Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Interview with Rachel Vincent, author of STRAY and ROGUE

Welcome back to our final installment (for about a month, anyway) of our author interview series. Today we have Rachel Vincent, who is following up her USA Today-bestselling urban fantasy Stray with its much-anticipated sequel, Rogue. Rachel's graciously agreed to give away a signed copy of Rogue to one lucky commenter.

Stray and Rogue form the first two books in Vincent's Werecat series, which will be at least six books long, the very thought of which makes us fans purr and knead our claws into the closest fuzzy blanket we can find. Or maybe that's too much information.

Q. In STRAY, your werecats belong to family-based organizations called Prides, each of which has its own territory that is strictly (and violently) enforced against outsiders. Was there an intentional allusion to organized crime syndicates?

Rachel: No, there were no intentional allusions to organized crime syndicates. In fact, I hadn't thought of it along those lines until you mentioned it. I've actually never seen any of the Godfather movies (and I assume that's what you mean by crime syndicates).

Do the animalistic/fantasy aspects make it easier for readers (and you as a writer) to sympathize with guys who are occasionally called upon to be cold-blooded killers?

For the readers? I certainly hope so. And the fantasy aspect definitely makes it easier for me to sympathize with the enforcers. That, and the fact that they're truly doing what they feel is right, even if the violence element of it feels drastic to some of us. They act in defense of each other and of their territory. Loyalty is very highly prized in the werecat world.

What strategies did/do you use in writing your follow-up novels, where you build upon an existing world and continue existing storylines? How do you decide how much backstory to include so that each subsequent book can stand alone? Did you find it easier or harder to write ROGUE (and others beyond) than STRAY?

In some ways, writing sequels is easier than writing the first book in a series, because a lot of the world building and character establishment is already done. But in other ways, it's harder. It's very difficult to remind the readers of what they read in the previous book without giving away the entire story to readers who may not have read that first book yet. I tend to err on the side of caution, putting in little backstory initially. Fortunately, my editor will always tell me if we need a bit more of a reminder.

ROGUE was much harder to write than STRAY, and required more intensive revisions. But I think that as a result, it's a much better book. Compared to writing ROGUE, writing PRIDE (March '09) was easy. It was completely plotted out before I wrote it and seemed to just fly onto the screen. But now I'm almost done with the fourth installment and it's been the most difficult of all so far, because we see a lot of plotlines colliding in this book. Everything Faythe has come to trust and rely on is sort of crumbling out from under her feet, leaving her nothing to count on but herself. People she used to depend on are now depending on her. It's been a very emotionally draining novel to write, but so far the result is worth all the stress. I love this book. ;-)

You've said that Faythe (your main character) undergoes significant character growth in ROGUE. How are her choices and challenges in this volume different from those in STRAY? What issues will she struggle with most in this book and in the future?

In STRAY, Faythe had no idea who she was, or who she wanted to be. She didn't start to really grow up until she got a peek at what real independence means, and that freedom isn't really free. It comes with a lot of responsibility. At the end of STRAY, she accepted that responsibility. In ROGUE, she's growing into it.

In STRAY, Faythe's choices revolved around herself. What was best for her. But in ROGUE, she makes decisions based on what's good for the Pride, even if that decision isn't very good for her. And in fact, in this second volume, we see even more clearly that what's good for the group and what's good for her as an individual seldom go hand in hand.

As for future struggles? Her personal life is never easy. She and Marc love each other, but there are many other factors that affect a relationship, and theirs is pretty stressful anyway. Still, she's not one to give up on something just because it isn't easy. ;-)

Faythe will also have an opportunity in the near future (books 3 & 4) to see things from a new-to-her perspective, and I think it'll be interesting to see how that changes her outlook.

If you could inhabit the life of any of your characters, enter their world and deal with it as that person, which would you choose?

Ooh, that’s tough. None of my characters live very peaceful lives, because peaceful is boring. But of all the werecats (because my werecat world is the only one currently on the shelf), I guess I’d like to be Faythe. On one of those days where she gets to enjoy the high metabolism and hang out with Marc all day. Not one of those kill-or-be-killed days, where she gets blood all over her clothes and under her fingernails.

Conversely, which of your characters would you most like to bring to life in our world (maybe as a best friend or much, much more)?

Jace. I’d love to have Jace hanging around. And judging from some of the mail I’m getting, I’m not the only one. ;-)

Same two questions, but use examples from another author's work (including television/movies/theatre)?

I’d love to be Jeaniene Frost’s Cat Crawford, and not just because she’s named Cat. ;-) She has the advantages of a vampire, without that pesky daylight allergy.

And I’d love to bring Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan to life, and not just because we share a first name. I’d like to meet her in real life because she’s fiercely loyal to her friends, and who couldn’t use a friend like that?

Which author, living or dead, would you most love to collaborate with?

Stephen King. I love King’s writing, and I think he’s brilliant. And even though working with him would no doubt give me a huge inferiority complex, I’d never pass up that chance.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the publishing industry, what would it be?

The waiting. No doubt. Everything takes forever in the publishing industry, and even though I know there are many, many steps between writing the book and seeing it on the shelf, I’d love to speed that process up a bit. You know, if I had that magic wand… ;-)

What's the weirdest tidbit of research you've ever incorporated into a book?

Well, I don’t know how weird this is, but during my research for Stray, I discovered that there’s really no such cat species as a black panther (though cougars are sometimes called panthers). Big cats that appear to be black are actually jaguars or leopards with melanism, an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation. It’s the opposite of albinism. If you look closely at a melanistic cat, you can see the rosettes in its fur.

What's your earliest memory?

Watching out the window as my two younger sisters played in the season’s first (and probably only) snow. I was maybe four years old. I couldn’t go out because I had chickenpox. I had the last laugh, though. My mom said I couldn’t scratch. But she never said I couldn’t get my sisters to scratch for me. Soon they had it, and I was all better. ;-)

Do you have any phobias?

Like Faythe I can’t eat chicken skin. Can’t do it. That’s where her aversion comes from.

My husband hates when people use the word 'barometer' to mean 'measure.' Which word usage faux pas drives you berserkest?

I hate it when people say “added bonus.” If it’s a bonus, it’s been added by definition. No need to say it twice. I also hate “kneel down.” Has anyone ever knelt up?

Name a literary cliche that makes you throw a book across the room.

I hate it when a girl is so overwhelmed by a man’s beauty/magnetism/whatever that she can’t maintain consciousness. What’s up with passing out over one kiss? Excuse me, but no one’s that hot.

Let's say there's a TV show, movie, or recording artist that has a cult of you. Which is it? (i.e., what do you like that no one else you know likes)?

Okay, don’t tell anyone, but I’m totally obsessed with “So You Think You Can Dance.” Because I know I can’t dance. I love it. I rearrange my schedule around it in the summer.

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

I would go see a movie with some friends I hardly ever see. Then we’d go out for ice cream. Marble Slab Creamery. Then, when I got home, I’d read until I fell asleep with the book still in my hand.

If you could ask your favorite author one question and they had to answer honestly, what would it be?

“If you could start your career all over again, would you do anything differently?” Because experience teaches people a lot, so surely nearly everyone has one thing they’d change. And I’m really nosy. ;-)

If you could write in a totally different genre than your current one, which would you choose?

Mysteries. I’ve always wanted to write mysteries. I love mysteries (both books and movies) and love trying to guess who-done-it.

What are you working on now, and what new releases can we expect to see from you down the road?

Right now I’m working on the fourth werecat book, which I can’t mention by name until the title has been officially approved. But it’s the most emotionally wrenching book I’ve ever written, and also the most difficult to work on, for that reason. Pride, the third werecat book, will be out in March ’09, to be followed by the fourth, fifth, and sixth in the next couple of years. And like most writers, I have a couple more things up my sleeves… ;-)

If you could tell a stranger just one thing about the Werecat series or Rogue in particular (other than what it's about--no cheating by quoting synopses or back cover blurbs), what would it be?

My werecat series is about Faythe Sanders, a tabbycat facing a big responsibility and an even bigger opportunity. She’s in the unique position to change her world for the better, but like all great changes, this one will come at an immense personal cost. A revolution is on the horizon, and Faythe will be leading the charge--if she lives long enough to see it.


Give Rachel a comment or a question, or tell us why your own cat would make a good enforcer, down there in the comments before 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 31. I'll draw a name and announce the winner next Tuesday morning.

If you don't have a Blogger account, just sign in as anonymous and leave your name at the bottom of your comment so I can call your name.

***I recommend against putting your e-mail in the comments, since that brings on spam. HOWEVER, if you don't leave a way for me to find you, you must stay subscribed to the comments or come back next Tuesday to see if you won. I don't have magical finding powers, and unlike Faythe, I will not cross state borders to hunt you down.***

P.S.: You have through Thursday to comment for a chance to win Justin Gustainis's Black Magic Woman. So stop on by!

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I haven't read Stray, but I will be adding it to my "to-read" list!

Great interview! I love the phobia question. It is so interesting what people have issues with.


Posted by: Blogger Katie at 3/25/2008 1:12 PM

Thank you so much for this interview with Rachel. I recently read Stray. It was so funny because my sister & I have the same book tastes & we both bought the book around the same time. When we went to tell the other about the latest book we'd read, it was Stray for both of us. Anyway, we both adored that book & Faythe is such an amazing, complex character. I've so been looking forward to the release of Rogue & am so happy that day's finally arrived. I can't wait to get my copy. Anyways, great interview!

Posted by: Blogger Stacia at 3/25/2008 2:46 PM

Enjoyed the interview today, haven't read Stray but it sounds like my kind of read!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 3/25/2008 2:50 PM

I haven't read Stray yet, but I think I'm going to pick up a copy now.

Great interview!

Stephanie in Virginia Beach.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/25/2008 3:45 PM

Love the interview!

I really liked reading Stray so I can't wait to read Rogue. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Wendy at 3/25/2008 3:58 PM

Awesome interview! I do love the cover art! Hugs, Crystal

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/25/2008 4:17 PM

I loved Stray and can't wait for my copy of Rogue to arrive!

I don't have a cat so I can't tell you why it would make a good enforcer. Although my name online is Amberkatze and katze means cat. So maybe I can be the enforcer ;)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/25/2008 4:18 PM

Stray was great! I can't wait for Rogue. :D Awesome interview J!

Posted by: Blogger Brooke Reviews at 3/25/2008 4:58 PM

Hey Jeri!
Great Interview and wow, I need to go get both of her books!
I have really enjoyed your interviews and look forward to reading more!
Have a Great Week!

(from my space)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/25/2008 5:11 PM

Great questions and answers. I really enjoyed reading Stray, you've got me hooked on this series and I can't wait to read Rogue. So glad to hear that we have lots more of this world to read about.

Posted by: Blogger Cathy M at 3/25/2008 5:25 PM

I'm so looking forward to this book! I really enjoyed Stray, and there are many questions I'm looking forward to having answered, as well as seeing Faythe grow and mature as a person.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 3/25/2008 6:42 PM

I loved the first book and had picked it up after reading an old blog post about the book. I am waiting (impatiently mind you) for the next one to come out.

Sadly neither of my cats would make even a remotely good sentry. One is an orange floppy rag doll, that just sort of lies around. Maybe he would work as a trip wire. And the other is gray and loud and a complete slut when it comes to attention. But is scared to death of new people.


Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/25/2008 7:04 PM

I'm halfway through ROGUE now. Of course, reading this interview made me want to already have Book 4 in my hands!

. . . and I know I wouldn't mind if Jace came to life. He's probably my favorite of the boys.

Posted by: Blogger Liviania at 3/25/2008 8:19 PM

awesome interview. i havent read stray yet, and i REALLY NEED TO GO BUY IT. seriously, and then rogue. but the covers are awesome.

and i dont have a cat...

Posted by: Blogger Rachael Stein at 3/25/2008 9:26 PM

Enforcer? Manny? Well, there are no mice in the house, so he must stop them before they can get inside. Good boy :-)

At night, he sits by the windows/doors and stares out. If he suddenly runs into the glass, it's because another cat is outside and in our yard. Doesn't usually happen, though.

Truth is that Manny's a scaredy cat. Things he doesn't like: storms, wheelie bins, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, loud sounds of any kind...and he's terrified of kids. In short: Manny would run away from trouble, rather than face it head-on.

So yeah, not the ideal enforcer, except when mice are involved ;-)

Have a lovely day! :-)

Posted by: Blogger Tez Miller at 3/25/2008 9:27 PM

lol I don't have a cat. We have a dog, a snake, and a ferrot. That ferrot would make a dayumn good enforcer he likes to attack when your not looking.. Please enter me in the anyhow pretty please.I would love to have a signed copy. Stray was fantastic and rogue is in my tbr pile But i could always find someone else to give my bought copy to That way I could pimp your book and get me a signed copy.

Posted by: Blogger Pamk at 3/25/2008 10:36 PM

Hi Rachel and Jeri,

What a great interview. I can hardly wait to read Stray and I am definitely going to have to pick up Rogue.

I really love the covers on both books and I am thrilled to hear that there are still several books in the works. I am huge series fan...I love being abot to follow the characters that I have come to love through several books.


Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 3/25/2008 11:05 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 3/25/2008 11:06 PM

Sorry about the deleted post...somehow I double posted my comment.

Again, what a great interview.


Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 3/25/2008 11:14 PM

o i want that book, i have tried so many differnt blogs LOL
please enter my nme

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/25/2008 11:29 PM

Awesome! ^^ I can't wait to read your newest novel Rachel! ^^


Posted by: Blogger Andrea ^^ (Photo Girl) at 3/26/2008 12:39 AM

Ooh, there's one mega gorgeous cover.

Besides the chicken skin, are there other bits of yourself in Faythe?

How did you come up with the name Faythe?

How many books do you envision for this series?

Who are some of your favourite mystery authors?

Can you share with us a funny or unusual thing that happened/you came across in the course of your research for the werecat series?

Posted by: Blogger J at 3/26/2008 12:53 AM

Great interview.
I had a gorgeous black cat when i was younger and i think she'd be a damn good enforcer--she was fearless.
I would lean against the wall in the living room and read. She would lay on my lap and as soon as someone she wasn't sure about came too close for her liken she would sit up and just stare them down. Or she would get off my lap and stand in front of me staring at the person, then she'd start to pace very slowly in front of me just glaring at the other person.
Yeah, she was my little enforcer. :) Loved her, especially when someone i didn't like came over.:P On those days she got extra chicken...skinless. ;P


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 5:05 AM

Stray was one of the best books I read last year... great story, awesome characters. can't wait for Rogue.

Great interview with Rachel.

Posted by: Blogger Digital Diva at 3/26/2008 8:44 AM

Great interview! I'll throw my hat into the contest. I actually read Rogue this past weekend... you'll love it!

Kim Vargo

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 8:54 AM

Are you intending to address the genetic cause for only one tabby per every 5 toms? Does Andrew come back into play? His disappearance had me puzzled, and I get the feeling that he's got more story to tell...

Posted by: Blogger Samantha Stoner at 3/26/2008 11:39 AM

Excellent interview! Great questions asked.

I can't wait until the second book comes out. In fact, I read on your blog that it might be out in stores already. I'll go there tonight and see!

Posted by: Blogger Bethany at 3/26/2008 11:51 AM

I've just signed up to receive Rachel's newsletter. I will definitely be getting a copy of Stray, especially since there will be five sequels (hooray!).

Looking forward to reading!

Posted by: Blogger Kate at 3/26/2008 1:04 PM

Wow what great questions. This is a great way to introduce people to Racheal and her world of Faythe.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 1:15 PM

Oh, I can't wait for "Rogue" to be out and well I am grasping every single chance to get a copy through contests. This is some serious interview. The questions were really nicely thought of. You gotta learn from there. Thank you ladies.

Posted by: Blogger Harry Markov at 3/26/2008 1:25 PM

Great interview. I would love to read this series. :)

Posted by: Blogger CrystalGB at 3/26/2008 1:49 PM

I can wait to get Rogue! It's been a long wait!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 2:03 PM

Wonderful interview! It has given me some insight. Anyway, I've read Stray and just picked up Rogue (BTW, I can't wait to read it.....) and I have a cat named Sqeekers......(long story) but I believe that she would make a good enforcer because when we play, we tend to play rough and no matter how rough it gets, she keeps coming back for more! lol

Ruth Schaller, Niagara Falls, NY

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 2:20 PM

Loved the interview. I am heading to the bookstore this week to see if Rogue is on shelves yet!

My sister's cat has the look of Faythe's group but would end up being the only enforcer who is afraid of her own shadow.

-Heather in Charlotte

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 2:55 PM

I enjoyed the interview.

Both Stray and Rogue sound wonderful.

Do you get to pick the covers for your books? I think they're great.

Posted by: Blogger ChristyJan at 3/26/2008 3:20 PM

Great interview! I'm subscribed to Rachel's blog and newsletter. Btw, 6 books long! And I haven't even gotten to read Stray nor Rogue. Please let me win so I may start! :P

Posted by: Blogger Bunny B at 3/26/2008 3:48 PM

I love a great series, and am so glad you're continuing with Faythe...the hardest part is waiting for the next installment! Keep 'em coming!
Susan in New Jersey

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 4:51 PM

I'm so excited about this book (and the rest of the series)! If I don't win a copy now, I'm definitely going to go buy one:)


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 8:18 PM

I enjoyed reading that interview!
I have a question for Rachel - who's your personal fave among fictional characters
a) created by you
b) by other authors

callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

Posted by: Blogger Rashmi at 3/26/2008 8:44 PM

My kitten/cat (she's at an in-between stage) has a tendency to leap to the level of my hair and sink her claws into my back flesh while attempting to chew my hair off. I imagine this technique would alarm any intruder.

I'm pumped to read Rogue!

~A. Soyez

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/26/2008 10:16 PM

The only one of our 3 cats that might make a good enforcer is our oldest, Spasmo. Anytime something is going on, he comes and gets me!!
Our 2 younger ones run as soon as they hear someone at the door!!!
Great interview and I can't wait to read Rogue!!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/26/2008 10:50 PM

Wow, what a response! I'm gonna be away from my computer in the morning, but here are the answers to the questions asked so far:

Jennybrat said:
Besides the chicken skin, are there other bits of yourself in Faythe?

There are definitely bits of a younger me in Faythe, back when my tongue worked much faster than my brain did. Though she’s quickly growing out of that. ;-) She also has (and is gaining) qualities I wish I had in real life. Like fearlessness.

How did you come up with the name Faythe?

I’ve always liked the name Faith, but I wanted it to stand out a little, so I changed the spelling. This version gets mixed reviews, but most people seem to like it. One nice reader even said she was planning to name her daughter Faythe-with-a-Y. ;-)

How many books do you envision for this series?

There will be six, total, all already under contract. I’m working on the fourth one now, and though I don’t have plots outlined specifically for books 5 & 6 yet, I know how the series will end, and approximately how I’ll get there.

Who are some of your favourite mystery authors?

I love the Kellermans, both husband and wife.

Can you share with us a funny or unusual thing that happened/you came across in the course of your research for the werecat series?

The funniest thing that's happened so far in my research is my own comfort level with real-life big cats. I have a huge phobia of big cats, but in my research, I've actually been mere feet away from them, and that's really helped me.

Samantha Stoner said: Are you intending to address the genetic cause for only one tabby per every 5 toms?

I’ve gone back and forth about that with my “science guy” and I do hope to have a satisfactory explanation in the books soon. There was one in Stray originally, but it got cut, if memory serves.

Does Andrew come back into play? His disappearance had me puzzled, and I get the feeling that he's got more story to tell...

Yes, on all counts. ;-)

StacyJan says: Do you get to pick the covers for your books? I think they're great.

Thanks, I think they’re great too! But no, I had nothing to do with the covers, other than describing what Faythe looked like, and the artists have stayed remarkably close to that description.

Callmeabookworm said: who's your personal fave among fictional characters
a) created by you
b) by other authors

My favorite of my own characters is probably Ethan. My favorite of another author’s characters… Hmmm. There are so many good ones out there… But my favorite would probably be either Kim Harrison’s Jenks or Ruby Thewes from Cold Mountain. (Note here: I haven’t read the book, but Cold Mountain is my favorite movie. Ever.)

Posted by: Blogger Rachel Vincent at 3/27/2008 1:05 AM

I've been looking forward to Rogue since the last page of Stray many months ago! :)
My furry turtle aka fat cat, Nemo would probably just sit on a perp like a furry sumo cat, lol. My youngest, Gizmo would most likely chew their toes off as he seems to enjoy doing it to me!
Great interview.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2008 4:03 AM

Great interview, Jeri! There were some really good and different questions in there.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2008 6:29 AM

I just love the entire originality of this series, it's very refreshing. Just by looking at the questions, it's clear that there's some real basis behind the books. I'll definitely try to get a copy of each ^_^

Posted by: Blogger abscae at 3/27/2008 7:44 AM

Great interview. Stray was a great book. Love Faythe. Can't wait for Rogue.

I don't have a cat...but I have a 4 pound Yorkie who thinks she can enforce HER rules of the house. She will DOG any strays that wander into her territory. Oh yeah.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2008 9:03 AM

I love both books and am looking forward to the next few

Pamela Barrett

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2008 9:35 AM

The interview is great, I must read Stray, I had never heard of it before. This seems like my type of book!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/27/2008 10:24 AM

Hey Jeri (and Rachel)! Stray was excellent and so was Rogue (I'll not spoil it). I pre-ordered Rogue and it came in last week. I'd never pass up the chance for a signed book, though. Anyway, I just wanted to share the excitement of a newly released novel. ;-)

cheers for two awesome authors!!

Posted by: Blogger Deb at 3/27/2008 10:59 AM

Awesome interview Jeri! and thanks for this cool contest!

I haven't read Stray yet. I know! Sorry! But the library I go to doesn't have it so I'm gonna go and tell them to order it cause this book sounds great!

Grace Lee from HBC

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/27/2008 12:34 PM

I truly enjoyed reading your interview with Rachel. I recently read STRAY and i loved her writing style and the kick ass herione, portrayed by Faythe. I have told my friends all about it and cannot wait for ROGUE.

Again, thanks for the interview. Rachel is the bomb!!

Posted by: Blogger Nancy at 3/27/2008 3:27 PM

I loved Stray and can't wait to see Rouge. In fact, that's my plan for the weekend. :)


Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 3/27/2008 7:17 PM

Ok, before I say anything remotely interesting, let me focus on this for a second; So You Think You Can Dance is possibly the best contest show out there:P Moving on...
I read Stray and preordered Rogue. I'm just waiting for my local bookstore to call me, letting me know it's come in. I can't wait! You asked some fantastic questions; a blind person could tell just how much effort and care Rachel has put into creating her werecat world.

Posted by: Blogger Mickey at 3/27/2008 8:21 PM

I love your books!! Great interview by the way.

My family and I have 4 inside cats who are may or may not make great enforcers. They are great hunters of mice, small bunnies, birds, flies, moths, spiders, ect. They all have there problems with each other but if they dont think anyone is watching we can find them all curaled up with each other. Gosh, I love my four fur balls!

Posted by: Blogger Amber at 3/27/2008 10:12 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Amber at 3/27/2008 10:12 PM

Great Interview Rachel!

Posted by: Blogger Breanna at 3/28/2008 1:36 AM

Great interview! I am on my way to pick up Rogue today! It has been a grueling wait, and now i get it....(doing the happy dance) As for the kitty enforcer, it is my cat Debo. He keeps my 3 giant dogs and 2 other cats in check. Debo is 17 pounds, and with a meow and a swat all spats in our house are settled. Quickly. Picture Jabba the Hutt with fur, and no creepy fetishes....Ruthless one second and cuddly the next. Bianca

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/28/2008 7:49 AM

Awesome interview Rachel, and thank you for the giveaway =) I have a question for you - if you were in Faythe's position, do you think you would have the courage that she has??

My email is vanillaglitter@gmail.com!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/28/2008 10:14 AM

I rarely buy a book for the cover, but the cover of "Stray" was so compelling I had to pick it up and read the back blurb. I am glad I bought it (and so is my writing partner because she grabbed her own copy based on my reading parts of it to her). Faythe is a heroine I love because she has flaws and is someone I would love to know. I can't wait to get my hands on "Rogue"!

Posted by: Blogger Tarot By Arwen at 3/28/2008 12:06 PM

Great interview! I enjoyed reading it.

Posted by: Blogger Chelsea at 3/28/2008 3:10 PM

Amanda said: If you were in Faythe's position, do you think you would have the courage that she has??

Hmmm...I like to think I would. Especially if I also had her claws and canines. But honestly? Several of Faythes best qualities are things I WISH I had.

Still, one can hope... ;-)

Posted by: Blogger Rachel Vincent at 3/28/2008 10:30 PM

Hi Rachel, great interview! Im really enjoying rogue,and looking forward to your short story this summer,take care Kai

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/29/2008 2:17 AM

Happy Saturday! Thanks for an interesting interview and book review. I would like to read her book! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi

Posted by: Blogger windycindy at 3/29/2008 11:43 AM

such a good interview : ) this book sounds good, count me in for the giveaway!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/30/2008 5:48 AM

Thanks for the great interview. I finished STRAY a few days ago. I started ROGUE yesterday and so far I'm lovin it.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/30/2008 4:57 PM

A terrific interview.

I loved Stray and am really looking forward to reading Rogue.

~ Lilly

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 3/30/2008 7:55 PM

Wow! The interview was great. I still haven't read Stray yet but that's next on my list (should make my friend happy.) ^_^

Posted by: Blogger Exiledmuse at 4/03/2008 2:49 AM

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