Today I have the pleasure to have a friend and great writer here with me for a little chat, RaeAnn.
Hi RaeAnn, and thank you for being with us! Tell us how did you come up with the idea for your book?
I have always watched and fascinated by The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series on television. I’ve always wondered what goes on behind the scenes. Having been on The Dr. Phil Show and Colorado & Company, I know all too well that what you see on screen isn’t the entire truth of the situation. Those behind the scenes can manipulate people to behave and act certain ways to get the maximum “wow” factor for the cameras.
What sort of research did you do to write this book?
Watched the series every time it came on.
I love that kind of research! If your novel were being made into a movie, who would you pick to play the lead roles?
I’m open to the female. I have an image of a model on my board but I don’t know her name. As far as the male lead, Simon Woods is the picture I have on my board. I fell in love with him in the movie, Pride & Prejudice as Charles Bingley. I think he would be fabulous; just enough softness to touch and melt hearts.
If your story had a soundtrack, which song would it be?
Would have to be something by Ed Sheeran, probably from his latest CD.
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
An enjoyable getaway.
A fun fact about writing your book.
It’s taken me almost a year to write.
Well, I’m not sure how much fun that would be, but hat off to you for the positivity! Did you always have the reins of the story or the people in it tried to take over?
My people take over. I tried an outline one time and the novel went in a completely
My people take over. I tried an outline one time and the novel went in a completely different direction. I decided to stop wasting time plotting and creating an outline and let the voices in my head lead me. LOL
What are you working on now?
I’m working on several novels and novellas. A western romance, the sequel to Shadows, the sequel to With Love; Now & Forever and a Christmas tale.
Do you have a day job?
I own a horse ranch.
Okay, totally jealous. What started you on the path to writing?
I was fired from my automotive job for taking maternity leave. I took a graveyard job so that my baby girl wouldn’t have to go in daycare. Exhausted, mad and hormonal, I was trying to figure out a way to kill my boss without getting caught. My dad read my notes and told me I needed to turn it into a book. Thankfully for me AND my ex-boss, I took his advice!
What does a typical workday look like for you?
Up at 4:30 a.m., grab coffee, feed horses, irrigate hay fields, get my girls up and going, get paperwork done, work on social media, clean stalls, make supper, feed horses, change out irrigation, baths for girls, crawl into bed about 11 p.m.
Jesus… that’s a loooooong day! How do you keep from resenting your duties when you have to stop writing to take care of them?
I love my life and am very blessed. I have never felt resentful for the beautiful life I have.
Has your environment /upbringing colored your writing?
Yes, I’m Miss Suzie Sunshine. I take the positives from everything. Sometimes it’s hard due to circumstances that can happen but I choose to focus on the positive and not the negative.
What do your friend and family think about your being a writer?
Hahaha! They think it’s awesome though my husband wishes one of my books would be turned into a movie.
Hidden or uncommon talent that helps/makes it harder to write the story?
The biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer.
How therapeutic it was for me.
What does your writing space look like?
I finally have a proper office! I have two big windows that look out over the grass and shaded with trees, my horse pictures are up and I diffuse my oils so it smells divine.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
No more outlines. LOL
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Meeting my fans.
Do you have quirky writing habits?
I have to listen to music!
Which kind of scenes are the hardest for you to write? Action, dialogue, sex?
Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
That it’s easy to write a novel. It’s so much work, heartache and tears to create a story that others enjoy so it hurts when someone says they won’t buy your book because it’s $2.99 and too expensive.
The toughest critic that’s ever been given to you as an author.
My first book was never edited, I was trying to encourage my Dad to get better after his stroke so it was rushed to the publisher. He died 2 days after he held my book. I put a notice on my book that it HADN’T been edited and why but I still got slammed for poor edits.
Can you describe your writing style in ten words or less?
Always has happy endings.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Ride and play with my horses.
Thank you, RaeAnn for staying with us a little.
You can find one of the many RaeAnn’s stories in the collection Like a Firework: a Celebration of Love.
Her story, A Bachelorette’s Heart, goes like this:
She lost her love in a tragic accident.
Sheri knows loss, has even become friends with it in a twisted sort of way. She deals with it the best she knows how, forging on with her lonely life. Then one day, her best friend reveals that she has auditioned both of them for a bachelorette reality series! Sheri thinks that is the last thing she wants or needs in her life! And if that isn’t bad enough, both girls are actually accepted to be on the show! Not able to tell her enthusiastic friend no, Sheri reluctantly agrees and both girls are off on their adventure. Very quickly, Sheri realizes she may have fallen-literally-into something much larger than she ever could have imagined. A gorgeous British cameraman, corporate ambition and technical contracts are among a few of her newest roadblocks. She must choose to let go of her past once and for all, if she ever hopes to embrace an even brighter future!
I hope you enjoyed this chat, and I’ll see you guys soon!