Interview with author, Rachel Tofoya
Tell me a little about yourself and your writing journey so far
Hi, I’m Rachel! I’m 22, and I wrote The Night House when I was a senior in high school. I’ve been writing forever, and when I was in high school, I joined an experimental writing group for teens, run by Jonathan Maberry. He was an incredible person to come in contact with, and gave me a lot of hope and inspiration for my own writing. My dad is also a published author, and his own journey helped encourage me to try professionally writing.
Tell us a little about The Night House
This is a pretty dark book about vampires, addiction, and empathy. Bianca is an addict who gets bitten by vampires and ventures alone out into the city, waiting for something to unfold. James is a recluse, who feels everything the people around him feel, dreading when something does change. When the two meet, a storm brews.
I love vampires. I think they are the perfect creatures to use to write about addiction. They need blood to live, and they’ll do anything for it. I also wrote this closer to the Great Twilight Craze, and witnessed some first hand accounts of people being addicted to vampires (or books about them).
Describe your main protagonists in less than 140 characters.
It’s about two kids who live opposite lives, and look for the strength to break out of their patterns.
Why should we pick up The Night House in one sentence?
It’s unlike any vampire book you’ve read!
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.
Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She 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. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.