Last week I featured Raechel Lynn’s recently released book, Enthralled. Today Raechel has joined me for an interview.
Thank you for your time, Raechel, and welcome to Rainne’s Ramblings.
Would you like to start by telling us a little about yourself and your background?
Hi, my name is Raechel, I’m an author based out of Seattle, WA where I grew up. I’ve been an avid reader all my life, I’ll read anything, however fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi are my favorites to read and therefore write. I have three four-legged children that are my world. A blue nose Pitbull named Remington, and two American Quarter Horses, Frisco and Cinder.
When did you start writing for publication, what made you decide to put your work out there to be read by others?
I wanted to challenge myself to do something outside of my comfort zone. I started with a few standard romance novels, but it wasn’t until I got a push from my good friend to jump into the paranormal erotica genre that really pushed me into the public eye. I got picked up by CHBB publishing, and they’ve supported my budding career.
What gets your creative juices flowing…?
Any and everything. My mind is constantly people watching, wondering what goes on beneath the surface. I want to know what makes people tick, and I’m fascinated by how people interact with one another to serve themselves, or the greater good. A phrase, or an image, or even a song will start my mind spinning off in many directions.
…And what does writing mean to you?
Ultimately it is a creative outlet. I thoroughly enjoy the act of creating things. Building entire worlds in my head is great, but letting all of them out with their crazy cast of characters is even better. It’s a challenge, and I thrive on challenges.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
That depends on how long the book is. For my previous release, Enticed, it took me a few months, only because I was working on other things as well at the time. For my second Enthralled, I think start to finish it was about a month.
Tell us a bit about Enticed and how we can get our hands on it.
It’s the first in the Eleanor and Magnus series. You’ll want to read it to know how they got to the point they are at now. It’s on Amazon, smarturl.it/RLEnticed.
Enthralled is your latest book, isn’t it. What inspired it?
Enthralled is the newest one. It is the second in the series that my amazing friend TL Travis laid down a gauntlet and said, “you should write vampire erotica”. So, I did. As soon as she put the challenge at my feet, my brain ran with an idea, and Enthralled is the continuation of that idea.
What is your favourite scene from Enthralled? Can you give us a peek?
It’s hard for me to choose just one scene, but for me, a pivotal moment between the two main characters is when Magnus drops his guard and lets Eleanor take the lead.
His gorgeous body once again took her breath away. His muscles had filled out, though he was still leaner than he should be. But even though he was covered in blood, she wanted to lick every single inch of him, exploring all his valleys and peaks to find what drove him wild. “Magnus…”
“Don’t ever stop looking at me like that little girl.” He crushed his mouth to hers, aching for a taste of her honeyed haven. She was even sweeter than he remembered, opening willingly to his invasion, desperate as he was to be as close as possible. With minimal effort, he gathered her into his arms and carried her into the shower. The pounding spray was warm, easing all the aches in his muscles, leaving behind the fire of his desire for her.
“Are you certain you aren’t hurt?” Eleanor framed his face with her hands, forcing him to meet her eyes.
He couldn’t help the smile that broke over his face. “Why don’t you look for yourself?” He set her on her feet, and took a step back under the pounding water.
Eleanor couldn’t stop herself from reaching out to him, running her fingers over his shoulders, down his arms, back to his chest then down his perfect washboard abs. He was the most beautiful man she’d ever seen, and on a primal level that she couldn’t understand, his body called to hers. She didn’t hesitate to run her hands down his hips, checking his strong muscular thighs for wounds, all the way down to his ankles before coming back up the inside of his thighs as she stood up to his waiting erection.
Which, if any, of your personality traits do you write into your characters?
That depends on the character! I love giving each character a piece of personality that makes them a little bit unique. I myself am sarcastic, and usually at least one of my characters has a serious problem with their sarcasm. I’m also stubborn, which works great with reluctant heros, so I use that trait regularly.
Where would you like to you see yourself in 5 years time?
I’d love to be able to support myself between writing, and coaching swim team. That’s my big dream, but at the very least I’ll still be writing and have a fresh and current voice in the industry.
When you’re not writing, and it’s time to relax! What do you do…?
Well, if I can find a patch of sunshine I’ll be laying in it, reading a book. If not, I’ll be curled up under a blanket snuggling my dog, reading a book.
…And other than writing, what are you passionate about?
My horses. I compete year-round, though summer is my busy season. I participate in western gaming, also known as patterned horse racing, or essentially barrel racing. The goal is to go as fast as possible, stay on your horse, run the correct pattern, without knocking anything over.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Training my horse Frisco was probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. He had a lot of emotional baggage that we had to work through. He taught me the value of starting over at ground level, patience, tolerance, and persistence. He turned into an amazing horse, but it took about five years to get there.
Which fictional character, book or film, would you like to meet and why?
That is a tie. Both characters are strong female leads, who deal with way more crap than they should, make some choices that not everyone agrees with, and are survivors. I’d love to meet Lagertha from the history channel series Vikings, and Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager.
Thank you for joining me, and my readers, Raechel.
Before you go is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Just a piece of philosophy: this world is full of positives and negatives, light and dark, good and bad. Unfortunately, we cannot have one without the other. However, we can choose how we as individuals view what is around us, and often what is darkness for one person, is light for another. Treat others better than you want to be treated, because you never know anyone’s full story.
Thats a wonderful thought to leave us with, Raechel. Thank you!