Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’m a full time writer, and I work part-time as a manicurist. My hobbies include belly dancing, and reading. There’s not a lot of time left over for anything else. Writing is definitely full time, including all the learning curve that goes with it.
1. How did you get started writing?
I began writing in 2006 when all my favorite authors were between books. After reading a blog written by Kim Harrison, she suggested joining a writer’s organization. I researched organizations and joined the Romance Writers of America. My local chapter, CRW, provided a lot of learning support for newbies.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Paranormal. My mind twists that way. I love to create new worlds, and have life work out magically.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I daydream. I may win the lottery and prepare my speech for the media clamoring to know how I did it. Or I may be a singer discovered on American Idol who stuns the world with the haunting tones of my lilting voice. Or I may be contacted by an attorney who tells me a famous person met me when I was younger, was impressed with my character, and decided to leave me tons of money. Sometimes I imagine what I would do if I was driving and witnessed a UFO landing in front of me.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
Like most authors, when the words flow! I love creating the worlds, developing the characters, and wondering what twists will develop.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Edits. When I’m finished with a story, I want to put it away. I’m sick of it. I hate to have to open it again to clean it up.
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
Joss Whedon. I love his brain, and it would be amazing to grow up watching his imagination spin. Also, Sandra Bullock. She can laugh at herself and has a variety of roles she can play. She’s a strong woman who’s even-keeled. The perfect girl next door.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I really have no idea. They just start to twist in my head. I’ve tossed ideas for the Stargazer Series with a couple of friends, Helen Hardt and Laurann Dohner. But the actual stories don’t come alive until the writing begins.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
I love fast readers, because that’s how I write. Short and to the point. I don’t fluff around. I love a reader who wants a story, who wants to be transported to magical lands. Don’t expect Stephen King’s 900 pages with me. I could write an entire series out of 900 pages, LOL!
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
Tea and chocolate, lots of times both. Chai is my favorite, though I’ll take anything. As far as music goes, I’m more than fine with a silent house! Sometimes my best writing comes in the morning. Sometimes it comes in the evening. There’s no rhyme nor reason.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I began a new series called Stargazers. I released the first book – The Hunter – in January. The books are named for the heroes. Book two will be called The Enforcer.
In 1692, a starship carrying volunteers arrives on Earth to a small town called Salem, Massachusetts. The long journey across many light years causes the female inhabitants aboard drastic memory loss. They have no memories of who and what they really were. They are as helpless as newborn lambs.
The goal is to breed with Earthlings in order to prevent their own race from dying out. If it’s successful, years later more Stargazers will be sent to co-exist with the humans on Planet Earth.
But alas—the females are slaughtered.
I’m also writing the sequel to Kiss Me Before I Die.
Afton is taken from her parents and stricken – the term for vampire infection – at the age of three. She is trained to exterminate. Now, twenty five years later, she is the first retired vampire Extinguisher in existence. However, the one that got away still haunts her. When an experiment goes wrong, she’s sent to release the pent-up violence in her system. Instead, she begins to crave the one she has to kill.
Be sure to come back to read more about Rena and her novels, KISS ME BEFORE I DIE and THE HUNTER, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
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