In Rachael Craw's Twitter bio
, she refers to herself as (among other things) a lover of classical heroes, Joss Whedon, teen angst, and beautiful sounding words. It's no surprise, then, that her books contain three of those four things (four, we suppose, if you count the Whedon-inspired cat name).
Rachael's first book, Spark
, was published in 2014. It was a finalist
in the 2015 Children's Choice Awards and has recently been shortlisted for a Silver Inky Award
. The second book in the series, Stray
, is hitting our shelves this week.
With her signature wit and humour, Rachael has answered some of our very important questions.
1. What was your favourite book growing up and why?
My favourite childhood book was The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe
because I desperately wanted to go through a portal into Narnia. I was so young when I first read it I had enough imagination to regularly check my wardrobe for the possibility. I was also desperate to taste Turkish Delight.
2. If you could invite three fictional characters to dinner, who would you pick?
Anne Shirley, Trixie Belden, Elizabeth Bennet
3. Who is your OTP and why?
Aside from Evie and Jamie … hmmm … Celaena and Chaol ( … or Celaena and Rowan … no, Chaol, obviously Chaol … but also Rowan … but Chaol forever … and Rowan on weekends … I just mean, she’s Queen, right?!? Surely some loophole can be found for a polygamist set up!)
4. What would you like to tell your 18 year-old self?
It won’t always be easy but you have so much to look forward to.
5. M&Ms or Smarties?
Salted caramel. (I’m a rebel)
6. Who inspires you?
Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Patrick Ness, Maggie Stiefvater, Elizabeth Knox
7. What YA book absolutely needs to be adapted into a film?
Mine! (sorry … not sorry)
8. What’s the best book you’ve read in the past 12 months?
Heir of Fire
9. What is your number one tip for would-be writers?
10. How would you summarise your latest book in 25 words or less?
Facing a terrible moral dilemma Evie makes a choice that puts her at odds with those she loves and those she hates with life-changing consequences.
We think you'll love Rachael's novels if dystopian YA is your thing and Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Claire Zorn, Ambelin Kwaymullina, or Scott Westerfeld are some of your favourite authors. The third book in the series, Shield
, will be published in 2016.