As is our tradition, we like to give our previous month’s authors a little extra love by grilling them in our Fiction Fest hot seat, a process to which McClellan is no stranger.
Without further ado, let’s see what we can learn about McClellan from the mastermind behind the books.
Are you happy with the way the Fractured Light series concluded?
I am. I left it slightly open ended because Llona’s life is really just beginning. She finally learned to control the darkness inside her and also realized what she wants from life.
In a previous Fiction Fest interview, you mentioned Dean Koontz was one of your favorite authors. Which of his books creeped you out the most?
My favorite books of his are the Odd Thomas series. Odd was such a charming and funny character, yet the book was full of creepiness. A great combination.
What’s next for your writing endeavors?
I’m hoping to have a book released by the end of this year titled “Unleashed.” I’m also in the middle of editing a YA dystopian titled “The Original.”
Balancing my writing time with my family, especially in the beginning. It took me a couple of years to find the happy balance where my family’s needs were being met as well as my desires to create new worlds.
If you didn’t write, how would you get all the creativity that’s inside of you out?
I would become a party planner. I love hanging out with people and centering these events around themes.
What do you like most about being a published author?
The sense of accomplishment. It really boosted my much-needed confidence.
What do you like least about being a published author?
There’s a lot of marketing you must do yourself. It takes time away from writing.
Which genre most intimidates you to take on?
Realistic fiction scares me. I live in realistic, and, believe me, it would be much better with a super power or two. And possibly a good looking vampire. No sparkles please.
What about Rachel McClellan would surprise people?
Three quick facts, all true:
1. I was once pushed out of an airplane (luckily I was wearing a parachute).
2. The first boy I kissed is currently in jail for murder.
3. I was once detained for being a suspected communist spy at the age of 15.
Which song in your iTunes library has the most plays?
“Sail” by Awolnation