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Author spotlight: Rebecca Raine

13 January 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Rebecca Raine. She will be attending ARR2020 in Brisbane.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

In my mid-20s, I read a lot of fan fiction. One day, on the bus to work, I had an idea for a story and started to write it down. A lot of my early writing was on the bus, until suddenly I found my commute was too short to get everything down and I started writing at other times as well.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

My mother handed me my first romance novel when I was 16 years old. It was Passion’s Captive by Lori Copeland. It was funny and romantic, and a little bit sexy. After that I devoured her bookshelves.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I enjoy reading other genres, but my pen has never been tempted to stray from romance. I’m pretty sure if I tried to write a book without romance, random characters would start giving each other sidelong glances before I got past the opening chapters.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Splinter is the only paranormal romance I’ve written, but I think it would make the best movie. That book has it all! The wielding of magick, insane vampires, randomly exploding trees and kinky mind-sex. What’s not to love? When I was writing the book, I cast Emma Stone as my heroine, Rachel, and Josh Holloway as the rugged hero, Nick.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Facing the blank page. I have a great time editing the madness after it’s already been spilled onto the page. But getting those first draft words down is the hardest part for me.

What is your favourite place to write?

We have a second lounge room with a comfy couch that tends to be deserted most of the time. I can laze about in weird and awkward positions with my pen and paper, or my laptop. That usually leads to a decent word count.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Not so much whole characters, but conversations or even single lines of dialogue. Sometimes outfits, or small character quirks, will come from friends or family members. Little things that stick in my mind will often find their way into a book eventually.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

The last single title I read was 717 Miles by Sophia Soames. It was a coming-of-age MM romance set in London. I loved it because the characters were adorable, and because it had lots of sweet to go with the sexy. Every good story has its moments of tragedy, and this one was no different, but on the whole Sophia’s books tend to be low on angst and high on cuddles. Sometimes that’s exactly what I’m in the mood for.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Becoming Us is my latest MMF romance. I’ll let Lawrence tell you all about it … Falling in love with Gabi at eighteen was easy. Falling for Connor at the same time? That’s where things got complicated. When I discovered their latent feelings for each other, it seemed all the pieces of us were falling into place. Until the night I offered Connor a taste of Gabi’s kiss—from my lips—and everything fell apart. Six years later, I’m still the same selfish bastard who wants more than his fair share of love. This is my second chance, and I’ll do anything to make them mine.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

2020 will be a big year of MM romance for me. My next book is well under way, and I’m also planning to release a new series.

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