July 31, 2009

Interview & Giveaway with Rachel Vincent

Hello all my lovely readers! I've got a special surprise for all of you. Can you guess what it is? Huh, can ya? I guess if you read the title of this post you already know. I'm super excited about this because I am a HUGE Rachel Vincent fan.

Rachel is the author of the Shifters series and the Soul Screamers series.

First I want to say thank you, Rachel, for giving me the opportunity to ask you these questions:)

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Um... I've always wanted to be a writer, but I didn't realize I might be able to make a career of it until I started my first novel, in May of 2004. I haven't looked back since.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

I think working parent/writers are my biggest inspiration. If people juggling full time day jobs and full time family commitments can still find time to write, and to write well, there's absolutely no reason that I can't. Or that anyone else can't, given the determination.

How do you create your characters?

I've found that they develop a lot with each text, based on what they're going through. The events and their decisions change people in books, just as in real life. So really, my characters are developed, at least in part, by the worlds they live in. By what's expected of them, and whether or not they rise to the occasion.

Are they based on real people?

No. Never. I don't feel like I have the right to write about real people, and I'd hate for someone I know to come off in an unflattering light in a book, and be offended. My characters are fiction, pure and simple.

If you could trade places with anyone, past or present, real or fiction, who would it be and why?

Truly, no one. I'm happy where I am in my life and wouldn't trade it for anything. ;-)

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 items, what would they be and why?

Something to write with, something to write on, and some form of shelter. The necessities, you know. ;-0

If you couldn't be a writer anymore, what would be your second career choice?

I taught 9th grade English for a short while before becoming a writer, and I have a huge respect for teachers. So that would be a slim possibility. But there's a lot less creative freedom in that line of work. Other than that, I don't know! Guess I better make sure this writing thing pans out, huh? ;-)

What is your favorite kind of food?

Oh, I love junk food. Popcorn, hot wings, french fries dipped in honey mustard. But I can't afford to eat like that very often, so that's how I tend to celebrate things. Rarely. ;-) As for music, I have very eclectic tastes. Everything from 80s hair bands to Pink, to Papa Roach. I treally depends on what I need to feel like at that moment.

What hollywood hunk makes you drool?

Well, most of the new crop of male stars are to... how should I say this? They're too small and pretty for my tastes. I'd rather have a man with strong, unconventional looks than with a pretty face and too thin physique. Going on looks alone (which I hate to do, but I don't actually know any movie stars personally), I prefer builds like Vin Diesel and John Cena.

What is one thing that your fans would be shocked to know?

Um... I think the answer I gave above might do that. ;-) Other than that, I'm a very picky eater. I don't like most vegetables. At least, not cooked ones. I eat a lot of fresh greens, but I hate brocolli, green beans, asparagus, carrots, canned peas and corn, etc... And I don't eat much red meat, unless it's in a burger. How's that for shocking? ;-)

I'm afraid that's as weird as I get. ;-)

Thanks for having me!

Check out Rachel's site here.

Look for my review of My Soul To Take tomorrow.

Read My Soul To Lose for free here.

Rachel has been kind enough to offer a copy of Prey for two lucky readers.

Screamers Series

Shifters Series


Leave all entries in one comment or separate comments (make sure you leave a user name/link):

+1 Follow both Rachel's blog here and this blog

+1 Friend her on Facebook here and me, here

+1 Friend Rachel on Myspace here and me here

+1 Follow Rachel on Twitter here and me twitter

+1 Post my new button on your sidebar

+5 for each place you share this contest - Myspace/Facebook/Twitter (make sure you leave the direct link)

+5 Fave me on Technorati (bridget3420)

*Current friends/followers receive the extra points as well - just make sure you remind me in the comments*

**Must leave an email address in comment or must be visible in blogger profile**

Winners will be chosen August 5th and notified via email.


  1. Great giveaway! I love the Shifter series! Anyway,
    +1 I follow both your blog and Rachel's
    +1 I follow both you and Rachel on Twitter.

  2. Prey is the only one I'm missing, lol! Want it so bad!

    friends with you and Rachel on all of the above (Blogger, Myspace and Facebook)

    I am a current follower to your blog prior to this post.


  3. posted link to giveaway on my sidebar (hope that counts): http://lilibethramos.blogspot.com

    and on twitter: http://twitter.com/Lilixtreme/status/2949747621


  4. Great giveaway!!!

    +1 Follow both your blogs
    +1 Follow both of you on twitter

    :) Erica

  5. I jsut started shifters series but I LOVE it and I haven't bought prey yet. Had to orders ROgue from UK they are sold out in Canada o.0

    Please sign me in!

    I am already following both Rachel and you blog!


  6. I was already following Rachel on facebook and I am now following you as well


  7. Couldn't follow Rachel on myspace it asks for her email and her usual one doesnt work, but I added you as a friend =)


  8. I twitted about it (Tynga)


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  10. Thanks for the awesome give-away~
    I love Rachel's books, and can't wait to read Prey!

    I'm a follower
    I added you and Rachel as friends on Facebook

  11. Shawna Lewis

    Thanks for the chance to win..

    +1 I follow your blog
    +1 I follow you on twitter
    +1 I added you as a friend on Facebook

  12. Great interview and giveaway!

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. +1 follow you both on twitter @throuthehaze

    +5 technorati fave (Throuthehaze)

    I am already a follower of your blog

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  14. I follow your blog & Rachel's.

    I follow both of you on twitter - sumrthyme


  15. +1 I would love to be included in your drawing.
    +1 I am a follower.
    +1 I am a Twitter Follower.
    +5 I am a follower on freebies4meandu.
    +1 I have your new button on my blog.

  16. Please enter me in the contest.

    I am a follower of your and Rachel's blog.

    I am following you and Rachel on twitter @ pams00.

    posted to facebook:


    Already subsrcibed to your blog feeds via email ;).

    Pam S

  17. Sounds like a great book, can't believe I never heard of this author!

    Did the following:

    +1 Follow both Rachel's blog here and this blog

    +1 Friend her on Facebook here and me, here

    +1 Follow Rachel on Twitter here and me twitter

  18. Great Giveaway! I want to get this series sooo bad =)

    +1 Follow both Rachel's blog here and this blog

    +1 Friend her on Facebook here and me, here

    +1 Follow Rachel on Twitter here and me twitter (ras1513)

    +5 shared on twitter my name is ras1513 http://twitter.com/Ras1513


    Thank you!!!

  19. Followed you both on Facebook and Twitter.

  20. I posted about the giveaway on the right-hand side bar of my blog.

  21. I would love to enter!

    I follow both of your blogs. (+1)



  22. +1 I shared this on twitter:


  23. Hi, I just found your site. Great interview. I have been buying the RV Shifters series, but I haven't read them yet.
    I am following your blog (already following Rachel)
    I requested friends at myspace with you (already friends with Rachel.

  24. Thanks for the giveaway and great interview!

    +1 I follow both your blogs
    +1 I friended you both on Facebook
    +1 I follow you both on Twitter

    Total: +3

  25. Shawna Lewis

    I posted this on facebook

  26. Shawna Lewis

    I twitted

  27. Shawna Lewis

    I am a current follower and have been.

  28. Awesome giveaway!
    I follow you.
    I follow you on twitter.

  29. I'd love to read Prey. Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in

    -I follow Rachel's blog
    -I already follow your blog


  30. Please include me in your giveaway

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