Writers and their Beasts: Rachel A. Marks

Today my writer guest is my friend, Rachel A. Marks, whose second book, Darkness Fair, was recently released by Skyscape, and is the newest in The Dark Cycle.

The Dark Cycle: Aidan can see demons, smell emotions, and feel the past in his skin, but will it be enough to save his little sister from the deal their mom made with a powerful demon?


Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. As he gravitates to Kara, the beguiling and dangerously unstable girl who helped him realize his abilities, a terrible mistake of fate is revealed that points him back toward Rebecca, whose role is becoming more critical to the battle. And no matter what his heart wants, it might be too late to stop the pieces already in motion.

Without knowing the sacrifices that will be required of them, Aidan and his motley crew of friends—each with their own role to play—must face the demon threat head-on. They’re the only ones keeping the growing army of Darkness at bay, and if they fail, the future of humanity could be lost.


So let’s talk animals!!!!

1) Let’s start with the obvious: Tell us about your pets:

Well, I have four kids and we live in the suburbs so we don’t have much of a yard space, but somehow we’ve managed to start a small farm. We have seven rabbits (my daughter has been a breeder since the age of 12, and runs her own business—she’s 15 now), three Holland Lops, and three Rex.

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Plus, our little mutt, Cookie Dough, who’s a player, and is always helping the ladies break out of their cages.

We also have two very large ducks who are total characters and can’t get enough attention.

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And then there’s Noodle, our kitty. She’s the princess of the house.

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(I think this officially qualifies as a menagerie.)

2) How do they help/hinder your writing?

I think the cat hinders my writing a little because she’s always having to be right there, on me or near me—and she is so gosh darn cute and distracting. Plus, her favorite place to sit is on my desk chair which means I usually have a cat pressing into my back while I write (she squeezes behind me like a goober and I never have the heart to shove her away).

3) Do they appear in any of your works?

No, but I write about creepy crawly demons, so that would be sad. And our menagerie right now is all sweetness and love (well, and a little crazy when the ducks come on the scene). We did have a dog that was a bit like a demon and parts of his personality ended up in Darkness Fair…lol. But he’s no longer with us. Perhaps he’s in doggie Sheol. 😉

4) How does being a pet owner affect your writing (philosophically?)

I think the biggest thing about our little herd of animals is the way they bring joy and peace. Their energy is so calm. And all the cuteness. 😉 Plus, the ducks are freaking awesome dorks. Every time I see them I smile. They are a little funny looking, though.



Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a SoCal girl, cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory. Her debut series The Dark Cycle, described as Dickens’ Oliver Twist meets TV’s Supernatural, is now out through Skyscape, beginning with DARKNESS BRUTAL.



Find her at:

Webpage / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads





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