Saturday, July 14, 2012

Author Spotlight featuring Julie Rainey

Julie Rainey

List of Books by Author
Lost Princess : The Journey Home
Lost Princess : Olmosis Returns (Soon to be published)
Lost Princess : Fight for Stiros (Soon to be published)

Author Pages


Book Review (Coming Soon)


1. Please tell the readers a bit more about you.
This is me, a full time mom and part time novelist, lover of rock music, science, space and the vast unknown that awaits us in the universe. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children who support me immensely. I live in rural Missouri near a town no one has ever heard of, unless you're a studying to be an engineer and love to drink on St. Pats then you know where Rolla is. 

2. What types of books do you write?
A blend of science fiction and fantasy.

3. Who's your main audience?
My target audience is women ages 20 to 30, although there is quite a bit of action in the book as well so men might also like the book.

4. When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses?
I believe my strong points are coming up with ideas and creating the storyline. My weakness has got to be editing. It’s something that I would rather not do at all, but it’s an evil necessity.

5. What do you think of this term- Writer's Block? How do you overcome it?
The dreaded writer’s block, it hits when least expected. I think the easiest and most productive way to over come it is to just walk away for a few hours. Let you mind take a break and just when you think it will never cease, the block subsides and the information begins to flow once more.

Another technique I’ve recently deployed is to write down the plot points of the story helping to visualize which way the story is supposed to go. Ideas start popping into my brain then.

6. How many books have you written?
I’ve written one complete book and am currently writing the two follow up books in the Lost Princess series.

7. How many are published?
One currently.

8. Are you self published or traditionally published?
Self Published

9. What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?
By far the most difficult part of the writing process isn’t the writing down of the story but the going back and editing it part. That is my least favorite thing to do.

10. What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mystery

11. Who's your favorite Author?
Orson Scott Card, I love the way he tells a story.

12. What's your all time favorite book?
Ender’s Game, by far. I read the entire book in one day because I just couldn’t put it down.

13. How long does it take you to write a book?
Around six months for the first one, but the second might take a bit longer.

14. Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
My favorite character is Fanora. She’s no nonsense, confident and reliable. Qualities I greatly admire.

15. What is one of the most surprising things you've learned as a writer?
How something that you wrote was meant to be interpreted one way can be taken so differently to each person who reads it.

16. What does your family think of your writing?
They are all extremely supportive but I am the lone science fiction lover in the family so it’s a bit difficult for them to get into the writing. However, almost all of them have read the book.

17. What does your writing schedule look like?
 I don’t really have a set schedule per say, mostly I write when inspiration strikes and sometimes I can go days without penning a single line and other days I can write a couple thousand words. It just depends.

18. Do you manage to write every day?
Unfortunately I am unable to write every day. I was trying to make a goal of writing so many words a day but it seemed like I was forcing it too much instead of letting the story flow.
19. What's the latest news you'd like to share?
Currently I am working on book two of the Lost Princess series, Olmosis Returns. It picks up right where book one left off. After the truth is revealed and Isabella embarks on her new journey of discovery, the great founder of the planet Vera returns. Will his presence in Lunaria remain purely civilian or will he fight to regain the power he once held? Will Fanora be able to keep the kingdom together against the insurmountable odds that she is now faced with in the Queen's absence?

20. Do you have any advice for new writers?
*Be brave. The hardest part is getting started. Take a deep breath and go for it.
*Don’t give up. If this is a passion for you, don’t let the speed bumps in life stop you.
*Have thick skin. Not everyone is going to love what you write and take their criticism in a constructive way.


Julie Rainey said...

Thank you :)

Michael Cargill said...

Nice one Julie!

Not a fan of rock music, myself. Electronic beats ftw


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