Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Interview With Rachel Vincent

I've been a fan of Rachel's writing since I picked up STRAY, the first in her adult were-cat series. I was immediately immersed in the culture of the werecats, identified with the characters, and couldn't put the book down because I had to KNOW what happened next. When Rachel started writing YA as well, I couldn't wait to try her series. It has everything I love about Rachel's writing; vivid world-building, action-packed suspense, and fiesty characters I want to know (or want to kill ... all depending).  Here's a peek at her recent YA release, MY SOUL TO STEAL.

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.
 See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

When I asked Rachel to be interviewed on the blog, she chose the Spork of Doom. I believe the Spork may have finally met his match!

Spork of Doom

Rachel Vincent

Before we get to today's interview, it's time to reveal the amazing cupcake my hubby made for Rachel. (He would like Rachel to know he had to look up the word variegated before he could completely understand what kind of leaves she was talking about and that because of her extensive vocabulary, he spent much of his time cursing all writers in general.) Because one of the characters in MY SOUL TO STEAL feeds on people's fear and crafts nightmares for a living, my hubby decided to make a nightmare cupcake (complete with the curse-worthy variegated vines Rachel mentioned played a big role in the book). Without further ado, I give you the nightmare cupcake and Rachel vs. the Spork of Doom.

Nightmare Cupcake with VARIEGATED leaves

1. I’m all about world domination, and I’m always looking for good help. Why would you be an acceptable minion in my quest?

I wouldn’t. I’m no one’s minion.

2. *gives you doomy glare of DOOM* That's what they all say. At first. Being a Spork of Doom takes moxie. What’s the sporkiest thing you’ve ever done?

This interview.

3. When I’m not busy taking over the world, I like to eat pie. What kind of pie do you think is worthy of my Spork of Doom status?

I make a mean homemade deep dish caramel apple pie. But I don’t think you could handle it. That’s a lot of pie.

4. You DARE to cast aspersions upon my pie-eating ability? Tread carefully, madam. The last fool who questioned me got a tine in the cornea and spent the rest of his days going by the unflattering moniker Spork-Eyed Wilbur. What’s your favorite thing to do with a spork?

Eat noodles. The fork wrangles the noodles, the spoon holds the broth. Perfection.

5. Perfection indeed. *preens* I have the ability to be simultaneously spoon, fork, and weapon of mass destruction. What unique ability do you have?

I have the ability to snap a spork with only my mind. Fear me.

6. Spork-Eyed Rachel. It has a ring to it, don't you think? In this day and age, a savvy spork bent on world domination can’t afford to ignore a good marketing campaign. I’m thinking t-shirts with “Spork or Die.” If you made a shirt with your own slogan on it, what would it say?

“Save a Spork; Eat a Shish Kabob”

7. If I had to compare myself to anyone in history, I’d have to say I’m most like Napoleon. Only skinnier. And shinier. And smart enough not to lose my empire at a place with a ridiculous name like Waterloo. Who are you most like and why?

Any hermit who fights her battles with a pen.

8. I don't need a pen. I have titanium tines. Why is your job just as much fun as world domination?

Because I get to create entire worlds, not just dominate them.

9. *reconsiders the merit of a pen* In between conquests, I like to read a good story. What can you recommend and why?

The Forrest of Hands and Teeth. The only thing missing from that one was a spork.

10. So many authors fail to realize the genius of including a spork in their magnum opus. You need to accomplish a secret, night-time mission as my minion. Cloak? No cloak? Why?

Again, I’m no one’s minion.

11. Never mind my earlier nickname for you. I've changed my mind. Keep up the sass and henceforth you shall be known only as Rachel the Sporked. My best piece of advice to others is this: “Fear the spork!” What’s your best advice?

If you’re facing down a hellion with nothing more than a spork…run.

*glares* Fine. Run. But leave the pie. The pie is MINE.

Thank you, Rachel, for such an entertaining interview! To learn more about Rachel, visit her site. To purchase MY SOUL TO STEAL (Remember, it's book 4 in the Soul Screamers series. Start with MY SOUL TO TAKE.) go here.

Of course, the fun isn't over yet! Rachel is giving away a signed copy of MY SOUL TO STEAL to one lucky commenter. The contest is open internationally. Here's how to enter:

1. Earn entries:

*Comment on this post = 1 entry
*Be a follower of this blog = 2 entries

*Tweet the link to this interview = 3 entries (Use @cjredwine or leave url to tweet in your comment so I can see it.)

*Post the contest on your blog or facebook= 3 entries (Include link in your comment.)

2. Tally it up:

Please tally up your entries and leave the total in your comment.

3. Check back:

The contest is open until 8 p.m. (central time) Sunday, April 3rd. Please check back to see if you've won and to claim your prize!

Good luck to all, and happy reading!


  1. Anyone who can hold her own against The Spork must be a genius. I will search for your book post-haste.

    And I'll take six tines of credit, Lord Spork.

  2. Awesome cupcake! Thanks for the giveaway!
    +1 comment
    +2 GFC follower

    Stephanie- thegirlonfire
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  3. Wow, I must learn how to make that cupcake!!
    +1 comment
    +2 GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  4. LOL, the Spork of Doom. Now. I'm in the mood for cupcakes.

    +1 Comment
    +2 GFC follower
    +3 Tweet (

  5. Hilarious. Love that your no one's minion! And that cupcake is freaky. Right up there with the zombie body parts cupcake.

  6. +1 comment
    +2 GFC follower
    +3 tweeted

    Thanks for the giveaway :D

  7. I've seen photos you've posted of your pie and it looks yummy as well as being huge. +1
    Am a follower +2
    Tweeted:!/Jovial_1/status/53196722721136640 +3

    Total = 6

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. I am a follower and would love to be entered. Thank you so much for posting!


    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  9. Want the cupcake. Want want want. Fantastic interview! :D

    I tweeted, commented and followed - the tweet had your handle in it, so it should show up in your mentions. 1 + 2 + 3 = sporksome

    annemhairi at aol dot com

  10. LOL

    Not here to enter, just here to giggle. Awesome interview.

  11. Great interview. Thanks for sharing!!

    +2 im a follower
    +3 tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/53285041974939648
    +3 blog -
    total - 9

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  12. I want one..I haven't had any books from please :)

    *Comment on this post = 1 entry
    *a follower of this blog = 2 entries
    *Tweet 3 entries :!/becunique/status/53303806284402688

    2. total : 6 entries

    uniquas at ymail dot com

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  14. This is a great interview! :D

    Comment +1
    Blog Follower +2
    Posted on FB +3

    TOTAL = +6

    Clarissa Pereira

  15. Love Rachel's writing! I too became a fan of hers via STRAY! I can't wait to read this YA series.

    I did it ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!/permalink.php?story_fbid=162511330474448&id=100000247699929

    9 entries!

  16. It sounds awesome!

    I am a follower.
    I twitted -!/Insomniac_VD/status/53374717402423296

    Facebook -

  17. Hello, thank you for this brilliant interview.

    Between commenting, following and facebooking, I have 6 points: count me in!


  18. Thanks for such an awesome contest.
    I tweeted!/natcleary +3
    Posted on facebook +3
    Commented +1
    GFC follower +2

    Total = 9

    natcleary (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. Sounds like another awesome book!
    I commented (1), follow (2), tweeted w/ your @ (3), posted on my blog here: (3) so NINE count em up yourself. It's true lol

    9 entries Yeah :D

  21. Great giveaway!!

    comment =1
    following blog =2
    twitter =3
    posted on my FB =3
    Total = 9 entries


  22. I love Rachel Vincent! She is so awesome that I bow down to her genius!

    +1 for comment
    +2 follow as oreo_93

    Total: 3

    oreo_93 at hotmail dot com

  23. I love Rachel's Shifter series. Totally agree about sporks too. They're awesome!

    +1 comment
    +2 blog follower



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  25. +1 Comment
    +2 Follow via GFC
    +3 Twitter.!/wordsrollon/status/53595321737027584

    Total = 6

    Thanks! : ) I love this series! And that cupcake is AMAZING!
    ambience.of.rain {at}

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  27. Bwahaha, that was hilarious. It's a mistake to read interviews by the spork at work because keeping my laughs low was almost impossible :)

    Comment + follower = 3

    Thanks for making my day

    Edited to add

  28. Very funny interview! Cool cupcake :)

    +1 Comment
    +2 Follower

  29. I love this interview and series!!!

    1 comment
    +2 blog follower
    +3 tweet!/Jessechic4
    +3 facebook link!/profile.php?id=556723460&sk=wall
    =9 in all :)

  30. The interview was funny, sporky! And the cake looks fantastic, sporkalicious!
    +3 tweet!/ocelucas
    +1 comment
    +2 blog follower
    +3 facebook!/profile.php?id=1003955754
    = 9 entries

  31. Hey, Great Contest, I've followed, I've commented and I've tweeted!/suzi1811 I've now got my fingers crossed I win!
    suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

  32. I have a spork of doom. It's in my silverwear drawer. I didn't know it had a twin... Anyhoo... I'm following +1, I'm commenting +2= 3, baby!

  33. 6 entries: following, tweeted, and comment!! @lindsaycwrites

    Americangirlie1991 AT yahoo DOT com

  34. I read the first 2 books and loved them I can't wait to read the next 2. Great interview.

    +1 comment
    +2 follower :ereader89
    +3 tweeted :!/ereader89/status/54675119418773504

    +6 Total

  35. This was an awesome interview!!!!

    +1 for commenting
    +2 for following

    Total..... 3

  36. I LMAO..spork of doom? That is so, OK! Is that like "Riddicks Death by Teacup"? Wonderful interview :D
    +1 comment
    +3 tweeted!/CLMcCUNE/status/54699187354341376

  37. Hey C.J., Terrific interview with Rachel. Blog looks great! Have a great week!
    See ya!
    Readaholics Anonymous

  38. Awesome interview! And I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!

    +1 comment
    +2 follower
    Total =3


  39. Thanks for the giveway. That was hilarious. I feel a fault to read interviews from spork at work because helping me stop laughing almost impossible.


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