Interview & Contest: Renee Reeves

Jen: Please help me welcome Renee Reeves to Romancing the Book.  Renee, will you please share a short bio with us?

Renee: I was born in Stuttgart, Germany but raised in the US by my single mother. Books have always been a big passion of mine for as long as I can remember, and libraries are on my top ten list of favorite places to visit.

My mother, always supportive, made it a point to take me to the library as often as I wished and to get to me to each and every school book fair. I would come home with bags of books and would gobble them up in only a few days while sitting against my pony’s stomach while she napped. Horses are another passion and I have had them all of my life. I started riding when I was five and over the years I have worked with, and shown, several different breeds.

Reading, along with horses, was and still is one of the great loves in my life and that love turned into a desire to write. I am now a published author and had I my first book, “Night Angel,” contracted with Black Velvet Seductions 3 years ago. Upon release it quickly climbed to the bestseller rank on Fictionwise and was also on their highest rated list.

I love to hear from readers and can be reached at bettina142@juno.com

Jen: Tell us about “Night Angel” and where is can be purchased.
Renee: “Night Angel” is a contemporary erotic romance dealing with past abuse and the healing aspects of new love. It is available worldwide in all E-forms, Kindle, Nook, and paperback formats.

Here is a short synopsis:

After the death of her abusive husband, and hoping for a new start, Morgan Fletcher, scarred both mentally and physically, moves to a small cabin in rural Montana. Her land borders a horse sanctuary owned by Nick Evanoff, who watches and longs for Morgan from afar. Brought together in the aftermath of a near tragedy, Morgan and Nick stumble through an intense, awkward attraction. The patience and innate kindness with which Nick treats abused horses is something that Morgan has never known in a man. But Nick has a shameful family secret for which he spent several years in prison for, and keeps it from Morgan, fearing she will turn from him in terror because of not only his past, but hers.

Night Angel can be purchased from www.blackvelvetseductions.com, www.Amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.bamm.com, www.fictionwise.com, and www.allromanceebooks.com

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Renee: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My favorite classes in school were Art and Creative Writing and I would skip other classes just to spend extra time in these. When I was about 14 or 15 my mother bought me a word processor and I would sit at my desk for hours creating all kinds of stories.

A desire to try and become published did not happen until I began reading romances and decided that it was something I could do. So, about five years ago I starting putting some serious effort into creating a story to submit to publishers. It took me two years of working on my rough draft, and then another few months of getting my nerve up to start submitting it to publishers. I had my fair share of rejection letters, but I kept submitting and finally I started getting the exciting, “we’d like to see more…” letters.

Jen: How does your family feel about your career?

Renee: Most of them are very supportive.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Renee: Well, I start out by plotting, and then as my writing progresses and the story and characters become more “real” I tend to lose focus on my original plot and start going with the flow. It’s frustrating, and really slows the writing process down, but I let the story play out as it wishes.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?

Renee: Most of my ideas come to me while I am in bed so I have notepads next to it, and also a big bulleting board on my bedroom wall. I also keep notepads and pens scattered around the house, plus another bulletin board on the living room wall.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Renee: Although I love horror stories, horror is definitely a genre I will stay away from. I just think it takes a special type of mind to write horror and my mind doesn’t wok that way.

Although I do not have children, and really don’t care to be around them much, I would love to write children’s stories. Even though I am 34 years old, there is still a part of me on the inside that remains very “child-like.” I love fantasies, myths, fairy-tales, stuffed animals, etc…and have started studying books about writing for children. So , along with being an erotic romance writer, I am seriously considering branching out into the world of children’s stories and Young Adult. All under a different pen-name, of course.

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Renee: I scour the internet and look for unusual names, or names that I would like personally, and use those. Sometimes as I am writing I will decide that my first chosen name for a character no longer fits them, and I will rename them halfway through the story.

Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? If you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?

Renee: If I could go back in time knowing what I know now, I would go back to the time before my mother got sick with cancer and force her to not only take better care of herself, but make her go to a doctor no matter what she said.

As far as three things I would take with me…First, I would take her obituary so I could show her what the outcome was going to be if she did not do as I said.

Second, I would also take the letter I wrote to her that was read at her service so that she would know how much I loved her, needed her, and would miss her.

And third, I would also take my published book and printed copies of the reviews that it has gotten so she could see that her support of my interests, and the effort she put into raising me, had started to pay off.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?

Renee: Right now I am reading, “The Paleo Diet Solution” by Robb Wolf and loving it, and I am also reading, “The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children” by Nancy Lamb. Loving it also.

Some of my absolute favorite writer’s who are auto-buy’s for me are; Linda Howard, Pamela Clare, Shannon McKenna, Shiloh Walker, Anne Stuart, Jeannine Frost, and Catherine Anderson. My absolute favorite book (and the one that triggered a love of romance) is Kathleen Woodiwiss’s beauty and the beast type story, “A Rose in Winter.”

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Renee: I take care of my animals, do errands and household stuff, then I read, and write. My husband has to work overseas so I am everything’s sole caretaker.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Renee: I am currently at work on a sequel to “Night Angel” called, “Night Ride.” It is Jake’s story (Nick’s brother) and I hope to have it done within the next couple of months. I am also working on several other stories that have been too long in the WIP pile, and also ideas for my first children’s story. So, I have quite a few things I would love to accomplish soon.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Renee: Right now I can be found on FaceBook under Michelle Renee Hiller Reeves. I hope to have a website in the near future, but I told my husband that I would wait on that until I have more than one book out.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Renee: I’d love to know what makes a book a “forever” book for readers out there. What is it about a character, or a whole story, that keep’s that character or story in the reader’s minds long after they’ve closed that book and moved on to other things? As I said above, my “forever” book is “A Rose in Winter.”

Jen: I understand you have a contest for our readers.  Can you tell us more?

Renee: Since I love hosting contests and giving prize packages I will certainly do one for you. I’ll make this one a guessing game.

So, in order to win a goodie package of writing notepads and a copy of my book, “Night Angel” simply email me at bettina142@juno.com and tell me which time of year is my favorite ~ Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, my own Birthday, or Halloween.

Please include your name and address when you email me. I will pick a winner on November 13th and will announce it here.

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