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Author Interview Rayanne Haines


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  • Does writing energize or exhaust you? Writing energizes me. I love discovering things about my characters! Editing exhausts, me.
  • What is your writing Kryptonite? Distractions from my children! If I could just sit alone in a bubble I’d get a lot more done! Hahahahahaha.
  • Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? I did consider it. I write both poetry and Romance and put a great deal of time and thought into whether I should write them as a separate artist. In the end, I felt that like all woman I am complex and diverse and I shouldn’t be afraid that my different styles of writing reflect that.
  • What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? I’m friends with many authors who are new and extremely experienced. They write poetry, memoir, romance, CanLit and on and on. The biggest thing I take away from these relationships is a network of support. Whether my experienced writer friends are supporting me and offering mentorship or I’m doing the same for a newer writer. None of us make it without a community.
  • Do you want each book to stand alone, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? My romance books are a series – The Guardian Series.

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  • What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Having an editor or writing consultant look over every book has been the best money I ever spent. You simply can’t skimp on editing. And even then, I find mistakes but imagine if I’d never had an editor!
  • What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? I think I’ve always felt this way. My mother was an avid reader and we began reading very young. I remember being swept away by the magic of words and on hard stays finding power and beauty in them. There is nothing more magical than a book.
  • What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? Probably something by a local author. S.G. Wong writes hard-boiled detective books set in an alternative future with ghosts. Kate Boorman wrote a fantastic YA series. The three in the series are Winterkill, Darkthaw and Heartfire.
  • As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? A Raven. It’s on my logo and Raven’s show up in every book I’ve written including my poetry books.

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  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Just one J Book 3 in my series is still a work in progress. Though I do have a short story I’ve been working on for years.
  • What does literary success look like to you? Being a part of the literary community. Having books published and knowing people like them. I may never make a fortune off my books but If I can live and work in the literary world then that is success to me.
  • What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I typically research as I’m writing.
  • How many hours a day/week do you write? This varies throughout the year. From May through January I try to write daily for 2 to 4 hours a day. During February, March and April my writing is quite sporadic. I run a literary festival and those months are extremely hectic for me. I find I have difficulty focusing and spend more energy on planning or marketing over writing during those months.
  • How do you select the names of your characters? With great difficulty. Hahahah. Actually, some come to me very quickly and easily and others I research meanings to see if they fit with that character.
  • What was your hardest scene to write? Fight scenes are hard for me. Especially ones with many characters in it. Keeping everybody’s movements correct and how they are physically and verbally interacting with intensity. I expend a lot of energy writing these.

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  • Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  If you write more than one, how do you balance them? I write Poetry and Paranormal Romance. I love them both. I grew up reading Romance so if felt natural to write it. And Poetry is one of my great loves. I love seeing how a truly fine poet can craft language. I think reading poetry makes you a better writer.
  • How long have you been writing? Professionally for six years.
  • What inspires you?   Nature. Silence, Strong Women.
  • How do you find or make time to write? Less TV – More = More writing time.
  • What projects are you working on at the present? I’m currently promoting book two of my series, Magic Born, which launched June 6th! And working on book three of the Guardian Series – Air Born!
  • What do your plans for future projects include? I’m hoping to produce an anthology of femme prairie writers over the next two years.
  • Share a link to your author website. – http://www.rayannehaines.com

Bio: Rayanne Haines is a best selling romance author, published poet,
and arts manager. 

She writes Paranormal Romance with Kick-Ass Heroines. She believes in magic
and legend and all the things we cannot see. Rayanne prefers her alpha males
a little gritty and the women who love them, in charge of their own destiny.

“The Guardians” is her debut series with New York publishers, SoulMate
publishing. Book One, Fire Born, released September 2017. Book Two, Magic
Born releases June 6th! Look for Air Born winter 2018.

Author web links:
Good reads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36104647-fire-born
website and newsletter sign up – http://www.rayannehaines.com/
https://twitter.com/inkrayanne https://www.facebook.com/rayannehaines/
https://www.instagram.com/rayanne_haines/

Interview with Karen Magill…


Please welcome Karen Magill, a paranormal author of Missing Flowers.

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When you read the synopsis for this incredible book you will understand why I linked this interview to today’s word  – Enclave – definition: a distinct territorial, cultural, or social unit enclose within or as if within a foreign territory. It describes Karen’s heroine, Julie’s experience as she becomes immersed into two diverse worlds.

a)  Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

My current favorite is one of my newest characters, Julie Seer. She is a psychic that has a past story. Julie has a special ability but in so many ways, she is so normal.

b)  Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

I write paranormal. I have ventured into paranormal romance, paranormal action/adventure and my latest is paranormal mystery.

c)  What do you enjoy most about writing?

I like having control over events and for just a little while I am able to be a God and decide what is going to happen. That is until the characters take over and start guiding me on how to write.

d)  Have you got a favorite place to write?

I live in a two-bedroom apartment and I have my computer stand in the living room. I write there though there are times I will curl up on the couch and hand write notes and scenes.

e)  Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?

I have a basic idea of where I want to the story to go and what I want to happen but I am developing the habit of writing scenes then connecting everything together.

f)  What inspires your stories?

The history around me, my new series combines historical fact with paranormal fiction and the question ‘what if?’

 g)   What are you currently reading?

I am reading two books. One is Burlesque West by Becki L. Ross (reading that for research for my blog, Vancouver Vagabond) and I am reading Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker – the story of a man who was instrumental in setting up the FBI’s serial crime unit.

h)  Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?

I can’t think of anything I do that is really odd. Whenever I get stuck in writing, I put in the POISON CD, Flesh and Blood. Then I put on my headphones, turn the music up, and start writing. It usually helps.

i)   Do you have any pets?

No, I used to have cockatiel birds but I developed a rare allergy to them. A potentially fatal allergy

j)  Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

I always say that I don’t play well with others so I don’t really join writing groups or partner with others. I am kind of a loner that way.

k)  What age did you start writing stories/poems?

Ever since I learned how to put words together, I have written. I used to sell poems to people in high school for a quarter each.

l)  Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

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I have three books published, all are available on Amazon. My first is a paranormal mystery entitled The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story; my second is a paranormal action/adventure called Let Us Play, A Rock ‘n Roll Love Letter (known as Mystique Rising in Kindle) and my latest is Missing Flowers. Missing Flowers is a paranormal mystery set in Vancouver, which incorporates historical fact with fiction and is published by Saga Books.

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m)  If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

There are so many! I would love to meet Ann Rule and thank her for her stories, which feed my imagination. Danielle Steele once wrote me a letter and I would love to meet her and thank her for that and the inspiration it gave me. The list goes on and on. LOL

n)  If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?

Right now, I love living where I am. I enjoy this city and Vancouver has inspired my new series of books.

o)  What’s your  favorite movie of all time?

That is a difficult question. I like the movie Timeline with Paul Walker – travelling back in time is a fascination for me; Turk 182 with Timothy Hutton is a great story of a young man taking on local government for a good cause; The Crow with the late Brandon Lee fascinates me. I love movies that spark my imagination and may plant an idea for a future book.

p)  Where can readers find you and your blog?

My blog is at http://karen-magill.blogspot.com; my website is www.karenmagill.com and I am on Facebook at : http://goo.gl/1VL3f and my Facebook fan page is: http://goo.gl/ulvSy . I am on twitter @KarenMagill

q)  Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I am working on my next book now. It is a continuation of the Julie Seer and Santoro Ricci series. It is set in Vancouver and focuses on the area and history of this city as well as a murder and the paranormal.

r)  Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

That would have to be my parents. They have always supported me, made suggestions, and sometimes just listened. If it weren’t for them, I may have given up long ago.

Thank you for an awesome interview, Karen.