Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Vampire Forgotten, the second in the Vampires Destined series, just released on May 30th, and the final in the series, Vampire Betrayed, releases June 30th. The series is about three distinctly different vampires with separate destinies. All them desire a woman who will love them for who they are not what they are. Each book is standalone, and I have little spin-off books planned that I will give away just to add some embellishment to each story. This series actually began a few years ago, but I didn’t polish all the books until recently. I had done a lot of work to them, but they had some plot issues which needed to be fixed. Thank goodness for an excellent beta-reader!
How do you create your characters?
I don’t have any set way. I just have an idea of the story in mind, and the characters develop from there. Once I start writing the character, I just know where he or she is supposed to go, how they’re supposed to be. I can tell you that my heroines are always strong-willed, have a good sense of humor, and offer a healthy dose of sarcasm because they take after me. J
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
The people in my life inspire me as a person, but as a writer, I’m inspired by anything from a photograph to a song. I’ve seen someone walking down the street and gotten an idea for a book. It just depends upon what frame of mind I’m in. I started writing when I was in my early teens. Just dabbling really, but I didn’t write anything completely until I was sixteen. I wrote a poem when my boyfriend died, and I’ve just been writing ever since. Not poetry, though, because the poem wasn’t all that great. And I never got any better at it.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write in my bed with my laptop. I don’t usually get started writing until around eleven at night. I have to have something to drink (usually water or tea), be in my pajamas, and have either my air conditioner on or a fan blowing. The white noise just helps to keep my mind focused, although, I can write in a crowded room with music blasting. I just prefer not to.
What do you like to read? Right now, I’m on a young adult fantasy/paranormal kick. I’ve been reading them like mad, but I also enjoy memoirs, romantic comedies, and paranormal and fantasy romance. I usually review every book I read and post it on Goodreads, my blog, and sometimes Amazon.
What would your advice be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
For published authors, my advice would be to learn about social media. Whether you like it or not, it’s one of the best ways to get the word out about your book and to interact with your readers. I dragged my feet getting involved with Facebook and Twitter as well as myriad other places, but now that I did, I look forward to the engagement every day. For aspiring authors, I would say start following published authors on Facebook and Twitter. Watch and learn. Interact. You can learn so much from even a short Twitter conversation, and most authors are willing to help.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Sure! I’d like to tell folks where they can find out more about my books, and where I’m usually hanging out online. My website is www.dawnrachel.com, and it has a connected blog. I’m on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rachelcarringtonwrites, Twitter @rcarrington2004, Pinterest @rcarrnigton2004, and Goodreads. I have an author page at Manic Readers as well as The Romance Reviews, and I’m always updating my Author Page at Amazon which you can find here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BLL758. Thanks so much for the great questions!