Dark Faerie Tales is very happy to have Rachel Vincent here today to talk about her recent release, Shadow Bound, the second book in her Unbound series. Read the first chapter of Shadow Bound here. We are also featuring this series in our UF/PNR Reading Challenge 2012.
A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.
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DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Shadow Bound?
Rachel: Shadow Bound is the second in my Unbound series. It focuses on Kori, who was one of the not-so-good guys from Blood Bound, and Ian, who’s a new character. They live in a fictional US city, in a reality where some people have “skills” the rest of us don’t have, including the ability to walk through shadows or to “bind” someone to a promise. Those people are recruited (sometimes forcibly) to serve in one of several supernatural mafia organizations, and those who run or hide tend to live short, miserable existences.
DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in Shadow Bound?
Rachel: Korinne Daniels is a shadow walker, which means she can step into one shadow, then out of another one, anywhere she wants to go, within her natural range. She joined the Tower syndicate years ago, in an attempt to protect her sister from the inside, after her sister was manipulated into joining. When the book opens, Kori is in very big trouble with her boss because of what she did in Blood Bound. She’s been given one chance to save herself and her sister—recruit Ian Holt.
Ian is a Blinder. He can suck all the light from a room, effectively “blinding” it. That’s a skill Kori’s boss wants for his organization, but Ian hasn’t really come to be recruited. He’s come to kill Kori’s little sister. So they’re at cross-purposes from the moment they meet, and they’re both in a very tough position, but…they fall for each other pretty quickly, which puts everyone either of them cares about in danger.
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in Shadow Bound?
Rachel: I like the scene when Kori first meets Ian—she’s not what he expected—and I also like the one when she first meets his best friend, who doesn’t like her at all. Kori is a tortured character. She volleys between intense emotional trauma and incredible inner strength. And she has a dirty mouth. So it’s fun to throw her into different situations with different kinds of people, and watch the sparks fly.
DFT: Who is your favorite character in the Unbound series and why?
Rachel: So far, that would either be Liv or Kori. They’re both strong women who are willing to do what they consider right, regardless of the consequences. They put up with a lot from those who have power over them, but they’re never truly beaten.
DFT: After writing this series where words and bonds are taken seriously, has it made you stop and choose your words more carefully before saying them aloud?
Rachel: Ha! You’d think. But probably not.
DFT: How much research went into creating this series?
Rachel: Not a lot. I made up the abilities, and I did make huge lists of popular superpowers, so I’d know what to avoid repeating, but other than that, I really made most of it up.
DFT: What is the hardest part about writing this series?
Rachel: Oh, man, everything about writing this series is hard. Each book is told from two different first-person points of view, which is hard. And since I don’t repeat narrators from book to book, I have to get into not one, but two new characters’ heads with each book, which is hard. Then there’s the structure of the books themselves, with the POVs alternating from chapter to chapter. It’s incredibly hard to plot the book so that each scene is told from the proper character’s POV without messing up that every-other-chapter pattern. (I messed that up in Blood Bound, but nailed it in Shadow Bound. ) And the world building is very complex, so keeping that simple for the reader to understand is very hard as well. It’s a very tough series to write.
DFT: Do you prefer to write a series following one main character (Shifters/Soul Screamers) or write new main characters every time (Unbound)?
Rachel: I much prefer to write from one character’s continuing POV.
DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?
Rachel: Not really. This is my job, and I’m not very superstitious about it. I spend about half my day writing, and half doing the non-writing parts of the business, and I don’t believe in muses or excuses, so…stuff gets done because I get it done. If that makes sense.
DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?
Rachel: The ideas are usually inspiration enough but I sometimes use music to set the tone for myself, for tricky scenes. And every now and then I’ll use an image.
DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?
Rachel: I read adult and YA paranormal, and I’ve been really into YA contemporaries in the past year or so, too.
DFT: What can you tell us about Oath Bound and any other projects you are working on?
Rachel: Oath Bound is the third/final Unbound book, and it’s about Kori’s brother Kris, and a new character named Sera. In addition, I’ve just finished With All My Soul, the seventh/final book in my Soul Screamers young adult series, which will be out next spring, and I’m now working on both a new YA and a new adult project, with new characters, in brand new worlds.
DFT: If you had a magical or supernatural power, what would you like your power to be?
Rachel: I would either want to be invisible, or be able to read people’s minds! I’ve actually been considering that question since I was in middle school!
DFT: Thanks Rachel! It was wonderful having you here today!
Available May 22, 2012 by Mira/Harlequin Books
About this Book:
If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…
Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else….
The job? Recruit Ian Holt-or kill him.
Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.
Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….
Click HERE to read an excerpt
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