Para-RT13 with Rachel Caine + Giveaway

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Introduce Yourself to our readers
Hi, I'm Rachel Caine, and I write about half a million words a year. Most of it tends to be young adult these days, but I also write urban fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance, you name it! I've published about, um, 40 books so far.
Tell us a little about your books?
I currently have two series running. In urban fantasy I have the Revivalist series, which has a hero, Bryn Davis, who's been murdered and revived by a new, covert breakthrough in nanite technology ... only to find herself indebted to the company that owns the drug, since she needs it daily. But there are greater conspiracies afoot to make everyone a wage slave ... living or dead. 

And I have the Morganville Vampires series in young adult. We're coming up on Book 14, FALL OF NIGHT, which will be released in May. This series follows the adventures of young student Claire Danvers, who finds out that her new university in the isolated town of Morganville, Texas is really killer ... in all the wrong ways. The whole town's owned by a shady upper class ... of vampires. Unable to leave, Claire now alternately works for and fights them, but one thing is certain: her three friends Shane, Eve and Michael are always on her side.
Is this your first RT convention?
Nope, I've been attending since about 2005, I think. I haven't been able to make it every year, but I love being around my fellow writers and readers.
What are you most looking forward to at RT?
I think the camaraderie and fun! There's no convention that's so full of great conversations and constant interaction, and I love that.
If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies?
You know those clothes you've been holding back, thinking, "Where would I ever wear this?" Well, bring it. Because this is the place. Loosen up, have fun, and above all, bring some comfortable shoes, because you'll be doing a lot of walking and standing. Oh, and bring an extra suitcase for the books. You will leave with tons of goodies.
Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels going to any parties etc.
I'm on four panels, and I'll be hitting as many of the parties as I can do, and ... I'll be in the bar. :) Here's my panel schedule:
Authors your most excited about meeting?
I'd love to say hello to Mary Jo Putney and thank her for giving me a lovely cover quote! But there are so many, it's really hard to choose. What a great lineup!
If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
Could be a chocolate martini. Likely!
Since this event is for paranormal authors, can you tell us more about the paranormal in your book?
I've written everything from ghosts to witches, vampires to zombies. In the Weather Warden series, I had people controlling the elements, with the help of Djinn (genies). In the Morganville Vampires series, I deal with more traditional paranormal elements, like vampires, but I always seem to have a touch of the para in my normal.
What's your favorite paranormal and why?
I've become convinced that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are writing stealth paranormal ... it's classified as thriller, but their Agent Pendergast books are a truly delightful, crazy mixture of the old pulp adventure stories, exotic mysticism, voodoo curses, telepathy, insane Gothic mansions and relatives, and just flat-out superheroes/supervillains ... so I'm going to classify it as paranormal and just go for it. If you have to pick just one, I'd start with Still Life With Crows or Cabinet of Curiosities. They are on the "dark" side of paranormal, though.
Tell us a little about your newest book?
The shiny new one, FALL OF NIGHT, is out May 7 in the US, and it's the 14th novel of the Morganville Vampires series. It finds our hero Claire leaving Morganville -- by her own choice -- to attend a special study program with a professor at MIT. Claire's new start isn't what she expected, what with a neurotic roommate with a stalker, an encounter with a local vampire, and a professor who might be working for a shady agency. When events in Morganville send a vampire straight to her, her two worlds are about to collide ... with a bang.
What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
I've always loved the genre. I grew up on fantasy and science fiction and horror, and horror is probably the earliest "paranormal" there is ... so that's what I started to write. At the time, vampires fell solidly into that category, so I became a horror writer. Later, I developed a taste for modern-day fantasy that became classified as "urban fantasy," and I've been going ever since.
Any plans in the city while you're there?
I hear the steaks and BBQ are pretty wonderful!
How are you traveling to RT? Where are you coming from? Any interesting hiccups?
Plain old aircraft. Hopefully, no adventures, since it's a short hop from Dallas.
What would you like to find in the "Goody Room"?
Male models handing out book bags.
How is attending a convention as an author different than as a reader?
I think it's just so busy! There are so many authors there -- and so many I know -- that from the moment you leave your room, you're liable to be in conversations until you fall in bed. A lot of us make or strengthen our professional ties at this convention.
What kind of opportunities are there for you at RT?
I think there are endless opportunities to make new friends, pitch new ideas, meet new readers and make even more. It's as big as you want it to be.
What authors do you hope have tables beside you at the Giant Book Fair?
Let's see, it's in alpha order on Teen Row, so I'll be in the C authors -- Tera Lynn Childs! Rosemary Clement-Moore! Although honestly it's always fun no matter if I know the authors next to me beforehand, or not.
Who are you bunking with?
Just me! Why, do you need a bed? 
Favorite/least favorite convention experience?
Best convention experience ... SO MANY. I guess last year's Teen Day party was probably a standout -- just really a fantastic experience. But I couldn't pick just one. Least ... I'm just not even going there.
Why do you attend conventions? 
For one thing, it gets me out from the computer and in the company of writers and readers, which is a great energy boost. For another, it's how we as writers form professional bonds and networks -- important in any profession. And last, it's a great opportunity to meet your readers, and make new ones!
Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type person?
Eh, I'm seat of the pants. I'll show up, things will happen, it will be awesome. But I'll be on my panels. I promise.

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After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife—with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost.
And when some of the members of a support group for Returne addicts suddenly disappear, Bryn begins to wonder if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…

 Morganville Vampires #12

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Read an Excerpt of BITTER BLOOD

 (PS Morganville Vampires series is one of my most  FAVORITE YA series ever. So if you haven't yet go check it out!)

About Rachel:
Rachel Caine is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the new upcoming Revivalist series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and until very recently continued to carry on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.

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  1. Nice! I have yet to start the Morganville Vampire series. It's on my list though!

  2. I love the Morganville Vampire series as well, and recently, I also read Red Letter Days by Rachel Caine - it's awesome - adult and a different kind of paranormal.

  3. Oh I have SO wanted to read the MorganVille Vampire series. I love the covers of it :)

  4. Thanks for the great interview ladies, and I wish you lots of fun at the convention. I have the Morganville vampires on my shelves, and have read the Weather Warden series. I do recommend those as well.

  5. I'm dying to read this series! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I really want to read your Morganville Vampires series. I've read a lot of great reviews about it.

  7. I love the Morganville series.I can't wait to read what happens next.

  8. The Morganville series is one of my favorites! On one hand I will be sad to see them go but on the other Bitter Blood took be by surprise I am really curious to see what happens next!

  9. I think The Morganville Vampires is one of the best series. It's amazing that we're on book 14 - keep them coming ;). Thank you.

  10. Loved the interview and I need to read the Morganville Vampires series. I have quite a few of the books on my TBR shelf, I just haven't gotten to them yet.

  11. Excellent interview about a legendary series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. the Revivalist looks awesome, I love the idea behind it. I currently have the first few books of Morganville, but need to read it :(

  13. I'm totally drooling over the thought of needing an extra suitcase just for books.

  14. I've been meaning to check out one of Caine's series. I hear they are all good. Since the Zombie series is the newest and shortest I may start there.


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