Friday, August 31, 2018

Interview with Rayanne Haines, MAGIC BORN

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Magic Born is book two in my Guardian Series. In this book both my hero and heroine are faced with coming to terms with their past’s while fighting for their futures. Maria and Neeren meet in book one when Maria is hired by the leader of the guardians to help him find his lover’s family. In this book, she ends up being asked to join the Guardians. Neeren is the king of a race of panther shifters and the brother of Maria’s best friend. He has his own demons to deal with but fights alongside Maria as she battles her family and a new entity set on taking her soul.

Do you have a favorite character?
Maria is without a doubt my favorite character. I fell in love with her in book one and I’m certain she’ll remain my favourite through the series.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yes, I had a character in this book change from being a good guy, buddy character to being the major bad guy. It shocked me but I followed what the muse wanted and I love how it altered things. I had to work with that and pull at slivers of the story to bring it back to where I needed it to go. I ended up creating an entirely new character that is a major player in book three. 

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
I received my offer after about a month of back and forth with my publisher. I had queried a dozen others, including agents, before I was offered this deal.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
I went with this publisher because I liked that they were mid-sized and have a mission statement to support newer authors. I knew my chance of getting on with a major publisher was slim to none. I thought I can grow with my publisher and use that to help me find a strong agent. I’m playing the long game J

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
In 2017 I was signed for a four-book deal by a small traditional publisher. So far two have been published. I’m currently working on book three with a release date hopefully of spring 2019. 

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I always listen to music when I write. In fact, I create playlists for each of my books to help set the mood and tone that I think best matches the tone of the book and the characters.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I start with a general outline and then usually re-work it as my characters change their minds and/or the muse decides the original plan must change. Though because I have a four-part series arc already mapped out, the overall story does have to stay true enough to get me to the next book.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I have my critique partner help me edit the first drafts, then one I hand it over to my publisher I work with my editor to fine tune. She often picks up plot holes both I and my critique partner miss.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Oh, man yes. Between marketing, writing and editing there are days I wonder how I’ll ever do it all. Giving myself permission to take breaks to be there for my family alone, is important to my health.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Join writing groups, author support organizations, etc. For romance in particular there is the RWA (Romance Writers of America) that is an exceptional support system. If funds don’t allow check to see if any groups offer discounted rates, or consider your local library to see if they offer services/supports for new writers. Finding your Tribe is what will keep you going.

What’s next for you?
I’m continuing to work on this series with a goal to put out one book every nine months. I also write poetry and am working on a new collection that I hope to send to my poetry publisher in 2019. On the back burner is a Dystopian YA book I’d love to get to the light of day.  For now, keep your eyes open for Air Born, book three in my Guardian Series coming this spring.

Magic Born
Rayanne Haines
(The Guardian Series, #2)
Publication date: June 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Maria Del Voscova is a powerful witch with a past. When she’s asked to become a member of the elite Guardians she knows she can’t risk sharing the truth about her messed-up family. But we don’t always get what we want.
Sometimes, we don’t always know what we want.
Though Mar absolutely knows she doesn’t want Neeren, King of the Parthen. She alone sees the darkness in him and it reminds her too much of the past. She knows better than to fall for his stoic, tortured soul façade.
She’s training to be a Guardian, a shadow; tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil in the world. It’s what she wants—to be better than her family was.
But the past has a way of catching up to Mar and the future has a morbid sense of humor. On her first mission, she’s kidnapped by the enemy she’s been running from her entire life. Thankfully the guardians look after their own. As it turns out, so does Neeren.
As Mar finds herself caught between the past and the future; between blood and bond; between the light and the dark, she realizes her only chance at surviving may be in trusting a man who is the most dangerous of them all.

Author Bio:
Rayanne Haines grew up on a small horse ranch in Alberta. She spent most of her youth re-enacting scenes from Anne of Green Gables to attentive audiences that included pygmy goats and roan stallions. The horses were thrilled. Her father could never figure out why it took her three hours to clean the barn.
Her mother is an avid reader and instilled a love of literature in her at a young age. She has always been fascinated with learning people’s stories.
She has a fondness for mountains and rivers and all the creatures that live within them.
She believes in magic and the search for great love. She loves to write about strong women who will accept nothing less.

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