Hey everyone, how's it going? Today we're taking part in the blog tour for THE NIGHT HOUSE by chatting with author Rachel Tafoya. Grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage, sit back, get comfy, and read all about Rachel and her novel. And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
Hi, Rachel! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. I attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. I am the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.
Cool! Tell our readers a bit about THE NIGHT HOUSE.
Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth’s strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she’s worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.
Sounds awesome! How did the idea of the story come to you?
When I was first thinking about writing The Night House, my dad (Dennis Tafoya) was also just entering the world of publishing with his first book Dope Thief. It’s a crime novel, and my whole family has been interested in crime and true crime for as long as I can remember. I have memories of watching TV programs aobut the zodiac killer when I was in high school. I like writing fantasy, but I thought this time I wanted to write something with a crime edge to it. So I thought addiction was a good way to explore that.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Basically what I like to do is, I write for as long as it comes easily. Then, when I hit a wall, or have writer’s block, I’ll stop what I’m doing and plot out a bit. I like knowing the general gist of the story, but I don’t need exact bullet points to guide me every step. That can be too constricting, unless of course I’m having a ton of trouble and really need to think it out.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Staying focused on the same project. There are certain parts of a story that I’m less engaged in. Usually that middle chunk. So it’s always a challenge to put down developmental details and still try to remain exciting. Character development is hard, but absolutely necessary to a story.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Food usually. I know writing isn’t technically exercise, but it makes me feel drained after a while. I like snacking while I work. Also headphones, if I’m in public! I need to feel private even if I’m in a café.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading an Uncorrected Proof of The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. I work at a bookshop, so I fortunately get access to books before they come out!
Color me jealous! If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Probably telekinesis, because I’m super lazy. I could throw a ball for my dog without getting up.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
I googled stab wounds a while back. That was unfortunate.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
Hanging out with my boyfriend and my dog. Mostly my dog. She’s needy.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
I have an awesome agent, Sara Crowe, who continually supports me, and found my book a home after I’d forgotten about it. Not to mention my super cool publisher Month9Books, who puts up with my whining. My dad continues to give me great writing advice, and my mother who is still sane somehow after years of my siblings and I. Also my wonderful boyfriend, who offers to do my work for me regularly. If only!
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