Today is the first day of The Crossroads Blog Tour. Each day, a new research question will be revealed on The Crossroad Blog Tour main page and each day the answer to that question will be found within one of the different blog posts by Crossroads Tour authors.
Your job is to get the question, read the blog posts, and collect all answers by the end of the tour, on Halloween.
Answers are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31st at MIDNIGHT.
Winner of the grand prize will be announced on November 1st, the DAY OF THE DEAD.
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BRIDGE Social Media is holding a special promotion for public libraries. Libraries that actively promote the Crossroads tour (post a link on their website, mention it in their newsletters, etc) can email us proof of their promotional activities by midnight on OCTOBER 31st to be entered in a draw to win a FREE SKYPE AUTHOR VISIT FOR THEIR LIBRARIES – WITH BEST-SELLING YA AUTHOR, RACHEL VINCENT.
And speaking of author, Rachel Vincent - she is featured today on my blog. Thanks Rachel for taking the time to answer a few questions.
What is your most embarrassing/funny/scary Halloween experience or costume?
When I was in jr. high, I refused to wear my glasses over my clown hobo makeup, and I fell into a ditch full of wet leaves. I believe that was the last time I went trick-or-treating. ;)
Who was the most difficult character (from one of your books) for you to write and why?
Writing “Reaper” from Tod’s POV was hard. I’d never been in his head before, and I had to make him funny and sarcastic, when he thinks of himself as neither. That was tough.
Also, the main character for Shadow Bound (Kori) is INCREDIBLY difficult. She’s been through so much and is thoroughly traumatized, and being in her head is scary.
What was your favorite book as a child that you have re-read as an adult? Did it hold the same magic for you as an adult as it did for when you were a child?
I have yet to reread a book from my childhood and still like it as much. I attribute that to the fact that I’m a writer now, so I see the technique behind the story, and that drives me nuts.
When authors create a world for a series there are rules they need to stick with for consistency, are there things you would change in your book world that you didn’t foresee being an issue initially?
Yes, to both. Whatever rules you make up for your world have to stand, unless you can come up with a really good, realistic reason for/way of breaking them. The problem with that is that each book in a series deepens and expands the world building and I often wish I hadn’t locked myself in to things so early in the series. For instant, Avari says one line in My Soul To Save that has been a thorn in my side ever since. I’ve had to work around it. Bonus points to the readers who can guess which line that was!
Hey readers - Thanks for checking out Rachel's interview and hope you check out all of the other great posts that make up The Crossroads Blog Tour. During the 8 days of the blog tour, there will be opportunity to win some great swag from our featured authors. There will be a post later today or tomorrow with more details for entering to win.