I’d like to welcome Young Adult author Rachel Morgan to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.
Thank you for having me!
First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Hmm. Early high school, perhaps. That was when I first wrote something with the intent of it being an entire novel (even though I didn’t get further than a few chapters!). I always knew I’d write a book one day, I just didn’t know back then that it would be so soon. I thought I’d had to wait till I was old and retired and had lots of time!
When did you write your first book?
My first book was written in 2010 and part of 2011. It was also fantasy, also for young adults, but I haven’t pursued publication for it. Perhaps one day I will, or perhaps it’s better left unseen by the reading public!
To sum it up, Creepy Hollow is a series that follows Violet, a seventeen-year-old faerie who is training to be a guardian. Guardians protect humans and other fae from dangerous magical creatures. Vi is almost at the end of her training, with a near-perfect record, but everything starts to go wrong when one of her assignments, a human boy, follows her into the fae realm.
Sum the main character Violet up in three words.
Kick-butt, sarcastic, vulnerable (although you’d have to peel away a number of layers to get to that last one!)
If The Faerie Guardian were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack?
Okay, this probably isn’t going to be the answer you expect, so let me preface it with an explanation! If you’ve read the books, you know that Vi and the other guardians and guardian trainees can kick some serious butt, both in training and out in the field. In fact, that’s what Vi loves most about being a guardian – the physical aspect. So in my head I imagine an awesome action sequence of her kicking some dangerous creature’s butt to the beat of something like Skrillex’s Bangarang.
What do you like best about writing Young Adult books?
Probably all the ‘firsts’. First kiss, first love, first heartbreak. Everything is so much more exciting (and painful, and dramatic, and life-altering!) the first time it happens. I love to write about that. Teens can relate because they’re going through it, and adults can reminisce because it happened once upon to them.
A publisher tells you they would love to re-release the Creepy Hollow series, but only if you spice it up for a much older audience. What do you tell them?
I’d have to decline the offer. The story is what it is. There’s a certain innocence about some of the characters, and I wouldn’t want to take that away by ‘spicing it up’ for an older audience.
What is your writing schedule like?
As many hours as I can get. Haha! No, it usually goes something like this: a few hours in the morning, then gym and lunch, then a few hours in the afternoon.
Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I can listen to music, but it can’t be music with words. I listen to movie scores and other instrumental pieces that inspire me.
Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Cassandra Clare. And when it comes to favorite books, it’s obviously books by them! (Plus a few others)
As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
Oh my goodness, I’ve had so many awesome comments that made me feel all warm and fuzzy and appreciated that I’m having a hard time remembering which one was the best! Probably the best kind of comment is any variation of, “I reached the end of the book too quickly and am DESPERATE to read the next one!” Then I know all the hard work’s been worth it :-)
Last, but not least, my Super Silly Question: If you were a faerie, what kind of powers or special talents would you have? (Be creative ^_^)
I’d like to say something to do with fire, but all faeries can create fire, so that wouldn’t be a special talent for them. Hmm. Living in a world inhabited by dangerous faeries with all kinds of unexpected magic that normal faeries shouldn’t be able to do, I’d like my body to automatically repel others’ magic. That sounds like it could be pretty useful in a fight!
Thanks so much, Rachel!