I had the opportunity to sit down with Miss Rayne Bexley, to pick her brain about being a new author. Rayne is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the fortune of meeting, and I hope you will all give her a warm welcome as my FIRST guest ever on the blog!
Author Bio: Rayne Bexley was born and raised on Long Island NY where she resides today with her husband and four children. She is an avid reader of all genres, especially contemporary romance novels. After years of writing down small blurbs, characters, and story line ideas, she has finally taken the time to bring them all to life.
Let’s get to know her a little more, shall we?
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
Me? Ah, this is always such a hard question for me. I’ve spent so much time being a wife, mother, daughter, and caregiver that I am only really starting to figure that all out. I’m finally striking out on my own, doing what I want to do, no matter what anyone thinks.
My books, well they are my imagination gone a little wild.
2. What genre(s) do you write?
I don’t have a specific genre. You Only Love Twice and License to Thrill are contemporary romance, but I also have a ménage that’s under contract as well as one in the BDSM genre.
3. What was it like to see your first book published?
It was awesome, definitely one of the highlights of my adult life! I felt like I was flying high for days.
4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
I love to write, and I do think it’s something that I will continue.
5. Do you ever lock up? Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
Oh yeah! I think those are the times you just need to walk away and clear your mind. Take a few days off and then come back hopefully renewed.
6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
The ideas just come. I can be in the middle of the most mundane things and my mind just wanders. I’ve learned to make some quick notes in my iPhone so I don’t lose them.
7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
I love choosing character names. Personality, I really have to sit down and think about what kind of a person do I think they are.
8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
I do, I tend to doubt myself a lot. I’m getting better at that though, all part of my “new attitude”
9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
It depends on the book. It took only a few weeks once I buckled down to write both You Only Love Twice, and License To Thrill. The ménage too less than one week to write, that one I literally couldn’t stop myself.
10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I write when I have a block of time all to myself. I love to write in my room in my pajama’s in bed.
12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
I’m totally normal, so no quirks, although my family and friends will tell you otherwise!
13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
My kids are not babies anymore, so it’s a bit easier than someone who has young children. My youngest is very active fifteen year old, so that’s tough at times because she needs rides everywhere she goes, and is into sports, and clubs at school. I mostly write at night when the house calms down.
14. How much down-time do you take between book? Or do you just jump right into the next?
So far, I have had multiple projects going on at one time, so there has always been another one to jump to.
15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
I don’t know if it’s considered a hobby, but in the spring, summer and fall I love to go to yard sales, tag sales, and estate sales. My girlfriend and I hit the local coffee shops early on a Saturday morning, and head out with the local newspaper, and yard sales listings on craigslist. There are many interesting things to be found!
16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
Sicily, I have relatives there and would love to go there.
17. What’s next on your agenda? Any new books in the works?
I actually have four in the works right now, and a few on the list to start.
18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Just do it. Believe in yourself enough to start. It’s a learning process and you have to start somewhere.
19. What authors inspire you?
There are so many. Kallypso Masters, Maire Force, Bella Andre, Shayla Black, Lorelei James, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks are only the tip of the iceberg.
20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
I don’t know if it’s unique, but I love to laugh, and I love to make people laugh. I’m a bit of a joker. People are just too serious. Life can be grueling; you need to have a sense of humor.
21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
So far, my publishing experience has been wonderful. I don’t know about any other publishing house, but I can’t say enough about the care and support that I have received at Horny Devil, so, I would say, make sure you find a good publisher. Network with other authors, I have found so much support in the author community, and last, promote, promote, promote, not only yourself, but other authors as well!
Thank you so much for talking with us! So now that your readers have gotten to know you…where can they stalk, err, find you?