When youth literature meets endless imagination
WATERLOO, QC | MAY 2022
Rachel opens her eyes. She was waiting for her mother to be installed in the living room. Pretend to sleep; it happened to her, especially when she knew that the television would offer yet another horror movie viewing. Of course, she was not allowed to watch them. She was too young. It led her to get out of bed, very gently, to join the hallway leading to the living room, where she could catch snippets of these fascinating films.
This passion was only in its infancy. To that of horror was grafted that of mythology, fantastic creatures, magic, the paranormal, etc. In love with the Frissons series, the young author embarked on writing her first novel at only 12 years old… and it’s a horror story ! She continued her studies in theatre, literature, and documentation.
Although, she didn’t exploit her talents as an author. She has continually immersed herself in novels and imagination, thanks to her job as a librarian. The passion for words does not leave her, but she ultimately awaits her third son’s birth to devote herself to it. She draws her inspiration from everything around her; a novel cover, rumors… or even a standard crosswalk that takes on a whimsical air any day. It is also how Karmacélia, his first published novel, was born. Those who have read the first one will be happy to hear that the second is already done !
The author is also inspired by her life, of course. It is often said that one writes what one knows, and for her, it is true. For Mystère et pommes d’amour, the story was built on its own, from a song she listened to in music class during her fourth year. It is the type of memory that we can believe banal, whereas it is the starting point of beautiful stories.
Today, you will understand that Rachel Graveline is no longer a librarian. However, her days are jam-packed. Mother of three children, she waits for her kids to leave for school before settling down, coffee in hand, in front of her computer keyboard. One might think that when writing becomes a livelihood, the fire leaves those who are accountable. However, there is nothing. The author even says that setting deadlines allows her to be even more productive and organized. This is how, in the light of day, she goes on various youth writing projects, each more interesting than the other : Hantises, Monsieur Zombie et les zombinos, Camping Transylvanie, Sombres aveux… don’t stop there ! Web writing, literary animation, revision. It seems like she doesn’t stop for a second. When she sees one of her books in a bookstore, the excitement mixes with sweet anguish—an eternal nervousness in the face of success and avid readers’ discovery of his words.
“ The subjects that interest me are endless. I particularly like fantasy literature. I would love to write a dystopia and young adults story. Adult audiences are not out of the question, but for now, I am aiming more at young people in my projects. ”
It is beautiful because it constantly renews itself, like for Hantises, which she wrote with Julie Brassard. A new experience that allowed her to grow and teach her even more about her field and herself.
Until these next projects, keep a close eye on the shelves of your favorite bookstores since you will find his latest works there !