Det er vel ikke nogen overraskelse længere at jeg er vild med Rachel Caines skriverier? Hun er en af verdens flinkeste forfattere, men det vil jeg fortælle mere om under et fremtidigt forfatterspot. Jeg tænkte at et interview ville være super interessant, så jeg spurgte hende på twitter, og hun sagde ja! Jeg gik i tankeboksen og fandt på følgende spørgsmål. Fordi Rachel Caine er amerikaner, er interviewet selvfølgelig på engelsk.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I’m a full-time writer (gasp!) who started life meaning to be a full-time classical musician (and was one, for a few years). Then I became a business person, had a lot of jobs, finally graduated out of a job as head of corporate public relations for the USA division of a company and became a full time writer. I also like chocolate, coffee, and any combination of the two.
How is your adventure as a writer?
I’ve been through the wars! My first job was a game tie-in novel. I wrote 5 horror novels after that before the whole horror market of the early ’90s went down, switched to writing suspense, then ended up searching for my “voice.” I found it in urban fantasy, and then in young adult fiction. I’m venturing back into suspense again, and into fantasy. It’s a blast. Ups and downs, for sure. But I’m not a quitter.
If you could live in any of your own books – which one would it be and why?
I’d like to say Morganville, because the seems like a whole lot of fun when it’s not trying to kill you, and I really feel like I could hang out with all those characters. Yeah, Morganville, probably. Or maybe the Weather Warden series, but I don’t think I’d survive there!
If you could spend a day with any author (dead or alive) who would it be, and what would you do?
SO TOUGH. I’d have to pick somebody very interesting … Shirley Jackson. I’d love to spend a day with Shirley Jackson, and see what she sees. We could just ride a train around, and she’d tell me stories, and I’d be a better, more terrified person at the end of the journey.
How did you come up with the idea for The Great Library?
I started out with a vision of a man in a scholar’s robe, in the middle of a war, walking through a burning, chaotic city with a load of books, and no one stopping him. Not the armies who were fighting, not the fleeing citizens. Nobody touched him.
I had to know WHY he was left alone. So that spun me off into the idea of books being so important that people were afraid of him. And then, into the idea that they were afraid of what he represented: The Great Library. Everything else followed from that. I’ve been working on it for years.
What has been the biggest challenge in The Great Library?
The scope of creating that world, and imagining the people who fit into it. And, of course, those who DON’T fit in, who drive the story forward. Alternate history is fascinating, and it’s important to be able to make it feel familiar, but at the same time, unexpectedly alien.
What is easiest/hardest: Writing from a female or male perspective?
Neither. There is no easy. There is no hard. Each character comes with a different set of specific challenges–male, female, or genderless, which I’ve also written. If it’s difficult, then I’m fighting against something, and I have to figure out what that is. It’s usually something I haven’t gotten right.
But I start from the idea that I’m writing a PERSON. Their gender may give them additional responsibilities or obstacles, but first, last, and always, it is a person with an inner life. Focus on that.
Myrnin is such an interesting character, how did you come up with him?
I don’t know! He is one of the few characters who just … appeared. Bunny slippers and all. The moment I started wondering who he was, he started telling me in great and insane detail. I adore Myrnin.
Morganville Vampires is quite a long series, was it difficult ending it after all that time?
It was VERY long, and it was both very difficult to end it in a way that felt RIGHT for the characters, and also easy, too. Claire and her friends had grown up, and as a YA series, the end had definitely arrived.
Emotionally, I needed to step away, too. I’d written a lot, very quickly, and I needed to open up and tell some other stories for a while. But do I miss it? Absolutely! And I’ll be back!
Is there any type/genre of books you haven’t written, that you would like to?
Oh, yes! This year, I’m tackling two of the ones I wanted to do: a full-on epic space story (with Ann Aguirre, the series is called THE HONORS), and also, a suspense novel called STILLHOUSE LAKE, which has no paranormal elements at all. I’m very excited about these, as well as the last book of The Great Library, another (historical) series that hasn’t yet been announced, AND a new Weather Warden book!
So the journey continues. I love doing new things!