Rachel Vincent Interview and My Soul To Keep Giveaway!

I am leaving for BEA tomorrow and I am so excited to go!!  Before I go though, I was lucky enough to get an interview with Rachel Vincent!  You can read the interview below and Rachel was kind enough to offer a signed copy of My Soul to Keep so read on after the interview to enter for a chance to win!

A Bookworms Haven:  What gave you the initial idea for the Soul Screamers series?

Rachel Vincent:  The decision to write about bean sidhes was a very conscious attempt to explore a bit of folklore that hadn’t been overused in fiction, but that was still easily accessible. Bean sidhes are an established part of Gaelic folklore, but my research provided very little of the hows and whys regarding their wail. So I had plenty of un-answered questions to work with. The world-building came from there—from answering my own questions.

A Bookworms Haven:  There are not many books out right now about bean sidhes (banshees), have you done a lot of research to learn about them or have you been using your imagination to create this world?

Rachel Vincent:   I’ve done both! Where the lore leaves blanks, I let my imagination step in. It’s a lot of fun!

A Bookworms Haven:  In the prequel of the Soul Screamers series, My Soul to Lose we met Lydia who we never quite figure out, will we ever learn more about her or get to meet another being like her?

Rachel Vincent:   I hope so. But she’s not currently written into any of the books yet.

A Bookworms Haven:  Kaylee has been through a lot in this series and in My Soul to Keep her world gets turned upside down. Do you ever find it difficult to write knowing the path ahead is going to be rough for the characters?

Rachel Vincent:   I find it difficult to write anyway. Writing is very hard work. But yes, it is sometimes hard to take characters down paths I know will be unpleasant. But that’s part of the job. As the writer, I have to remain true to the story.

A Bookworms Haven:   As the series has progressed we have also met many other types of beings, such as demons and grim reapers, have you done research to add in these new characters or do they come from your own imagination?

Rachel Vincent:   No, I actually haven’t researched grim reapers. In fact, I can’t remember ever reading about grim reapers in contemporary fiction, though I know they’re out there. And a couple of people have told me since the first book came out that my reapers remind them of a TV show that went off the air a few years ago, but I’ve never seen it. I do plan to watch it eventually, but not until I’m done writing the Soul Screamers series.

As for the hellions, I made most of it up, but I do take the names and attributes from some established demon sources.

A Bookworms Haven:  You have also been writing an adult series about werecats, do you find it hard to shift gears from adult to young adult when writing?

Rachel Vincent:   Sometimes. I usually have to go back and re-read a bit from the previous book in each series to get back into that “place” before I start a new book.

A Bookworms Haven:  Do you ever find that you are stuck while writing? If so how do you get through it?

Rachel Vincent:   I don’t often get stuck in the actual writing, because my books are outlined in advance. But things do change during the writing process, and sometimes what I’d intended to happen is no longer possible, and in those cases, yeah, there’s sometimes a stressful day or two when I’m trying to come up with a workable solution. I usually talk the problem over with both my critique partner and my husband. They throw ideas at me, and most of those bounce off (they don’t click, for whatever reason) but invariably, something one of them says will be that spark I needed to lead me to the right idea.

A Bookworms Haven:  What are some of the books on your bookshelf right now?

Rachel Vincent:   White Cat, by Holly Black and Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

A Bookworms Haven:  Are there any books coming out soon, besides your own, that you are especially excited about?

Rachel Vincent:   I read early copies of Banished by Sophie Littlefield and Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and loved them both.

A Bookworms Haven:  In the YA world you are working on your Soul Scremers books, will you write any more adult series? Or any other YA titles?

Rachel Vincent:   Yes, I have a new adult series currently set to debut next year.

A Bookworms Haven:   Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Rachel Vincent:   Thanks for having me!

A Bookworms Haven:  Thanks so much for the interview Rachel!

My Soul to Keep hits stores officially June 1st (but some stores have it on shelves already.)  Make sure you stop by Rachel’s site here for more news on her Soul Screamers series and other things she is working on!

Onto the contest!  If you want a chance to win a signed copy of My Soul To Keep leave a comment on this post.  If you would like extra entries do the following:

Extra Entries
+1 Follow me on Twitter
+1 Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS Feed
+2 Tweet or link to this contest
(Twitter, sidebar, facebook, etc. Max 2 links and post the links in with your comment)
The contest will run from today until midnight on June 8th.  I will pick the winner using Radomizer.org and email the winner so make sure you leave your email address when you comment.  Good Luck :)
Contest is now closed.

95 responses to “Rachel Vincent Interview and My Soul To Keep Giveaway!

  1. I’m so excited for this book! Thanks for the contest!

  2. Chelsey Mason

    I love Rachel Vincent’s books especially her shifters series. Soul Screamers is very interesting too.

    +1 Follow you on Twitter. @Charchelar
    +2 Tweet: http://twitter.com/Charchelar/status/14643559863

  3. Great interview. Rachel’s book sounds good. :)

  4. jeff m belair

    hey rachel,just finished reading shifters.most definately on my must recomend list,keep up the good work.i would love to win my soul 2 keep.here”s hoping jeff

  5. Rachel is a fantastic writer. Love both her Shifter and Soul Screamer series. Can’t wait for MSTK.
    +1 Follow Twitter – Jovial_1

  6. Counting the days until this book is released :-)
    I put a link to this contest on my tumblr in the sidebar under the “My Soul to Keep” widget.


  7. Just another Okie who loves reading your books :)

  8. I love your werecat series and cannot wait for ALPHA to come out in October. Keep up the great work!

  9. Great interview. Please enter me in the giveaway… Thanks.

  10. I want to win I want to win I want to win…have fun in NYC!!!

  11. So all we have to do is comment….Well there’s a comment for you. Plus, I’ve subsribed to receive e-mails from you.

  12. big fan of the soul screamers series! would love to win this book!

  13. I follow on twitter, please enter me

  14. Great Interview and Giveaway! Please enter me!

  15. I want to win too <3 So excited! Wish I could see you in NYC! Have fun in my hometown

  16. Yay contest, thanks! :)

  17. I have read books one and two. I really like Kaylee and the world building. I have been a fan of the Shifter series from the start. :)

  18. I love this series and would love to read this latest books!

    I follow you on Twitter (@purplg8r)

  19. Nice interview, thanks for the insights.

  20. +1 twitter follower
    +1 Blog subscription
    +2 tweeted http://twitter.com/liddlshortydemo

    Thanks :)

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  22. Wow another comp. I’d love too win one of them. As it would be nice to have something signed by one of my favourite Authors.

    I love your Shirfters series, just waiting for the Soul screamers to arrive from USA, so I can start reading them, hopefully I won’t have too long to wait now. Looking forward to Alpha, fingers crossed if My Soul To Keep came out early that will too. :)

  23. OMG! Ilove! love, love! Rachel Vincents books. they just…. are made of awesome! I don’t know how to describe it! it just makes me love reading even more! I hope I win this contest!
    thank you for the opportunity! xox

  24. I love the Soul Screamers series and would be very (VERY) happy to get a singed copy (for my sister) and read it as well! it’d just rock

  25. I loved that you used folklore a the basis for your story.

  26. I cannot wait! Thanks for the contest!

  27. I would LOVE to win. Please enter me, and thanks for the great interview. I am a big fan of Rachel’s!

  28. I just subscribed to your RSS feed via Google Reader. Very excited to be following your wonderful blog!

  29. Thanks for the contest! Good luck everyone!

  30. Aw, thanks so much!
    I’m super excited to read this next one… :)
    Love, Hannah
    xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

    Have fun at BEA!

  31. I would love to read this, it sounds really good.
    [email protected]

  32. I am a email subscriber.
    [email protected]

  33. I’m enjoying this series, count me in! [email protected]

  34. Glad to find a fellow teacher (I’m a teacher librarian) and reader who blogs (ok, I don’t blog – anymore – but we have the first two in common) and I look forward to reading more from you (now following on twitter and your rss feed). Am also jealous you’re going to BEA – have fun! Can’t wait to read all about it. Love the Soul Screamers series – I’m addicted to YA books, yet just found out I’m being transferred to elementary, so no more recommending them to all of my students! Anyway, thanks for the opportunity – glad I found you!

    • I have my masters in library and technology because I want to be a librarian eventually :) I am so glad to find a fellow teacher and YA lover like me! BEA was great, sooooo busy! I will put up some info on it soon. Thanks for entering the contest :)

  35. awesome!

  36. I love this series! Please enter me.

    +1 I subscribe to this blog.
    +1 I follow you on Twitter
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  37. Great contest. Thanks for the chance!

    +1 twitter follower (@donnas1)
    +1 Subscriber
    +2 tweet – https://twitter.com/DonnaS1/status/14946909551
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    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  38. Great interview. Please enter me.

    +1 I’m a new subscriber
    +1 I follow you on twitter (@cfulcher)


  39. I would love to read this book!
    +1 I follow on twitter @bangersis
    +1 I subscribe by email
    +2 I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/14986716463

  40. Marlene Breakfield

    This book looks good. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks for the contest.
    +1 I follow on twitter @mbreakfield
    +1 I subscribe by email
    +2 I tweeted


  41. +1 Follow you on Twitter @Debasmitadhar
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    I so hope I win this contest! Thank you for being so generous! Hope the odds are in my favor this time!

  42. Can’t wait to read this book. The first two were so good.

  43. Would love to read this! Thanks for the chance

  44. I’d love to be entered if I still can, I loved the first two novels :D

  45. The interview was great and I was very interested in the folklore the banshee thing springs from. Thanks for the chance to win!

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