I’ve wanted to have Raine on my blog for sometime now. Her newly released book, Elder came out end of December 2012, and I know she’s been busy promoting it. Raine is an accomplished writer of numerous books and a terrific example of a successful indie author and publisher.
Her platform is professional, and her writing—pristine.
Please welcome award-winning author, Raine Thomas as she shares more about Elder and herself.
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Read a blurb about Elder
Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate the Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn’t making it easy.
He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.
Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she’s endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.
She thinks things can’t get any worse.
Available in paperback at CreateSpace!
Inside Raine’s Mind
Raine, tell us your perfect idea of happiness. Some days, it’s the first cup of coffee of the day when the house is finally quiet. Other days, it’s being with those I love and indulging in things I shouldn’t eat or drink, playing games and ignoring obligations.
What turns you on creatively? The thing that most gets my creativity clicking is a change in setting. Going for a walk or serving as a passenger in a car on a road trip invariably frees my mind and starts the ideas flowing.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Seriously” and “You know” have to be the ones I use the most, with “Awesome” coming in a close third. When I want to edit myself as I say them, I know they’re overused.
[eden] Every time I say “awesome,” (which is rare) I feel like a teenage girl snapping gum in the schoolyard.
What quality do you most admire in a man? A great sense of humor. Life isn’t always rosy, so being with someone who can find the humor in any situation is a big blessing!
And in a woman? Sincerity.
What is your greatest regret? Not coming home from college for Easter the year my grandfather passed away. I’ll always wish I had made the trip and could have seen him one last time.
[eden] *Big hugs*
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Why mess with perfection? (Har, har). I want to live a healthier lifestyle. Getting motivated to exercise and making smarter food choices have always been challenges for me, but I’m working on it!
What is your greatest fear? My first instinct is to say losing someone close to me, like my husband or daughter. But I’ve never come across a cockroach that didn’t make me scream and flail about like a demented person, so this one’s a toss-up.
[eden] Death or a cockroach? Raine, you crack me up!
Which living person do you most admire? There are so many people that I admire for so many different reasons. For this interview, I’ll stick to the writing world and say J.K. Rowling. No other author has so much pull and say in what is done related to her books. I tip my hat to her.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d find it fascinating to be a detective. I don’t know if I have the gumption for it, so I’ll probably have to settle for experiencing that career through my current protagonist, Parish.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? I’m kinda digging the whole human thing. Assuming I had access to books, pizza and friendship, I’d do it again.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? So far, it’s becoming a bestselling author. Now that I’m a publisher, too, I hope it will soon be making another author’s dream come true!
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Being two-faced. Honesty is so important to me. Nothing turns me off more than finding out someone is talking differently about me than they do to me.
What is your greatest extravagance? This is kind of tough, as I live a pretty practical life. Hmm. Okay, I’ll go with the custom pendant that my hubby just commissioned for me as a birthday present. It’s the logo for our publishing company. He’s spending way more on it than I ever would!
[eden] I’m sure you deserve it. This sounds like an amazing and thoughtful gift.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Visit Europe, especially Florence, Italy. I took an Art History class during my bachelor’s degree program and fell in love with that city.
Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director? My favorite writers are Edgar Allan Poe and Nora Roberts, my favorite band is Green Day, and I’ll say my favorite film director is Steven Spielberg, though there are many I admire.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Since I have a six-year-old, I’ve learned to censor myself. Most of my curses come out, “Son of a biscuit,” “Cheese n’ crackers,” or “Nut buckets!” Lame, I know.
[eden] I love these, especially “cheese n’ crackers!”
Finally, what is your motto? In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” In the words of Raine Thomas, “Stand up, folks. Just stand up.”
[eden] Well said, Raine, well said.
Readers, I invite you to say “hi” to Raine and follow this lovely woman. Check out her social media sites and connect to her.
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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.
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