But things do change during the writing process, and sometimes what I’d intended to happen is no longer possible, and in those cases, yeah, there’s sometimes a stressful day or two when I’m trying to come up with a workable solution. I usually talk the problem over with both my critique partner and my husband. They throw ideas at me, and most of those bounce off (they don’t click, for whatever reason) but invariably, something one of them says will be that spark I needed to lead me to the right idea.
A Bookworms Haven: What are some of the books on your bookshelf right now?
Rachel Vincent: White Cat, by Holly Black and Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
A Bookworms Haven: Are there any books coming out soon, besides your own, that you are especially excited about?
Rachel Vincent: I read early copies of Banished by Sophie Littlefield and Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and loved them both.
A Bookworms Haven: In the YA world you are working on your Soul Scremers books, will you write any more adult series? Or any other YA titles?
Rachel Vincent: Yes, I have a new adult series currently set to debut next year.
A Bookworms Haven: Do you have anything else you would like to add?
Rachel Vincent: Thanks for having me!
A Bookworms Haven: Thanks so much for the interview Rachel!
My Soul to Keep hits stores officially June 1st (but some stores have it on shelves already.) Make sure you stop by Rachel’s site here for more news on her Soul Screamers series and other things she is working on!