February 25, 2012

Caged Moon by Rachel Deagan (YA)

A Bit About The Author
Rachel grew up in a small town in Massachusetts where she spent most of her time writing about strange paranormal creatures instead of paying attention in class. She has always been considered the 'dreamy' one with her head in the clouds. She now lives in Nevada with her two sons, a cat, and a rat named Sam.

Interview with Rachel

    1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
    No. I wanted to be an actress and an Olympic Equestrian Rider first. Funny thing is, in fourth grade I wrote my first ‘book’. It was about horses. Although, the equestrian dream has fizzled over the years, I do think my love of acting helps greatly in developing and feeling out the characters I write.
2. Who is some of your inspiration?
As far as authors go, I love Cassandra Claire’s flare for characterization and storytelling. Although, I didn’t start reading her work until after Caged Moon was into the editing phase. My original inspiration stemmed mostly from Maggie, Steivater’s Shiver, Twilight, and various werewolf movies I’ve seen over the years.  If I had to be honest though, it wasn’t a specific author that inspired me to write, it was a friend of mine. 

3. Is your family supportive of your writing?
Yes, once my parents realized the seriousness of my writing, they became some of my most forefront advocates. My boys are a little young to understand, but I’m truly blessed.

4.How did you come up with your characters names?
The names of my two main characters, Charlotte and Liam just came to me. I tend to have trouble with names, so for the rest of the ‘gang’ I strolled through some helpful baby name dictionaries. I did want most of the wolf pack to have names that primarily from a different era. (The wolves in my book do not age) so I specifically searched in name dictionaries from the early 1900s.

5.Does your characters talk to you when you’re writing?
All the time. They never shut up and sometimes we even argue when they want to go in a direction that I hadn’t planned. ;)

6.Do you like it quiet or do you need noise when you write?
It honestly depends on my mood.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to focus with music on, because I end up listening to it instead of zoning in on the writing, but sometimes it helps set the mood if I can put into the ‘background’ and focus. It can aid the emotional mood of a scene.

7.What are your goals for 2012?
I have two major goals as far as writing goes. The first is to heavily promote Caged Moon and get it out to the masses. My second goal is to have my second YA book under the working title, “The Star Children,” ready for release this summer. Very busy!

8.Are you currently writing anything?
Yes! I have another YA novel in the works, “The Star Children.” This one has a hint of Sci-Fi in it, although mostly falls into the category of urban paranormal. It revolves around three teenagers who discover they bear unusual ‘gifts’ while staying in a psychiatric hospital. Unfortunately, they aren’t the only ones who discover this, and soon learn that not only is the government after them, but something much darker and greater is too. I love the character chemistry in this book. Despite the face paced, supernatural thriller storyline, the characterization, I believe, is what carries it most. So, stay tuned.

9.Favorite paranormal creature? 
Werewolves and angels.

10.What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have two little boys that keep me pretty busy when I’m not working my other job as well. But I always enjoy watching a good movie/tv show. I’ve recently become hooked on The Secret Circle. I also love reading, and have recently taken up Zumba.

Where to follow Rachel Deagan::

Caged Moon
Haunted by an animal attack, seventeen year old Charlotte feels she is being followed. When she runs into a mysterious boy while camping, she’s afraid. Nothing seems right about him. Despite trying to stay away, there is an unmistakable draw to be near him. Even his scent smells familiar. But the closer she gets, the faster the secrets begin to unravel. Not only is he not human, he may have a link to her past. When Charlotte finds out someone wants her dead, she is torn between love and fear. Can she trust him to keep her safe?

Buying Links::

A fantastic werewolf book that has wonderful characters and an amazing plot. A must read that you can't put down. 4/5 stars

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