**Author Peek** Interview with Nancy Raven Smith


**Author Peek** Interview with


INTRODUCING…Nancy Raven Smith.

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.

Hi Karen,  it’s a pleasure to visit with you and your followers at Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I grew up and lived in Virginia until I moved to California to work in film. While working as a production coordinator on film, television, and video projects, I became interested in writing screenplays. I went back to school at UCLA and studied writing. My scripts won awards and several have been optioned, but none made yet. One day a mentor suggested I write one idea as a book. I followed her advice and after more classes, Land Sharks – A Swindle in Sumatra (a mystery) and The Reluctant Farmer of Whimsey Hill (a family memoir) are the result. Most importantly, I’ve discovered that I have a passion for writing mysteries and romantic suspense. My hobbies include reading, white water rafting, film, family, riding horses, and travel. I’m one of the lucky ones as I’m currently a full-time writer.

1. What genre(s) do you write and why?

I love writing mysteries and romantic suspense, as I mentioned. But I like to add elements of humor, action, and adventure.

2.  If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?

To make people healthy.

3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?

I’m a pantster, so I never outline. I wrote a screenplay several years ago, and I knew the end of the story very clearly and lots of the parts of the story. When I got stuck at one point, I skipped to the end and wrote the final scene. Then I wrote the scene that had to come before it, and then the one before that. I actually backed myself all the way to where I had been stuck. Then of course, I began rewriting, smoothed it together and added nuance and detail, etc. Contrary to what could have happened, the project was very successful.

4. What is your least favorite part of writing?


5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Like my title character, Lexi Winslow, I’m not the most domestic of women. I warned my husband before we married and at that time he thought it was a joke. He soon realized I was telling the truth. That said, I would probably roast a turkey and convince my husband to make his wonderful chestnut stuffing. Dessert would be a favorite family apple crisp recipe or pumpkin pie, both things that I can make.

6. What is your typical day like?

If I’m not traveling, I’m generally on the computer for the majority of the day – writing, researching, correspondence, and marketing.

7. What is most difficult for you to write?  Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?

Probably emotion. I’m a very private person with a tendency toward introversion.

8.  A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?

“Want to go to a bar and become a joke?” I think he’s looking for someone to share a laugh with.

9.  If you could wave a magic wand, what ill in the world would you solve and why?

No more wars/killing.

10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

My next book is the sequel to Land Sharks and is currently in the research phase. Lexi, Steve, and Andre will soon be off on a new adventure.


Be sure to come back to read more about Nancy and her book, LAND SHARKS, A Swindle in Sumatra, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!


Links to Nancy’s website, blog, books, etc.




Land Sharks – A Swindle in Sumatra

The Reluctant Farmer of Whimsey Hill   http://amzn.to/1XoblsP


LSToPrint**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**:  Nancy is giving away a print copy (U.S. Only) of LAND SHARKS – A Swindle in Sumatra to one lucky reader who comments on this Author Peek or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your story with us.

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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5 Responses to **Author Peek** Interview with Nancy Raven Smith

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Nancy, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench! I love your writing process. I’m not a linear writer, either, although I do use a plotting technique that works brilliantly with my pantser leanings. I usually know the beginning and end of a story and some parts in between and build a very brief outline just so I can write any scene along the way. Thanks for sharing with us today!

  2. Hi Karen, It’s my pleasure to visit Karen’s Killer Book Bench. It sounds like we have a similar writing process. These days I normally know the ending and have an idea of the major act breaks before start to write, but I frequently discover better replacements for at leaast one or two of the act breaks that I began with.

    • Karen Docter says:

      One of the reasons why I like the plotting technique I discovered (and taught for 15 years because I liked it so well for me, the pantser) is because it’s so fluid. I change things around all the time because, like you, I discover elements along the way that need to be incorporated into the overall design of my stories. I’d be lost if I didn’t use the technique for my suspense. I’m the queen of misdirection and can’t keep track any other way. Best of luck with your continued writing success! 🙂

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