Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Author Interview: Rachel Caine & Ghost Town Giveaway

Today's the release day for a slew of new books in urban fantasy and paranormal romance, including Rachel Caine's ninth Morganville Vampires book, Ghost Town. Check out my Fiction Affliction columns over at Tor.com  featuring all the October and November releases in urban fantasy/paranormal romance, young adult, epic fantasy and science fiction. You can catch up on all 150-plus October and November releases in these genres at this link. Keep scrolling down to get to your favorite category!

I've been running the full text of some of the mini interviews from the column this month. So far, we've heard from Cherie Priest (Dreadnought), Jennifer Estep (Venom), Kalayna Price (Grave Witch), Richard Kadrey (Kill the Dead), and Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures).


Today, though, I welcome Rachel Caine, whose Weather Warden series has always been a favorite of mine, and whose great Morganville Vampires series is still going strong. Ghost Town, which releases today, is the first to come out in hardback and it sounds awesome. Read on to the end to see how to win your own copy. 

In the new book, while developing a new system to maintain Morganville's defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she's able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders. But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are--even the vampires. Soon, the town's little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment--before she forgets how to save Morganville...
Here's what Rachel had to say:

Q: What has kept the Morganville Vampires going for nine books now?
Rachel: WOW. Is it already nine books in the Morganville Vampires series? I can't believe how much fun I'm having writing these characters and this universe, and it's a real thrill to celebrate the release of GHOST TOWN, the first hardcover of the series. In many ways I think about this series as the underdog ... it wasn't particularly popular when GLASS HOUSES came out, but the sales got a little better with the second book, then the third, then the fourth ... every book kept going up. It's a little bit amazing for the series to get to the bestseller lists after three years, and I'm very, very honored and humbled by the enthusiasm of my readers and booksellers. I really think Morganville has grown by word of mouth and the support of its fans.

Q: Why do you think YA fiction is such a hot market right now?
Rachel: The Young Adult market is growing not only because a lot of adult readers have come over because they're drawn to the storytelling, but also because reading has become a social experience among teens. It's a shared passion, something you do with your friends, not something that isolates you, as it was when I was growing up. And that has revolutionized and revitalized the YA book market. It's really exciting to see it happen, and I am delighted to be part of it!

THE CONTEST: If you're a YA reader, tell us what you like about it? If not, tell us why not? I'll go first. I do like reading YA, at least in short bursts, because of the emotional depth--teens tend to feel things very deeply and with a purity adults have too much baggage to master. On the other hand, I'm at an age where I can't much identify with a 16-year-old, so it has to be a REALLY good story universal theme to hold my interest.

To win a new copy of GHOST TOWN by Rachel Caine, comment with your answer below. As always, tell me if you're a blog follower for an extra entry and a Twitter follower @Suzanne_Johnson for a third entry. I'll draw on Friday!

31 comments:

  1. I read YA because of the excellent story writing. I tend to read one for every adult book. At first I didn't like getting them from the library because I'm older. But the librarian and I suggest YA books to each other.

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  2. I love reading YA. I've read most of the Morganville series and have enjoyed them for the most part. The endings leave me hanging a little too much....gets me frustrated, but it must work, cuz I keep buying them!

    LOL.

    I really like Claire as a main character, too. She's flawed, honest, and wicked smart. I like that.

    YA is really refreshing to me because of the storytelling. And I just love the young characters...They're young, fresh, and it's fun to see how they handle things. :)

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  3. Nine books??? Super impressive! I don't usually read YA, but your series is intriguing!

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  4. I read YA paranormal for the fun of it and to keep my mind young. (smile)
    I think it's good to keep a fresh, young mind. Maybe YA helps keep the imagination flowing too!

    The Morganville series has great storytelling and I love the characters. Poor Claire is always finding trouble. Will her and Shawn marry and leave one day? Hmm.... what if?

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  5. I like YA fiction because I find that there are some really good books being published as YA. And some of my favorite authors of adult paranormal books are comming out with YA books.

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  7. I'm 26, and I love reading YA, but it is mostly paranormal somehow. I really don't know why I like it more than adult. I think it is because even though it's complicated in its own right, it isn't focused on the harder issues of adulthood. I'm an adult, and I guess I just don't want to read about what I already see everyday.

    I love the Morganville series! Clare and Shane rock my socks off.

    ferretvamp14[at]live[dot]com

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  8. I love reading YA. I also write it sometimes too. I love the emotions, the struggle, the give and take.

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  9. So far I've read only a hand full of paranormal YA books, and I'm sorry to say I haven't read the Morganville series yet. I've heard lots of great things about it. One of my favorite YA authors is P.C. Cast. Love her take on the vampire story.

    I'm rambling here...why do I like YA? Same reason why I like any book. The author writes a damn good story with damn good characters and plots.

    Dawn
    NOT AN ANGEL, OUT NOW!
    www.dawnchartier.com

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  10. i love reading YA because it always makes me feel i'm a YA :) feel Young everyday it's so great !

    - twitter follower (@becunique)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

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  11. Please enter me. I follow on GFC & Twitter @toobusyreading

    bkhabel at gmail dot com

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  12. I like YA for a similar reason, Suzanne: I like the emotional depth that comes with feeling something for the first time. First loves, first heartbreak, first tough decision made alone. Teenagers tend to feel things in an all-consuming way -- so when YA is done right you can't help but connect with the characters.

    Chelsea / Vampire Book Club
    chelsea AT vampirebookclub.net

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  13. I am way past the YA age range, but, if it is well written and a good story, I'll be open to reading it. Rachel Caine's are a must-read for me.

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  14. I like YA because it doesn't actually feel like I'm reading something "aimed" for the youth.

    Particularly the Morganville series, I think they're quite dark. And I love it!

    I still feel I can relate and get totally absorbed in the book.

    Following on twitter too @gammawamma

    gem.wood@gmail.com

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  15. I've been reading YA fiction for fifteen years now and I've been impressed with how the genre has seemed to mature with me [for the most part]. There are things discussed in YA books now that certainly weren't when I was the "appropriate" age to be reading them. I think that's what keeps me coming back and browsing the Teen Fiction section. YA as a genre as stopped coddling teens [again, for the most part] and have started treating them like the young adults the genre labels them.

    Of course, like you, I can't relate much to your average teen, but if the story is good enough, I keep coming back for more.

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  16. I like reading some YA books because it tends make me me feel younger. I don't miss being a teenager or the awkwardness of those years, but I do enjoy reading YA books. Morganville Vampires is one of my favorite series. My favorite character has always been Eve. She's one character that I feel like I can relate to the most. I can't wait to read "Ghost Town".

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  17. I read YA because I'm just past that age so I can still identify with it. On the other hand I'm very picky about YA books and usually put down most (not Morgansville books though! I LOVE them!!) because most of the story is just about the main character complaining about his/her life and I just want to tell them to grow up!

    I'm a blog and twitter follower.

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  18. I keep coming back to YA for the storytelling. This genre got me hooked on reading again and I love sharing the books with my daughter.

    Great interview with Rachel- looking forward to reading Ghost Town.

    I'm a new blog and twitter follower (@readingdate) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Well, I love reading YA because its entertaining. You live out the lives of your heroines, and in most books, it feels as if I am that person. YA has all types of thrills, but I think that for me, I like reading it because I can escape each and every time I start reading. YA is the best and so are the Morganville vampires. And the series.

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  20. I am both a blog and twitter follower. Name on both is Dimitri Belikov.

    Email: bookgeek@gmail.com

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  21. I read YA because... well, you've got books aimed at adults. And they can be excellent, i've read several of them. Then you have the books aimed at lower ages which are for...youngins.
    But then you have YA. Books aimed just for us, young adults.
    Honestly, I find myself getting hooked onto the characters emotionally-as if thier emotions are tied to my own.
    And when you can connect that completly to a book, why not read more YA?

    Thanks :)
    alexis_roy123@hotmail.com

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  22. Thanks for all the comments and follows, everyone! I'll be drawing for the book on Friday :-)

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  23. I do read YA, and its because of the fact that I never really grew up. :P There are days when I feel like I'm still in high school, and I can seriously relate to most of the YA stories out there!

    +1 for following your blog

    the_happy_soul@yahoo.com

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  24. I like reading YA a lot more now, because the books for one are becoming more paranormal. When I was 13, finding a YA paranormal was insanely hard and I read a lot of other stuff that was kind of blah to me now. But I love paranormal and YA paranormal is cool because it has teens, somewhat real like teens, dealing with real life and something supernatural. It's a good mix!

    jessbess2505[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  25. I love the Morganville series.
    I read YA books because of the great storytelling.It doesn't matter to me that its aimed for the young adult,if the stories good I'll read it.I only read paranormal, I like being able to escape into that world,I find the authors really know how to be descriptive of the places and describe what the characters are going through.
    blog follower
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  26. I love to read YA becaus i can actually relate the characters.

    im a gfc follower and a twitter follower (@vampficionada)

    jessica b
    jecca.0104@gmail.com

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  27. I like reading YA, mostly because I just got out of my teens and can still relate to most characters' feelings. I enjoy YA books for quick reads.

    angeldream3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I love YA since I am 16. But I have read some adult books and I still like YA way more. I love all the emotions that teens have and how the characters emtions, them themsleves, and the plots can all change so fast. But it's mainly because I can relate to the characters and what's going on in the story. Sometimes I even feel like I am there. Thanks so mcuh for this contest!

    lvtink21@wi.rr.com

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  29. I have a question. When you win a contest, what do you do? Where do I go to recieve the book. I'm very excited that I won the book!

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  30. If someone could send me an email, that would be great.

    bookgeek87@gmail.com

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  31. I just got ghost town. Morganville series is my guilty pleasure. i love it, I dig Myrnin and love the dynamic of Morganville.

    I personally enjoy paranormal books because they are suspenseful and usually full of romance. I would rather read about monsters that are fictional than monsters that are real (humans are the worst monsters in the world. Watching the news is scary enough)

    kjovus
    kjovus(at)gmail(dot)com
    kjovus.blogspot.com

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