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About Ranae Rose
Ranae Rose is a best-selling author of over a dozen contemporary,
paranormal and historical romances, all of them delightfully steamy. She
lives on the US East Coast with her family, dogs and horses and spends
most of her time letting her very active imagination run wild, penning her
next story. When she's not writing, she can usually be found in the saddle
or behind a good book with a cup of tea.
You can find out more about Ranae and her books at: www.ranaerose.com
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For a complete list of Ranae's books, see http://www.ranaerose.com/index.php?p=1_2_Books.
An Interview with Ranae Rose
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Ranae, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Battered Not Broken and features two very special characters who've endured so much. Where did you get the idea for their emotionally-engaging story?
RR: I’ve been wanting to write a MMA romance for a long time. It’s one of those themes on my writing ‘bucket list’. Then one day Ally and Ryan made an appearance in my head, and I knew I had to tell their story. Stories come to me like that -- with characters in a certain scene. I guess I don’t really know where I get my ideas.
HH: What do you like best about Ally and why will readers empathize with her?
RR: Ally is caring and unselfish. That’s what I like best about her, plus the fact that she’s a female martial artist. (I’m a female martial artist too and have been wanting to write about one for a long time.) I think readers will empathize with how much she cares about Ryan and her moments of uncertainty in a new relationship that isn’t always easy.
HH: What do you like best about Ryan and why will readers love him?
RR: Ryan would do anything for someone he loves, even at the expense of his own life. That’s what I like best about him, and I think almost anyone will love that he’s literally willing to do anything to protect Ally. I think he’s relatable because everyone has something that they regret, something they wish they could go back and change.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
RR: Although I (of course) enjoyed writing about MMA, what I enjoyed most was exploring and relating the emotional challenges of Ryan and Ally’s relationship. I think those elements will probably stick with readers more than anything else about the story.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
RR: I haven’t announced my next release yet. However, I’m working on some things I’m very excited about. Sorry to be so vague!
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
RR: Just like no two stories are exactly alike, I think no two writing years are exactly alike. In 2012 I spent most of my time working on my two paranormal series. While I still plan to work more on those in 2013, I plan to place more emphasis on my contemporary romances in 2013.
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
RR: In everything, I guess. My subconscious likes to present me with defined characters in a scene, and those scenes are the inspiration for my stories.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
RR: I’m a full-time novelist. However, since I’m the mother and full-time caregiver of a toddler, I don’t really have the luxury of setting rigidly-defined schedules. Basically, whenever I’m not actively doing something with my son, I’m writing and working on related tasks. I work a lot of hours in a day, and typically seven days a week. I probably get most of my writing done late at night, since that’s the only time I can get any peace.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
RR: I’ve received some really wonderful e-mails from readers -- everything from simple notes saying that they enjoyed one (or more) of my books, to funny stories to deeply-touching letters about how a story has affected a reader’s life, or why they could relate to it. I treasure those e-mails.
I also enjoy meeting readers in person. This past year, I got to meet a lot of readers at events like Lora Leigh’s RAW and the RT Convention. It’s always a joy to meet the kind and interesting people who read my books. Writing is a very solitary job, and what I like best about it is the fact that I’m able to share a story -- not just a string of events, but feelings too and characters that feel real to me -- with other people, mostly people I’ve never even met. However, even though I know there are many people out there reading my stories, it doesn’t always feel like it. Meeting readers in real-life is a reminder of the connection I share with the people who enjoy my books, and I love that.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
RR: I’m always excited about the new stories I’m going to write and bring to readers. I’m also excited about the events I’ve committed to for the year. I’m scheduled to attend and sign books at a variety of events across the country (there’s a schedule on my site), and I’m looking forward to meeting readers at those, plus spending time with writer friends while I’m there. It’s always a lot of fun.
HH: Thank you!