While wandering the convention floor at Long Beach Comic Expo 2018, the Collectress and I heard someone call out “Sansa!! Lady Stark!! Lady of Winterfell!” (It may help to know that we were dressed in Game of Thrones cosplays.) We turned to find the voice, and came face to face with Rachel Litfin, a fellow cosplayer. Come to find out, she isn’t just a super talented cosplayer and actress—she also just published her first book. We jumped on the chance to interview Rachel about her writing. See what she has to say about The Lost Noble, strong female characters, and how cosplay has influenced her. —TCM
What was your inspiration behind The Lost Noble?
Since The Lost Noble and its planned sequels revolve around strong female characters in a fantastical realm, what kind of research do you do before you begin writing? What aspects of writing do you find requires the most research?
How long did it take you to write this book? What have been your favorite/least favorite parts of the writing process?
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Do you hide “easter eggs” in your writing for readers to find? (I once read about easter eggs in the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and now I’m always curious to know if an author includes some in theirs!)
What’s next for Adella and the other characters of Royal High?
We feel obligated to ask this since we know you cosplay–does cosplay influence your writing and vice versa? Does one draw inspiration from the other?
What do you like to read/are currently reading?
I just finished Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series. It’s SO good. I really love the tale she told, as well as her writing style. She did an amazing job of transporting my mind into her world. I’m currently reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss as I wanted something a little heavier and meaty for fantasy. And, at the recommendation of a dear friend, I also just started the Tiger’s Curse saga by Colleen Houck. I’m definitely a fantasy reader, so anything in that genre instantly piques my interest. If it’s got romance, action, adventure, and magic, I am down!