I am a huge Rachel Caine fan. I tell everyone I can about her and her Morganville series. A few months ago, I was very excited to be able to review an ARC of her newest Morganville release Ghost Town. I absolutely loved this book, and it was definitely one of my favorites of the year. The books in this series just seem to be getting better and better with each new release. I was honored that Rachel agreed to an interview with me to showcase her for this event. So without further ado: BCM: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Rachel Caine: I always thought I was going to be a professional musician, and I studied hard at that for many years ... somewhere around age 14, though, I developed this odd habit of writing down stories. I thought it was just a fun hobby for many years, and I always had a day job (until this year, actually) -- never occurred to me to make it a career until quite late. I've had a lot of jobs ... payroll manager, office manager, graphic designer, web designer, corporate communications. I've been married for 18 years to a wonderful man, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad. Not a lot more to tell, I'm afraid!
BCM: When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
RC: I really didn't, exactly! I know that sounds weird, but I took it small steps. I wrote stories for myself. Eventually, I tried to sell some things, and finally, I tried to sell a book. But I don't think it was a conscious decision to be a writer. It was just kind of an experiment, until it wasn't!
BCM: If you were not a writer, what else could you see yourself doing?
RC: I'd probably be a musician, or else I'd have continued on in the business world. I actually had a lot of fun at both those things.
BCM: What was the first book you ever wrote (not necessarily published, just wrote)
RC: I never finished anything until I was hired to write my first book, STORMRIDERS, which was a media tie in novel. So that's the first book I wrote!
BCM: How do you come up with your ideas?
RC: I think it's more a question of starting from an obvious point, and then trying to work outward in a "what if" spiral until you come up with something that both interests you as a creative person, and sounds original. I don't think there's any real magic to it ... or if there is, I don't know if we can really explain how it happens!
BCM: The Morganville series has been extended from nine to twelve books. Do you know how it is going to end, or is that still a work in process?
RC: I have a very good idea at this point how Book 12 is going to go. I've already completely plotted out Book 11, but you never know ... things could take a fast left turn at any point on me, it's happened before!
BCM: I have heard people say they want to see Morganville on the big, or even small, screen. Is that something that you would like to see happen? And would you prefer a TV series, or a movie version made?
RC: I'd love to see either one happen, and in fact the series has been optioned for film/tv by a prominent producer, but there's no real guarantee that things will work out ... obviously, they're working hard on it, but you can never really know whether things will get made or not. I hope so. As to my preference ... I like the format of TV for such a long and involved storyline, but I'd be happy with either one!
BCM: Do you base any of your characters on real people in your life?
RC: No, generally I don't. Claire is a bit like me, and I used one of my experiences in college (having my laundry stolen my first week in the dorm) to help get me started with her character, but I can't really say I've based too many characters on real people.
BCM: I know that all your characters are probably like children to you, but is there any that stands out for you more than others? Maybe even a favorite character?
RC: I'm odd, I know, but I don't think of them as children at all ... I can't, because one of the key things to being a writer is to be able to hurt your characters, and I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable thinking of them as my kids. I love writing Shane because I almost always know what he's going to do ... and Myrnin because I never know. But I always love whichever character I'm writing at the time!
BCM: You have three different series out now. Is there one that you like writing more than the others? Why?
RC:I love writing all of them, but the YA series is really fun, and I have to confess that it's a delight to sit down with Morganville, every time.
BCM: What is your favorite genre of books?
RC: Oddly, it's a genre I don't write much: thrillers. I also love historical mysteries.
BCM: What are you reading now?
RC: I'm re-reading THE SPLENDOR FALLS by Rosemary Clement-Moore, and just got BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl!
BCM: Who are some of your favorite authors?
RC: Too many to name, but here's a start: Roger Zelazny, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.N. Elrod, Barbara Hambly, Jim Butcher, Lee Child, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Charlaine Harris, Richelle Mead ... I just can't even begin to tell you how many favorites I have!
BCM: What is your favorite book of all time?
RC: I really don't have one, but I re-read THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL by Baroness Orczy pretty often.
BCM: Who is your favorite character from a book?
RC: I think it's probably Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's series.
BCM: Thank you so much for agreeing to be part of our event! I am very excited to be able to showcase you as one of my favorite authors, as well as one of my favorite books of the year.
RC: Thank you SO MUCH!
For more information about Rachel Caine, The Morganville Vampires, or her other two series, Weather Warden and Outcast Season, go here.
If you want your own copy of Ghost Town, Rachel Caine has graciously contributed one copy to give away to one lucky winner. Good luck!
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- Last day to enter is December 15th.