It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Who Art Thou Thursday? And I have to admit, I’m a little late on the ball with it. Today… tonight 🙂 We get to spend some time with Rachel Carrington, author of … well A LOT!
Reena Jacobs: I’m really excited to have you with us today, Rachel. Please tell us about your most recent publication.
Rachel Carrington: It’s actually an upcoming release, Waking Up Immortal, which is a paranormal/sci-fi romance, and it releases on October 20th. I’ve included the official book description below:
I could die today, and it wouldn’t matter. I’d still wake up tomorrow. Some people might consider that a good thing, and the time I took my first bullet, well, I can’t say I complained when I woke up, but that’s the middle of the story.
At first I didn’t want this “gift” which led me to a long search for my father. I thought he could help me. Turns out my father was in prison, and I just happened to get on the bad side of his warden—a huge, cyborg type of guy who could body double for Sylvester Stallone. He didn’t want me to see my father, and he was a pretty big obstacle for me to overcome.
So here I am trying to convince this guy, Kier, to let me see my father when all hell breaks loose. Then I suddenly learn I really don’t want to see dear old Dad after all. My life isn’t in danger, but how I spend the rest of my immortal existence is. The only thing standing between me and certain torture is Kier.
I don’t doubt he’ll protect me, but being so close to him makes me forget about things like safety. And the first time he kisses me turns into heat up the windows type of scene in the front seat of my car.
My immortal existence is safe with Kier. My heart is on shaky ground. Only I could fall in love with a cyborg while my life is going to hell in a handbasket.
RJ: I don’t know how you’ve managed to make a cyborg sound ultra sexy, but you have. 🙂 When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?
RC: When I was sixteen. Prior to that, I was convinced I was going to be a school teacher.
RJ: You’ve been writing for quite a while. Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?
RC: I don’t really have any hidden stories because once I get the idea, I know I have to write the book. I don’t think I’ve ever left a book unfinished, although, my first novel, Not Her Romeo, will never see the light of day again. It was a contemporary romance with absolutely no plot, no conflict, and was really just a story about two people falling in love and having to overcome, well, nothing to do it. LOL
RJ: Ha ha. I’ve read books like that. Heck, I’ve written stories like that. I know exactly what you mean. 🙂 What are you working on now?
RC: The second installment of the Universal Security Series, Rising with the Heat. This delves a little deeper into Kier’s background and gives readers a better view of his history.
RJ: Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?
RC: I’m inspired by life. There is not once specific thing that inspires me. I can hear a song, see an elegant woman with a wide-brimmed hat, or touch a turtle’s shell and get an idea for a story. Now, granted, sometimes all those ideas might just be fleeting, but my imagination is always on the lookout for unique ideas to mold into a story.
RJ: It’s amazing how just about everything we encounter in life is a story waiting to happen. What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why?
RC: I’d have to say writing the story. When I’m writing, I’m so engrossed in the storyline that it’s hard for me to stop. I don’t stop writing until the words are just no longer there for the evening, and the next day, I’m excited about jumping back into the world of my characters. Just the idea of creating something that others will enjoy motivates me every time.
RJ: Do you have any advice for other writers?
RC: Find a mentor. I think every writer needs someone they look up to, respect, and can turn to in times of triumph and trials. I can’t say this often enough. A mentor is someone who will give you that mental push when you need it or the metaphorical kick in the pants. They will pick you back up, dust you off, and tell you to get writing again, but they’ll also coach you on where to send your writing and how to make the most out of a query letter. A person like this can be invaluable, and it might take a while to find the right mentor, but it’s well worth the investment of time.
RJ: That’s the best advice I’ve heard in a long time. Anything special you’d like to say to readers?
RC: From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you for reading my stories. I’m living my dream because of readers, and my gratitude is endless.
RJ: Where can readers learn more about you and your work?
RC: My website is the most detailed place. It’s at www.dawnrachel.com. Thank you, Reena, for having me. I really appreciate the time and the space!
RJ: I’m glad you chose to share with my readers. 🙂
About the Author
Rachel Carrington began her career writing fantasy romances of powerful wizards and wicked witches. Since then, she has branched out into contemporary romance and romantic suspense and has had books published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Red Sage Publishing, and more.
Currently, a freelance editor/writer residing in historical Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel has written non-fiction articles for Absolute Write, The Writer’s Journal, Writing for Dollars, Writer’s Magazine, and Writer’s Weekly.
Because she likes staying busy, Rachel has also taught classes for Suite 101 and for author groups regarding promoting, writing, starting your own business, and editing.
When not writing, Rachel loves to read romantic suspense (Lisa Gardner and Roxanne St. Claire are two of her favorites), rework old furniture, cross-stitch, cook, and drink lots of coffee.