Happy Friday Book Nerds! I hope this upcoming weekend takes you out of this world because I have an interview that sure will.
Rachel Searles is the author of out of this worlds The Lost Planet Series! Not familiar with the series? Check out the blurb below!
THIS IS WHAT THE BOY IS TOLD:
He woke up on planet Trucon, inside of a fence line he shouldn’t have been able to cross.
He has an annirad blaster wound to the back of his head.
He has no memory.
He is now under the protection of a mysterious benefactor.
His name is Chase Garrety.
THIS IS WHAT CHASE GARRETY KNOWS:
He has a message: “Guide the star.”
Time is running out.
iFandoms Collide was able to ask Rachel some questions about herself and her writing in order to kick off the count down to the Pasadena Teen Book Festival!
iFandoms Collide: What languages did you study and which ones can you speak fluently, aside from English?
Rachel Searles: My love of languages start in high school, and by senior year, I was taking French, Spanish, and German simultaneously. In college I was a German/Political Science double major, and an almost-minor in French. Then after graduation I moved to Germany, where I took a year of Chinese for fun and studied some Italian in my free time. In Germany I met and fell in love with a cute Turkish boy, and we spent half a year together in Istanbul where I took an intensive Turkish course. Since I later married that boy, I hear Turkish all the time and I understand it fairly well, but I’m not exactly fluent in speaking it (Turkish is HARD). I am still fluent in German, and my French, although rusty, is passable.
iC: What is one thing you need while writing?
RS: Absolute quiet. I can’t focus if there are people around me talking, and I can’t listen to any music. So for me, writing in cafes is out. I love a good academic library–the more tomb-like, the better.
iC: What time of day is your favorite time to write?
RS: The morning, when the day still seems fresh and full of possibility.
iC: What inspired The Lost Planet?
RS: I’d been dabbling in a few different genres and trying to revive an old fantasy manuscript that was going nowhere, when it dawned on me that a) I love big epics set in space, and b) space would be the most fun place to set a rollicking children’s adventure. That was in 2006, and I sold the book in 2012, so…there was a lot of hard work and patience involved. That first draft–whew! What a mess.
iC: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
RS: Read a lot, write a lot, and–the thing that was most helpful to me when I was trying to get published–find yourself a solid critique partner or two whose opinion you trust, and work with them to improve your manuscript. You’ll learn a lot along the way, and as a writer you should always be trying to improve your craft, no matter what stage you’re at. I know it can be hard to find a good CP, especially if you live in a smaller town, so I’d recommend being active in the online writer’s community, and going to conferences if you can. You’ll meet all kinds of great people there.
iC: Who is your inspiration?
RS: Oh gosh, I’m inspired by all sorts of people–to name a few, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Stephen King, Laini Taylor, Jon Stewart, Laurie Halse Anderson. All very talented people who value hard work and common sense–they make me push myself to be better.
iC: Who is your fictional crush?
RS: I’m going to go super mainstream with this and admit that I’ve always been quite fond of Peeta Mellark. His loyalty, and then his struggles to recover from what the Capitol does to him make him utterly appealing to me.
iC: If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?
RS: If I could apparate that would be just grand. Airline travel is too slow and messy–I’d rather just blink and be where I want to be instantly.
The Pasadena Teen Book Festival is coming up quick this month on Saturday April 26th, 2014 from 12-4 at the Pasadena Public Library. You can keep updated about the Pasadena Teen Book Festival HERE!