Mar 1, 2011
aka Rayna Vause loves reading and writing romance novels. She published a paranormal romantic suspense novel before discovering a secondary passion, M/M romance. Now, she divides her time. She writes tales of sexy men finding their way to love and the adventures of kick-butt heroes and heroines who overcome impossible odds. Of course, she also mixes in a bit of the supernatural.
When Rayna isn’t creating tales where love and the paranormal have no bounds, she’s getting caught up in a video game, planning her next trip to Disney World, or attending karate class where she has worked her way up to a green belt. To find out more about Rayna and R.A. visit www.ravaughn.net
JJBC - Do you have any hobbies?I’m a huge video game junkie. I love role playing games, sim games, and adventure games. I just finished playing Fable III, I pop in and out of Sims 3, and I’m really looking forward to Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. Yes, I know I should be writing, but sometimes you just have to play.
JJBC -What do you like to read?Lots and lots of romance novel, some mystery, and some YA. I’m a huge fan of M/M romance which I guess makes sense since that’s what I write.
JJBC -Can you tell us some of your favorite books you've read?One of my all time favorite books is Public Secrets by Nora Roberts. I also love the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Force of Nature and All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann are other favorites as well as the Heaven Sent series by Jet Mykles.
JJBC -Who are some of your favorite authors?Aside from the ones I previously mentioned I also really enjoy Janet Evanovich, Ally Blue, and books by my good friend Caridad Pineiro.
JJBC -If you can meet any author in person dead or alive, who would it be and why him/her?I guess I’d have to go with John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I know, I know they are songwriters, but they’ve also written books(not that I’ve read them). I’m a huge Beatles fan love their music and I think they are genius song writers. I think like any other fan I’d just like to know more about their creative process and what inspires them. How they find the right words to compliment the music.
JJBC -What part of AAD are you most looking forward to?
I love going to conferences. I get a huge jolt of creative energy from being around other creative people. In the case of AAD, I get that plus the chance to hang out with readers. Readers have a different perspective on books then writers which I think can be just as beneficial for an author to hear as the comments of those within the writing industry.
JJBC -What do you hope to walk away with from AAD?
Great memories and new friends. I tend to be a little on the shy side, my friends laugh but it’s true. So, this year I plan to beat back the shyness and mingle more.
JJBC - Have you ever been to AAD before? If so what was your favorite part?
I attended AAD last year and the whole thing was great. The panels, the parties, Stella Price does a fabulous job organizing the event and I’m really glad I get to take part again this year.
JJBC - Are you on any panels? if so can you tell us which ones to look for you on?
I’m on at least two panels, there may be more to come. I know I am definitely on the Spontaneously Paranormal Panel and the Food and Clothing in Romance: It’s all about the details. I’m also hosting a hospitality suite with Sidney Ayers, Judi Fennell, Stephanie Julian, and Caridad Pineiro. It’s going to be a lot of fun so stay tuned for the date/location and be sure to stop in and join us.
JJBC -How did you first get into writing? Has it always been your dream?When I was little I used to love writing stories. I got away from it for a while as I got older and caught up in sports and other extracurricular activities, but I was always a voracious reader. It wasn’t until college that I realized that I wanted to be a writer. I was a biology major and hating every minute of it. However, pure enjoyment, and to fulfill certain core requirements, I’d take writing and film classes and have a ball. For homework, I had to watch movies. How much more fun can it get. Anyway, the summer between my sophomore and junior years I combed through the course catalog looking for classes that didn’t make me cringe and I realized all of the ones that excited me were English/creative writing classes. I changed my major then and there and never looked back. I made some really good friends in those classes who had similar interest in reading and writing and I was on my way.
JJBC -What genre do you write?I write m/m and m/f romance, but all of it is paranormal. I’ve tried to write stories without paranormal elements in it and, well, I can do it, but it’s painful.
JJBC -Do you have any must haves when you sit down to write?Silence. I need absolute quiet to write. That’s pretty much my only requirement.
JJBC -Can you tell us how a typical writing day for you is?I’m an afternoon writer, which is a tough thing to be with a day job. That being said, I try keep my WIP on Google docs that way at lunch or if I get a bit of free time, I can open up my story and crank out a little bit. I do the same at night and really try to get a chunk done on weekends. I’ll start after lunch write a bit, get up and pace or just move around. I get fidgety and I like to pace while I think. Once the idea solidifies I’ll plop back in my chair and write more. I’ll do this all afternoon. Write then walk away, write then walk away.
JJBC -What is one thing you think sets you apart from other authors?Hmmm… this is a tough one. I bring a dark, often quirky, humor mixed with a sharp wit to my writing, or so I’ve been told. I also create engaging and realistic characters. Put it altogether and you have what I believe is a fun and memorable read.
JJBC -Can you share with us anything you are currently working on?
At the moment, I am working on the sequel to The Demon He Knows. Don’t have a working title for it yet. It’s the story of Adrian and Leland, angel and demon respectively. It’s a reunion story mixed with action and adventure. At least, that’s the plan.
JJBC -Can you share with us your first book ever published?
My first book was a paranormal romantic suspense call Only in Her Dreams. It’s about a psychic who is having dreams about her own death and the sexy hotel own who is determined to keep those dreams from becoming a reality.
JJBC -Can your share with us your most recent release, or a soon to be release?
He’ll do anything to protect the man he loves…even sacrifice himself.
Fifty years ago, Zavier became a Collections Demon in order to save his lover’s life. He hates his job, but once you make a deal with Corporate South, there’s no backing out. Answering a routine summons, he never expects to come face to face with his reincarnated lover.
Ryan Monroe is a desperate man searching for a way to save his dying sister. His attempt at summoning a soul collection demon to exchange his soul for his sister’s life finds him face to face with Zavier.
For the first time in years, Zavier’s life has purpose. Despite his employer’s disapproval, Zavier intends to rebuild his relationship with Ryan. Corporate South has other plans.
Can Zavier and Ryan find a way to break free of Corporate South and beat death?
Warning, this book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.
JJBC -What has been your favorite book you have written so far? why is this one your favorite?
The Demon He Knows is probably my favorite. I love the characters, it’s a lot lighter than the other stories I’ve written. I was able to bring my quirky side to the page with this story. It’s not your typical Angels and Demons. In this story they’ve incorporated. Personally, and I know I’m biased, I think it’s a very unique premise and I’m having fun playing in this world.
JJBC -Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?
I also write as part of a team. We don’t have anything published yet, but we’ve got something under consideration at the moment. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
Other random facts…
I’m a HUGE Disney fan. My newest vacation of choice are Disney cruises, half my wardrobe has a Disney character on it. I would love to be the voice of a character in a Disney movie.
I’m a video game addict. Especially the action/adventure games like Pince of Persia and Fable.
I’m have a green belt in Kenpo Karate.
JJBC -Where can readers find you?Websites- www.ravaugh.net or www.raynavause.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/raynavauseauthor
Twitter – http://twitter.com/Rayna_Vause
JJBC -Do you have a newsletter?I do have a newsletter you can sign up on my website at: http://raynavause.com/contact/
Rayna is stopping by to chat with you all today!
is giving away
An E-Book Copy of
The Demon He Knows
And she is opening it up
- Must answer the following question:
~In my story, Corporate South’s biggest form of recruitment is trading wishes for souls. If you could have one wish what would it be? Keep in mind that you’ll only have 10 years to enjoy your wish before your contract is called in. Oh and no wishing for world peace. South doesn’t grant those types of wishes.
- Must leave a valid e-mail (please do not add your complete e-mail. we do not want it picked up by spammers. for Exp: leave DOT instead of . , or AT instead of @ )
**Giveaway ends Fri night ( 3-4 ) at Midnight, winners will be chosen and named here in this comments section