Today finds RaeLynn Blue in the Author Interview hot seat! I’m always intrigued by the answers of authors who write in different genres than myself, so I’m really excited to see what she has to say!
SJ: Every writer has some sort of process. Give us a glimpse into yours. Do you meticulously outline? Do you write depending on what calls are out there?
RLB: I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old, so my process is pretty ingrained. Mostly I write based on what I see around me—every day people, events, situations, snippets of conversations. I write in pieces, on napkins, receipts, and in flashes. After I have nice stack of bits and pieces, I weave them together into a story.
SJ: Bonus question – Do you put on a cape and do a chant before hunkering down to work? Sacrifice anything? Along with your process, what’s your quirkiest writing habit?
RLB: My quirkiest habit when I write it out longhand.
SJ: Are you a meticulous planner or do you believe in the muse? Where do your ideas come from? Do they filter in through your dreams? Do they show up at inopportune times and whap you upside the head? Do they result in a shady deal with a dark power?
RLB: I do not have a plan! Oh my goodness, planning went out the window the minute I had children. My ideas come from every day life and situations. Waiting for people at the bank, watching people at restaurants, and all that in-between are all ways to bleed on paper.
SJ: bonus question – If your muse had a physical manifestation, what would he or she look like and how would she or he act? Is it a sexy superhero version of Callisto? A sharp-tongued rogue? A reptilian alien? Do they have a catch phrase?
RLB: My Muse shows up in black patent leather and carries a riding crop. This way, writing is fun and sexy for me—oh, but perhaps I have said too much.
SJ: What’s your biggest frustration as a writer? What do you consider the downside, or is there one? Is there any cliché that makes you want to wring people’s necks?
RLB: My greatest frustration as a writer is pirate sites. I spend a great deal of time writing and crafting my stories. It’s incredible frustrating to me for others to steal my hard work, especially since most of my stories are less than $5.00.
SJ: If you had to be stuck in one of your own books/stories for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? If you had to stick a loved one in one of your own books, what would it be and why? An enemy?
RLB: I love this question! I would love to be stuck in Humania (Humania Series) because that world is mythical and full of sexy, S&M fairies, talkative trolls, pixies into make-up and design and an entire otherworld of characters. Those series of books are sexy, fantastic, and urban fun.
SJ: Do you think it’s possible to develop a sure-fire recipe/formula for success as a writer? Would you want to, or does that compromise the art or the fun of it?
RLB: A sure-fire recipe for success as a writer, well, I’m not sure. LOL. I guess it would have to be based on what definition we’re using for success. If we’re talking monetary success, then I don’t think there is sure fire way. You market, you promote, and you write a damn fine story that readers—and you love. The rest is up to Fate.
SJ: Everyone has words of wisdom for young writers, so I’m not going to ask you about that. With a few unknown writers becoming success stories, a lot of people seem to think it’s an easy career choice. What would your words of wisdom be to these people?
RLB: Writing is hard work. It is your blood, sweat, and tears poured onto a page and presented to the world for entertainment. It is a business, and they should approach it as such.
SJ: What do you want people to instantly think of when they hear your name or your work mentioned?
RLB: Ordinary people finding extraordinary love.
SJ: Please tell us about your latest/favorite work or a little bit about what you’re working on right now. It’s plug time, so go for it!
My latest novel, and one of my favorites, is called Cherishing Mikki: A Neal Family Story. It’s a sexy, urban erotic romance that starts a wedding. Twice-divorced, Mikki isn’t having a great time, but when the groom’s bestman, Aaron Yang, takes an interest, all hell breaks loose. Mikki’s overprotective family and Aaron’s determination clash amongst the backdrop of terror, cultural clash, and all out drama typical of the Neal Family. It’s the second story in my Neal Family Saga series.
I’m also almost done writing the sequel to my Dragon’s Keep series. Firebreather. This one makes me excited due to the urban nature of the dragon shifter element. These too are awesome, and are currently my favorite works.
Cherishing Mikki: A Neal Family Story
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Twice divorced Mikki McCollum dislikes weddings–for obvious reasons. But when one of her favorite cousins gets married, well, she wouldn’t miss it for the world. Mikki has to admit, the actual wedding was beautiful. However, the reception leaves a lot to be desired. The only bright spot in an event she’d rather forget was the handsome Korean man whom couldn’t seem to take his eyes off her. She knew he couldn’t because she kept watching him. At least she hoped…
Aaron Yang has settled into his perpetual role as best man. Not that he minded it, nor would he willing admit out loud he had begun to wonder when it would be his turn. When he spies beautiful Mikki, he wants his own taste of happily ever after more than ever.
When a dangerous threat from Mikki’s past threatens the very thing Aaron wants most, he’ll risk everything to protect her and to let Mikki know he means to cherish her for always.
You can buy Cherishing Mikki HERE
Be sure to take a look at RaeLynn’s Amazon Page!