Today we have the lovely Rachel Carrington, author of numerous fantasy, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense novels and series, one being her latest release, Waking Up Immortal. Check out her interview below to get a better idea of the woman behind the book.
Rachel: I recently completed the first book in a paranormal/science fiction romance that is different from anything I’ve ever done before. It does lean toward urban fantasy, but it does have its fair share of paranormal thrown in.
Rachel: The best parts just keep happening. Every contract I sign. Every sale I make. Every reader who asks for my autograph. Those are the best parts. The worst parts are, of course, the rejections, the bad reviews, but those are simply part of this process. You can’t have the good without the bad. Of course, I’m always holding a tub of Rocky Road ice cream as I tell myself that. LOL
Rachel: I can’t really name one person as it has been a conglomeration of people. Fellow authors, friends, book bloggers, and readers all influence my writing. Not because I’m trying to please everyone, but because they care enough to provide input, to help me improve in the areas where I need to improve.
Rachel: I have a list of fun facts about me on my website, and I’ve shared several other facts in past interviews. So it keeps getting harder coming up with new things. J Hopefully, I haven’t listed these anywhere else.
I live near the beach, but I don’t swim. I don’t want to learn how to swim, either.
I don’t think I’ll ever return to writing straight contemporary romance, but I will continue to shuffle genres as it keeps my creative juices flowing, and I enjoy the challenge.
Rachel: I usually have favorite series rather than just a favorite book so I’ll list some of those. You can’t go wrong choosing a book from these series!
The Undead Series by Mary Janice Davidson
The Peachville High Demon Series by Sarra Cannon
The Bones books by Kathy Reichs
Rachel: I don’t really have what you would call a quirk. At least, I don’t think I do. I did make a goal this year to write every day no matter what, and it’s been interesting figuring out how to get that writing time in with all the things that have been going on. I’ve written in some pretty strange places.
Rachel: Please learn as much as you can about self-editing. If you’re not familiar enough with grammar, take a free course online. You should know the basics before you send your book to an editor.
Rachel: Thanks so much for having me today. I have many different homes on the internet which include my website at www.dawnrachel.com, my Facebook page at rachelcarringtonwrites, my Twitter page @rcarrington2004, Pinterest @rcarrington2004, and Goodreads @ Rachel Carrington. I’m sure there are a few more I’m missing, but those are the basics.
I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.
After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.
I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read paranormal romance, romantic suspense, young adult fantasy and paranormal, create videos, shop, cross-stitch, cook, and drink lots of coffee.