Hop around and Meet the Authors of Indie Book Fest 2014. Each stop features an author and a contest!
Learn more about me…Raine Thomas!
Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself. I write Young Adult and New Adult romantic fiction. Six of my books are Young Adult Fantasy Romance, two are New Adult Contemporary Romance, and my latest release is a New Adult Paranormal Romance with Sci-Fi elements. Clearly, I can’t be pigeon-holed into a specific genre!
I’ve been writing for most of my life in one form or another. I didn’t realize I wanted to be an author until much later in life, though. Losing my job due to the economic downturn in 2008 was my wakeup call. I wrote the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy while looking for work, and the rest is history.
When was your first book published? All three books in the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy released on the same day: July 24, 2011.
Why did you decide to become an Indie Author? At first, it was because I received numerous rejections from literary agents and I realized that none of them believed in my stories as much as I did. So I figured why not? Once I published independently and realized how much flexibility I had with it, I didn’t even think about looking back!
Are you currently working on anything? I participated in the Take Me to Your Reader anthology, which released on Tuesday, February 11th and benefits the UtopYA Conference. I’m also in the midst of releasing a New Adult Paranormal Boxed Set with amazing authors Kristie Cook, Lynn Rush, R.K. Ryals, and Rachael Wade. It’s called Curses, Fates & Soul Mates and it releases on February 17th. My latest novel, Return of the Ascendant, will debut in the boxed set.
Who and what inspired you to write? My mom and my teachers encouraged my love of writing. The first event I remember was a literary fair in the fourth grade when a project I wrote took an honorable mention. Looking back, I can safely say that knowing my teacher liked my book enough to enter it into the fair was enough to keep me writing.
Each author has his or her own inspiring journey. How did you begin writing? As I mentioned above, I started writing at a young age. My cousin actually nurtured it during the summers when I visited her as an adolescent and teenager. She wanted me to write stories for her to read, and I wrote a few pages a day…just enough to keep her hanging on for more. It was a great way to hone my skills, and I use some of what I learned even today.
What is on your writing playlist for your book(s)? I listen to all kinds of music when I write, from movie soundtracks to Top 40 hits. It depends on the type of book I’m writing (contemporary versus fantasy, for example) and the scene I’m writing. Music often guides my writing, so it has to set the right tone.
Who is your favorite character in your books? So far, I think my favorite character is Zachariah from my Firstborn Trilogy. He’s the hot, cranky “bad boy” with a heart of gold. Writing him is always a joy.
What is your favorite book of all time? I honestly don’t have one…I have many!
Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books. Because they provide an exciting escape and a happily ever after.