I had the
opportunity to chat with a wonderful author who took time out
of her schedule to answer a few questions. So, without further
delay, letís hear from
always know that you would be a writer? Are you able to write
full-time or do you have a pesky day job, also?
I always loved books and
getting lost within their worlds. After stumbling onto the
world of e-books, I found a whole new world to explore. I al
ways wrote but just scribbling and nothing that even resembled
a story in book form. Until one day I read one book that had
me wanting to make it better and then I put the computer to
the paper, so to speak, and finished a book that was
particularly awful. *smiles* I enjoyed it though those pesky
voices in the head make me feel like I have several personas.
*laughs* I got encouragement from some writer friends and soon
submitted my first book, Sticky Magic and it was
accepted. The rest just came after that and I never looked
I work part time in a day job to support my
writing habit. *laughs* It pays the bills right now and I eventually
would like to write full time and make tons of money. *smiles*
You write in
several genres, do you have a favorite? And is there one you would
like to try that you have not tried?
I love the paranormal genre as it gives me
much to explore and write about but I am branching out to BDSM genre
as well as a futuristic/Science Fiction one that just came to me
after reading an article about gamma rays.
Tell us some of
your favorites. (i.e. authors, foods, movies, books, music, hobbies,
and any others.)
Authors: I have many with more coming each
day it seems. *smiles* Bertrice Small, J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts,
Debbie Macomber, Sierra Dafoe, L.A. Banks, Skyler Sinclair, Gena
Showalter, plus many other so numerous to mention I would be here
all day. *smiles*
Foods: I adore good Chinese, Italian,
tex-mex food. I lived down south for a few years and adore the food
down there except it can get fattening so I try to make up recipes
that cut the fat out but not the taste. Plus any cheesecake from the
Cheesecake factory is good to me.
Movies: Anything with Johnny Depp is good
to me. *laughs* I enjoy a good action-adventure, romance, end of the
world movies. I watch to escape and relax. Recently, my honey and I
watched all three Bourne movies with Matt Damon and enjoyed them
Music: I love anything by Michael Buble,
Bon Jovi, Andrea Boucelli, plus other stuff that makes it way into
Books: I adore the In Death series by JD
Robb, Anything by Bertrice Small. I Love the Luna line and their
books. I have a notebook that has lists of authors and books I would
love to get. I think I need a house just for my books. *laughs*
Hobbies: I read when I can, watch movies,
listen to music, and spend time with my honey and kids. I did all my
traveling before I had kids so it is basically out of my system. I
prefer just spending time with my loved ones and friends.
How would you
I think quiet, private and a little shy. I
like being online and letting my wicked other half out since in real
life, she would probably be arrested. *laughs*
When writing do
you need a quiet office setting or can you write anywhere?
I can not write in a notebook. Give me a
blank word doc. And I am happy as can be. I like having music on as
it helps me relax and let them muse chatter away in my head.
What was the
best piece of advice that you received when you began writing? Do
you have any advice for aspiring writers?
To write what you know and just let go.
Always keep creating, even if it is the worst thing you think you
wrote. Edit after you write and donít stop. If you get to a wall,
either do something else or push through it.
Advice: Just keep honing your craft. Learn
from other writers, editors and make sure to trust your instincts.
Do you plan
your stories out before you begin writing or does the story develop
as you write?
The story just goes by itself. I canít
plot worth a hill of beans. My characters hate that since they are
the ones yelling at me. *smiles*
What would a
perfect day for you be?
A perfect day would be spending time
with my honey and two kids. We would hike at a local state park,
watch the sun drop and just relax together. Any time spent with them
is perfect to me though being alone on ďdate nightĒ with my honey
is even better with no kids for a bit. *smiles*
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
I adore hearing from readers. They can
reach me a variety of ways:
I am redoing my
website and getting a whole new one but you can check out the one I
have now to see what is new and see reviews, contests and other
What is one of your most memorable
I think when I got my 1st review
and was amazed that someone actually enjoyed my writing. It made it
more real to me and happier than ever. J
How do you promote your work?
I send out a periodic newsletter (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RaineDdelightNewsletter)
plus I update my blog and my My Space page weekly or monthly as
well. I do a monthly publisher chat when I can find time in between
my day job and try to do a bunch of chats leading up to new releases
Do you have a difficult time letting your
characters go after you have finished their story? Do you have a
Yes I do. I love my characters though some
days I want to bash them from their antics. My favorite would have
to be Raven from Devon Falls: Red Hot Magic. She is so unlike me
(tall, willowy, blond) and very cynical on men. But then again, each
character keeps in my heart long after they are done with their
stories and I hope to revisit some soon.
Do you have someone who you consider a
mentor or an inspiration?
I am inspired by fellow authors who have
been in the business for years and are able to create books that
readers enjoy! J.K. Rowling is a prime example of success hitting
fast and over the years created a world that appealed and loved by
many! She had nothing and ended up with so much more that I strive
to make my mark in some way.
Is your family supportive of your writing
and do they read your work?
My honey is very supportive of my work. He
is the one who helps me when I am feeling blue or when I am hitting
a wall. He also is my biggest cheerleader as well. My immediate
family hate that I write sexy and erotic. They call it a ďstarving
artistĒ career and I should do something else. I donít take anything
by it though it hurts that they are so dismissive of it, but as
longs as someone is enjoying my books and reading them, that is all
that matters to me.
Is there anything else you would like to
share with us? Any current or upcoming releases?
I love to hear from readers and I hope you
enjoy my work.
I have a series
from Aspen Mountain Press (www.aspenmountainpress.com)
two which are available now and 3 more coming with in the next year.
1: Sticky Magic
(in Babes in Toyland II anthology) *out now*
2: Red Hot Magic
3: Fiery Magic
*coming summer 2008*
Magic *coming fall 2008*
5: TBD *Coming
Plus I am working
on several WIPís as well that I hope to submit to publishers as
well. You can check my website and blog for more up to date
information as well as sneak peeks on my blog of some of my WIPís
and unseen excerpts of up and coming books.
Thank you Joyfully
Reviewed for letting me chat with you!