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Rachel Caine – Interview & Contest



Sidhe Vicious welcomes Urban Fantasy author Rachel Caine! We’re looking forward to getting to know you and all about your novel Gale Force.

Your upcoming novel, the seventh in the Weather Warden series will be released on August 5th, 2008 by ROC Fantasy. Can you tell us about it and a bit about the main characters Joanne & David?

Sure thing! GALE FORCE continues the story of Joanne and David — but the course of true love continues to be a bumpy ride, so fasten your seatbelts!  David has asked Joanne to marry him, but there are all kinds of complications … a militant section of the Wardens organization who wants to stop them and declare war against the Djinn, for one thing.  For another, the Djinn themselves aren’t wild about getting human in-laws, especially for David, who’s a Djinn VIP in his own right.  As attacks against them escalate, it puts a severe cramp in Joanne’s plans to find the perfect wedding dress, and survive the Big Day.  The return of an old, dangerous enemy brings even more trouble, especially when it’s an eerie kind of trouble that the Djinn can’t even sense coming.

What about Weather Wardens and Djinns inspired you to write about them?

I’ve always been fascinated by the weather, especially since I moved to Texas.  Tornado season is always an adventure here, and I’ve had them miss my house by narrow margins three times in the past 15 years.  Seemed like a natural thing to me to write about storms that were out to get us, and the people who protect us from them (when they can get their act together, anyway).  The Djinn were a lucky coincidence … I love the whole mythology of the Djinn being creatures of fire, very elemental spirits that both hate and serve humanity.

Will we be seeing more of Joanne and David in the future?

You definitely will!  I’m working on Book 8 in the series now, and there will definitely also be a Book 9.  Joanne and David also have “guest appearances” in a new series I’m premiering in January.  The series is called OUTCAST SEASON, and the first book is UNDONE.  It’s the story of a Djinn who’s cut off from her people and forced to live among humans, much to her dismay — and rely on the Wardens for her survival.

How did you get your start in writing? What, if anything, lit the “spark” to get you started and keep you motivated?

I started writing when I was 14, and I started the way a lot of people do … I wrote what I now know is fanfic, for a television show!  After that first story, I developed my own characters and began to write my own stories.  I wrote for my friends, primarily, and just for my own entertainment; it never occurred to me you could do it professionally, even though I was a voracious reader!  It always seemed that authors were “special people” — and I’d never be one.  Luckily, one of my friends pushed me into trying to get published, and here I am!

Who or what was your inspiration for the characters of Joanne and David, if any?

Joanne started out as a homage to a friend of mine, who was terminally ill; he was so brave and courageous in the face of overwhelming odds, and had such a constantly surprising sense of humor, that I couldn’t not write some of that into the character.  His illness became her Demon Mark, but the personality traits certainly came across.  David — okay, confession time, I admit that I have a soft spot for the actor James Spader, especially circa his STARGATE movie days.  So there’s some of that in there.  And some of Michael Shanks from STARGATE SG-1, too.

Did you find it harder or easier to write subsequent novels in this series because of already having created this world?

Only in that I have such a lot of backstory and detail to remember!  When you get into a complicated fantasy series like this, you have to rely on memory a lot, as well as notes; sometimes, inevitably, you’re going to miss something, because as a writer you remember all the drafts and versions, instead of just the final ones.  That’s the toughest thing.

Do you have any funny writing quirks or habits that you do when you’re in the “zone” writing?

I need music.  Headphones, preferably.  And I need to make track lists for each book.  I also find that I do my best writing early mornings — like, 5 a.m. early, which SUCKS, but there you go.  So I’m up early, but the good news is that by 1 p.m., I’ve put in a full day of work!

Have you ever met a Weather Warden, Djinn, vampire, werewolf, demon, or fae?

I’ve certainly met a fair number of people who freaked me the hell out.  If you go shopping at Wal-Mart in the middle of the night, you’ll meet all kinds of supernatural creatures, I’m convinced of that … zombies, particularly.  Lots of zombies.  Luckily, by that hour, I have no brains to attract them.

What supernatural power or creature would you most like to have or be?

I’d most like to have the power to stop time.  That would ROCK.  Although the ability to turn junk into something valuable, like diamonds, that would be nice, too.  And a lot less work than loading the recycle bins.

Who is your favourite paranormal or urban fantasy fictional character and why? (Not counting your own of course)

I think I’d have to say Harry Dresden, from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books.  Although I certainly love a lot of other series, too — Laura Anne Gilman’s Retriever series, P.N. Elrod’s Jack Fleming series … Gah!  So hard to choose! 

Who’s your favourite author? TV show? Movie?

Favorite author will probably always be Roger Zelazny.  TV show is a close tie between Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.  Movie — probably James Cameron’s Aliens.

If you could choose one fictional character to bring into real life, who would you choose?

Ooooooooh … the Scarlet Pimpernel.  Please.  Thank you.  Or possible Athos from the Three Musketeers.  :swoon:

How have the books you’ve read influenced the books you write?

I tend to love adventure books — stories where the stakes are high, beyond personal issues or personal lives.  And I think that probably comes through in my own work.  It’s hard for me to write a story that *isn’t* world-threatening in some way.  J

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever gotten inspiration from?

The sight of a hearse pulling into the parking lot of a big convention center where a revival was going on.  It sparked an idea for a short story about people who did *actual* revival … of the dead. 

What do you do when you’re having writer’s block to “shake” it off?

Sit down and WORK.  There’s no great trick to it, I just make myself get out of bed and go to work, just like people do every day.  And for a while I have to grind out every word, but eventually, the muse kicks in! 

What can a new reader expect from your book/series?

I’ve been told that my books are facehuggers — that they’re difficult to put down.  So I guess you can expect an express ride of a story, no stops, no detours!  And sometimes, cliffhangers.  Sorry.

You write about various types of supernatural creatures, in this series and your Young Adult Morganville Vampires series. Do you do a lot of research or do you prefer to take what you already know and use your imagination for the rest?

I do tons of research, of all different types.  I have a huge nonfiction library at home, and I’m always reading and researching things that interest me.  The trick is to know the subject, and only use a little bit of what you’ve learned!

Are any of your characters particularly fun or easy for you to write? Any that are more difficult?

I find that the Morganville characters are just a total blast, very easy to write.  The Weather Warden series tends to be more difficult, mainly because Joanne argues with me a lot! 

Do you have any tips for aspiring speculative fiction writers?

First, make sure you understand the business.  I get the question a lot about how much I paid to publish my book.  The answer is:  nothing!  In traditional publishing (as opposed to e-publishing, print on demand or vanity press) you get paid by the publisher; you don’t pay them.  Make sure you research who you’re dealing with, what their reputation is, and know what you’re getting into.  This is true for agents as well.  You should be paying them a commission from sales, not an up-front fee to represent you.  If you have questions, there are great resources available to answer your questions — try the Writer Beware website, and the Absolute Write Water Cooler. And also:  don’t give up.  That’s key!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us at Sidhe Vicious Reviews, and with your readers? 

I have half a chocolate bar.  Want some?  Um … wait … too late …   🙂   I guess I’d just like to say thank you for this opportunity, and for reading!  Without you guys, us authors are just strange, oddly dressed people typing away in coffee shops, to no avail.  So give yourselves a round of applause!  YOU make all this craziness work!

Best wishes,



Thank you Rachel! It’s been a real pleasure spending some time with you and getting to know more about your Gale Force and the Weather Warden series. We wish you every success with your Weather Warden series, Morganville Vampire series and your upcoming series Outcast Season. I know that I am looking forward to them all. J You can learn more about Rachel Caine and her awesome books at her website.


 Rachel has graciously offered a signed copy of Gale Force to one lucky commenter, so start typing readers! As usual, for extra entries, you can subscribe to my blog, and/or link to this contest at your blog or page somewhere and put the link in your comment here. (For people who are already subscribed to my blog, if commenting, you’ll have two entries.)

 A winner will be chosen on August 15th, so make sure to check back. If I don’t hear from the winner after a week, a new name will be chosen.

It’s been brought to my attention that some of you subscribe to my blog via GoogleReader or some other Blog Readers. If you have commented and you do use a Blog Reader, please be sure to let me know. Thanks and Good Luck Everyone! 🙂 

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  1. […] have a great interview with author Rachel Caine as well as a contest to win a signed copy of GALE FORCE! One lucky commenter will be drawn on […]

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  2. I just picked up Ill Wind a few weeks ago. Loved the premise and being an air sign it seemed natural taht I’d have to read it. Just have to slug my through the TBR pile a little faster.

    BTW – Another great interview. Rachel comes across with a sharp wit that makes me want to read her work all the more!

    Comment by Pike | July 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. I subscribe via GoogleReader – this way I’m continually updated, but my Inbox stays clear. It’s fab! It’s how I keep track of everything that’s not LJ.

    Oh, and your Wishlist and mine – so much in common 🙂

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

    Comment by Tez Miller | July 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. I love Rachel’s books.
    Please enter me in the drawing. I subscribed to your blog and i also posted about the contest on my blog at

    Comment by Carmen R | July 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. […] Vicious has an interview with Rachel Caine as well as a review of her new novel, Gale Force.  There is also a contest running along with this […]

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  6. hello.
    Please enter me I would love to win.
    And plus I’m already subscribed to you blog.
    And I posted the contest on my blog.

    Thank You.

    Comment by Trina | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  7. Another great interview!

    I have been waiting for Rachel to send me back the answers to my interview for a while 😦

    Can’t wait to read Gale Force!

    Comment by Amberkatze | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  8. I love Rachel’s Morganville Vampire Books…I have shifted my TBR pile around a bit and am going to start her Weather Warden series very soon.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    Comment by Lori T | July 27, 2008 | Reply

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  10. Great interview. Rachel’s books sound wonderful. Please count me in the drawing.

    Comment by Crystal B. | July 28, 2008 | Reply

  11. I’ve been reading the Morganville Vampires but not the Weather Wardens series. Maybe I should pick some up.

    Comment by Liviania | July 28, 2008 | Reply

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  13. Sounds like a good new series for me and I enjoyed the interview!

    Comment by Teresa Warner | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  14. Hello All,

    It’s awesome to see all of you! You’re all entered and the extra entries have been tallied in as well. 🙂 I hope you’re all having an awesome summer and getting lots of reading in.

    There’s still time to enter, so keep the comments coming!


    Comment by sidhevicious | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  15. I just ordered the first book in the Weather Warden series and can’t wait to get started.

    Comment by Cathy M | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  16. I love Rachel’s books they are all great reads. 🙂

    Comment by Larena Wirum | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  17. I really enjoy reading Rachel’s Morganville Vampires and Weather Wardens series.

    Comment by Lilly K | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  18. please enter me, i want to read that book!!!!!!!!!!! love the new site to , though i done said that when you moved, but it is easier for me

    Comment by TAMI blackroze37 | July 29, 2008 | Reply

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  20. Think I’m a couple adrift on the weather warden series yet, but I’d still like to be entered if it’s open to non-US. LOve Rachel’s books and that’s an interesting interview.

    Comment by DawnM | August 3, 2008 | Reply

  21. I really enjoy the Weather Warden Series and the Morganvilled Vampires. Looking forward to the next in the WW Series. Great Interview !

    Comment by Wendy | August 3, 2008 | Reply

  22. I have the first book in this series in my tbr pile. would love to win this one.

    Comment by Pamk | August 3, 2008 | Reply

  23. What a book! Sounds great and would love to read it. Enjoyed the interview.

    Comment by Anita Yancey | August 4, 2008 | Reply

  24. This is a new genre for me but I’d love to try it.

    catslady5 @

    Comment by catslady | August 4, 2008 | Reply

  25. I would love to win a copy of this book! Great interview!!

    Comment by RachaelfromNJ | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  26. Wow, this is so cool! =D I love the Weather Warden and Morganville Vampire series. =) And doesn’t Outcast Season sound great too? I didn’t know that Joanne and David were going to have guest appearances in it! Ooh, and I subscribed to your blog by email. (Yay!) Can’t wait to read your review of Sucks to be Me and The Summoning! Thanks so much for this awesome contest and interview!

    ~Lucy D =)

    Comment by Lucy D =) | August 6, 2008 | Reply

  27. Please enter me. This soudnds like a great book!
    I am subscribed AND I blogged you here:

    Comment by Carolsue | August 8, 2008 | Reply

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  29. It took me FOREVER to start this series after reading several really good recommendations for it (Jim Butcher, I mean come on, doesn’t get much better than that)because the whole idea of reading about a chick that can control the weather… didn’t sound very interesting to me. I was WRONG! It has fast become my favorite series (Morganville I enjoy as well) and have read them until they’re falling apart…literally. I’d love to see them in hard back, any chance of that?? If not, I suppose I’ll have to keep buying them, and buying them 😉
    Please enter me in the contest, and for Heaven’s sake, keep writing about David (sigh….) and Joanne’s adventures. They’ve become good friends of mine 😉

    Comment by Patti | August 13, 2008 | Reply

  30. Very in depth interview! I will get the new book next week.

    Comment by Lisa Diel | August 14, 2008 | Reply

  31. I just found this tonight, while writing my Books 3 – 6 review… but I wanted to say thank you for such a great interview! It was nice to find a Rachel Caine interview out there!

    My copy of GALE FORCE arrived from Amazon on Tuesday. I am very excited to read it, though I need to finish the book I am currently reading that needs to be reviewed ASAP.

    Comment by Cat | August 14, 2008 | Reply

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