Interviewing Rachel Starr Thomson, the author of the Seventh World Trilogy: Worlds Unseen, Burning Light, and The Advent (coming in 2010). She edits, coaches young writers, writes for Boundless.org and other publications, and generally breathes words for a living.
1. What are you reading?
Just finished Robin Parrish's sci-fi novel Offworld for the CSFF Blog Tour. I can tell you two things: 1. Everyone disappears. 2. Sci-fi is not really my genre, but interesting characters will suck me in every time. I'm also reading Frank L. Houghton's Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur, the biography of a missionary woman who inspires me on several levels, including writing - she wrote beautifully and prolifically. Then there's A Short Guide to Writing About Literature by Barnet and Gilbert, and my ongoing study of the Bible - I'm hovering over several of Paul's epistles just now. Finally, when I find myself inhabiting a quiet, candlelit evening or a spot on an empty beach, I read a chapter or two of A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken.
2. What are you writing?
I've been working on articles here and there, covering topics from wild turkeys (to appear, tentatively, in HomeschoolingToday Magazine) to the writings of Amy Carmichael ("Fire-Words" to appear, non-tentatively, at Boundless.org). Most of my writing energy is going into The Advent, Book 3 of my fantasy Seventh World Trilogy.
RA: Thanks, Rachel! Sounds like you have a busy reading and writing schedule. Best wishes as you finish book 3. Readers can find out more at RachelStarrThomson.com, as well as her Inklings Blog.