Interview with author Rebecca Rayne

With Yael Waknin

Questions for author Rebecca Rayne

1 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

That’s a tricky one. I attempted my first book when I was still at school, but quickly decided I didn’t have the skills to do it justice. Instead, I read everything and immersed myself in other people’s writing.

2 – When you started the book Plain Jane why did you decide to make it as a series and did you plan what will happened in each book?

No, Plain Jane was going to be one book, but it grew and grew until the idea became a monster. I have a rough plan about what will happen in each book – now. I rarely make notes, but it’s alive in my head. The character’s take shape organically. I leave it to them, when I’m writing, to take me in the direction they want to go.

When I published my debut book; Cherry Sweet, a lot of my critique partners suggested I split it in two. It didn’t feel right, even though series are often popular with Indie authors as they can offer the first book free or at a reduced price to tempt readers in.

3 – Did you write a book and decide not to publish it?

Yes! As a teenager, a sci-fi novel. About twenty years ago, a book about my children, and how not to bring them up! And then more recently, four Greek Mythology/Fantasy books. But who knows, one day I may wrestle them into shape!


4 – Is there a topic you will never write about? If so, what is it?

I will never write a biography. Even the most fascinating people have the most boring lives, I find, so mine would be really dull.

5 – By what do you choose a cover for a book?

Book covers are sooooo difficult. Trial and error. It has to fit the genre, as there are expectations, and I’m no expert; Plain Jane is only my second book release. But you also want something which will catch someone’s eye and make them want to read your blurb.

6 – Where did you get the inspiration for the stories?

All over the place. Plain Jane’s inspiration came from watching a very handsome actor, and I thought, I wonder what would happen if he dated someone ordinary.

7 – Who is your favorite couple you wrote about?

So far, Victoria Clayton and Sam Myles from Cherry Sweet. It’s a strange one, because I had no intention of writing this book until I got fed up editing my Greek Mythology trilogy and someone mentioned I was good at writing filth!

 It’s very sexy and explicit, being a BDSM romance it would be, but I missed them when I finished the book. I wanted to write about a female Dom and how caring and vulnerable she was, and the man she fell in love with. Most female Dom’s are written as hard-hearted cruel women. Vikki isn’t like that. And Sam, who wasn’t a millionaire or an obvious hunk but had a beautiful soul. I wanted my audience to fall in love with the person. And I have to say it worked for me; I fell in love with Sam and was so glad he had a wonderful woman like Vikki.

8 – How long does it take you to write one book?

Writing, not too long, a few months. It’s all the editing and rewrites that take the time.

9 – What is your favorite genre to read?

Honestly, I haven’t really got one. Which is probably why I struggle to stick to one genre.

10 – If you could turn one of your books into a movie – which book would you choose?

I haven’t got a huge list to choose from. Plain Jane would be fun, and I’d quite like to see a book I’m not going to publish, at least not yet; called Xander’s Tale, which is a YA fantasy book.

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About the author

Rebecca lives in Essex, England, with her husband and two teenage sons.

After years of stop, start writing, and being an avid reader, quite by accident, she helped one of her boys with a creative writing assignment and didn’t stop at 500 words. 18,000 later, she realised it would become a book.

 She joined many online writing groups after recognising much of what she was doing was wrong and then, with her newfound knowledge, published her first book, Cherry Sweet, in December 2021.

Writing is Rebecca’s passion, along with dancing and enjoying her garden with family and friends.

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