Interview with mulipublished novelist Rachel Carrington

Author Rachel Carrington is here today. We’re
talking about her 52nd novel, a suspense called Last Showing.
Welcome, Rachel. Please tell us a little bit about
yourself.
I started
writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will
never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It
was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about, well…anything to do with
writing. So I tossed it and tried again. And again.

I finally started writing fantasy romances about
wizards and witches, and once those caught on, I segued to paranormal romances,
mostly vampires and ghosts. Now, I write romantic suspense, suspense with light
romance, and most recently, young adult.

I also write articles for various magazines,
including The Writer’s Journal, The Writer, Funds for Writers, Freelance
Writing.com and more.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston,
South Carolina, a beautiful city filled with beautiful people. My cat,
Temperance, is my roommate…or mortgage holder, depending upon who you
ask.

When I’m not writing books, I love to read
paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and young adult, create videos, shop,
work on crafts, write posts for Movie Pilot, talk on the phone, listen to
music, and spend as much time as possible in downtown Charleston. 

Please tell us about your current release.
Two killers. One target. Both with different motives.

With the breakup of her marriage, Sophia
Reynolds’ mind isn’t completely on her job. Maybe that’s why she didn’t listen
to her husband’s previous warnings. Showing a house after dark shouldn’t have
been dangerous, but she’s viciously attacked, becoming a target for a sadistic
serial killer.

She escapes him barely alive, and when her
estranged husband, Detective Levi Reynolds, sees the damage that’s been
inflicted, vengeance becomes his best friend. He’s willing to do whatever he
has to do to track down Stefan Greenwald, the man who almost took his wife’s
life.

As the evidence unfolds, it becomes clear
Greenwald isn’t working alone, and the fight to save Sophia’s life gets harder
by the minute. Levi may have to lay aside his badge to protect his wife the
only way he knows how.

What inspired you to write this book?
The idea
came to me when I was looking to buy a house. I had a wonderful real estate
agent, and she and I talked about my writing and what type of books we liked.
As she showed me houses, I asked her if she’d ever had any scary showings with
potential buyers. Were there any creeps she had to deal with? Fortunately, she
said no, but my brain started spinning. I got the idea for a real estate agent
who shows a house to a serial killer. I told Jennifer (my agent) about my idea,
and she wanted to be in the book!
Excerpt from Last
Showing:
I now pronounce you husband and
wife. You may kiss the bride.
His lips were so warm against hers, his arms so
snug around her waist. Sophia didn’t want the moment to end. She held onto
Levi, drinking in the scent of him until he lifted her chin gently, and blood
dripped from his fingertips.
He didn’t seem to notice, but the crimson stained
the front of her dress. “Levi, you’re bleeding.”
“Am I?” His voice sounded far away, and it was
fading.
“No, come back. I need to make sure you’re okay.”
She reached out to him, but she couldn’t touch him.
“Sophia,” he whispered her name then his eyes went
wide. A trail of blood ran from the corner of his mouth down to the front of
his snowy, white shirt. His gaze dropped to the blade sticking through the
front of his chest.
Then a familiar figure stepped from behind him with
a face that would haunt her. He grinned at her. “I always finish what I start,
Sophia Reynolds, and I’ll stop anyone who gets in my way.”
“No!” She screamed as Levi fell to his knees.
“Sophia, it’s okay. You’re safe. Wake up now.
You’re safe.” Warm hands tapped her cheeks and dragged her from the nightmare.
She tried to open her eyes, but they were so heavy.
And the dream was gone. All she heard were beeps, clicks, and whirrs. Machines.
Soothing voices talking in the background. And someone telling her she’d just
had surgery, but she’d be fine.
Fine? She couldn’t be, not until she saw Levi. She
had to warn him.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I just finished up a
women’s fiction novel, and I’m back to working on my 3rd YA novel
about a teenager whose mother shoots and kills her stepfather.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I was 16. I
wrote a poem that got published in the school newspaper, and that was it for
me.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
write?
I don’t write full-time,
but from about 9:00 p.m. at night until about 3:00 a.m. in the morning I’m
writing or working on writing-related things like marketing. During the day, I
run a publishing company (Vinspire Publishing).
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know that I have
any quirks other than I have to write at night. Can that be called a quirk?
Yes it can!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An English teacher. I
was that specific at six years old.
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Thanks for taking a few minutes away from your writing projects to be here today!

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