Please give a warm welcome this week to the beautiful and wonderful Ms Raine Thomas!
Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
When did you start writing and why?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. From the time I took home an honorable mention for a story I submitted in a fourth-grade writing competition until I published the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy in July of 2011, I’ve always loved to write. I don’t expect to ever stop!
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I’m a parent to an almost seven-year-old daughter and I’m married, as well. Both impact my writing habits. It’s nearly midnight as I respond to this interview, and that’s not unusual for me. Since I also work full-time as a wedding planner, most of my writing and author tasks are done late at night and on weekends.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Nora Roberts is my favorite author. I love how she writes her characters. No other writer makes me laugh out loud or cry like an infant as much as she does.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Since I write YA, I hope to inspire young writers. One of my favorite parts about being an author is visiting schools and talking about what it’s like to write a book and have it published. Most of the kids lap it up, and I see many future authors out there.
Traditional or Self-Publishing? Why?
I’m a self-published author. There were many reasons I decided to go this route. I love the fact that I dictate the content of my books, the look of the covers, the pricing structures, the release dates, and every other creative aspect of my books. I also receive between 35% and 70% of my royalties on a monthly basis, whereas traditionally published authors typically receive much less than this (15% is average) and they aren’t paid monthly. It’s been great so far!
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.
I tried to catch the interest of a literary agent for my Daughters of Saraqael trilogy back in 2010 and early 2011, but no one expressed an interest. I believed in the books, though, so I rolled up my sleeves, invested in a cover designer and took the indie path. Now that I’ve achieved success with my own books, I’ve started a small publishing company called Iambe Books. We’re publishing three books this year written by a new author, so it’s been a very satisfying and cyclical process for me.
Tell us about your book(s).
The six books that I currently have published are YA fantasy/romance books about the Estilorians. Estilorians once existed among humans thousands of years ago, but because they’re long-lived and have special abilities, humans grew jealous and warred against them. To protect humanity from themselves, the Estilorians created their own plane of existence. When they did, they doomed themselves to an emotionless existence. Then the unexpected happens…enter the half-human Daughters of Saraqael.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
I was inspired to write Becoming (the first book in the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy) because of a young lady I once worked with when
I served as a placement case manager for a nonprofit organization serving youth with special needs. This young lady had been in and out of placements throughout her life, and I learned a great deal from her. She inspired Amber, the main protagonist in Becoming.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
Each of my books follows different main characters, but they continue the overarching storyline begun in the first book of the trilogy. Becoming’s main characters are Amber and Gabriel, Central’s are Olivia and James, Foretold’s are Skye and Caleb, Defy’s are Tate and Zachariah, Shift’s are Sophia and Quincy, and Elder’s are Clara Kate and Ini-herit. By quite a margin, my readers love Tate and Zachariah the most. They’re opposites, but complement each other so well that the sparks practically fly off the page when they’re in a scene!
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
Each of my books has a soundtrack. Since there are a number of them, I’ll share the latest soundtrack that I created for Elder. Not all songs directly related to a scene in the story, but they all resonated with me for different reasons as I was writing.
All I Need by Within Temptation
Wide Awake by Katy Perry
Oath by Cher Llyod
Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson
Wanted by Hunter Hayes
Numb by Usher
Feel Again by OneRepublic
Skyfall by Adele
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