5 Questions & 1 Confession with Rachel Searles

Today we have another interview with one of my critique partners, this time the amazing Rachel Searles! Rachel and I met over a year ago and became in person writing buddies, and I'm pretty sure I would have lost my sanity by now if it weren't for her. She's working on an awesome MG sci-fi, which I hope you'll all get to read someday!

Where did you get the idea for your book?

Um, it's been so long that I'm not really sure of the answer to this anymore. My initial idea was basically "Kids in space!" and after I had a few main characters and my initial worldbuilding, I kept adding layers of complications to the story. And then there were too many complications and wayyyy too many words, and I had to spend a bunch of time dialing everything back, haha.

Where do you do most of your writing?

At home, either on the desktop in our home office or on the sofa with my laptop and a cat on my feet. I need utter silence.

What movie or tv show do you wish you could adapt into a YA or MG book?

Hmm, that's a tough one--all the ones I've thought of so far seem like they already have a YA version! Maybe a YA Breaking Bad, where the talented MC turns to crime to help support his family and gets in way over his head, and to survive turns into a person he kind of despises...

What advice do you have for new writers?

You may already be a great writer, but there is so much more to writing a novel than just being a good writer. Take every opportunity to learn, build up your support network of fellow writers, and be patient, because this takes time. And always be professional.

What were you like as a teenager?

I was quiet, smart, not athletic. I thought of myself as a nonconformist at the time, but in retrospect I think I was a pretty tame Midwestern version of that. I had bushy hair (still do). I liked putting together the occasional weird outfit. Sometimes I wish I still had the guts to do that, but now there's this adult voice in my head telling me "They're all gonna laugh at you!"

Tell us something geeky about yourself:

Didn't I already? Ha. Well, my favorite hobby is cooking and I own hundreds of cookbooks--they fill my bookshelves, coffee table, end table, kitchen counters. It's probably why I buy all my fiction reading as e-books. I've tried to impose cookbook-buying moratoriums on myself in the past but it never lasts. There's just something very relaxing about sitting down with a cookbook and flipping through the pages--I don't need pictures--and thinking about which ones to try. My perfect day would involve an even split between cooking, reading, and writing. Is that geeky enough? I also know the words to any song by the Beatles, including the German ones, and I love the smell of hot milk. Find me a candle in hot milk scent, please.

Thanks Rachel! I kind of hope you write this YA version of Breaking Bad now...