Rebecca Raine is an Australian author who has recently published her first novel Splinter and we were so excited to interview her! Rebecca has been known by the team at That Crazy Place for a long time and we are so proud of her accomplishment!
Cover art by Syneca Featherstone at OriginalSyn
Ignite the magick within, or be hunted in the dark.
Rachel Fallon has inherited the estate of her grandmother, Maddie, and believes she’s finally found a place to call home. That is, until a terrifying experience convinces her Maddie’s death was no accident, but murder. Now, her search for answers will uncover a world brimming with magick, where vampires are real and thirsty for blood.
Nick Hunter has left behind his own splinter of reality to follow Maddie’s killer to this place of disbelievers, where people have not learned to fear nightfall. Despite his difficulty accessing the magick here, Nick is determined to find the vampire and put an end to his madness. Rachel’s presence is both a complication and an all too tempting distraction, even with the force of the magick she unknowingly possesses. When she becomes the focus of the vampire’s attention, Nick and Rachel must work together to stop him. But as the flames of desire burn hot between them, the truth about the night Maddie died threatens to destroy them both.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Not at all. In fact I completed two degrees in Psychology and worked in the field for quite a few years before I ever picked up a pen to write fiction. That time wasn’t lost though, as now I’m able to use that knowledge and experience to add emotional depth to my characters and storylines.
What motivated you to start?
I used to enjoy reading fanfiction and one day I had an idea for a story of my own. I first began writing at the bus stop on my way to work every day and it just grew from there. Eventually borrowing other people’s characters was no longer enough and I began developing original stories that were all mine.
Where do you get your ideas from for your books and characters?
If I knew how my subconscious worked I’d be happy to tell you, but the truth is I have no idea. Each story begins with a spark. It could be a character, a backstory, a plot idea, a bit of dialogue, anything that catches my interest and won’t let go. Then I build around it until I have a full story.
Who are your favourite author/s? Why?
I love so many authors from different genres and subgenres, but for today I’ll stick to romance.
I can never get enough of Nalini Singh. Her Psy/Changeling books and her new Rock Kiss novels are beyond awesome. If I’m after something historical I’ll reach for an Anne Gracie every time. For paranormal romance, Anya Bast is always a treat. Finally, for contemporary romance I love our very own Sami Lee.
There is such a great host of Aussie talent that I’m constantly finding new authors to enjoy, such as Kylie Scott, Ainslie Paton and Denise Rossetti. At the moment I’m half way through the first volume of The S.E.R.A. Files by C.T. Green and it has totally blown me away.
I’ll stop now because apparently I can go on and on about my favourite authors.
What is the hardest part of being a work-at-home writer?
The hardest part will always be finding enough time to write. There are only so many hours in a day and as an indie author I’m in charge of every aspect of my writing career. This gives me massive freedom, but is also very time consuming. I’m still learning to juggle the demands of writing, publishing, working part-time and being a wife and mother. If I ever figure out the magic formula that makes it all work with ease, I’ll be sure to let you know. (Please do Rebecca – we’d love to know the secret too! – LJ)
We understand you have a new book coming out in February – can you given us any sneak-peek info about the book? Is it another book in the Splinter series?
That’s right. I’ll be publishing my second novel, Our Little Secret, early in February. As an erotic ménage a trois, it’s quite different from Splinter. It tells the story of Julia Hearst, a sensible, modern woman who decides to indulge her adventurous side by entering a ‘limited time only’ relationship with two gorgeous men, Derek and Scott. Julia’s positive she can enjoy her adventure and then walk away with her heart intact, but Derek and Scott aren’t about to let her go so easily.
Who’s your favourite superhero?
This one is easy. As of about two months ago my favourite superhero is, without a doubt, Jessica Jones. My husband and I just watched the first season on Netflix and I fell in love with that combination of darkness and vulnerability, all wrapped up in a strong, capable woman. Getting to see David Tennant as a twisted psychotic type was an added bonus.
Splinter is currently available from Amazon at a ridiculously reasonable price – you can check it out at http://www.amazon.com.au/Splinter.
Rebecca Raine can be found and followed on Facebook.
At the time of writing, we’re yet to dig in and devour Splinter (I don’t read books, I demolish them – LJ). We’re saving it up for an upcoming 18.5 hour flight to the US and can’t wait because the suspense is driving us nuts. Romance, Magick, Vampirism – this book has it all and congratulations to Rebecca!