Fiction Focus: 10 questions with ‘Fractured Soul’ author Rachel McClellan

Fractured Soul_2x3“Fractured Soul” by Rachel McClellan is the second installment in the “Fractured Light” trilogy and was released on Feb. 12, 2013.

McClellan is hard at work marketing her books and will be signing copies of them at the Framingham (Mass.) Barnes & Noble on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Fractured Light” and “Fractured Soul” are available on, and

McClellan recently took time from her busy schedule to sit in our Fiction Focus hot seat and gave us a glimpse at the woman behind the novels.

You’re the TV Guide writer who creates the two-sentence description for “Fractured Soul: The Movie.” What would it read?

Teenager Llona Reese must uncover the secrets of Lucent Academy before the Auran race is destroyed by Vykens. But this might be harder than she thinks seeing how she’s turning into a Vyken herself.

Speaking of “Fractured Soul: The Movie,” who would you cast to play the book’s main characters?

Amanda Seyfried as Llona, Johnathan Rhyes Meyers as Liam, Zac Efron as Christian and Nina Dobrev as May.

Who would you want to do the music for the “Fractured Soul: The Movie” soundtrack?

The composer James Dooley.

What is the most joy writing has brought to you?

I’ve always loved writing, but I didn’t come to really appreciate it until I found my kids loving it too. Their joy of it brings me joy.

Who is your favorite author(s)?

C.S. Lewis, Dean Koontz, Obert Skye, Ayn Rand, Susan Ee, J.K. Rowling, and many, many more.

What is your writing routine like?

I typically write at the gym in the morning. I drop my kid off at their daycare and then sit in the lobby and write. It works out well for both of us.

“Must see” TV shows?

“Supernatural,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Following,” “Vampire Diaries,” “The Mentalist,” “Arrow,” “Mad Men”…I watch way too much TV.

Your house has been overrun with zombies and you only have time to grab one book and one CD on your way out the door. What are they?

Serious? There are zombies about to eat my brains and I’m grabbing a book and CD? Not me. I’m grabbing my .44 Magnum and machete. Bring it on, Undead. You’re about to get some crap handed to you!

What is your work in progress?

I have a couple write now. I’m almost half way through “Fractured Truth,” the third in the “Fractured Light” trilogy. I also recently completed a YA version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

What advice would you like to offer to aspiring novelists?

Read the books “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder and “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Mass. Also join a writers group for unbiased feedback of your work. And most importantly, never give up. Of course, if writing is your passion, you won’t.

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