WHAT A COZY FIREPLACE! LET'S GATHER AROUND AS WE GET TO THE INTERVIEW:
Thanks for joining us for a chat Raine, I can't wait to hear your answers to these questions!
1. Everyone has that one person that inspired them to be anything they want to be, who was that person for you?
When I was young, there was my mom, of course, who always celebrated my interests and encouraged me in all of my pursuits. I can remember dictating stories to her while she typed them on the typewriter. As an adult, my biggest supporter has been my husband. He has encouraged me through every insane writing idea I’ve had and slogged through endless hours of edits to make my stories the best they could be. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
Bec- It is so important to have a good support system, both in childhood and as an adult, you are so blessed you have had both! :)
2. What book was the most fun for you to write?
Probably Bowl Full of Cherries, because I love holiday stories and because that zany cast of characters felt like family to me. There were so many times I LOL’d while writing it.
Bec- That book was so funny, the banter between the twins was awesome! I can't wait for the sequel to that one, I am chuckling right now thinking about it!
3. When you were growing up was reading a major part of your life like it was mine? That was my idea of a great weekend, a new book and a six pack of coke!
Absolutely! I checked out books from both the public library and my school library. Following the reading trends of middle-schoolers in the ’90s: ghost stories, the cry your eyes out young lover dies type stories, etc. And then about age 13, I found Harlequin Romance, and that became my reading obsession.
Bec- I had an obsession with every S.E. Hinton book I could get my hands on, then there was the Sweet Valley High Series! I found Harlequin a little later than you, but I devoured them as well!
4. You and your husband have collaborated on projects, what are the pros and cons (if any) of that?
Well, I’ll start with a pretty big con which is, collaborating with your spouse, there’s always the danger of murder (and I’m not talking about the characters). :) But honestly, the pros outweigh the occasional disagreement. Collaborating with someone you know that intimately, can lead to a great fusion of voices and an understanding and respect of each other’s ideas. You never have to worry about where someone is in the creative process, because you just look across the room at them and say: ‘Hey, where the heck is your chapter?’
Bec- Yes I would say the pro's outweigh the con's for sure, I bet you get those chapters pretty quick cause he can't not take your calls or hide! ;)
5. Do you have a routine you follow when writing a book?
Yes, and it’s super UNglamorous. Mostly it consists of me sitting in bed on the weekends, in my pajamas, with a laptop, and writing for ten hours straight with a dachshund at my feet.
Bec- That actually sounds really relaxing! It is great when we find a routine that works for us whatever we are doing! That's the best, I turn on the music, sit in my chair and read or review, works for me lol.
6. Do you have a favorite author as of late? One that has really impressed you with all their work?
That would be Debbie McGowan. She paints with words, filling a canvas with her narrative, and though many of her storylines will put you somewhere on the crying spectrum (tearing up to full-on sobs) her works are always infused with so much care and a genuine push toward a positive ending. I guess the thing I like best about Debbie’s stories is that they address real themes, hard themes, but land on hope through character-driven plot. I've never read such true-to-life characters.
Bec- I totally agree! In fact she is our spotlight author later today! I love all her work that I have read, but Crying in the Rain is one of the best books I have read in a long time!
7. How many projects do you have planned for this year? Or do you do them as you feel them?
Some days I’m rational and I think, “I’ll do four projects this year… That’s sensible.” And then I look at my master list of ideas and pull all the ones that I’m really excited about and suddenly I have a list of 19 stories (yeah, not joking about that). I’ll say that I’d definitely like to get the sequels for Sweet Giordan, Please Remember and Bowl Full of Cherries and beyond that, it’s all gravy!
Bec- Oh yay, I don't have to bug you about those then, haha, I guess that list gets tweeked quite often huh? Well we know whatever it is, it will be awesome!
8. Last one Raine, if you had one piece of advice for an up and coming author what would that be (and you can't say run) ;)
The very best piece of advice I can offer is this: Whether you’re being praised or critiqued, always be teachable! There’s always something to learn from your fellow authors, from your beta readers, your end readers. That said, know when to stay true to your own voice, as well.
Bec- Well that is just perfect advice if I ever heard it! Thanks so much Raine for joining us, and we look forward to having you back real soon!
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