Another great day for an interview! Let’s introduce YA and romance author Ana/Lily Raine! She uses Ana Raine for her romance novels and Lily Raine for her YA novels. If you would like to know more about her or her books, then follow her at Blogspot, Amazon, and DreamSpinnerPress!
Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
I am a traditionally published author. I have two romance publishers and one young adult, but most of the sales if not all, are geared towards electronic sales.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
Oddly enough, I used to hate writing and reading. I would just guess randomly during reading quizzes. Then I had a guest teacher who told me I was inside of a fishbowl, and the only way to truly get out was to read. I read Harry Potter, and that was it…then I loved writing too!
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
I do, yes. My romance name is Ana Raine, and my YA is Lily Raine, so there are similar enough for me to know, but not others. In this day, most people are widely accepting of romance and different views, but there is also an increase in electronics and social media. Protecting my private life is important and easier said than done when people know your real name.
What genre do you write and why?
I enjoy writing M/M romance and YA with paranormal aspects and magical realism. I think there aren’t enough books with representation, but we are rapidly on our way of making that change and I’m glad to be part of it!
What are you currently working on?
I am working on two things. The first is the last novel in my Anastasia Trilogy. The second is a romance novel that deals with mental illness and illusions as a way of coping.
What inspired you to write your books?
Life, but mostly images. If I see something that inspires me, I create characters and then worlds for them to live. I like world-building and getting so deep into a concept, elements transfer to real life.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
Wide Sargasso Sea
The Red Scarf by Kate Furnival
Change of Heart by Mary Calmes
What does literary success look like to you?
Having someone remember and relate to what you wrote.