6 Questions with Rachel Vincent

Rachel Vincent writes about WereCats, so what’s not to like? 😉

1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity—where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane—and tell us why.

A week ago, I was at a three, calmly awaiting the release date. But since then, the revision letter for Rogue has come in, and I’m now on a deadline. I’m trying to balance the edits with the release excitement and book promotion, as well as a redesign of my website, and several interview requests. Everything’s coming at me pretty quickly, so I’d say I’m at about a nine right now.

2. Was it a conscious decision to have werecats rather than werewolves?

Yes, in fact, it was. Stray was a conscious attempt to write something marketable, after having just written my first two novels, which were too much of a genre blend to be saleable, both then and now. I love urban fantasy, but knew I didn’t have anything to add to vampire lore. However, at the time I’d never run into a book centered around werecats. So I dove right in, modeling the social structure after that of real-life lions, only with the proportion of males to females reversed. A real-life lion pride has many lionesses, but typically only one adult male. But my werecat Prides have many men and only one eligible woman a piece.

3. I cannot decide whether you’re a book abuser or not, since you break spines but you don’t dogear pages. What do you consider to be book abuse?

Oh, I’m not a book abuser! I’m a book lover! Breaking the spines is proof that you’ve actually read the book. Book abuse is using a book for anything other than its intended purpose. Like a coaster, for instance. Or a doorstop. Target practice. Or weapon. And yes, I’ve known people who have done all of the above. Next to that, breaking the spine to make a book easier to read can hardly be considered abuse. It’s more like a love pat. Or a literary caress. 😉

4. You’ve said on your blog the reason why you don’t read ebooks is because you do all writing stuff on the computer. Is that still the case?

Is it still true that I do all my writing stuff on the computer? Yes. My problem with e-books is that I can’t curl up with them, which means I can’t truly relax with one. I have to either sit up straight with my laptop burning my legs or sit at the straight-backed chair in front of my desktop. A little discomfort works in my favor when I’m writing and need to stay awake. But it keeps me from truly relaxing with a good book. But, as I also said on my blog, if and when I get a hand-held device, I will certainly give digital reads another shot. 😉

5. I’ve seen authors start blogs after getting an agent or a contract. Was getting a request for the full from Miriam Kriss the catalyst for starting a blog, or were you planning to start one at some point anyway?

Neither, actually. I had another blog before my current blog. That first one wasn’t regularly updated and didn’t have much of a readership. It was mostly just a way for me to comment easily on my friends’ blogs, and I started it at the suggestion of a fellow writer in my RWA chapter. Then, after I signed with Miriam, I started the blog I have now and dedicated myself to keeping it current. The earliest posts (involving signing with Miriam) were imported from my previous blog, in an attempt to preserve the record of my experiences along the road to publication.

6. Since your confession, have you started reading romances?

Actually, I have read several romances since then. Mostly paranormal, but I also read a historical last year that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have no problem with romance in fiction. In fact, I’ve never written a book that doesn’t involve a love story. I just prefer books in which the love story is a subplot—secondary to the action or intrigue.

Rachel Vincent blogs and has a LiveJournal with the same content. Stray should be available in a bookstores near you, and will be followed by Rogue in March 2008.

6 Responses to “6 Questions with Rachel Vincent”

  1. June 12, 2007 at 3:11 am

    A werecat story sounds like my kind of book. I don’t care for reading ebooks either, although I do because my CPs write them. 🙂

  2. June 12, 2007 at 9:59 am

    I’ve not read it yet, though I want to.

    I love ebooks! But you knew this already–and you’ll like them better once ebook readers become more affordable, I think. 🙂

  3. 3 joelysueburkhart
    June 13, 2007 at 3:52 am

    I just started this one, although I don’t have it listed on my blog yet. Good so far.

  4. June 13, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for the great interview! 🙂

  5. 5 Darla
    June 13, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Great interview Rachel! Take a look at sonystyle.com. They have a portable reader that I’ve been lusting after for a while now. Will make curling up with a good ebook much easier.

  6. June 22, 2007 at 2:27 am

    i read stray and iloved it..looking forwoard to reading your next book hopeits as good as the first

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