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?
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.
Llona 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!
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…
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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?