I’m very excited to bring you my inaugural author Q&A on the blog. My first guest is paranormal romance writer Rachel Firasek, author of The Last Rising, Piper’s Fury, and Stone Hard Love. I’m a big fan of Rachel’s books (if my questions don’t give that away…) and recommend them to anyone looking for a dark, tempting read.
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Without further ado, the Q&A:
Q: Rachel, your stories offer plenty of sizzling heat, and The Last Rising is no different. What’s your secret for weaving sexual tension into a story from beginning to end?
A: Wow, I wish I knew how I did it when it works. LOL. Really? I play pretend. I get into characters’ heads, shall we say. LOL. Meaning, I will walk around the house getting into my kitten mode. I’ll say lines out loud. I’ll practice on my hubs when he thinks that I’m really just looking for a make-out session. It’s really quite funny and they have all claimed that I’m quite mad. Lewis Carroll couldn’t have written a better role himself.
Q: On your website, you mention that your family encouraged you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and write your stories. How does your family support your writing on a day-to-day basis, and how does their support influence your writing?
A: I’m so glad you asked this question. Let me tell ya! If it wasn’t for my husband and amazingly understanding kids, I would have cracked a long time ago. They forgive me for not paying attention to every conversation and when one gets mad at me for not always being the “best mom” the other will take up for me. It’s really cute. My husband doesn’t mind picking up the slack around the house and helping with the carpool. He knows my goal and how long I’ve waited for this. Recently, I surprised hubs with a big basket of candy at work. We hadn’t been communicating all that well, and I know in my heart it was because he didn’t think I appreciated him. It’s not always easy to remember to say thank you!
I’ll never forget his call to me. It was the sweetest words he’ll ever say, “I’m so proud of you and I love you.”
He didn’t say “thank you” for the candy; it was my “thank you” to him. But, his “you’re welcome” totally rocked. I love that man!
Q: What does the future hold in store for Ice’s fellow phoenix sisters? And what about Piper and Slade of Piper’s Fury? What should fans expect?
a. The Last Awakening is coming soon, so I can’t tell you much, but Ari and Grey are going to heat up the pages. There will be a stronger paranormal element in book 2, and that’s all I’m going to say.
b. Ah, Piper’s Fury. I love that book. You’ll be happy to know that the book is complete–mostly. I have a revision pass that I need to do, and then I’ll decide what will happen to that little book. I love book 2 even more that book one and I’m fondly calling it The Gypsy Triangle.
c. I’m hoping for a big year next year, which means that I’ll have to get busy writing new and fresh stories, but yes, I’d like to see PF #2 release. I’d also like to find a home for a new YA that I’m working on. TOP SECRET project. LOL.
I’m so glad that I was your first guest. This was fun and the questions were great. It’s fun to interview with someone that already knows your work. It always makes the questions so personal.
Rachel Firasek grew up in the South, and despite the gentle pace, she harassed life at full steam. Her curiosity about mythology, human nature, and the chemical imbalance we call love led her to writing. Her stories began with macabre war poems and shifted to enchanted fairy tales before she settled on a blending of the two. Today, you’ll find her tucked on a small parcel of land, surrounded by bleating sheep and barking dogs, with her husband and children. She entertains them all with her wacky sense of humor or animated reenactments of bad Eighties dance moves. She’s intrigued by anything unexplained and seeks the answers to this crazy thing we call life. You can find her where the heart twists the soul and lights the shadows…