Genre: YA Paranormal/Wiccan
Publisher: Sleeping Dragon Press
Date of Publication: September 28th
Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 65,015
Cover Artist: Dawne Dominique
Stella’s college life transforms from sweet to rancid when her boyfriend asks her to do the unthinkable. How did she end up holding her best friend’s future in her hands? Anything she does will trigger the disastrous conclusion. If that isn’t bad enough.
Add in a lunatic minister, a demi-goddess, and a walk through another dimension full of vindictive shrubbery and wildlife. It’s far from the typical freshman year.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/4AfW7s42QuY
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- Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I did want to be Superman, but that didn’t work out. After that, I wanted to be a forest ranger; the director blocked me from the program at that time because he didn’t think women would be good rangers.
2. When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I was fifteen and had a poem published in a magazine. I guess that maybe a poet as opposed to a writer.
3. How long did it take to get your first book published?
My first published book took about five years. An agent had it for two years. Then it spent two years with an editor. The process can be slow at times.
4. Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I am a special needs teacher. I usually work at the high school level, which brings in my love of YA books. I have read tons of them. Books/stories are easy ways to get to know students.
5. What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Affirmation-Stella learns those who love you will never endanger you or your dreams.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I do both. The Pagan Eyes Series is with Sleeping Dragon Publishing. My husband and I own the company.
6. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Sometimes I can write a book in a month without any interruptions. It usually takes 3-6 months because I write more than one book at a time. Then there is another two months of editing, proofing, cover at, and formatting.
7. What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have a bonus book to the series I am presently writing called Reclamation. It’s Esmeralda and Buell’s early history. After that, I have a new Druid series coming out.
8. What genre would you place your books into?
Currently, I’m calling them paranormal or Wiccan action adventure tales. Some people call them paranormal romances, time travel, or even suspense.
9. What made you decide to write that genre of book?
The stupid stereotypes in the books my students were reading. Some people think children and teens don’t deserve complex characters. I wanted to have positive images for Earth-based religion followers than the Wicked Witch of the West.
10. Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Esmeralda, the matriarch of the family, is my favorite. She lives her life to the fullest and loves her family. She doesn’t care what people think of her and often uses their stereotypical fears about her against them.
11. How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I started writing in first grade. My mother taught me to read and write when I was four, which left me with not much to do in first grade, except make alternative endings for the bland reading books.
12. Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I change the title several times. I guess the book comes first.
13. How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I try to go with general names that could happen as opposed to actual places. I tend to use students names, names I’ve read, and then mix them up. I sometimes have to change them too, when names are too similar.
14. Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
The characters drive the book, so I know who they are immediately.
15. Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Not hidden, obvious, in fact, I have to edit not to be so obvious. Affirmation messages include believe in yourself, face your fears, actions speak louder than words, you’re in charge of your life, etc.
16. Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I’m a paperback girl. I can find my place easier.
17. What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
The Hobbit because Tolkien brought Middle Earth to life. It includes history, maps, songs, folklore, and customs as part of the story.
18. Your favorite food is?
19. Your favorite singer/group is?
Hard question. I do like all the old standards done by Michael Buble and Steve Tyrell.
Your favorite color is?
Your favorite Author is?
Fiction- Jayne Ann Krentz
Non-fiction- Ted Andrews
Rayna Noire is an author and a historian. The desire to uncover the truth behind the original fear of witches led her to the surprising discovery that people believed in magick in some form up to 150 years ago. A world that believed the impossible could happen and often did must have been amazing. With this in mind, Ms. Noire taps into this dimension, shapes it into stories about Pagan families who really aren’t that different from most people. They do go on the occasional time travel adventures and magick happens.