Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rachel Morgan's "Guardian" - Blog Tour Stop

Today, it's my pleasure to introduce you to Rachel Morgan, author of the Creepy Hollow series. Her first book, Guardian, was released earlier this month.


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!

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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


Author Info

23 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you for giving me a space on your blog to talk about myself! (As if I haven't been doing enough of that over the past few days!)

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  2. What a fun interview! I'll look for Guardian - it sounds very intriguing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to read the interview! Yes, GUARDIAN is totally intriguing, you should definitely keep looking for it ;-)

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  3. I find I write better and faster with music.

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    1. I just realized I never actually answered that question properly! I said what song I've recently come to love, but I didn't say that in general "No, I don't listen to music while I write. I usually find it to be too distracting!"

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  4. That is a great interview! I was the same - always making up extreme stories with my Barbies and acting out stories on the playground as a kid. I'll have to check out her book! :)

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    1. My Barbies were pretty extreme too. I used to tie a long string to the fan in the centre of my ceiling, tie the other end around a Barbie, and then push her off the top of my bunk bed so she could swing around the room. I thought it was epic fun. Barbie was probably quite traumatized though!

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  5. Awesome interview!

    Your first book sounds like an interesting story!

    Ooh, Legend by Marie Lu. I finished it a few days ago and thought it was a really good novel. :)

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    1. Thanks for checking out the interview! I still believe in my first book and hope to resurrect it at some point. It needs a lot of editing, but I still think it's a good story :-)
      Looking forward to reading Legend :) I've only heard good things about it.

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  6. Fun. Fun. Fun.

    Annnnnd Rachel, you've definitely convinced me to read Cassandra Clare again, LOL. It was the cane that tipped me off, but reading about her here reminded me! :D

    Thanks for the fun interview, Laura!

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    1. Well you've got two awesome series to pick from :) It's tough to choose but I think I may prefer The Mortal Instruments over The Infernal Devices. But if it's the cane you're after then you've gotta read The Infernal Devices books!

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  7. Yay for Hermione! Hehe! And I really need to bump Cassandra Clare's books up on my list. I have several of them, but there's always so much to read. Great interview!

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    1. I know, there is ALWAYS so much to read! The list never ends... :-)

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  8. Wonderful interview and Hermione is a great choice. :) Modern Family was hilarious last night with the clown funeral.

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    1. Eeeeee, I haven't seen it yet! But you can probably say "Modern Family was hilarious last night with..." for just about every episode!

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  9. Would you believe I've never heard of Cassandra Clare? You're right, it's hard to find time to read between writing, working & blogging. I'm considering taking a break from writing for a few months once The Big Smoke is done and reading everything I can get my hands on! :-)

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    1. Okay, that sound you just heard was my jaw hitting the floor. You've never heard of Cassandra Clare?!! Lol, you really need to take some reading time to get to know the fantastical world of shadowhunters!

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  10. Nice to learn about your writing background.


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  11. Every interview I read with Rachel, I learn something new :-)

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  12. Who would have thought there's be that much to know about me ;-) Hehe

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  14. Big fan of Rachel! Wish her nothing but success. (Also echo her thoughts on writing as a career 110%!)

    Really stopped by to say thank you, Laura, for the kind words of support you offered last week on my blog. They were appreciated and needed during a hard time for my family. Just blown away by everyone and the capacity to love strangers the way this writer blog community does.

    Hope your week is amazing,

    EJ

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts!