Thursday, 11 August 2011

Author Interview/Giveaway: Rachael Wade

Rachael WadeAuthor of Amaranth
Find Rachael on: Rachael Wade Blog
Find Rachael on: Facebook - Goodreads - Twitter 
See Donna's review of Amaranth: HERE
Amaranth: Book One of The Resistance Trilogy.
Knowledge changes everything......
Hoodoo- influenced Souther Louisiana seems like the perfect place for Camille to relocate and escape her abusive past. She didn't expect to fall in love and plummet herself into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires. Thanks to her deadly vampire ex-boyfriend, she's confronted with decisions that not only threaten her life but the lives of her inhuman friends that she has come to love. Entangled in her friend's quest for freedom, she dives into their realm and faces the threats of the rules of Amaranth.....the mother of all vampires.....and her own inner demons. 
Will she derail her life and make the ultimate sacrifice for the very monsters that interrupted her bumpy path back to sanity.....the one she wanted so desperately in the first place? Or will she fins a way to escape her vampire love before it's too late?
Welcome Rachael! Thank you for doing our interview today, its great having you here. So, lets get on with the questions. 
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself:
I live in Orlando but my heart belongs to the Pacific Northwest. I’ll get there soon enough. I live with my equally movie-obsessed, witty husband, 2 cats, and a crazy black lab retriever. I’m an animal lover, have a serious case of wanderlust, and am obsessed with indie films and music. Freelance writer by day, novelist and poet by night. Not a bad life.

When did you first starting writing:
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I started off writing what I thought were “scripts” for movies, and began submitting stories to publishers in 2nd grade. I would get really nice responses, actually, encouraging me to keep writing as I got older. I also sing and have recorded music and played in bars and stuff, so I grew up writing song lyrics and lots and lots of poetry. My English teachers in high school and college pulled me aside and recommended I take writing seriously as a career but I never thought I could actually write for a living, never listened to them. I was so artistically frustrated and finally figured out that it was something I had to do or I’d go crazy. So, I’ve been writing since I can remember, but finally decided to make it my career just within the past few years.

How did you choose the genre you write in:
It was just a no-brainer for me. I’ve always loved vampire mythology and everything supernatural, and then romance and drama are what I love more than anything. The paranormal romance and fantasy genres involve everything I love: romance, lots of drama, imaginary worlds, and mysterious, creepy characters. I love dark, epic stories with fantastical elements. This genre lets me embrace that drama and gives me the opportunity to be a poet, so it just suits my personality and writing style really well.

How did you come up with the title:
I already had the concept of the exile city in mind, so when I began working on the plot and started fleshing out the storyline, I wanted a name that was ethereal sounding and that was relevant to some of the themes that ran throughout the story. I was thinking timeless, imaginary, everlasting, unfading...and then stumbled across the various meanings of Amaranth. When I began writing, the name just really embodied the feel of the city and the plans I had for it.

Where do you get your ideas from:
By soaking up influences from loads of music and movies. I watch tons of indie films and listen to a lot of music while I write and brainstorm. It’s a requirement for me. I’m a very visual person, so I write everything as I see it in scenes. The scenes come when I listen to music, so I listen to a lot of big sounds, a lot of dramatic music: opera, classical, heavy rock. Florence and the Machine is my biggest musical influence, and I’m inspired by Tim Burton. He’s a visual storytelling-genius and his style really inspires me.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why:
I loved writing the Amaranth chapter, which is told from Gavin’s POV. It’s my favorite because I loved writing about Samira, liked introducing her character. I also had fun with the bayou scene when Camille visits by herself. Writing it was like going down the rabbit hole for me. An Alice in Wonderland moment.

How did you come up with the names of your characters and who is your favourite: 
I couldn’t picture the main character being anyone but Camille Hart. Her name just came to me and it just worked. I also chose some French names. I study French and so I read a lot of history and origins behind some of the names, like Gavin’s last name and Vivienne, the Hoodoo woman. My favorite character also happens to be my favorite character name—Samira. She’s elegant, exotic, and deadly. She was actually inspired by a favorite French teacher of mine whose name was Samira.

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects: 
The 2nd book of The Resistance Trilogy will be out around the New Year, so I’m working on book 2 and 3 at the moment. I’m also working on another fantasy romance novel that involves both fallen angels and vampires, and I have a literary novel in the works, which is completely unrelated to the fantasy and romance genre.

Where can readers purchase your books:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Goodreads all offer the E-Book version of Amaranth, and the print version releases on Sept. 30th and will be available from these same venues. also offers free samples and current promotion information.

Three Random Questions:

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would you say: 
Dramatic, quirky, geeky.

What's your favourite food?

What's your favourite book?
Tough one, but I’d say The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It’s haunting and full of poetic brilliance.

Thanks so much for joining us! And good luck with the release of the book.
So who wants to win a copy of Rachael book?
Well lucky for you Rachael has kindly offered to giveaway a way a few of her book. They will be e-book copies but have a guess how many winners we get?!!!!!!!!! Ten.....YES!!!
Yep! That's right, 10 copies, that means we will have 10 lucky winners. 

So, all you need to do is fill out this: GIVEAWAY CLOSED
It is international and only one entry per person. 
Closing date will be August 25th, 2011.
Extra entries are optional. 
Winners will be announced on August 26th. Don't forget to leave us a comment below with your thoughts. 
Good Luck! 


Saribonita said...

Love the name Samira! Looking to reading Amaranth! Great interview, thank you for the chance to enter!!!

nat said...

Great interview thanks! Love the sound of the book!!! Cant wait to read it. Thanks so much for the chance. said...

Thanks for featuring this interview, Donna! I hope everyone enjoys the beginning of the series. Good luck to the contestants and happy reading!

anaavu said...

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Siobhán @ Totally Bookalicious said...

Damn mobile sent the entry before I was finished. Lol. Oh well. Nevermind lol.

Book Passion for Life said...

Siobhan, enter again if you want and I'll delete the previous entry.

iluvkimi220 said...

Thanks for the giveaway and thanks to Rachael for donating the copies.

The book sounds really interesting and Ive added it to my tbr pile on goodreads and Ive become a fan of Rachael

Sahina said...

Looove the cover to this book! Thanks to Rachael for being so kind with so many copies! :) Great interview and questions too! :)

Siobhán @ Totally Bookalicious said...

thanks. need to stop using ny phone for things lol.

micia said...

Very nice.
thank you for this giveaway

Bookish Brunette said...

Awesome!! Thanks chick!!

Lieder Madchen said...

Wow, I really want to read this book! I love names and I love Samira, Camille and Gavin. (I have been known to make up stories for the sole purpose of using a pretty name)

Margaret said...

Sounds like a great book!

Dana said...

Great interview! And wow on the giveaway!

Saiiツ said...

Great Interview:) I love the Cover <3 I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the Giveaway!!

Missie said...

I have to agree that Samira is a great name. And I'm also completely fascinated by vampire mythology. I don't write but if I didn't I wouldn't be able to resist doing something in PNR.

Awesome interview. Thanks for the amazing giveaway.

Denise Z said...

I saw the title on my email and thought it was something else and was not going to log into the post, but I am glad I did. I enjoyed the interview and this book sound really good. Thank you for sharing - I also really like the cover :)

Jennie said...

Great interview. I love the cover for this book. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

nat_ethereal said...

Great interview, Amaranth is already on my TBR list!!! (: (: (: Thanks for the opportunity. (:

Alisha (MyNeedToRead) said...

Great interview. I must say, YAY for teachers who foster and encourage writing in students, especially those who show great skill!

Melliane said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the interview. I didn't know the book, but it sounds really great !

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this amazing giveaway !! The book sounds very interesting ! can't wait to get my hands on this book !!!

Eli Yanti said...

i always like vampire's story and curious about world of Amaranth

Lissette Martinez said...

Great book! I'd love to win it!

Julie said...

I love the sound of this book!! It should scare me that I'm that interested in a book about hoodoo, but there you have it! Thanks so much to Rachael for being so generous:)
jwitt33 at live dot com

Anonymous said...

Great interview. I definitely want to read this book.

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) said...

Sounds like a great book...thanks for the chance

Mel rob said...

Awesome interview and giveaway!

яαη∂α said...

I'll be definitely reading this book since it's related to vampires ^_^
Great Q&A and thank you for the giveaway :) said...

Thanks for checking out the interview and for reading, ladies! You're very welcome. :)

l0raah_ said...

French names, woohoo! we're the best... lol :p
Great interview and awesome giveaway :) thanks to you both!

Kary said...

This book sounds really interesting! I added it to my tbr pile! Thanks for the giveaway!