Change the Word: What was the inspiration for this book?
Rachel Carrington: I think I've mentioned this in other interviews even thought I try not to be repetitive. A good friend of mine was murdered, and her killer is in prison right now. I've often imagined what it would be like if he were to escape. Who would he go after next? That got me to thinking of pitting brother against sister. Yes, I know I have a warped imagination.
CTW: What was the biggest challenge you encountered writing this book? How did you overcome it?
RC: The biggest challenge for me was the ending. I didn't want it to be so cut and dried. Major fight scene, the killer gets his comeuppance, and all is right with the world. So I threw in a twist which I won't spoil here.
CTW: Are you a plotter or a pantser? How does that shape your storytelling process?
RC: I'm a little of both now. I used to a straight pantser, but the more books I write, the more I need to keep them the storylines in order. I don't want anything to overlap so now I make notes. I'm not a plotter in the strictest sense of the word, but I do make a brief outline just to keep me on track.
CTW: What is your editing process like?
RC: After I finish a book, I always put it aside for at least a week, usually two. Then I come back to it with fresh eyes and begin the self-editing process. Tara Kleinfelter, an editor with Samhain Publishing, gave a wonderful presentation two years ago at a writer's conference that detailed self-editing. The handout sheet she gave has been invaluable to me.
CTW: Do you have beta readers or do you share your story with buddies first? What's your relationship like?
RC: I have two beta readers who, after I've gone through my book until my vision has blurred, read it thoroughly and make suggestions to improve it. Once I input their changes, I read through the book once more.
I have wonderful relationships with my beta readers. They've become my friends, and I might not have gotten to know them had I not been a writer. Just another reason why I love being a writer.
CTW: How do you keep yourself motivated to write?
RC: Sometimes it can be a struggle when I'm really, really tired, but at the beginning of last year I set a goal to write every night no matter what. I met that goal and have continued that same regimen into this year. Even if it's just one or two lines, I get something written. I think being in the habit of writing keeps me motivated.
CTW: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
RC: I can't stress this enough. Find a mentor! Get involved on the boards and like author Facebook pages to meet as many authors as possible. Eventually, you'll connect with one, and he/she will make a difference in your writing career.
CTW: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead (but while they were living) who would it be and why?
RC: Stephanie Meyer. I'd love to know more about her creation of the Cullens' world and if the actors/actresses who brought them to life fit with the way she imagined they would be.
CTW: What's next for you and your writing career?
RC: Presently, I'm working on a non-fiction book (already into Chapter Three) and another suspense/thriller story. I've mentioned in other places that when I was looking for a house, I got the idea for a creepy thriller about real estate agents. My agent asked to be in the book, and I've happily obliged her!
CTW: Anything else you would like to share?
RC: Three of my books have been released in audio, and the narrators did a fantastic job. Vampire Cursed, Vampire Forgotten, and Waking Up Immortal are all available at Audible.com, Amazon.com, and itunes.com. Thanks so much for the interview! I appreciate the opportunity to spend time with you here today.
Read my review of Extreme Measures here.
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