Jen: This weekend we are happy to have RaeLynn Blue as our guest. RaeLynn, will you please share a short bio with us?
RaeLynn: RaeLynn Blue is the author of numerous tales of erotic interracial romance and speculative romance. With an imagination that’s varied and diverse, her tales explores love in all its many shades, situations and scenarios. She fell into romance stories at the ripe age of eleven and has been writing stories ever since. A humble scribbler of tales, RaeLynn is actively writing another story of lust, love, and romance.
Jen: Tell us about A REBEL AMONG GODDESSES and where it’s available.
RaeLynn: My recent release is A REBEL AMONG GODDESSES. It’s available from Phaze and tells the story of rebellious crown prince, Errol who has committed the biggest sin, he’s fallen in love with a male. As the son of a great goddess, Errol’s love affair with Simon has violated the social order—females rule and men must worship and love them and them alone. A childhood friend, Shar has three days to save the love of her life, Errol, from certain death. When Errol and Simon approach Shar with a way to do that, she must rebel against her clan, her brother, and her entire way of life. Will she be willing to do the unthinkable and embrace this love at all costs?
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
RaeLynn: I started writing in high school, but prior to that I wrote tons of stories in my head. It was 2000 and I got the call from Whiskey Creek Press. They wanted to accept Thelma’s Eatery. I was slightly worried because at that time, not many I/R romances were being published.
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
RaeLynn: My husband writes true crime, poetry, and fiction.
Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?
RaeLynn: I used to go with the flow, but as of the last few years, I’ve been plotting what I write and those stories tend to be much more developed.
Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
RaeLynn: I must have quiet and coffee. I must have something to say. That’s about it.
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
RaeLynn: Random. Sometimes I use names I see that are unique and unusual.
Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
RaeLynn: I’d stay away from the historical genre. I just wouldn’t be able to do the research necessary and my fear of screwing up some important facts, keep me from delving into it.
Jen: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?
RaeLynn: Five authors who have been important to me are as follows: Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Stephen King, Alice Walker, and Octavia Butler. I’m not sure I would be able to ask them any questions. LOL! I’d be too excited to speak.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
RaeLynn: When I got my first publishing contract, I told everyone I knew and some people I didn’t know. I went to Red Lobster and ate till my heart was content.
Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal, is there anything else you dream of doing?
RaeLynn: I dream of vacationing in a small cottage in the English countryside. I dream of writing full time.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
RaeLynn: Well, I write, since my full time job is teaching, but when I get free time, it goes to writing.
Jen: What’s next for you?
RaeLynn: I’m working on the first book in a new series titled the O.A. Series. There’s a brief short story in the Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll) anthology. It’s called An Open Melody and it is about the O.A.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
RaeLynn: What do you enjoy about romance? Which of my stories do you like the most? If you haven’t read them, which do you think you’d like to try? What pizza is the tastiest?
Jen: We aren’t holding a contest at the blog this weekend, but each month subscribers to RaeLynn’s Blue News newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/bluenews receive a free short story installment. Every other month she sponsors subscriber-only contests. We hope you’ll support RaeLynn by checking out her newsletter.