Inkwell Guest: Rachel Firasek

Today, I’m super happy to have another debut author on the blog. I met Rachel in a funny, round-about way. When Allison Pang came to visit here, she gave away a copy of her debut novel, A Brush of Darkness. Rachel was the winner. I did an interview over at her blog and then spoke at her chapter and VOILA! It’s now Rachel’s turn to come play. Please say hi to her and leave a comment (details below) for a chance to win a copy of her new book, Piper’s Fury!

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? And how did you get your start?

I started writing in grade school, but didn’t actually love it. I was just good at it. Or, at least, my grades said I was. Lol. But, in junior high, I found a love for poetry. That’s all she wrote. After that, anything artsy held my interest. I married young, had kids quickly and gave up my art, but now that they’re older, I’m back at it with a vengeance.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Hmmm…I usually only need a brief encounter. My erotic ménage, due to release in July, was inspired by an elderly man and a young woman arguing at the scene of an accident. Piper’s Fury was inspired by my daughter’s quirky attitude. I snatch creativity from many sources.

What is the one writer’s tool you can’t live without?

Music. I absolutely have to have music to drown out the hum of everyday life.

How many words/pages do you do in a day/week/month? And how do you keep yourself motivated to do them?

When I’m actually writing, and not blogging, revising, or answering email, I can write about 2K a day. It usually takes me about 2.5-3 hours to write 2K. When I’m into a story, I’ll write every single day until it’s done. I have to see the first draft finished. Then I walk away, but have to go back and finish revisions within the next few weeks. It’s an OCD thing.

Whose work has influenced you the most?

LK Hamilton. I love her story. It took her like ten years to get Guilty Pleasures published, but it was only after a short with the Anita Blake character in it was published, that she finally signed a deal on the series. It’s that dedication and tenacity that kept me going during rejections.

This month is the release of your debut novel, PIPER’S FURY. Where did you get the idea for that?

Like I said, Piper is kind of modeled after my daughter. But the story itself is a mix of a graphic novel I played with and my love for vampires and the underground world that teases something deep inside me. I’ve always loved the paranormal, and I often wonder about the people that live a para lifestyle in today’s world. That’s why my vampires are alive.

Tell us a little about the book. How about a blurb?

It’s an empath thing…

Using your “powers” to help the Dark Hills Police Department hunt down serial killers doesn’t leave much time for dating. Not that Piper Anast is complaining. The last thing she needs is some guy brushing up against her and pumping his pornographic thoughts into her head.

When she meets Bennett Slade, a sexy, tormented vampire, Piper stumbles headlong into a telepathic connection with his missing daughter. She can’t leave the kid to the evil surrounding her unwanted visions, nor can she resist her draw to Slade. He’s the first guy she’s been able to touch vision-free in, well, forever.

As she and Slade close in on the evil creature holding his daughter, Piper’s powers morph into a deadly fury. To save Slade’s daughter-and herself-Piper must face down demons she never knew she had and trust the one thing she keeps from everyone.

Her heart.

Is this part of a series? And if so, can you tell us a little about that?

It is the part of a series. Passion of the Soul: The Gypsy Triangle will hopefully release in September. It will be Piper’s story continued and then completed. I have plans for at least one novella-Tally’s story, Piper’s BFF, possibly two.

What other things are you working on?

I have a short ménage releasing in July. It’s contemporary and a love story about a married couple welcoming in a third. Risque, I know. Lol. I have another, top-secret series that I’m working on. My next full length novel will not be finished this year, but I have a feeling that it could be my big-break novel, if one of these other stories don’t do it for me first. Lol. Or, at least, I can keep dreaming.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Well, I am an office manager in my day job, so that’s what I would be. Lol. I look forward to the day that I can enjoy a writing schedule during the day, and then possibly meeting my family again in the evening,

What’s your favorite genre to read? What’s your favorite genre to write?

I love paranormal or urban fantasies, first. I love writing anything. Paranormal, erotic romance, UF, Contemp, Thrillers, a bit of Horror. You name it, I’m not scared of it. Lol. I let the stories write themselves rather than forcing them into a genre that I want them to fit.

Where to find Rachel:

You can check out my blog here:
Twitter: @raebob78
Facebook: Rachel Firasek

And, if you’re really feeling brave, answer this question for a chance to win a free ebook of Piper’s Fury: What is your favorite paranormal book? Mine would have to be Guilty Pleasures by LK Hamilton.

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.