Monday, October 25, 2010
Guest Author Interview: Rae Lori
Please welcome today's guest author Rae Lori! Rae is the author of Before Dawn Breaks, Cimmerian City, Uthiel's Embrace, A Kiss of Ashen Twilight, and Within the Shadows of Mortals.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Rae: I began writing when I was about 10 years old. It was sort of on a dare to myself. I hadn’t thought about writing until I received a particular Disney Adventures magazine in the mail. The Halloween issue asked for scary story submissions and I decided to enter just for fun. I didn’t win but the writing bug caught me from then on I haven’t turned back since. I dabbled in short stories, plays, screenplays anytime an idea hit me. It was fun learning and I corresponded with many editors over the years who gave me wonderful advice on strengthening my craft.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Rae: Growing up, I loved science fiction, fantasy and some horror (psychological). Besides Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Anne Rice really made me see vampires in a whole new light. I also loved David Lynch's ability to add fantasy and paranormal in an undercurrent of normality. Mixed with reading scary stories as a kid, I gravitated toward writing my own paranormal stories with fantasy and SF and it’s stuck with me since.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Rae: I'd probably choose Fae. I love fae mythology and the powers they usually have are pretty cool. I choose one with wings who are helpful to humans like the Aziza and hold immense power.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Rae: I think they'll enjoy my Ashen Twilight series if they enjoy paranormal contemporary fantasies mixed with history and romance. It has vampires, fae, shifters and other goodies with a story that sweeps across centuries. I also have some side stories that give a little background on some of the characters and how they relate to one another. They are available on my website here.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Rae: For Jace Archane, I always envisioned Kyle Schmid. His portrayal of Henry Fitzroy inspired much of Jace's character and I always loved the idea of a vampire confident in who he is and what he was. It counteracts all the brooding vampires that were popular for so long.
For Ariya, I always saw Megalyn Echikunwoke or Christie Laing with dark curly hair. They have an ethereal beauty that fits with Ariya’s physical appearance, mixed with the elegance and grace fit for a queen.
Within the Shadows of Mortals (Ashen Twilight, #2) by Rae Lori.
For centuries, a group of Nightwalkers, Lycans and Shifter Elves have lived within the shadows of mortals to ensure their survival…until an old foe emerged again to bring the realm of the Fae into the mortal world.
After Liam Blakedon’s death, a string of events unfolds. Ariya is now an Aziza faerie Queen settling with Jace Archane, a Regent in the House of Blood, in the Aziza realm. The houses continue to move west after fighting for their survival against the elemental led by Liam Blakedon, a former guard in the Archane house.
A new beginning is on the horizon until blood is spilled on their lands once again...
Thank you Rae for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Rae Lori and her books, please visit her website.
Bestselling author E.J. STEVENS has written and independently published 15 speculative fiction books. She is the author of four series, including the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian horror series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, the award-winning SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, and the award-winning, bestselling IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series.