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Rachel Caine

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Rachel Caine The first and most important thing is, do what intrigues you. Writing a book is an incredibly long relationship, full of angst and drama, and you'd be…moreThe first and most important thing is, do what intrigues you. Writing a book is an incredibly long relationship, full of angst and drama, and you'd better be mostly in love with it to start or you'll divorce it in favor of a new idea halfway. You need to love it, because when you love it, when passion is in the page, it shows. (And you're much more likely to finish.)

Second, don't worry about "what's hot" or "what editors want" right now. Just write what speaks to you. If you don't have a voice for YA, don't force it; if you like something that isn't currently in favor, write it. Remember that what you see new on the shelves is like the light from distant stars: created years back before it ever gets to you. You could be the next wave.

Third, DO care about craft. As a writer, your tools are words and how you use them. They're sentences and paragraphs you're using to build an imaginary world. At the same time, and this is counterintuitive: don't let craft slow you down. Care more about what you're saying than how you're saying it, in the first pass.

Last: learn something about the business. There are some great non-fiction books, like all of Richard Curtis's stuff (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_...). Knowing what rights you create when you create your book is critical ... which is why agents are also important, because they're specialists not just in marketing your book to a publisher, but in getting you the best deal possible, with the advantage of the rights to you as much as can be done. You should also understand the role of publishers, distributors, marketing, PR, editors, every part of the business so you also understand why they're so valuable.

Last thing, I promise: WRITE. There's no substitute for doing the work and putting in the hours. A book is a house you build with your own sweat and time.

Keep writing! I'll see you on the shelves!(less)
Rachel Caine Thank you! I've considered it, believe me, but ultimately I felt that it was Claire's story, so it needed to (mostly) stay in her POV. Though when you…moreThank you! I've considered it, believe me, but ultimately I felt that it was Claire's story, so it needed to (mostly) stay in her POV. Though when you get to BITE CLUB (Book 10) Shane does get his own POV, because of the nature of the plot, and from then on I have multiple POV sections with different characters. :) Thank you ... I'm sad to say that Morganville is finished (paused?) for the moment at Book 15, DAYLIGHTERS, because 15 books is a lot to ask readers to invest in, and also, Claire had to finally turn 18, which meant it was no longer a young adult series. It's very hard to take a series out of YA and into adult fiction (which is a big distinction in the US, at least).

So grateful you're enjoying the books! You're the reason I get up every day to write!(less)
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What's next with the Stillhouse Lake series?

I know that a lot of people have read Stillhouse Lake, and the follow-up book Killman Creek, and in case you missed it, we just released the third book in the series, Wolfhunter River (late April 2019).

So ... what comes next for Gwen Proctor and her ever-embattled family? We've moved away from the immediate threat of her ex-husband Melvin, the serial killer, and we brought down a major conspiracy Read more of this blog post »
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“Damn, Claire. Warn a guy before you do a face-plant on the floor next time. I could have looked all heroic and caught you or something -Shane”
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He pointed to himself. "Male and eighteen. What's your point?”
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“I'm gonna kill him," Eve said, or at least that was what it sounded like filtered through the pillow.
Stake him right in the heart, shove garlic up his ass, and-and-"

And what?" (Michael)

When did you get home?" Claire demanded.

Apparently just in time to hear my funeral plans. I especially like the garlic up the ass. It's...different.”
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Anton Van Hi Rachel, thank you so much for accepting my request. I am honored by you allowing me to interact with you and I hope that this would remain a mutually beneficial relationship. I wish you the absolute best for this year and I hope that your life would be filled with love, laughter and amazing accomplishments. Have a fantastic day. Anton.

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