1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not exactly. As long as I can remember I’ve loved stories. I made up plenty while playing Barbies or acting out fantastical scenarios on the school playground. At some point in high school I started writing ideas down, but I never advanced further than a few chapters. It was after I finished my Honours in Genetics (and decided that research wasn’t for me) that I seriously decided I wanted to write for a living.
2. Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely, if you can make enough from it to live on! Actually, now that I’m thinking about it... even if you don’t make enough money from your writing, that shouldn’t make it any less of a career. We writers sure as heck put enough time into it that it should count as a career! But it would be a dream come true to me if I could make a living solely telling stories :-)
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book (which has not yet been inflicted upon the reading world) was inspired solely by the idea of a guard falling in love with his prisoner. The story became about so much more than that, but that was the original idea. It’s interesting how stories develop and grow and transform from that tiny initial spark.
4. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Right now I’d have to pick Cassandra Clare. I think she writes beautifully as well as being able to tell such brilliant and complex stories. She has twists that I don’t always see coming, heart-wrenching love stories, and characters that I just can’t get enough of :-)
5. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Um... read? In between teaching, and writing and social networking, though, there isn’t much time for reading (or anything else, for that matter!). There are a few TV shows I enjoy watching (like The Vampire Diaries, Modern Family and Glee), and movies are nice to go too as well (yay, Hunger Games!).
6. What books are on your bedside table right now?
Well there’s my Kindle, which is full of books, and there’s also Legend by Marie Lu and Switched by Amanda Hocking (yeah, I haven’t read that yet. Shocking, I know!).
7. Do you listen to music when you write? What songs/bands have most recently inspired you to write?
Thanks to you, I have most recently been inspired by the band He is We. I fell in love with All About Us after you shared it on your blog :-) There’s a scene a few books on in the Creepy Hollow series that comes to mind now every time I hear that song.
8. If you could be a character in any fiction, who would you be? Why?
Hmm... Last time I answered this question I chose Lyra from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, but this time I’m going to pick Hermione. She’s smart, funny, loyal, pretty, can do magic, survive a wizard war, and is friends with the famous Harry Potter!
Thanks SOO much, Laura, for hosting me on your blog today!
I've had the pleasure of reading Guardian--it was a fun novellette, and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. You can purchase the book at the links below, and check out Rachel's blog and other info. ^_^
Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. These days, in between teaching mathematics to high school children, she writes fiction for young adults.
The Creepy Hollow Series