Forbidden Love and Spooky Things with Rachel McClellan, She Said What



I’m excited to meet up with Rachel McClellan, author of Fractured Light and Fractured Soul, today on Spacedock 19. Welcome, Rachel! How do you like the view from up here?

Rachel McClellan

RM:  It’s beautiful! I think I see my house! Wait…who’s that dude climbing through the window?

MP: You have really good eyes, Rachel, and… hello. He’s pretty. Do you know him? 

RM: Um, I don’t think–oh no. I do know him. He’s been sneaking around lately trying to meet Llona. He thinks just because I wrote him into existence that he can come around anytime he wants now. He better not break anything.

MP:  So he’s stalking you? Is he a stalker in your book?

RM: Christian? A stalker? Hardly. You see, where Llona goes to school at Lucent Academy, it’s strictly forbidden for her to date a Guardian, i.e. Christian. So sometimes he will come by my house hoping to catch her. I just wish he’d use the front door, though, because it does look awful stalkerish and incredibly creepy. I’ll have to talk to him about that…

MP:  Ah, forbidden love. That always makes for a juicy story. Did you ever date anyone your parents didn’t like? I did in college. My mother didn’t like one of my companions at all. He wasn’t boyfriend material, but we did become good friends. I’m sure she picked up on the ‘not relationship material’ vibe.

RM: Moms are good like that. So interesting story about boyfriends. My first boyfriend and the first boy I kissed is currently in jail for murder. You see, he was already in jail for exposing himself to some underage girls, then when his cellmate began snoring too loudly, he smothered him to death. Man, am I glad I dodged that bullet!

MP:  Wow, now that’s a story. Have you used any of that fodder in your writing?

RM: I do tend to write darker fiction. Any time you can creep someone out by only using words is a good thing. That’s what every author must do- elicit a reaction from readers. The reaction I obviously go for is “fright”. What’s that behind you!

Made you look.

MP:  I am easily spookable, though. I tried to watch American Horror Story in the afternoon and couldn’t do it.

What would you say is the most unique thing about your main character?

RM: I love scary shows, but I have this horrible habit of giggling through them to, you know, ease the tension. Llona, my main character isn’t like that at all, but what is crazy different about her is she has this long blond, almost white hair, that can’t ever be cut or colored. It drives her crazy!

MP:  That’s a great strategy for getting through a scary show. Women never really like their hair, do they? Mine won’t curl. An old roommate of mine had curly hair and wanted straight. Too bad we couldn’t switch.

Thanks for stopping in Rachel, it was a blast to learn more about you and your book. Come back any time.


Fractured Soul

Fractured SoulLlona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

About Rachel

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…

Find Rachel

Facebook  |   Blog   |   Website   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads  |  Book Trailer

Buy Fractured Light

Amazon   |   Barnes and Noble

Buy Fractured Soul

Amazon   |   Barnes and Noble 

She Said What? Bloghop

Michelle Wallace and Elise Fallson are celebrating their blog-o-versary with a cartoon captioning bloghop. Here’s my attempt… I guess you can tell I’m still illing. I blame that and NyQuil if it makes no sense.



What do you think about scary? Any scary dates you care to reveal?



  1. Elise Fallson Elise Fallson
    February 20, 2013    

    Great meeting Rachel and learning about Fractured Soul, love the premise!
    Hope you start feeling better Mary, and thanks for taking part in our bloghop. The “We look like we should be on survivor,” totally cracked me up. :D

  2. February 20, 2013    

    Hey, Rachel!
    The book’s cover is really cool.
    Good captions, Mary. Especially the Survivor bit.

  3. February 20, 2013    

    The book cover looks awesome. A stalker? Characters always seem to take on a life of their own.

  4. February 20, 2013    

    Congratulations to Rachel, best of lucks!
    I had thought on Vic too. Good I didn’t use it. Good entry :)

  5. February 20, 2013    

    I giggle through the scary parts of movies . . . and life. Good luck on your book.

    M Pax – just saw your updated book covers on the sidebar. They look great!!

  6. February 20, 2013    

    It was great meeting Rachel and hearing about Fractured Soul. The view from up there is pretty incredible.

    Your panels were hilarious, Mary. I guess that dinosaur won’t have a stuffed-up head anytime soon. ;)

  7. February 20, 2013    

    Great title! That temps me right away and your blurb is great. Congrats.

  8. February 20, 2013    

    It’s a battle for the ages Elise, me and this damned cold.

    Survivor is obviously what Elise and Michelle need to do next, Alex.

    He’s an interesting one, Ciara.

    Vicks seems pretty obvious, Al.

    Thanks, Tonja.

    Not with VicksMan in his tummy, Laura.

    Great to see you, Lee :)

  9. February 20, 2013    

    Survivor? LOL. I’ll only survive that if I’m allowed to sing and dance my way through the challenge… :)
    Hope you get better soon Mary! I think you need an extra dose of Mr. Vicks Mentholatum!
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Nice to meet Rachel! Her book looks great!

  10. February 20, 2013    

    That really is a great cover. And fun interview. No doubt you dodged a bullet with that boyfriend of yours!! Wow.

  11. February 20, 2013    

    Congrats to Rachel! The story sounds fantastic. I wish I could do something with my hair. It’s mutant-like too. And I can’t get it to curl either, Mary!

  12. February 20, 2013    

    I love that Rachel has a new book out now. She’s been busy! Both book’s sound great and congrats for dreams coming true! :-)

  13. February 20, 2013    

    Congrats to Rachel! A good fright is hard to pull off…

    I liked your medication-induced entry, Mary!

  14. February 20, 2013    

    LOL! Licorice can’t do this! Great job on the comic strip!

  15. February 20, 2013    

    I do need an extra dose of Mr. Vicks, Michelle. Yoo hoo! Hope dragon didn’t eat him.

    That gives me the willies, too, LG

    Mine is pin straight and refuses to do much else, Christine.

    It’s great to see Rachel out there, Lexa.

    I need more medication, Nick.

    NyQuil has a licorice flavor, Melissa :)

  16. February 21, 2013    

    Some scary movies are funny in a wired way Rachel. Another good interview at the Spacedock Mpax. Licorice LOL

  17. February 21, 2013    

    Great interview…and love love your entry for bloghop!

  18. February 21, 2013    

    Great hero – Too bad he was a generic brand! They never work. :)

  19. February 21, 2013    

    Some are macabre and funny, Maurice. Maybe because they’re cheesy.

    Thanks, Tammy :)

    Nice to see you, Nancy.