Today I welcome Rachel Vincent to my blog (sqee) and she is here to talk about her journey through the years with Faythe.
Before that though, some information on the book we are here to talk about Alpha. 🙂
Alpha officially releases October 1st, but you can pre-order it already at almost all stores (and you should, cause it rocks). Here is a summary of the book:
The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc, and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder, and treason. Yeah, we’ve been busy. But now it’s time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother’s death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.
It’s not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I’m heading for a final showdown that can–that will–change everything forever. A showdown I’m not sure I’m ready for.
But life never waits until you’re ready
Summary from Goodreads.com
Sounds great right? Well it is awesome! I was lucky enough to get Alpha a couple of days early so I have reviewed it already here. I also have an exclusive one line teaser from Alpha and a contest to win your own copy of Alpha, yay! But first, here is what Rachel said about life with Faythe:
I turned thirty-two years old this summer, and every new day is a reminder that I’m not getting any younger, and I should be exercising in an attempt to keep these old bones from falling apart.
Faythe is not quite twenty-four, and she gets enough exercise for us both. But in spite of the fact that I’m now more than eight years older than she is, in a way, Faythe and I have grown up together.
I wrote Stray in the late fall/early winter of 2004. I then rewrote it several times during the first half of 2005. After being rejected that summer by one editor (on my twenty-seventh birthday), Stray found literary representation in November of 2005, went out to editors on Jan 2, 2006, and received the first offer eleven days later, on Friday, Jan. 13th, 2006.
[Incidentally, this is firm proof that Friday the 13th is actually good luck, and birthdays are evil.]
Throughout that early journey with Faythe, no one ever told me she was a spoiled brat. I didn’t find that out until the first reviews started trickling in during the first half of 2007, in advance of the June 1 release.
I, of course, was shocked and devastated. Someone didn’t love my Faythe? How could that be possible? Why would anyone want to scrub the new-and-shiny from my first release, before the book even came out?!
Faythe was called spoiled, and whiny, and too stupid to live (TSTL=the cardinal sin for fictional heroines). Do I think she was too stupid to live? Honestly, no. I don’t. Proof? She not only survived, she thrived. She kicked ass, saved lives, and even took a few names. So, in my mind at least, the TSTL issue has been put to bed. Which just means that I was able to stop obsessing over it. 😉
As for the spoiled and whiny issue…evidently I was the only one who couldn’t see it. I thought Faythe was kind of heroic for standing up for herself and demanding freedom, while everyone else thought she was pointlessly stubborn for wanting to run away from the only place in the world she’d be safe. Can I see that in retrospect? Yeah. And in fact, #1 says that the only reason I couldn’t see that at the time was that Faythe and I were too much alike. Evidently being spoiled and whiny blinds one to those traits in others. 😉
But I think there may be another reason I couldn’t see Faythe’s more childish traits in the beginning: for me, her parents weren’t as fully developed in Stray as they would become in the rest of the series. When I first wrote Faythe, I didn’t know that her parents were actually noble and protective, and an incredibly stable system of support. I only knew that they boxed her into a role she never wanted, made it clear that her college freedom was only temporary, and refused to let her fight her own battles. Either of which would have pissed me off, if I were in her place.
Over the course of the many rewrites, Greg and Karen evolved. Their motives and personalities came into much tighter focus. But Faythe’s rebellion didn’t. That’s my fault, and the only excuse I can give is that I was as new to the writing game as Faythe was to…real life.
Since then, we’ve both grown. Faythe is now kinda awesome. She’s kicking more ass, saving more lives, and taking responsibility for people who can’t protect themselves. And even some people who can.
And I have let her grow up.
Looking back, I can now clearly see why some people didn’t like Faythe in the beginning. But I don’t regret writing her the way she is in Stray, even though the writer I am now would probably have written her differently. Why? Because if she’d started the series as a perfectly mature, responsible person, she wouldn’t have had any room to grow. She had lessons to learn—most of them the hard way.
And so did I.
Thank you so much for stopping by Rachel! It means so much to me 🙂 Rachel was also kind enough to give me a one line teaser from the book and here it is:
“I’m not seeing a strong father-son relationship here, Alex. You two make Anakin and Luke look like Andy and Opie.” -from Alpha, pg 154
I love that quote! So, now that you have read the summary, read the teaser and read what Rachel had to say don’t you want to win a copy of Alpha? You should! Well here is your chance, I am giving a copy away. The contest will start today and run until Saturday, Tuesday, October 18th 2010 at midnight. Please leave a comment below (don’t forget to include your email please)! Want an extra entry? I will give you a bonus point if you tweet or link to this contest (Twitter, sidebar, facebook, etc.) Only one extra entry per person. I will use random.org to choose the winner Good luck!
Contest is now closed.