Author Interview: Rachel Firasek of The Last Awakening
Today we have another special guest visiting Mother/Gamer/Writer. Rachel Firasek, author of the CURSE OF THE PHOENIX series is here to discuss being a writer and her latest novella, The Last Awakening which releases this month. If you have missed the series, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to catch up before book 3 comes out in January. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful book covers!
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CURSE OF THE PHOENIX – Book One
Title: The Last Rising
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-28-2
Mobi ISBN: 978-1-937044-29-9
Overview: After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment. Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.
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CURSE OF THE PHOENIX – Book Two
Title: The Last Awakening
(Curse of the Phoenix, #2)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 2011
Book 3 coming January 2012!
Overview: For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever. Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free. When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.
- 1. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
By day, I’m mother, wife, sister, daughter, office manager, friend, confidant, listener, banker, master of the mundane, etc… by night, I’m everything else. 😉
- 2. Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?
I’m actually still working on that. Each book is different and I’ve had to take a different approach depending on my deadline. 😉 I do like to write with a box of Gobstoppers on my desk and Emily Autumn playing on my Bose. Oh, and lots of Diet Dp.
- 3. Who would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?
My faves are Jeaniene Frost, Laurell K Hamilton, Delilah Devlin, and Patricia Briggs. My inspiration is life. It’s just so full of questions and I love making up the answers.
- 4. What books are currently on your bookshelf?
I currently have about 300 titles in paperback and another 400 on my ereader…soooo…The one I’m anxiously waiting for free time for is Dark Fairies by Curran. It’s a mythology non-fiction type book that should be fun to fantasize with.
- 5. Your latest novella is The Last Awakening. What is the background behind the story, are any real life events reflected in the novella.
No, not really. Well, I take that back. My brother is in the Air Force and toured when we first attacked Afghanistan. He worked on some big plane that refueled the bombers. Although he wasn’t directly in the fight, he knew that what he was doing also resulted in death for the innocent people of that country as well as the bad. It messed with his mind for a bit, but not near as bad as Greyson’s experience. I’ve wanted to do a military guy for a while and this experience helped me create someone a little more real.
- 6. What was your favorite scene or chapter to write?
It was in the final act. When Ari turned all ____ and the trees waved with her powers….Dang, it’s hard to tell you about it without giving away spoilers. So, I’ll just say the final act. J
- 7. Were there any ideas or character you had to leave out that you would like to revisit or work into another novel?
Nope, my characters are always intentional and if I introduce them by name, you’ll see them again.
- 8. What is the best advice you have ever received as a writer?
Keep writing. I’ve published 5 books this year and one more coming out in January….then it’s back to the grind. With every book I learn something and with each experience I become a better writer. So, keep writing.
- 9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Oops, I think I answered that already. LOL So, again, keep writing. Don’t give up. It’s hard. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth it. Whoever cheered after an easy race? It’s the hard wins that matter most.
- 10. Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your fans, or to people who are considering reading your novel?
Please read it! J And thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve had so many wonderful people come into my very hermit-like-life and I adore each and every person that reaches out and shares their thoughts with me. So, if you read it, find me and let me know. 😉
Where can readers find you and a current list of all your novels?
I’m on twitter: @rachelfirasek
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!
[image_border img="http://empyreanedge.com/wp-content/uploads/Rachel-Firasek.jpg" pos="left"/] About the Author: Rachel Firasek grew up in the south and despite the gentle pace, she harassed life at full steam. Her curiosity about mythology, human nature, and the chemical imbalance we call love led her to writing. Her stories began with macabre war poems and shifted to enchanted fairytales, before she settled on a blending of the two. Today you’ll find her tucked on a small parcel of land, surrounded by bleating sheep and barking dogs, with her husband and children. She entertains them all with her wacky sense of humor or animated reenactments of bad 80’s dance moves. She’s intrigued by anything unexplained and seeks the answers to this crazy thing we call life. You can find her where the heart twists the soul and lights the shadows… or at www.rachelfirasek.com .