AUTHOR CHAT with RAINE MILLER
I’ll leave you with a quote from a young man who didn’t live long enough to write more beautiful words for our continued enjoyment, dying tragically at only twenty-five years old. One of the most brilliant romantic poets ever to walk this earth, his words continue to take my breath away. This is from a letter he wrote to his fiance, Fanny Brawne. He died before they could marry.
…I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days. Three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain. -JOHN KEATS…1819
TELL US ABOUT YOU
What book are you reading now? Lover at Last, by JR Ward
Do you write reviews for the books you read? Not anymore. I went back and deleted every review I ever wrote. It’s best to stay out of that tangle.
Who is your favorite author? JR Ward
What is your favorite book? Lover Unbound
What are some of your habits when reading or writing? (eating, listening to music, etc.) I love to read in the bath. It can be tricky but I have managed. I also love to read in the spa. I set up my kindle on a towel far back on the ledge and lean over to read. It is heaven to spend an hour or two this way.
Are you an e-reader or print girl? Kindle. I own 2 of them. I love my Kindle 3 for reading outside in the sun. The Kindle fire is awesome for reading at night in bed because of the handy lighted screen. Genius.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CRAFT
What or who inspired you to start writing? My mom got me a subscription to Writer’s Life magazine. I started reading the articles and got motivated.
I love erotic romance and feel every book can benefit from some level of romance in the plot.
Would you consider expanding into other genres? I have written erotic historical and now contemporary. I have an idea for a paranormal series I would like to do as well.
What steps did you take to become published? My first foray into publishing I searched the net for publishing houses and read the guidelines for submissions, tried my best and sent the manuscript off. I got seven rejections and the eighth one was the “call”.
How important is cover art to you? Extremely. I struggled with my first 2 covers at Siren. Let’s just say that the people at Siren knew I was “the picky author” in regards to her covers. I enjoy the control over creativity with covers as an independent author.
Did Naked’s cover art meet your expectations? And then some. I actually found the woman’s photograph on a stock photography site and sent it to Kim Killion. Told her I wanted the London skyline at the bottom and she took it from there. Hot Damn Designs is amazing. I love the cover she did for All In just as much.
Do you recommend and/or prefer to work with a publishing house over self-publishing? Well, self publishing has been far, far more lucrative for me, but when my agent called to tell me that Atria had offered to buy my series in a major deal, I took it. The Blackstone Affair is my first work published conventionally, but I am certain I will still self-publish new works in the future.
What does the usual press campaign look like for your books? At Siren? Nothing much. For Blackstone Affair I feel like it is my full-time job. All authors know what I’m talking about. Lots and lots of time spent on promo.
What advice can you give up-and-coming writers? Write what you know and love. Don’t give up your dream. It only takes one acceptance. ;)
What was the character inspiration for Brynne and Ethan? I found the cover image one day on Shutterstock while looking for something for a cover on another story. I was very taken with the beautiful nude portrait. I just got a flash about what it would be like, as a nude model, to get to meet the man who bought your picture. Other inspiring things were the Olympics going on while I was writing the book, and I loved the idea of Ethan having to be responsible for all those high profile celebrities that show up to big events like that.
In Naked we meet and get wrapped up in the fast pace relationship of Brynne and Ethan. What is the time span from the moment they meet to the end of the book? One month.
Do you have any major press/media events in the near future to promote book three or a new series? I have lots of travel dates for author events and signings coming in 2013. Naked in paperback May 14th. All In in paper June 20th, and Eyes Wide Open in paper on August 20th. All three books will be in paperback by summer’s end and that will be a relief.
Will you be writing a fourth book in The Blackstone Affair ? Yes. It doesn’t have a title yet, and is more of a stand-alone book. My plan is to release it around the end of the year in early December of 2013. As I was writing Eyes Wide Open I kept getting ideas for more for Ethan and Brynne so I wanted to do this for them. They get to have an extension of their story…where most books end it at the Happily Ever After.
Are you working on a new series? If so, what is it about and when can we expect to read it? I have started actually. The new series is called The Rothvale Legacy and features the love story of Gabrielle (Brynne’s roommate) and Ivan Everley, Ethan’s playboy cousin. I plan to have Brynne and Ethan still be on the page in this series, so we’ll get to see them around. ;) I plan to get the first one out by the end of the year. I hope… *winks*