Interview with Author Rachel Higginson

Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Today I am very glad to welcome talented author, Rachel Higginson to Booktastic Reviews! After reading only the first of her ebooks in the The Star-Crossed Series, Reckless Magic (review here) I am hooked and can not wait to read the next in the four-part series, Hopeless Magic.

Where did you get the inspiration for The Star-Crossed Series?
That's a really good question. I had been reading a lot of fantastic young adult paranormal stuff and was actually inspired by great writers. But I also wanted a very strong female character, someone who would fall in love but have a bigger destiny. When I sat down to write Reckless Magic, I had an entirely different intention and idea in mind, but Eden just came to life in front of me and once she was there, the rest of the story fell into place.

If you could meet any of your characters, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Eden! I wrote her as sort of an exaggerated version of myself and I think it would be so fun to get to know her. I would also love to spend a Friday night with Avalon and his team, Jericho, Titus, Xander and Xavier. I think we would have the best time and they would probably get me into all kinds of trouble, like cow-tipping!

If you could have any supernatural power, what would it be - it can be any of the four magic groups in your novels?
They would all be great to have! But if I had to pick one... I think it would have to be shape-shifting! Wouldn't it be great to get to be something entirely different for a day? I would shift into some tiger or something and spend the day in the jungle getting a totally different perspective on the world!

Have you always wanted to be a writer, if so, what sort of genre did you write as a child?
I have always been a writer, journaling or short stories, or different endings to stories that I didn't like. I really have always written. I remember as a fourth grader, I wrote a play that was a sequel to Alice in Wonderland and then I had all of the neighborhood children in the middle of the street in costume, acting it out! In junior high, I really found my niche in poetry. I had notebooks full of poetry. I really feel like writing down all of my thoughts in a creative way helped me to figure out who I was and what I wanted out of life. It was very self-defining.

Do you have a favourite place to write? Any necessities you need while writing?
Alone! I have three little kids and so anytime I can find and hour or two by myself turns into my favorite place to write! And I absolutely must have chocolate when writing!! If I sit down at the computer without it, it's not long before I'm up again rummaging through cabinets looking for something chocolate! If it has caramel inside, all the better!

Quick Fire Questions:

Dark Chocolate or white chocolate? Dark, most definitely. But I'm not one to turn down any kind of chocolate.
Printed or ebook? Oh, can I cheat and say both? Nothing beats curling up with a book in hand and reading it straight through, but ebooks are so life-changing! It's too hard to choose.
Favourite animal? Elephants! And in Hopeless Magic, there is a great chapter where Eden gets to ride elephants and I am so jealous!
Favourite colour? Pink. I am a girly girl to the core!

Rachel xx :)

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  1. Awesome questions!I am reading Reckless Magic and I'm already in love :D

  2. What a brilliant interview! And great answers too!

  3. Great interview! Her books sound amazing :)

  4. Patricia Essex8 March 2012 at 11:05

    As they say, '' not just for young adults !! '' I am 73 and have just finished reading all 4 books in less than a week. Just couldn't stay away. I don't have a Kindle as yet, (birthday next month so get one then !) so I am downloading onto my laptop and reading that way. Loved, loved , loved these Starcrossed books. Best since Twilight Trilogy in my estimation. Please have them proofread next time though Rachel to avoid the typos!! Can't wait for your next series make it soon please !!!


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